As our business and qualifications grew, so did the range and size of our projects. We recognized that the dexterity of our field personnel allowed us to pursue larger projects by partnering with qualified subcontractors and self-performing supporting work as needed. This strategy required more management and allowed us to assemble an experienced team both from within and hired from other industry leaders. Our employees and partners own as diverse a skill set as our field personnel and can provide all services from complete design build, to adhering to the detailed quality control requirements of government contracts.
We consider the Nichols Contracting team a family, and similar to any family, education, safety and the well-being of our personnel is of the utmost importance. The family mindset correlates to the Nichols Contracting philosophy that every employee must demand the highest level of safety at all times. An investment in safety and continuing education is an investment in our family and our clients.
Our team goal for the future is to continue to grow NCI while improving the quality of our service. We are focused on providing industry-best services and strengthening our valued relationships that are vital to our success.
Fred 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.
Tyler Nichols |Vice President
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. Tyler currently overseas all project management and operations for the company. With that being said Tyler strives to exceed customer expectations and leaving the customer with a successful project. When not working, Tyler enjoys fishing and being on the water.
Paula Mackel |Exec Asst/Sales Coordinatorpmackel@nicholscontracting.com
Paula joined Nichols Contracting, Inc. in January 2013 as the Office Manager and is now our Executive Assistant/Sales Coordinator. She is responsible for assisting the sales team with bid opportunities, preparing professional bid packages and providing excellent customer service to our clients, as well as providing support to Fred Nichols, President.
Paula brings 20+ years of experience in accounting and office management to the Nichols team. She is very organized and detail oriented and is approaches every task with a positive can-do-attitude.
Bob Horton |Project Managerbhorton@nicholscontracting.com
Bob started out in construction working as a carpenter 35 years ago, as he was securing a construction management degree from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI. After completing his degree, he has spent the past 30 years in Construction Management in the following areas of Residential Construction, land development, industrial, commercial, as well as tenant build outs. He has a love for building and looks to many more years on new projects.
Rick Cantrell |Assistant Project Managerrcantrell@nicholscontracting.com
Rick earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Virginia Tech and studied business management in 2013. He has been with Nichols since January 2015. Since Working with Nichols he has learned and performed various functions of the construction process and project management. He is responsible for many of the tasks and coordination required to manage projects to the highest standards. He enjoys continually growing and learning to develop and expertise in his field.
Jacob Lawrence |Assistant Project Managerjlawrence@nicholscontracting.com
Jacob graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2013 with degrees in Bachelor of Science and Construction Management. To maintain and coordinating submittals to coordinating project close outs, he is very talented at what he does. He is originally from California and enjoys boxing and photography.
Jaime Chavarria |Lead Superintendentjchavarria@nicholscontracting.com
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.
John Calantonio |Assistant Estimatorjcalantonio@nicholscontracting.com
John Calantonio is from Rockville, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, graduated in December 2016. Currently he is taking additional courses at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He previously worked for a civil engineering firm as a subsurface utility engineer in which he designated underground utilities and performed test pits for government transportation engineering contacts. Under Mr. Nichols wing, he has learned on-site training which has helped him develop a deep understanding of elevator modernizations, ASME 17.1 code compliance and construction estimating. He is always learning new things to expand upon his skillset.
Alex Shoop |Sales Assistantashoop@nicholscontracting.com
Alex is from the local area and went to Sherwood High school. Upon graduating Fred, has taken Alex on as Sales Assistant. He has been learning new skills every day.
Patricia Sweeney |Accounting Managerpsweeney@nicholscontracting.com
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.
Mary Sulima |Office Administratormsulima@nicholscontracting.com
Mary Sulima joined Nichols Contracting in January, 2015 to provide support to multiple Project Managers. She brings with her a strong background in office management and many years of experience in customer’s service. In addition, Mary brings with her a willingness to assist and lend a helping hand where ever needed. With her positive attitude Mary is a welcome addition to the Nichols team
Jonathan Toloza |Warehouse Managerjtoloza@nicholscontracting.com
Jonathan has spent most of his career doing various jobs in Construction industry throughout the east coast. While working at Nichols he has learned new skills, become a better manager, and is helping to organize the company’s assets.. His strong relationships with the crew and coworkers has helped NCI finish deadlines and projects. Jonathan’s exceptional organization skills make him a great asset to the team. He likes to spend time with his family and travel.
J. Scott LeViora, CPA, CM&AA |Chief Financial Officer
Scott joined Nichols Contracting in November 2017 as their Chief Financial Officer. Scott has over 30 years of experience with construction and real estate companies. Besides a strong background in accounting and finance, Scott brings extensive knowledge in business management, systems management, insurance and legal matters. Scott is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been in the Greater DC area since 1989. He lives in Germantown with many animals and his step daughter.
Katie Vargas |Human Resourceskvargas@nicholscontracting.com
Katie Vargas joined Nichols contracting in 2017 as the HR Manager. She has worked in Human Resources for 9 years, and her experience lies primarily in the Project Management and Civil Engineering industries. Katie holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Organizational Communications from Creighton University. She is originally from Chicago and doesn’t miss the winters.
Owen Yates |Controlleroyates@nicholscontracting.com
Owen Yates has had an extensive background in commercial construction, commercial real estate development, tract building, property management and residential design build. One of his biggest projects he has worked on as a financial accountant was a new construction of a $150,000,000 retail shopping mall in California. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and finance at the University of Maryland and a MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Christie Hall |Assistant Project Managerchall@nicholscontracting.com
Christie joined the NCI team in 2016 having been with a custom tube manufacturing company for 30 plus years and as a result brings with her extensive knowledge and experience in purchasing, sales, methods, cost analysis, processes, procedures, quality assurance and inventory control.
Heather McIntyre |Payrollhmcintyre@nicholscontracting.com
Heather joined Nichols Contracting in August 2015 with varied work experience in government, retail, and public accounting. She started as Accounting Assistant with responsibility for payroll, as well as assisting with accounts payable and providing support to the accounting team. She is currently the Payroll Administrator for Nichols Contracting, Inc. (Maryland and Florida), as well as Nichols Power Systems Company, Inc.
Debbie Kibiloski |Staff Accountantdkibiloski@nicholscontracting.com
Debbie Kibiloski joined Nichols Contracting in August of 2017 as a Staff Accountant and is responsible for account payables for both Nichols Contracting and Nichols Power Systems. Debbie brings over 20 years’ experience in office management and customer service to the Nichols team. She is very organized and is always willing to go the extra mile to assist her customers and coworkers.
Ilsia Marin |Staff Accountantimarin@nicholscontracting.com
Ilsia Marin has had 5 years of property management experience and 11 years of construction business management and accounting experience. She is a certified Spanish Interpreter/Translator and as well as a certified tax preparer.