The Path to Success: Q&A with Chuck Goodrich, President of Gaylor Electric

Construction worker connecting rebar to a crane

This blog post was originally published on Breaking Ground: the NCCER Blog, and was reposted with permission.

In the fall 2015 issue of The Cornerstone, out in October, we look at where some of industry’s top professionals started out and how their training led to where they are now. Construction is one of the few industries where hardworking and dedicated individuals can start at the bottom and work their way to the top, with or without a college degree. From laborers and helpers who become vice presidents, to utility workers who become directors, the opportunities in construction are endless. Over the next few weeks, we will share their inspirational stories on Breaking Ground.

Chuck Goodrich

Chuck Goodrich, President, Gaylor Electric

Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?

Chuck: I went to junior college to be an architect and graduated with an associate degree in architectural drafting. I transferred to Purdue University for civil engineering, but right after I joined the ABC student chapter I changed my major to building construction. It was at a golf outing hosted by the ABC chapter where I met John Gaylor, founder of Gaylor Electric, and he hired me at the ninth hole. I worked at Gaylor Electric during the summer of 1991 and all of the next year. Upon graduation in 1993, I wanted to work for a general contractor, so I worked at Balfour Beatty for a couple of years. In 1995, I came back to Gaylor Electric as an estimator and have been here since.

Q: What type of training have you received?

Chuck: I completed ABC’s electrical apprenticeship program, which is based on the NCCER curriculum. All of Gaylor Electric’s project engineers who graduate college must go through the ABC apprenticeship program. I also attended NCCER’s training academy at Clemson University. I have my Design Build Institute of America certificate and over 20 years of Dale Carnegie leadership training certificates. Training is the backbone of our industry’s success. When you apply training with experience, that’s when it becomes wisdom.

Q: What type of a lifestyle have you been able to have as a result of your career?

Chuck: I’ve made more friendships than I could have ever imagined. I’ve met the president of the United States, senators and congressmen. I have four children and a wife of 22 years. I get up each morning and come to work because it’s rewarding to watch people succeed. I love watching the people of our organization have the same opportunities I’ve had and watch them prosper.


About the Author
Amy Saxton

Amy Saxton

Amy Saxton is the communications manager at NCCER. Her role includes being the managing editor of NCCER’s biannual magazine, The Cornerstone, and its weekly blog, Breaking Ground. Amy has 10 years of marketing and public relations experience, including email, social media and grassroots marketing, promotions, event planning and writing press releases and feature articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida.