Karl Bavolak started Bavolak Electric in 1971 and grew quickly from repeat business and referrals. Karl’s philosophy was to take the time to help the customer refine their needs, provide choices so the customer could decide what would give them the best value for their budget; and required that “all employees cheerfully, safely and legally provide installations with the highest possible level of value." Karl’s unique balance of people and technical skills were refined at the U of M where he majored in psychology with a focus in engineering. He was part of a design team at Northern Pump building gliders for the military in WWII. As a survivor of tuberculosis with only one lung left—he placed a high value on relationships with family, friends and business associates.