In the world of electrical contractors the name Sam Vaughan Jr., the
founder and president of Vaughan Electric Company, is likely to be viewed
as just one among many, but there is definitely something special about
this man and his company.
Sam started in the electrical industry fresh out of high school in 1952, with
Thomerson Electrical Company. He completed four years of apprenticeship
school and many evening business classes at Durham Technical Institute.
In 1959 he went on to work for Modern Electrical Company for one year. In
June of 1960 Sam and a fellow electrician, Lewis Fletcher, founded Quality
Electric Company. This was a very successful business that grew to be one
of the biggest and most reputable electrical contracting companies in the
Sam's son, Sam D. Vaughan III (Chip), had worked for Quality Electric
during the summer breaks from school since he was 14 years old. He
attended East Carolina University and worked part time for Watson Electric
Company in Greenville. After completing his college education in 1980 he
worked in electrical contractor sales for Electric Supply Company of High
Facing a very competitive industry, Sam Vaughan and his son, Chip
Vaughan, started Vaughan Electric Company in June of 1981. It takes a lot
of hard work, dedication and determination to start a business;
characteristics that Sam and Chip both posses. This dynamic duo opened
their doors with their Office Manager, Tony Cannady and 20 employees,
enough people to start wiring small scale commercial projects, multi-family
apartment projects and residential houses.
It was easier to start the business due to Sam's experience and numerous
contacts in the construction industry. Sam and Tony concentrate on
managing the day to day office responsibilities, bookkeeping, estimating
the jobs in the field and supervising the employees.
The company has grown over the last few years, retaining 60 full-time
employees to tackle larger electrical projects that spread around Durham,
Wake, and Orange County.
Vaughan Electric Company has been devoted to community affairs in a
multitude of ways throughout the years. Sam is a dedicated member and
officer of the Triangle Shrine Club, Amran Shrine Temple, and Oak Grove
Ruritan Club and 33 degree Mason of Scottish Rite. Both Sam and Chip
are members of the Oak Grove Masonic Lodge and Durham Electrical
Contractor's Association. They are both members of CECA that oversees
electrical contractors' activities and Sam is a member of CECA's Board of
Directors. Sam feels that the fellowship and networking among the electrical
contractors throughout the state of North Carolina is very important. The
prosperity of CECA is the responsibility of all its members.
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