If you’ve ever wondered how to bring the elegance and craftsmanship of the Renaissance period into the modern world, then just ask Vince Gunderson, President and CEO of Chameleon TopCoatings Ltd. in Edmonton.
He is a gifted and experienced tradesman who knows how to open doors and embrace windows of opportunity.
Here in Alberta, architectural and aesthetic demands present commercial and residential customers and developers with a myriad of colour, longevity and durability challenges. Enter Chameleon TopCoatings who has offered them custom-coloured door, window and garage door solutions since 2008.
“We work hard to fulfill the architectural visions of our partners who often battle complex jobs and tight timelines. Their feedback is awesome and it inspires us to explore new horizons, looking for entirely new solutions,” says Vince.
But how did this exploratory artists’ palette get its start? Well, when Vince, an autobody mechanic and painter by trade, and his wife Amber, were doing some home renovations they decided to use his expertise with detailed autobody painting on their new doors and windows. The contractor was intrigued himself, and after further discussions with other contractors and developers to find out more of what was needed in the industry, their part-time work slowly framed itself into a full-time business - Chameleon TopCoatings.
An idea on its own is a great first step, but how did they actually build the business itself? With a protean approach of course. They actively listened to others, did their homework in identifying the industry needs, developed a realistic plan, set goals and openly addressed challenges as they arose with their team.
Like their iconic brand, they are highly versatile, provide a range of services and focus forward. Quality, adaptation, integrity, diversity, solution-seeking and long-term relationships are the hallmarks for the success of their business and their team. Whatever the challenges that they’ve been presented with, like addressing how to stay relevant when the local economy takes a hit, their team pursues opportunities and solutions together.
“We don’t wait for the economy to affect us. Our team here, our family, depends on us to keep the wheels turning, so we continually seek out ways to scale up and expand our market. Our seasoned services are now offered to residential and commercial customers, developers, architects, government agencies, oilfield / gas plants and others.”
This expanded client list took time to build and hinged on active listening to others’ needs to be able to provide their clients with exactly what they needed. The team also adapted to changing needs by staying informed on trends, products and leading-edge technology to produce superior durability for their own products and services. Vince nails it on the head when he refers to his team, “We’re go-getters, that’s for sure!”
What picture are they painting for their future? Well, Vince is clear. “We want to expand our client base further and to see more colour out there, especially with commercial projects where durability counts that’s backed by a warranty.”
Wouldn’t you like to partner with Chameleon TopCoatings to bring a splash of colour into your life that you come home to every day or into your business to show your brand to the world?
Author: C. Tracy Williams
Editor in Chief, Alberta Business Review