PROTO Profiles: Steve Testerman


Get to know PROTO Construction’s Superintendent, Steve Testerman!


My name is Steve Testerman.

I have worked at PROTO since April 2017.

Something you’ll always find in my truck is a coffee cup.

My favorite lunch is a salad.

The coolest PROTO project I worked on was a nationally-known retail store in Saint Charles Towne Center in Waldorf, Maryland.

On a Saturday afternoon you’ll find me out riding on my Harley-Davidson or fishing.

My most loved tool is a router. [A tool used to cut, carve, or shape wood surfaces.]

Something I learned from my parents is responsibility.

PROTO is where I work because the organization itself has a strong team effort.

I’m currently working on a new project for a law firm in downtown Lancaster and then a commercial project in Camden, New Jersey.

It is my job to schedule sub-contractors, read plans, and be the quality control for the project. I’m hands-on where needed and perform miscellaneous clerical duties and meet with clients.


Q&A with Steve


Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your 46 years of experience?

A: There are so many different lessons! You have to respect people: the client, your co-workers, and sub-contractors. And you’ve got to be dedicated to the job to ensure quality to get the best finished product.


Q: What’s your construction background?

A: I started in the industry at age sixteen as a helper to my dad who was a carpenter. Then I became a mason tender. After that, I went to fight in Vietnam; I was an Army Paratrooper and was there for twenty-eight months. When I came back I went back into construction. So I started as a carpenter and worked my way up and at age twenty-eight became a superintendent on residential work.


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

A: I’ve had quite a few achievements in my lifetime—but I’m proud of my service for my country and my knowledge and ability of what I can accomplish day to day.


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: Don’t ever let the job get the best of you!