Engineering firm appoints president and CEO


Jeff Schumaker. Courtesy FTCH

A local engineering firm has a new leader.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH, appointed Jeff Schumaker, P.E., as president and CEO, according to the firm today.

The previous president and CEO, James Susan, P.E., will become chairman of the board.

Schumaker is the sixth president in the firm’s 63-year history.

“Along with his long tenure here at FTCH, Jeff brings a leadership style to this role that is a perfect fit,” Susan said. “His collaborative nature will draw together all of the firm’s talents to grow our reputation as an engineering, architecture and environmental leader.”

Schumaker joined FTCH in November 1996 as a structural engineer, developing and growing the firm’s steam distribution service offering, as well as higher education market.

As project manager and lead design engineer, Schumaker worked on many noteworthy projects, including steam tunnel replacements at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Schumaker was promoted to principal and SVP in 2016. His role transitioned into oversight of the firm’s operational committee and project management process. 

FTCH, an employee-owned firm, is managed by its 14 principals. One principal is set apart as president to provide executive leadership over the firm’s strategy, vision and operations.

Founded in 1956, FTCH is an engineering, architectural, environmental and construction management consulting firm with over 400 employees.

The firm recently opened its 11th office, in Ann Arbor, and is making plans to open a 12th office, in Indiana, later this year. 

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