From Eastern Bank...
Leading up to Memorial Day and during Small Business Month, we’re proud to highlight Sandwich-based Chapman Construction Group Inc. (CCGI), a woman- and veteran-owned business that people across Cape Cod and Massachusetts have been seeing a lot more of.
Founder and President Vicki Chapman, who is also a master electrician, and Sue Chapman, a veteran who joined as CEO in 2009, take building together to new heights. As contractors, their mission is to be the best in their field. They are leading women in the construction field.
CCGI provides extraordinary commercial electrical services throughout Boston and surrounding areas. Services include wiring for power distribution and commercial lighting installation, including for roadway or airport lighting. CCGI often handles public works projects.
CCGI recently expanded its focus in wastewater purification and has completed a number of projects across Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.
Throughout the course of their careers, Sue and Vicki have overcome the odds of successfully building a company in a male-dominated industry while becoming a certified Women Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
A veteran, Sue joined the military because she wanted to finish college through the GI Bill. She attributes her military service to the development of her leadership skills and discipline, which have been especially helpful in her second career in construction. CCGI is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business because Sue suffered hearing loss while in the military.
Vicki has spent more than 30 years in the construction industry. She was one of only a few women in trade school and earlier in her career. She is accustomed to being the only woman on the job and having to prove herself with every project. She began CCGI in 2002 and is just now seeing more women entering the field.
She says, “Construction has always been a man’s business. But women can work just as hard as men.” Her advice to business owners:
Vicki grew up on Cape Cod and while a large portion of her company’s work is in Boston and Northeast Massachusetts, a few years ago CCGI began being hired for more and more projects on Cape Cod. She relocated the business to Sandwich, and CCGI’s business on the Cape continues to grow. Working and living on Cape Cod, in addition to her children spending time in the Cape Cod home that three generations of her family have shared, are parts of Cape life that Vicki especially enjoys. With the business based in Sandwich, being involved in the town comes naturally and is an involvement she looks forward to continuing.
We’ve been seeing more of Vicki and Sue across the Cape and Boston suburbs as they are featured in Eastern Bank’s Join Us For Good campaign. This program inspires customers, communities and others to join together to “create a movement” to do good things and help people prosper. Eastern is a leader in the business community advocating, for example, for underserved communities, military veterans and their families, the advancement of women, and transgender equality.
Throughout this spring and May, Chapman Construction Group Inc. has been featured in billboards appearing in the Cape in Onset and in other communities that include Boston, Chelsea, Stoneham and Reading.
Sue Chapman says, “Doing good means helping everybody who is surrounding you. We’re all put on this earth to help one another and it’s really great to be able to do that. We want to pay it forward.”