WHO WE ARE. WHAT WE DO. HOW WE WORK.
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.