Member Spotlight: TKI Construction
Brandon Panopoulos radiates a calm energy when he describes his passion for the construction industry. This year Brandon took over full ownership of TKI Construction and is making big moves for the company's future.
TKI recently completed construction on the flagship Mr. Lube store in Kelowna, where they went beyond your standard oil change facility and built a truly stunning building. Brandon had the opportunity to work with the Mr. Lube franchise owner to design a tower and architectural details that make the store more visually appealing than it would otherwise be.
With tight timelines Brandon considers himself fortunate for a good team that is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done. This particular project is a testament to the culture of TKI and the trades they work with -- 20-30 people on a small jobsite, 6-7 days a week, giving 110%. It’s a culture of going above and beyond that filters down to all involved on any TKI project.
When talking with Brandon you can’t help but notice his feeling of attachment to the Mr. Lube building, a sense of pride and ownership that accompanies a job well done. “I want everyone I work with to feel like that on our projects.”
The value of worth ethic was engrained into Brandon at an early age through the family farm in Mara Lake and it still sticks with him today “if it is not good enough, then it has to get fixed.”
TKI Construction was started in 2009 by Tim Krogh with Brandon Panopoulos joining and forming a partnership in 2010. In those early days the duo worked together in a small room in Tim’s basement and took on any job that came their way, no matter the size.
Their motto of “always choosing to do the right thing, whether it is good for us or not” has paid off tenfold, so much so that Brandon can tell you numerous stories of satisfied clients who have referred the company to larger and more sophisticated projects. “There is nothing more powerful than when someone trusts you, and you never break that trust” says Brandon “I think that’s what's made us successful; Tim understood that, I understand that, and our team understands that”.
Customer service is second nature to Brandon and the entire team at TKI. This philosophy is demonstrated by the power of one franchise owner recommending TKI to other owners and ultimately leading to TKI building 6 flagship Mr. Lube stores, along with a store relocation, and 2 renovations for stores across BC and Alberta.
“We try to be fair, honest, and transparent with everybody.”
Brandon, now a Gold Seal Project Manager, got his start in the construction industry at PCL Constructors, after he completed the Building Technology Diploma at BCIT. He was able to gain quality experience while working on many notable projects with PCL in the region and in 2010 Brandon joined forces with Tim. Since then TKI has worked on projects such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Tamarack Centre Renovation in Cranbrook, Pharmasave, Blenz Coffee, Kelowna Food Bank and Memorial Park Amphitheatre.
TKI Construction has been a SICA member since their early days in business, “a big part of why we joined SICA is credibility” says Brandon “Having the support, and access to bidding and the online plan room was crucial at the beginning”. Eight years later Brandon is still confident in their decision to join SICA, even though their goals of membership have changed.
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