Frank M. Chapman – President
Mr. Frank Chapman is responsible for the profitable management and growth of the firm, specializing in large-scale municipal, commercial and tribal contracting projects. Frank serves as primary liaison with the owners and representatives. He Coordinates bidding/estimating, negotiation and fulfillment of equitable contracts.
Frank became President of Native Sons, Ltd. (formerly Chapman Electric) in 1996. Prior to his Native Sons ownership, Mr. Chapman was a member of the Mohegan Tribal Utility Authority from 1996 to 2003, helping to develop and maintain the electric, gas, water and sewer systems for all tribal facilities and land. Frank has over 35+ years experience as a facilities manager, project foreman and journeyman electrician. He has significant expertise in business administration, project management, purchasing, scheduling, budget and contract administration. Frank is also skilled in supervising large crews, cross-trade, in meeting rigid specification deadlines, and codes.
Frank gained his construction experience while working for Northeast Utilities CL&P Division as a foreman. Frank completed his journeyman program at Thames Valley State Technical College and continues specialty training in various project planning and management, effective training strategies and numerous OSHA, EPA and NRC updates on workplace safety, hazardous materials, ect. He holds an electrician’s license in the state of Connecticut. He is also a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians.
Frank was proud to serve as the Mohegan Sun Resort Director of Engineering and Projects, responsible for directing the maintenance, reconfiguration and upgrade of 300,000 square feet of Casino, approximately 4,000,000square feet of retail, conference and support area, 1176 hotel rooms and 250 acres of outdoor facilities and grounds. Mr. Chapman developed and directed the engineering department’s $20,000,000 budget and 260 trade, engineering and support staff and handled the estimating, negotiation and enforcement of service and equipment contractors. He was later promoted to Golf Operations, with senior management responsibility for the upgrade and operation of the newly purchased Pautipaug Golf Course.
Michael T. Oles – General Manager
Michael is responsible for expanding operations through the Mi-Atlantic region. He is also responsible for all field operations outside of Connecticut including safety administration, sales, bidding/estimating, negotiation and contract fulfillment. Mr. Oles coordinates these operations with the operations of the home office and with the home office staff.
Mr. Oles became General Manager of Native Sons, Ltd. In January 2002. He has 39+ years experience in the building and construction industry as an estimator, project executive, and executive manager. Michael has substantial expertise in estimating, purchasing, scheduling, budgeting, financial management, contract administration, negotiation, labor relations and safety. Additionally, he has experience in property acquisition and management of multi-tenant buildings. He has managed and directed the national sales and manufacturing operations of a national brand product. Previously, he worked in the building trades and has had hands-on experience with various construction methods and with supervising large work crews. He has applied his field experience on many design and engineering projects.
Michael completed his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Management at Towson State University in Maryland. He has had numerous continuing education courses in contract law, scheduling, computer sciences design and safety. Prior to Native Sons, Ltd., Michael was employed by and managed Blumenthal-Kahn Electric, Ltd., and ENR top 600 Specialty Contractor. He also managed The Power House, Inc., and manufacturer of specialty equipment and BPI, a land and property development and holding company. Michael gained his construction field experience while employed at Oles Electric Company and Gopher Service, Inc. Mr. Oles holds Master Electricians licenses in numerous Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia jurisdictions.
The best projects are those where we are able to collaborate with the user/owner, the designer and the general contractor. These projects are where we are able to utilize all of our talents and experience and produce not just a good project but a spectacular one! We have been fortunate in having participated on a number of these types of jobs. Our work at the US Naval Academy Central Chiller Plants and Project Sunburst at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs are prime examples. In both these projects our intimate interactions made significant differences to the project and in both cases the projects were able to finish significantly ahead of schedule in large part due to our input.
At Native Sons it is remarkable to work with so many caring, considerate and knowledgeable people. From top to bottom the staff is genuinely concerned about the customer, the other contractors we work with, the company and each other. By focusing on what is best for each other it makes it easy to work together and coming to work is a pleasure.