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Chamber honors Mr. Electric, City as top business and industry

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Mr. Electric Bay Area and the City of Deer Park were honored at this week's Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry of the Year luncheon. The city was honored for its 125th anniversary celebration as well as its response to Hurricane Harvey while Mr. Electric was recognized for its contributions to the community.

BizIndOTYThe City of Deer Park and Mr. Electric of Bay Area were honored as the 2017 Industry and Business of the Year, respectively. The honors were bestowed by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce at this month's luncheon. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.For their dedication to the quality of life and well-being of the community, the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. Electric Bay Area and the City of Deer Park as its business and industry of the year, respectively.

The two entities were recognized at the chamber’s monthly luncheon earlier this week.

“When Brock Bihm opened Mr. Electric in Deer Park, he was totally committed to his business and he is totally committed to this community,” said Tim Culp, CEO of the Deer Park Chamber.

Much of Bihm’s personal assistance happens away from the spotlight, Culp said.

“He never wants recognition for it. He doesn’t want people to know he is helping. He just hands (it) over and says ‘Make sure this goal or this program has what it needs.’ He’s a community and team player,” said Culp.

Bihm said opening Mr. Electric was a leap of faith for him and his family.

“I had a nice, stable job, making good money. My wife was somewhat supportive, but she had all the faith in the world in me, and that’s all I needed to hear,” he said. “My wife was the one who found us a place here in Deer Park.”

There are approximately 185 Mr. Electric franchises, with locations in North America, Canada, Australia and Europe. With just three employees, Bihm opened an office in Pasadena in 2009 and three months later, moved to his current location at 2318 Center St.

By the end of 2015, Mr. Electric of Bay Area crossed the $2 million in total revenue and is ranked the No. 1 Mr. Electric franchise worldwide.

Bihm said he tries to live his life and operate Mr. Electric in the most simplistic fashion – he treats others the way he would like to be treated.

“I’ve been blessed to have some wonderful employees that have gotten us this far. One person can’t do all of this. You have to have good people in front of you and behind you,” he said.

In recognition of its yearlong 125th birthday celebration and its response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the City of Deer Park was named industry of the year by the Chamber.

“Celebrating this entire year was one thing, but what we witnessed this year was nothing short of amazing,” Culp said. “We live in a very special place. I don’t know another city like the city of Deer Park.”

During Hurricane Harvey, the city of Deer Park took control of its situation. In storms past, thousands of homes flooded. In response, past city officials resolved to protect its residents, businesses and their properties from storms and floods, Culp said.

“We were fine. Others were suffering and we were able to turn around and say ‘We’re OK, how can we help you?’ That was the city leadership we have in Deer Park,” Culp said.

“This community pulled together throughout the year let the citizens enjoy and learn the heritage and history of this community,” Culp said. “People with different issues came together, worked together and became friends that they could count on and trust. These are friends that in year 126,we’ll be better friends and plan better things.”

This is the greatest place to raise your family, said Culp.

Mayor Jerry Mouton accepted the award on behalf of the city. He invited the city’s directors and councilmembers to join him in accepting the presentation.

“It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of the city. This year will go down as a challenging year, When Harvey showed up, you figure out your intestinal fortitude. We were ready, exceeded expectations and I think the constituents here overall were pleased with how we responded,” said Mouton.

He said the city’s success is built on its department directors and staff.

“The employees do such a great job of implementing the policies and procedures. To witness this on a day-in and day-out basis .... They do such a great job,” he said.

“Investments that previous councils made in drainage, they paid off substantially,” Mouton said.

During Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, the city received approximately 25 inches of rain and 900 homes flooded. During Harvey, the city took in more than 50 inches of rain and 295 homes were reported to flood.

“It’s unfortunate that we had 295 homes flooded. We’re already working on next time to where we don’t have any homes flooded. We’re a blessed city,” he said. “We’re thankful that we could withstand what we endured and we’re proud to receive this honor and to create a quality of life for both our residents and businesses.”