Top 40: Brandon Panopoulos
Contributed - Sep 18, 2020 - People in Business

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Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Under 40” program.

Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Under 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the sixth year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will be featured throughout the year on Okanagan Edge.

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Brandon Panopoulos brings a distinctive approach to construction. Over the past 10 years, he has used his vision, and entrepreneurial and leadership skills to grow TKI Construction and invest in important projects that shape our community, including the Child Advocacy Centre, Central Okanagan Food Bank and Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Prior to co-founding TKI Construction in 2010, Panopoulos began his career with PCL in 2002 and worked on numerous projects that have become important landmarks throughout the Okanagan. Panopoulos joined TKI first as a partner and became the sole owner in 2017. He is recognized for creating a workplace that is supportive of women and diversity, the caring team culture encouraging constant development for staff and a sense of family and teamwork.

Panopoulos gives back to the community by sitting on the Southern Interior Construction Association board, where he is able to share his knowledge for the betterment of the industry, and has been invited to facilitate Construction 101 courses to those new to the industry. In addition, Panopoulos invests his time and resources to raise awareness for mental health within the construction industry. As a father of two, Panopoulos cares about this community. His passion is to build structures that help the community and make a better place for all to grow.

Panopoulos is passionate about partnering with organizations and agencies that advocate for the safety and well-being of others. Over the years TKI has had the privilege of working on projects for non-profit organizations such as Child Advocacy Centre and Central Okanagan Food Bank, forming relationships that move beyond client and contractor by connecting with the vision and passion these organizations bring to the community. Panopoulos gives back by donating material, labour and financial resources to help these organizations bring their projects to life.

Panopoulos completed his diploma of technology in building science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2002 and holds a Gold Seal Certificate for project management through the Canadian Construction Association.

Panopoulos has received the following recognition for his leadership and contribution to the construction industry: BC Construction Association’s Construction Leadership Award in 2019 and the SICA Industry Awards of Excellence’s member of the year in 2019.

Q&A with Brandon Panopoulos

How are you currently approaching the current situation? 

We are taking COVID-19 very seriously and have from the very start of the pandemic. The safety of our team and clients is our first priority.

Where are you now? Are you still working, at home or at work?

We are currently open for business, and are working out of our office and construction sites. We have implemented many safety procedures and personal protective equipment policies to help ensure that we are keeping everyone as safe as possible while still being able to work. It’s been very important for us to support our team throughout this pandemic, and we did not want to entertain sending our people home if at all humanly possible. With our policy changes we have been able to continue to operate throughout these challenging times and are optimistic about the future.

What is your favourite quote?

One of our people gave me a piece of paper on my birthday a while ago with this quote written on it and I have kept it posted on my wall ever since. “What separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs. I find it very appropriate, as I always seem to choose the most difficult path if I believe it’s the right one, thus requiring the perseverance.


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