Michael J. Whalen, President of New Era Construction LLC, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His parents moved to Naples in 1970 to get away from the cold, harsh winters. After being a 3 sport athlete at Lely High School, Mike received a scholarship to play baseball and pitch for Edison Community College and the University of West Florida. When an injury to his pitching arm pushed him out of baseball, he fell back on his love for construction. He worked in the field 1 year each for 3 local firms learning the 3 F’s of carpentry….Form-Frame-Finish. Naples was starting its boom in 1988 and Mike started his own carpentry business at the age of 22.
During the rise of the construction industry in Southwest Florida, Mike also started his own concrete and masonry business. After knowing how to build all types of structures from the ground up, Mike received his Building Contractors license in 1993 and along the way came businesses in concrete pumping, site work, and manufacturing of precast concrete products. During the hey day of the construction boom Mike employed upwards of 350 people for 7 different companies he owned.
When the bubble burst in 2006 and the great recession started; Mike regrouped, received his General Contractors license and consolidated his hard-earned work to form a single source construction firm now known as New Era Construction LLC.
Mike lives in Naples and still resides at the same address he has had for 44 years. Besides work he loves to spend time with his wife Alison and his 4 kids….. Brooke, Daryl, Gianna, and Livia. Mike’s 23 year old son Larry passed away unexpectedly in June 2013. He also likes to tinker in the garage to build outdoor wood furniture & loves boating, fishing, biking, and golf. Go Dolphins, Heat and Rays!
Our goals are to produce a
“quality” product, maintain “budget”,
and deliver “on-time”.ggg
GOALS achieved =
3400 Prospect Ave Naples, FL 34104 ph: 239.825.4203 fax: 239.449.0412 MikeW@nec247.com
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