Chad and Travis Sumner co-founded SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC in 2006 after eight years leading the resurrection, diversification and growth of another New England-based ecological contracting firm. The brothers have drawn on the integrity, humility and work ethic borne of a rural farm upbringing, honed by top-notch education and work experiences, to grow SumCo into the preferred construction arm of our project partners. The Sumners — and indeed all of SumCo’s employees — pride themselves on the long-term environmental benefits our projects confer and the universal praise from our partners and clients.

Chad Sumner Principal & Co-Founder

Chad Sumner

Chad oversees development and installation of SumCo’s ecological construction and revegetation projects, in addition to a multitude of partner relationship and business management duties. His Masters in Conservation Biology and dual degrees in Geology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania are unique in the construction industry and give him an ecological perspective that is highly valued by SumCo’s project partners. Chad is an active member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists.

Travis Sumner Principal & Co-Founder

Travis Sumner

Travis manages SumCo’s field operations, including project scheduling; equipment, personnel and materials allocation; and project supervision. His Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from Union College and a lifelong affinity for heavy equipment, seasoned by extensive earthwork experience on a variety of sensitive site conditions, enable Travis to maximize efficiency and minimize impacts to resource areas while delivering exceptional ecological results. Travis is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and holds Hoisting Engineer licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jonathan Gawrys Project Manager

Jonathan joined SumCo in 2007 to coordinate and supervise native plant installation and to support other ecological construction projects. He is well versed in habitat preferences and the wetland indicator statuses of native species; plant installation and care methods; and invasive species wetland indicator statuses of native species; plant installation and care methods; and invasive species identification and eradication. Jonathan has continued to foster SumCo’s symbiotic relationships with top-quality plant nurseries and material suppliers. Prior to joining SumCo, Jonathan was a project manager and supervisor for Great Meadows, LLC, an environmental contracting company specializing in salt marsh restoration. He holds Hoisting Engineer licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Timothy Chorey, LEED AP Project Supervisor

Tim joined SumCo in 2009 to expand our project management capabilities and capacity. After a rigorous apprenticeship period during which he was exposed to the full range our ecological services, Tim began independent coordination and supervision of our restoration projects. Previously, Tim was an Environmental Specialist and Surveyor for Beals & Thomas, Inc., a premier environmental consulting firm in Massachusetts. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Watershed Management from Colorado State University with a minor in Geology. He is LEED AP certified and holds Hoisting Engineer licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Arthur Zyro Project Supervisor

Arthur joined SumCo in 2008 to assist with project installations and serve as lead foreman on native plant installations.  Prior to joining SumCo, he teamed with Jonathan at Great Meadows, LLC on several complex salt marsh restoration projects.  Arthur earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.  He is a Massachusetts licensed Construction Supervisor and holds Hoisting Engineer licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

WHAT THEY SAY

“SumCo knew what the best solution was for the environment and for the long term well-being of the restoration.”

Justin Lamoureux, Project Engineer
Horsley Witten Group

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