After more than 33 years of service, Ernie Dumas is hanging up his NTH hard hat and embarking on a new phase in his life – retirement. As we celebrate this well-earned milestone with Ernie, we look back at his journey with NTH and the legacy he leaves.
Ernie began his NTH career in 1987 and progressed through the years to become NTH’s most esteemed and skilled Service Technician. He earned the trust of all he worked with throughout the organization and became the “go to guy” for everything construction services. There was not a construction services project that came along he could not do. Clients frequently asked for him.
Ernie left his mark on numerous projects in and around Detroit, including signature landmarks like the Dearborn CSO, all new Detroit stadiums - Comerica Park, Ford Field, and Little Caesars Arena, as well as the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
“We are very fortunate to have had a professional of Ernie’s caliber as a member of the NTH team for more than three decades! His legacy lives on in the work ethic, professionalism and skills imparted to staff he has mentored through the years.” - Kevin B. Hoppe, President | CEO
Embracing opportunities to pass along his knowledge and professionalism, Ernie trained a significant number of younger staff over the years, demonstrating the quality way of performing tasks and supporting them until they felt comfortable on their own. He always went the extra mile to answer questions about a construction project and/or related tasks in a detailed, methodical, and understandable way.
Colleagues at all levels within the organization resoundingly reflected upon Ernie’s professionalism, poise and up-beat approach to every situation, no matter how difficult. His calm demeanor always wore off on the client and / or the contractor so that problems could be solved in a collaborative rather than adversarial manner.
Ernie’s impact on NTH is summed up eloquently by esteemed colleague, Larry Gilbert: “Ernie is a respected and able veteran of the construction world, cheerful in all weather, never shirked a task, as dependable as a close friend, and a professional by every definition – he is a difficult guy to replace and he leaves behind a legacy worth emulating.”
Please leave a comment for Ernie below, giving him your well wishes, telling a story about him, or letting him know he will be missed!