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About Chris-Tel

Published November 11, 2020

Building, Restoring, and Preserving Since 1989.

Chris-Tel Construction is one of the premier Construction Management and Design-Build firms in Florida, building some of the most iconic projects in the state. Our firm’s longevity, financial strength and long-standing relationships with members of the community have earned us the respect and prosperity in our industry.

What Sets Us Apart

Reputable. Experienced. Reliable

680 years of combined construction experience among our staff.

All of the Capacity. None of the corporate

We are large enough to do the job, yet small enough not to be burdened with overhead

Client-Oriented Focus.

We put our client's needs first and are committed to doing anything necessary to meet them

Our Commitment to Ethical Behavior.

We operate with one defining principle, "doing the right thing in all circumstances regardless of profit or loss"

We Believe in Giving Back.

We believe that it is important to give back to the communities and organizations that have helped us achieve our aspirations

How it Started

The firm was founded by Howard Wheeler, II in 1989 who, prior, spent time working for his father and grandfather learning the ins and outs of the construction industry. The Wheeler family is no stranger to construction and has deep roots in Fort Myers and storied construction experience, dating back to the early 1920’s.

The early years of the company were spent changing the size, scope, and direction of Chris-Tel. Initially, the work performed by the firm centered around high-end residential and commercial renovations. Over time, the firm entered into several continuing services contracts with municipal agencies and education institutions, quickly gaining a reputation for quality craftsmanship and reliable service. Today, Chris-Tel continues to serve just about every major municipality from Lee County to Monroe County on the west coast of Florida.

The firm has continued to experience steady growth. In 2019, Chris-Tel recognized an opportunity to expand its operations to the Florida Keys. After careful consideration, Marathon, Florida was identified as the optimal location for the firm’s second office, considering its central position throughout the Keys.

Fast forward to now, Chris-Tel now employs a dedicated team of over 50 employees. They have offices in both Fort Myers and Marathon, Florida and continue to take on many large-scale commercial construction projects. Chris-Tel’s longevity, financial strength, and reputation for completing projects on time and within budget have solidified their position within the industry. They are known throughout the community as a competitive construction firm that can do it all.

Executive Leadership

Howard Wheeler, II


Julie DePiro

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Jeff Morrow

Construction Operations Director

Molly Scott

Strategic Development Director

Alex Maziekas

Project Executive

Eric Schneider

Project Executive

Awards & Honors Awards & Honors


As a firm, we are active, participating members of countless community organizations including the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Real Estate Investment Society, Construction Specifications Institute, Public Relations Society of America, Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, American Institute of Architects, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and Horizon Council just to name a few.

Members of our team are very involved in the local community both inside and outside of work. Many volunteer their personal time to nonprofit organizations and serve on various advisory boards in the community.

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