Taylor Ross, 29
FOUNDER AND CEO
Life Story: Some people contemplate for years about what they’ll do after high school. The day he graduated, Taylor Ross got a call from a family friend who owned an electrical company. He started work the following Monday. The Pemberton native then spent some time in the North, plying his trade in places like Fort McMurray, Tumbler Ridge and Fort Nelson after completing an electrical apprenticeship at Thompson Rivers University. It wasn’t long before he got the itch to launch his own business. “I just started building a website, kind of developing it, and when I came home I would work some smaller jobs out of the back of my truck,” Ross recalls. “One day I just decided to go for it and quit.”
Bottom Line: That was in August 2015. Since then, Vancouver-based TDR Electric has grown to 19 employees and five service vans that roam the Lower Mainland. The company did more than $2 million in sales last year and has made a dent in the electric vehicle market: it’s one of Tesla’s top partners in the region for charging station installations.