By Crystal Leto
On August 18th, Laborer Foreman (Local #177) Mike Sheil and Operating Engineer (Local #234) Kenny Pratt officially retired after 21 years and 19 years (respectively) with Neumann Brothers!
The previous day, a warehouse full of field and office personnel, family and friends got together to congratulate Mike and Kenny and celebrated their time at Neumann Brothers during a joint retirement party.
Before he presented Mike and Kenny with their retirement plaques, Senior Vice President / Shareholder Chad Bunner joked that “we’ve probably had more retirement get-togethers in the last two years than in all my 20 years, and now they’re going out two at a time!”
Above: Chad Bunner, Kenny Pratt and Mike Sheil
Mike began at Neumann Brothers as a laborer journeyman in 1996. According to Marshall Linn, Neumann was in need of a driver and Jim Trower told him to hire Mike after watching him in action on another job. Obviously – it was an excellent decision! Mike wrapped up his construction career with NBI as a laborer foreman.
Chad described Mike as “a truly dedicated employee known for his stories and jokes.”
“The best thing about Mike is he’s a team player,” Warehouse Manager Marc Barnes said. “I relied heavily on his industry expertise and previous field experience to ensure we were getting our deliveries right. Mike did what was best for the warehouse/yard team and for the company. In a nutshell, the guy is a professional through and through. He brought great credit upon himself and this company, and he earned my greatest respect.”
After 21 years with the company – his expertise, dedication and humor are sorely missed!
Above: Mike Sheil and his family take a minute to smile for the camera!
Kenny joined Neumann Brothers as an operating engineer in 1998. The expertise and wisdom he gained over the years made him a master in his field.
Chad shared that Kenny “never got riled up. He was always calm and collected.” He praised Kenny for being “a great mentor for the younger operating engineers and laborers who looked to him for direction.”
Of course, when you work with people day in and day out for years – friendships and shared experiences outside of work are inevitable. Aside from being an outstanding operating engineer and fantastic co-worker, Kenny used to dress up as Santa during the holidays and it’s been said he was quite good at it!
His competence and daily contributions to Neumann Brothers are irreplaceable. We all miss Kenny’s smiling face and quiet, easy-going manner!
Above: Kenny Pratt and his family are all smiles!
Both Mike and Kenny contributed to the success of Neumann and were a big part of daily life around here. We’ve had a few sightings at the Neumann yard/office since their retirements and it’s always a pleasant surprise. Please join us in congratulating and wishing each one the best in retirement!
Above: Newly retired Kenny Pratt and Mike Sheil