“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen”
Robin Fredrickson, owner and operator of RMF Electrical Contracting started working in his trade at a young age. At the age of 14 Robin worked for his father Chris Fredrickson, a journeyman electrician. His training and experience led Robin to take the leap in 2008 and start his own business.
Robin’s commitment to “strong values of efficient, quality workmanship and attentive customer service” have allowed his business to survive the economic downturn and recession that hit the construction sector. In fact, Robin has grown his business and now employs 5 employees and is in the process of transitioning from a sole proprietorship to a limited company.
RMF Electrical Contracting was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Architecture in 2013 for its work on the Berkes Sloan residence. RMF Electrical is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to trends in the industry. Robin’s expertise in solar electric power has earned him the reputation as a go to resource for residential solar systems and he is currently exploring new systems in home automation which will allow owners to control their home power systems via a central keypad or smartphone.
When not working, Robin enjoys rock-climbing at the Skaha Bluffs, playing bass guitar or volunteering his time and resources to the Naramata Elementary School. He had until recently been a member of the Naramata Volunteer Firefighting Dept., until his growing business demands became too great.
Robin finds inspiration in his day to day challenges which he overcomes by “fixating on the possibilities that exist in overcoming them rather than the fear of being overwhelmed by them.” One significant obstacle he had to overcome, was learning how to run his business. “The technical work is the easy part, it’s what I have experience in and what I’ve been trained for. All the mechanics of running a business were totally foreign to me before and I’m still learning! It’s a continual and ongoing process.”
Having achieved remarkable business success in such a short time, Robin has some words of advice for burgeoning entrepreneurs:
- Know and understand how money flows in and out of your business, it is the lifeblood of your success (or failure);
- Be systematic and consistent in every aspect of your business. Pan, schedule and organize things as much as possible;
- Where there is complacency there is opportunity. Hold yourself to a higher standard and your business will be the higher ground others will cling to.
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