SumCo Eco-Contracting’s Central Services Team supports seasoned Construction Team Leads who are given the authority to hire the best people, select the best project opportunities, and perform our work as their experience dictates, always with our client’s best interests in mind.
CONSTRUCTION TEAM LEADS
SumCo Eco Team Leads are skilled construction professionals who lead and mentor their crews, including high-performing project managers, foremen, operators, craftsmen, and laborers. Each Team Lead brings a diverse mix of construction experience to our client projects, augmenting our Eco improvement expertise with broad traditional site, civil and environmental construction expertise.
NEW ENGLAND REGION
Ron has over 19 years of civil and environmental construction experience. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Vice President and Senior Project Manager at a general contractor specializing in utilities and excavation. Ron has additional experience in dam rehabilitation, coastal resiliency, site development, utilities, water, and wastewater projects in the commercial, residential, educational, and municipal sectors.
Steve has over 35 years of civil and environmental construction experience. Prior to joining the SumCo Eco in 2013, Steve held operations management, superintendent, and general manager positions at several large contractors. Steve has particular expertise in dam improvement projects, dam removals, river restoration, and fish passage.
As SumCo Eco’s Landscaping Team Lead, Jon leads SumCo’s planting, bioengineering, and landscaping activities, having joined the firm in 2007. Jon supports SumCo Eco’s Construction Team Leads’ landscaping needs while serving direct clients as well. Jon is a Licensed Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator; Licensed Massachusetts and Rhode Island Hoisting Engineer; Massachusetts Certified Horticulturalist, Invasive Plant Management Certified (UMass Extension), and an Associate/Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Ecological Landscaping Alliance, and International Erosion Control Association.
Dave founded NETCO in 1991, forging decades-long private client relationships while establishing NETCO as a leader in coastal construction and construction project management for over 35 years. Dave and his NETCO team joined SumCo Eco in March 2019. Dave has completed hundreds of coastal, inland marine, heavy civil, public works, environmental, commercial, and real estate development projects in New England and elsewhere. Dave and his team also pioneered the use of biodegradable coir and jute fabrics for shoreline and coastal bank stabilization, where traditional “hard” engineering solutions cannot be used.
Robert Swain, LTE, CERP
Robert Swain founded The Dawson Corporation in 1975, after serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam. A construction company focused on ecological restoration, The Dawson Corporation joined SumCo Eco-Contracting in 2019. Mr. Swain is an NJDEP Licensed Tree Expert; Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner; serves as treasurer on the boards of the Society for Ecological Restoration – Mid-Atlantic chapter, and Native Plant Society of NJ; is also a life member of the Society of Wetland Scientists; and is a member of the NJ Forestry Association, Land Improvement Contractors of America, NJ Forestry Association, International Society of Arboriculture, and Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Sean McCann has over 10 years of experience as a Project Manager for various types of construction projects ranging from heavy-highway (bridges and roads), marine construction, dredging, and ecological restoration. He has worked directly with many Owners and Stakeholders, such as the Florida Department of Transportation, Walt Disney World, New Jersey Department of Transportation, US Army Corp of Engineers, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Government Services Administration, to ensure successful projects completed safely and in a timely manner. Sean was the Project Manager for the very successful construction of the Shooting Island Living Shoreline in Ocean City, NJ that was the largest living shoreline restoration in the State of New Jersey at the time of construction. This project also included the construction of new oyster reefs with oyster castle blocks. He has also been a part of beach restoration projects for USACE and has thorough experience of marine construction and working in dynamic marine environments on both his dredging and bridge projects.
CENTRAL SERVICES TEAM
Chad Sumner, Principal
Chad is a co-founder and Managing Principal of the company. Chad continuously defines and advances the firm’s ecological construction niche; has assembled and guides its complementary construction leadership team in addressing the diverse ecological, environmental, and infrastructure challenges posed by our changing climate; and collaborates with industry stakeholders to improve best practices in ecological construction.
Chad is a scientist by education and training, having received his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and dual Bachelor’s degrees magna cum laude in Geology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked “in the field” at project sites for nearly 20 years and oversaw the development and installation of the firm’s ecological construction and revegetation projects for over 10 years.
Chad is an active member of and frequent presenter at the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists, and the Environmental Business Council of New England, for which he also serves as a member of the board of directors.
Travis Sumner, Principal
Travis is a co-founder and principal of the company. Travis has spent his entire career in ecological restoration – in the field, logging tens of thousands of hours constructing some of the most exciting and innovative restoration projects in the Northeast.
As a Principal of the firm, Travis focuses on strategic growth, planning, client development, and staff leadership. As Director of Field Operations, he leads SumCo Eco’s overall field project execution and is additionally responsible for its wetland earthwork, coastal resiliency, and planting activities.
Travis received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College; is a Licensed Hoisting Engineer; member of SER, ASME, SAE, and Order of the Engineer.
Ely Mahan, Chief of Estimating & Dredging Division Manager
Ely has over 19 years of heavy civil and environmental construction experience and leads the company’s Estimating Team and Dredging Division. His project experience includes large-scale dredging and marine construction; soil remediation and environmental mitigation; heavy highway construction, and general civil and site construction throughout the East and Gulf coastal regions of the United States.
Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Ely held senior estimating and project management positions at several large construction firms. He received both a B.E. in Civil Engineering and B.E. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Tech.
Martin McHugh, JD, Regional Manager
Marty’s expertise with nature-based/green infrastructure solutions supports our efforts to provide resilience and enhanced quality of life for our communities. As an NJ Deputy Attorney General, he litigated major oil spills, contaminated site cleanups, and penalty actions. Marty went on to establish NJ’s Natural Resource Damage Program to restore wildlife, habitat, and other public resources injured by spills and contaminant discharges. As Director of N.J. Fish & Wildlife, Marty was responsible for the state’s conservation programs and 350,000 acres of public lands. Following Hurricane Sandy, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation brought Marty in to help manage their $100 million Coastal Resiliency Grant program in 13 impacted states.
Paul DeVirgilio, General Superintendent
Paul has over 25 years of heavy civil and environmental construction experience. As firm General Superintendent, Paul is responsible for worker safety, hiring, machinery and equipment, and general project administration.
Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Paul held construction project management and leadership positions at several large construction firms. Paul’s construction expertise includes site development, remediation, utilities, dredging, and more for public, institutional and private clients. Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Northeastern University.