Myrtle L. Hitt Award
Perhaps it was fate that Myrtle Hitt ended up in the construction industry, but passion is what kept her here. Though her husband and co-founder Warren got his start in building and remodeling years before meeting Myrtle, their partnership is what got the business off the ground.
While he ran operations, Myrtle answered phones, kept the books, managed payroll, and generally ensured the business was running smoothly. “My mother was steady—hardly ever missing a day at the office,” shared Chairman Emeritus Russell Hitt.
“She had perhaps the best work ethic of any of us and together with my dad taught me the value of hard work from an early age.”
Arriving at the office each day at 5:30 a.m., Myrtle spent the mornings preparing checks for team members and subcontractors—two groups she cared deeply for. She always took a few minutes to chat with each person who stopped by on payday.
It was those interactions that earned her a reputation of trust in the industry amongst subcontractors. “She made our subcontractors a priority,” recalled Co-Chairman Jim Millar. “She saw them as the heart of our work and treated them like they were part of this company.”
Inspired by Myrtle’s passion and advocacy for our subcontractors, the Myrtle L. Hitt Award was established in 2001 in her honor. Decided by HITT team members, it’s bestowed upon a subcontractor who exemplifies The HITT Way of quality workmanship, excellent service, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
“This is our way of continuing her legacy, and honoring the way she thought the business ought to be run,” said Jim.