John C. Gaylor founded Gaylor Electric in 1984, with the express idea of bringing something new and different to the industry. With a strong belief in the merit-shop philosophy, he simply felt that there was no existing company that shared his personal and business values. From the beginning, John set out to surround himself with the top experts and craft professionals in the industry, which Gaylor Electric still continues to achieve. In more than two decades of operation, his vision has experienced remarkable success. John believes that this success is due to an uncompromising allegiance to a set of core governing values in all aspects of the enterprise.
John was a leader in every aspect of his life. He practiced his very own style of servant leadership, whether it be to clients or colleagues. In January of 1991, John was selected as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Contractor of the Year at the ABC National Convention in Maui. ABC is the largest construction trade association in the United States, with approximately 26,000 member companies. In 2014, John became Emeritus with the selling of the company.
John went on to serve as a Chairman of the Board of Directors for ABC Indiana/Kentucky from 1988 to 1989. He was also the recipient of the 2000 “Blue Chip Award” presented by the United States Chamber of Commerce. With his knowledge and expertise in the industry, John has also testified before the United States Congress on various business and labor topics.