Northville native David L. Hamilton worked his way up the ladder in the construction industry with various companies, starting as a laborer and moving up to layout engineer, superintendent, general superintendent, project manager, vice president and then succeeding in becoming the president and CEO of The George W. Auch Company in Pontiac from 1994 to 2008.
Founded in 1908, The George W. Auch Company continues to operate as an employee owned, full-service construction management and general contracting firm located in Pontiac, specializing in educational, health care, municipal, and institutional construction. The Auch Company has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation in the construction industry for their professional execution of new construction, building additions and renovations.
A few of the notable projects David was involved with include the Canton City Hall, Village Theatre at Cherry Hill in Canton, Comerica Corporate Offices at One Detroit Center, Detroit’s People Mover, Max M. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Oakland County Courthouse, Grand Blanc Public Safety building, and many others.
In positions of authority, David always promoted a philosophy that encouraged the professional growth of those around him. He provided opportunities for young project engineers, managers and superintendents to participate in industry functions and training that helped in their career advancement. He also provided career challenges to individuals and always backed it up with the support and encouragement based on his years in the industry and expertise.
David also made a priority to give back to the industry and community. He served on numerous boards and panels which included the Detroit-area Laborers Health and Welfare Fund, Oakland Community College Foundation Board, and the Eastern Michigan University College of Engineering Technology Construction Management Accreditation Committee and served as director and juror for the Construction Innovation Forum.
He also was active in addressing organizations such as the National Association of Women in Construction, University of Michigan Civil Engineering Department, Construction Association of Michigan, Oakland Community College, among others.
David’s personal and professional integrity, ability as a builder, desire to teach others and help them succeed in their careers, determination to build and grow a business, and his generosity to give back to the industry and community with his time and treasure all help define him as a distinguished constructor.