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John C. Gaylor founded Gaylor Electric in 1984 with the express idea of bringing something new and different to the industry. He simply felt that there was no existing company that shared his personal values and business philosophy. In more than two decades of operation, his vision has experienced remarkable success. John believes that this success is due in large part to an uncompromising allegiance to a set of core governing values in all aspects of the enterprise.
John was selected as the ABC Contractor of the Year at the ABC National convention in Maui on January 31, 1999. ABC is the largest construction trade association in the United States, with approximately 26,000 members.
John was also the recipient of the 2000 “Blue Chip Award” presented by the United States Chamber of Commerce.
John was selected as the Ernst & Young 1992 Entrepreneur of the Year for Indiana in the construction category and served as one of the judges in the 1995 Entrepreneur of the Year selection. He was also the recipient of the 1994 Ball State University College of Business Award of Achievement.
He is the recipient of the 1998 Ball State University College of Business Award of Distinction. John was also selected as Ball State’s Distinguished Alumni award presented at Homecoming 1999 and he was inducted into the Ball State University College of Business Hall of Fame on October 24, 2003.
John serves on the Dean’s Executive Committee of the Ball State University Miller College of Business and is the past-Chairman of the Ball State University Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He serves on the Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors. John is also the head of the Corporate Philanthropy Division of the Ball State Financial Campaign.
John also serves on the Ball State Construction Technology Advisory Board, and is President of the Purdue University Construction Advisory Council and the Purdue College of Technology Dean’s Executive Council.
John is a professional honorary member of Sigma Lambda Chi at Purdue University. John is the Past Chapter Chairman of the World President's Organization - Indiana Chapter. John also serves on the St. Vincent’s Hospital Board of Advisors and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
John is a native of Muncie, Indiana and a 1971 graduate of Muncie Central High School. He received a degree in Business from Ball State University in 1976. John and his wife, Valerie have 4 children. They reside in Carmel, Indiana.