New Employee Spotlight: Dave Hawkins
Our #EmployeeSpotlight shines on a brand new Otakian, one who has already enhanced our capabilities just by coming on board. Please give a warm welcome to Dave Hawkins, Principal at Tarr Whitman Group (TWG), a new division of Otak!
The Making of an Industry Leader
Dave is a graduate of the University of Washington (UW) with a B.S. in Building Construction, along with an MBA from the UW’s Foster School of Business. Dave’s connection with the UW runs deep, as his father even ran the College of Engineering. His career has spanned over 25 years on both the contractor and owner sides helping deliver some of the biggest capital projects and programs in the Pacific Northwest. He describes his expertise as the intersection of business and engineering, and his background includes contracts, value engineering, risk management, scheduling, and change management among others. Dave also loves the outdoors. He leads Canyoneering trips with the Seattle Mountaineers and is trained as a river raft guide. With more than enough experience under his belt and a shared love of natural spaces, Dave and the TWG team seemed like a prime fit into the Otak family.
New Horizons, New Services
Dave and the rest of the TWG team joined Otak in January 2022, and they have already hit the ground running in making our service lines stronger. The addition of TWG comes with the unveiling of Otak Project Controls. When asked what excites him about joining Otak, Dave said,
“Otak has an outstanding leadership team. We were impressed with the Otak team immediately. Otak and TWG plan to grow together and pursue what TWG does best – deliver mega projects and programs.”
To us, the feeling is mutual. We at Otak were immediately impressed with not only Dave as a leader, but also the TWG and their extensive, far-reaching body of work.
Past experience equals future success
Dave and TWG bring with them extensive program work at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Sound Transit, the Port of Seattle, Amgen, Microsoft, and even on the Blue Origin Rocket Program. Their legacy in the area has already expedited Otak’s access to major work programs across the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, TWG has given Otak a platform for the growth of its construction management vision thanks to their existing relationships within the project controls sector. When asked about TWG’s past success, Dave gave deference to Walter Tarr, their President and CEO:
“Walter Tarr started the company 16 years ago and is a big part of our past and current successes. We also hired smart people who did great work. That great work built a lot of trust with our clients. Those clients keep coming back to us and asking us to do more.”
We wholeheartedly agree. Otak prides itself on being a team of leaders, and when more leaders come into the fold, we only get more agile, and more experienced.
The Same Great Service, Only Bigger
Dave stresses the importance of maintaining existing relationships with TWG clients, adding that as Otak becomes more capable, TWG does too:
Over time we believe our clients will come to understand that joining Otak brings additional service offerings that go way beyond what TWG has done for them. Our team now has the depth and breadth to prime bigger projects, get involved earlier in programs, and bring more service offerings to our existing clients.
It’s go big or go home at Otak, and when we find someone who exemplifies that value, we can’t help but find a way to bring them on board. We’re glad to have Dave and his team among our ranks, and there is no doubt that Otak and TWG will continue to grow together under the same umbrella.
Let’s hear it for Dave, and here’s to all the great things that Otak and TWG can accomplish together.