Our Team

Fred NicholsFred Nichols, President

Fred is the founder and owner of Nichols Contracting.  His daily activities include client development, pre-construction services, and overseeing the sales team.  He assists the project management team with his field expertise and brings an infectious enthusiasm to the entire company.

Fred started his career in the field as a carpenter’s helper, worked his way up to lead superintendent, and then partner in his former company.  He was educated in construction management and critical path scheduling methods.  He founded Nichols Contracting in 1991.


Matt CheliusMatt Chelius, Operations Manager

Matt joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in October 2010 as Senior Project Manager to oversee the project team and directly manage projects.  In August of 2011 he took on the role of Operations Manager to supervise and improve operational functions including project management, finance, IT, marketing, and human resources.

Matt graduated with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.  Subsequent to college Matt worked at ThyssenKrupp Elevator for seven years at various positions from associate engineer to construction sales manager.  His management style and experience in the elevator industry have proven to be vital to the success of Nichols Contracting.


Mark ConnollyMark Connolly, Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in September of 2011 with high recommendation of a business partner.  In addition to managing the accounting team, Mark is responsible for risk management, insurance, and the financial well-being of Nichols Contracting and its affiliate companies.

Mark graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and shortly thereafter obtained his CPA license.  Prior to joining NCI, Mark worked for 22 years as Controller of the William V. Walsh Construction Co., Inc. in Rockville, MD.  His experience with construction firms has proved to be vital as he joined Nichols Contracting during a critical transition period for us.  He has been a welcome addition to the team.


Chase PendletonChase Pendleton, Business Development Associate

Chase joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in February of 2012 to support the sales team with a focus on elevator and escalator sales.  He works closely with Fred to survey, estimate, and create proposals while gaining expertise in the elevator code and industry.

Chase graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration from Fort Lewis College and completed construction management and estimating courses locally. Prior to joining the Nichols team, Chase developed strong customer relation and sales proficiency skills in the hospitality management industry with ConferenceDirect.


Paula MackelPaula Mackel, Sales Coordinator

Paula joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in January 2013 as the Office Manager.  She is responsible for human resources and record management, as well as providing support to Matt Chelius, the Operations Manager.

Paula brings 20+ years of experience in accounting and office management to the Nichols team.  She is very organized and detail oriented and brings a positive can-do attitude to every task.  Paula’s is the voice you will hear when you call the Nichols Contracting, Inc. office.  She is friendly, outgoing, and willing to assist you in any way.


Jaime Chavarria, Jaime ChavarriaLead Superintendent

Jaime has been with Nichols Contracting, Inc. since its inception in 1991.  He is responsible for managing all field personnel to achieve completion of projects on schedule, of the highest quality product, and per Nichols Contracting safety guidelines.

He worked in several trades before joining Nichols Contracting.  He worked as a foreman for years and took over as lead superintendent in 2004.  Jaime has gained the trust of our clients due to his unlimited availability and his relentless efforts to get the job done.


Allan HernandezAllan Hernandez, Project Manager

Allan joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in September of 2011 as Assistant Project Manager focusing on elevator and escalator projects.  He quickly learned the systems and was promoted to Project Manager in May of 2012, in addition to being our in-house drafter.

Allan graduated from Millersville University of PA, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a concentration in architectural drafting.  Prior to joining NCI, Allan worked for an architectural firm as an intern.  He has extensive drafting experience as well as doing 3D renderings.


Bob RedmanBob Redman, Assistant Project Manager

Bob joined Nichols Contracting, In. in January, 2013 as an Assistant Project Manager with a focus on managing and growing the general contracting business.  His responsibilities include bidding and estimating new jobs, scheduling and coordination of current jobs, and fostering lasting relationships with both clients and subcontractors.

Bob graduated from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  Prior to joining Nichols, Bob gained construction experience as an engineering technician with Geo-Technology Associates.  Bob’s dedication, strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence have proven to be a valuable asset to Nichols Contracting.


Tyler NicholsTyler Nichols, Project Engineer

Tyler graduated from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship.  Prior to joining the Nichols Team as a Project Engineer in April 2013, Tyler started at an early age working part time for Nichols in the field, running equipment and assisting on various projects.  He also brings prior experience from positions held in logistics and client relations, most notably the 2012 London Olympics.  When not working, Tyler enjoys fishing and being on the water.


Pat SweeneyPatricia Sweeney, Accounting Manager

Pat joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in August of 1993 as Office Manager and now holds the title of Accounting Manager.  She is responsible for accounts payables, receivables and payroll.  She has been integral in the growth of Nichols Contracting, performing almost every type of task at one time or another, and is an encyclopedia of all workings of Nichols Contracting.


Jon LarcoJonathan Larco, Accounting Assistant

Jonathan joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in January 2013 as Accounting Assistant to provide support to the accounting department.  Jonathan performs various duties ranging from assisting with accounts payables and receivables, reviewing payroll, assisting with communications to field personnel, and other administrative and project management support as needed.

Jonathan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Jonathan’s academic background in accounting and previous work experiences at DAL Remodeling, LLC and Rojas Larco Trucking, Inc. have been a valuable asset to the Nichols Contracting, Inc. team.


Chris GrotheChris Grothe, Purchasing & Logistics Manager .

Chris started with Nichols Contracting, Inc. as a skilled carpenter in February of 2012 and was promoted to his current position after only four months due to his meticulous attention to detail. In addition to being our Safety Officer, Chris is responsible for purchasing and delivering materials, tools, and equipment to our field personnel, and maintaining our warehouse, office, and vehicles.


Our field personnel include:


Marvin Guevara, 301-252-9070
Franco Marroquin, 240-372-4060
Mike Scott, 301-529-6533
Chuy Villatoro, 301-252-2691
Yony Guevara, 301-529-4390


Enrique Flores, 301-529-7161
Armando Lazaro, 202-390-0726
Javier Sosadelcid, 301-529-4159
Luis Vasquez, 240-372-0340
Rufino Rojas, 240-372-1026
Omar Hernandez, 301-529-9682


Drew Cutini, 301-529-2063