About

A NAME YOU CAN TRUST

Taylor Electric Company was founded in 1922 by Sam Taylor, with his son Rufus Taylor joining the company in 1958 and later assuming the role of president. Throughout our history, we have been honored to provide services for many types of projects. Initially, we focused on smaller and mid-size jobs in the commercial and industrial sectors. Our many early successes positioned us over the years to bid on larger projects, including internationally recognized architectural landmarks. Now we are focused increasingly on vertical commercial and residential/hospitality projects, along with facilities maintenance of large-scale venues with complex electrical components.

Sam Taylor believed in himself and the people he hired and trained. He also believed that a man’s word was his bond and that it was not even necessary to sign a contract to do electrical work. It was he who first associated the words “A Name You Can Trust” Taylor Electric Company.

Rufus Taylor carried on his father’s tradition of trust, escalated the company’s growth, and began contracting with major companies to provide electrical services for new construction and the rehabilitation of multi-unit residential and special-use facilities.

TODAY’S LEADERSHIP TEAM

Leading the current expansion of Taylor Electric Company is the fourth generation of Taylor family members. Their strong work ethic and commitment to the company’s ongoing success carries on the family’s reputation for integrity and innovation.

KENDRA DINKINS

President / Chief Executive Officer
Shaw University, Biology

Initially served as Bookkeeper and was promoted to Controller, responsible for Taylor Electric Company’s financial and administrative systems and performance. Promoted to President/CEO in 2015. She currently oversees all day to day office operations and approves all bids, new hires and contracts.

KAREN MICHELE DINKINS

Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer
Western Illinois University, Public Communications and Human Relations DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management, Project Management

Started in the office in 1998 as secretary, was promoted to Office Manager where she handled all human resources needs and trained and oversaw all office staff. Promoted to Vice President / Chief Operations Officer in 2015.

BRYAN K. TAYLOR

Foreman / Electrician
Western Illinois University, Sociology

Began working as summer helper for Taylor Electric in 1988 and later trained as an apprentice.  In 1995 he became part owner and joined the Board of Directors after his father’s death in 1995.  Continued working as a apprentice and later as a journeyman.  Bryan came into the office as purchasing agent for several years before returning to the field as electrician and was later promoted to foreman.

CHRISTOPHER WARKE

Project Manager / Estimator
Valparaiso University, History

Started in the apprentice program in 1992 and worked his way up to journeyman, foreman and later project manager / estimator. As an experienced electrician of over 25 years, Christopher now serves as a Project Manager / Estimator bidding and overseeing our jobs to completion.

KURT EIERMAN

Project Manager / Estimator
United States Navy, Seabees-Electricity, Electronic Principals

Began work as a union electrician in 1990, has more than two decades of experience in the electrical construction industry as an electrician, estimator and project manager.  Started working for Taylor Electric Company in 2017 as an estimator and project manager.

GLORIA MILES

Project Manager / Estimator
Northern Illinois University, Electrical Engineering

Started working for Taylor Electric Company in 2000 estimating and bidding jobs and later also served as project manager.

SCOTT MYERS

Project Manager / Estimator
University of Wisconsin, Electrical Engineering 

Began work as a union electrician in 1996, was promoted to field engineer and then project manager In 2006.  Started working for Taylor Electric Company in 2013 as an estimator and project manager.

ANTHONY SAGE

General Superintendent/Safety Coordinator

Started Electrical Apprenticeship program in 1989. Having worked in field as electrician foreman and now superintendent for nearly 30 years Anthony “Tony” Sage supervises all foreman and electricians in the field. He Works with Project managers to make sure each job is completed safely on time and to the highest quality.

LEAH NICHIN

Bookkeeper
Ivy Tech, Accounting

Records and maintains all financial records for Taylor Electric company, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and more. She works with our accounting department to ensure all necessary government documents and financial statements are recorded and maintained.

Margaret Lorenz

Accounting Assistant
Wilber Wright College, Accounting

Assists our Bookkeeper in recording and maintaining all financial records for Taylor Electric company, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and more. She works to ensure all necessary government documents and financial statements are recorded and maintained.

JIMMIE REEVES

Warehouse Manager

Works to support our project managers and electricians to ensure that the tools and supplies we need are on site for every job. Keeps track of all equipment and maintains our warehouse.

RONEISHA HERRON

Administrative Assistant
Harold Washington, Business Management and Administration

Started as an intern through the Year Up Chicago Program. Currently assists all departments and office staff as needed and is responsible for certified payroll.

CHARLOTTE D. TAYLOR

Special Projects
Bradley University, Business Management and Administration
DePaul University College of Law

Charlotte returned to the family business after practicing law and working in legal academia. She oversees special projects, such as the 95th and 100th anniversary of the company.

FAMILY CULTURE

Our strong performance record has supported our company’s longevity. We continue to thrive as a family-owned and operated union contractor. While sustaining our many longterm relationships—developed by generations of past and current Taylor employees—we are rapidly expanding our business to a wider base of customers. Ultimately, by meeting the industry’s highest quality standards, Taylor Electric Company will do its part to help every customer achieve maximum success.

Our family culture works. Our staff of electricians average five years with Taylor Electric. Our professional, administrative, and office staff average 10 years on the job, with many having 15 or 20 years with Taylor Electric.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Our company and individual Taylor Electric employees have made a commitment to community service. For example, we completed a “Go Pink” campaign to celebrate and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Employees enthusiastically donned pink hardhats all month long in October 2016, while our company made donations to the University of Chicago’s Cancer Research Center. We know that we’re better when we help make others better too.