25 Years Later They're Still Creating "Raving Fans" of DenMar Electric

It’s been 25 years since [VICA Member] DenMar Electric Ltd. first opened its doors. Under the ownership of Chris Turnbull (R) and Rick Bayko (C), the company has experienced steady growth effectively building a strong reputation across the island as a high quality, customer service-oriented residential and commercial electrical contractor. DenMar’s vast array of expertise ranges from new construction to renovations and everything in between.

Dennis and Maureen McLeod, Bayko’s parents, founded the company on July 4, 1994. “It started with just the two of them owning a single van, sharing an office with one of their customers,” said Bayko. “The early beginnings of DenMar started with small service work in both the residential and commercial sector and steadily grew. Hard to imagine, DenMar had no computers; everything was done manually and written by hand.”

Turnbull first joined the company in 1995, but worked elsewhere for a few years, returning when he and Bayko decided to purchase the business in 2006. “Rick and I were good friends for years before we bought the company,” says Turnbull. “We talked about doing something together for a while, so when the opportunity to purchase DenMar came up, we jumped on it.”

Upon taking over the business, Turnbull and Bayko brought in more technology, changed and expanded the estimating system and added more computers. Quickly DenMar expanded beyond the area of small service work, taking on major projects and thriving in the midst of a construction boom. After just two years, the company had grown from 13 employees to 55. After having to reduce to 25-30 employees during the recession era, the company has once again grown, and now fields 50 plus employees from its head office in Nanaimo.

“DenMar Electric has maintained longevity and success by diversifying its staff, encouraging, and training them along the way to perform a wide variety of duties associated with the business,” says Bayko. “Chris and I recognized early on that we cannot be the ones expected to perform all the tasks. We had to continue to step up and train the staff to work as a team, support each other, and do an outstanding job. Retaining staff allows for the company to excel with happy, confident, knowledgeable employees who are able to successfully assist clientele. Additionally, employing younger staff brings energy to the company and the ability to train and stay current in the workforce.”

Mitchell Dent who has been with the company for the past four years comments, “DenMar has a great client base with lots of repetitive business, allowing us to get to know clients and project managers that we work with and establish a relationship. There’s a sense of achievement when we have repeat customers and general contractors who ask for us by name.”

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