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The Breeze Dozen: Cape Trailblazers -- Wayne R. Kirkwood

May 29, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Each week the Cape Coral Breeze will feature a leader within the business community -- public sector, private sector, or non-profit -- asking a dozen questions that focus on the person and the business in which they hold a leadership role.


Name: Wayne R. Kirkwood

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Wayne R. Kirkwood

Position: Owner/president

Company or organization: Kirkwood Electric Inc.

Industry: Construction

Contact information: / 239-574-3449

Address: Physical: 1018 S.E. 12th Court, Cape Coral, FL 33990; Mailing: PO Box 152000, Cape Coral, FL 33915-2000

Your business at a glance:

What you do: State certified Florida and North Carolina electrical contractor. New construction, remodel and repairs for all commercial, residential, service and marine electrical needs.

Unique niche: Creative skill and ability to take on and adapt to challenges. We are the go-to contractor for complex, unique and/or challenging projects, such as Tarpon Landings Condos, Westin Conference Center at Tarpon Point, Southeast 47th Terrace StreetScape, Rush Library at FSW, Estero Boulevard improvements at Fort Myers Beach, Fox Studios and broadcast tower, Gulf Harbor Country Club, Condo Towers and Marina, Eastern Metals, My Shower Door, The Waters of Cape Coral Assisted Living, Viscaya Animal Hospital, FineMark Bank, Texas Roadhouse and Twin Peaks Restaurants as a few examples.

Bragging rights: Fourth generation, 100-plus-year-old company. Half in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and half in Cape Coral. Pioneer (1960) Cape Coral family and company. One of the largest and oldest electrical contractors in Cape Coral.

Where you see your business in five years: Continuing Kirkwood Electric's 50-plus-year tradition in Cape Coral and Lee County

About you:

Describe yourself in one word: Sincere

Hero, role model or mentor: Hero: Walt Disney for his vision. Role Model: Winston Churchill for his tenacity. Mentor: My grandfather Orian Spear for his wisdom.

Person you'd most like to meet: Walt Disney for his vision and passion to bring joy to the world.

Book that changed your life: "Business @ The Speed of Thought" by Bill Gates.

Best business advice you've ever received: Your word is your bond, stand by your word and DEBT is never your friend.

Biggest risk you've ever taken: Owning and operating Kirkwood Electric (opening the doors to my business each day).

Personal passion: "Giving back" Hoping to leave things better than I found them for my family and community.

Guilty pleasure: Good cigar with a rum and coke, and boating



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