Proto Profiles: Dan Witmer


Get to know PROTO Construction’s Project Manager, Dan Witmer!

My name is Dan Witmer.

I have worked at PROTO since March 2016.

My favorite lunch is the Maryland crab cake sliders from Mick’s Pub.

The coolest PROTO project I worked on was Silver Heron. (View the project!)

On a Saturday afternoon you’ll find me watching hockey, in the garden, or napping.

My most loved tool is my phone.

Something useful I learned from my parents is Everything, every single thing, in moderation.

Something I learned from a co-worker is take criticism as a positive, not a negative.

PROTO is where I work because I followed my old boss here.

I’m currently working on a mall store fit-out project in Waldorf, Maryland.

It’s my job to make sure everyone has the information, schedules, and materials to complete the job at hand. I try and think through every last detail and communicate that to the field techs, internal staff, and the client.

Q&A with Dan


Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your year of experience at PROTO?

A: Take advantage of the resources and the people around you. They are there for a reason.


Q: How are you known to the PROTO team?

A: Fun and reliable. I make the first batch of coffee and I am the office arborist.


Q: How did you start your career in construction?

A: I earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences for Architectural Design. I was a CAD Drafter and Designer for twelve years with local builders and developers—and now I’m a Project Manager with PROTO.


Q: What has working at PROTO taught you?

A: Trust yourself and your team. They are the biggest asset.


Q: What hobbies do you have? How do you spend time outside of work?

A: I’m a dad and my boys and I love to play hockey and football. I like to run, fish, hunt, and go camping.


Q: Name an achievement (personal or professional) that makes you proud.

A: I have two great sons.


Q: If you could pass on one bit of knowledge (#protoscollegeofknowledge) to someone who might not respect or understand the work you do, what would you tell them?

A: Every job contains so many tiny pieces that all need to come together perfectly. When it happens, the structure becomes something more than the sum of its parts.