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Jim Burm
Jim BurmPartner Chief Operating Officer
Jim joined the Team in 1997. Jim has had a prolific 28+ year career in the construction industry highlighted by a progressive path of leadership and accountability, culminating in the promotion to VP of Project Management / Senior Project Manager for Nichols Construction Team. Jim’s portfolio includes Rochester Precision Optics, Trinity Montessori School, WXXI and all Harley School projects. Jim’s rock-solid understanding of design-build methodology and his ability to provide sound management decisions assures a smooth process, in the often turbulent atmosphere of construction projects.

Ric Carley
Ric CarleyPartner President
Ric joined Nichols Construction Team in 1991. He brings over 35 years of strategic planning and operational leadership experience to the team. During his tenure he has been responsible for leading and directing various projects and company operations. Today Ric is responsible for operational leadership and driving the strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and objectives. His belief is that it is absolutely critical that we are able to turn on a dime and provide quality construction services for our customers no matter how big or how small the project is. Ric’s most recent projects include St Jerome’s, Konar Flex 2, Vuzix, and Progressive Insurance. In addition, Ric has proudly served our Country for 34 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard and retired December 2011 as a Chief Master Sergeant.

John Nichols
John NicholsFounding Partner
John founded the construction company Nichols Construction Team in 1983 with his father Jim and his brother Brad. John has more than 40 years of construction experience. As president and CEO, John oversees all business operations as well as the overall construction management process ensuring that day-to-day operations meet or exceed the expectations of their clients. John manages all pre-construction services (budgets, estimates, value engineering), evaluates the client’s needs, develops project delivery strategies and obtains all necessary approvals. Leveraging his depth of experience and network, John helps clients find and acquire public incentive funding, as well as all available energy and utility grants and abatements. John takes great pride in helping clients see their dreams become realities and always strives to develop business relationships that are based on respect, trust, and honesty.
Clay Carpenter
Clay CarpenterPartner CEO/CFO
Clay joined the Team in 1998. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and is an expert in construction cost accounting. We approach all projects on an “open book” basis with clients. This has led Clay to develop project cost accounting records that are clear, concise and easily understood. Clay works closely with our Project Managers to ensure that all projects stay financially “on track.” Clay is highly regarded by all of our strategic financial and insurance partners as a “best-in-class” construction accounting and reporting professional.


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