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SPOTLIGHT: Sean Hollister, Construction Manager

Sean Hollister started out big in Detroit. And he hasn’t slowed down in nearly 20 years leading high-profile construction projects in the city.

He’s already put his stamp on Ford Field and Comerica Park. Now as senior project manager of Detroit Events Center construction for general contractor Barton Malow-Hunt and White, Hollister is drawing from a deep well of experience.

What drives him is a passion for a project that’s so important for residents of the city of Detroit and for fans of the Detroit Red Wings.

“One thing that I’ve learned is that Detroiters have extreme pride in what they do,” said Hollister. “They’re proud of the work that they do and let’s face it, we have the best workforce in the area. Nobody else works harder than the Detroiter does.”

Hollister graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 with a construction management degree and immediately went to work renovating the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Through his career he’s had a hand in overhauling other arenas like Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. and most recently Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

Hollister is a native of Metro Detroit where he lives with his family today.

“I’ve been fortunate to work on some pretty neat projects and it’s all led to being here,” said Hollister. “Really, by far, this is the most exciting project I’ve ever been a part of.”

On the Detroit Events Center construction site Hollister heads up a construction management team overseeing as many as 200 workers.

The Detroit Events Center, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and the premier sports and entertainment venue in Metro Detroit, will open in September 2017.

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