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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: NORTH COUNTY ELECTRIC
Sandpoint Living Local Magazine
May 2013 – Patty Hutchens
For over 25 years Sean and Lauren Behm worked in the fast paced city of Los Angeles. Eager to lead a healthier lifestyle, the couple searched for a new place to call home. With family already living in North Idaho, they decided it would be the perfect place to relocate. “The natural beauty of the area with the abundant outdoor activities won us over,” said Lauren.
They moved in 2008 and opened North County Electric in January 2009. A family run business, Lauren owns North County Electric offering a unique perspective to what is typically thought of as a male dominated field. Sean, a master certified electrician, has over 25 years experience and is one of the few electrical contractors who is also certified as a green builder; a specialty an increasing number of clients are requiring of their contractors.
In Los Angeles, Sean managed large crews on expansive commercial and industrial projects. His goal is to provide value engineering to all clients and develop leaders within North County Electric from the ground up. Lauren has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales. Her professionalism and dedication are part of what makes North County Electric successful. She oversees employee development, human resources, social media, accounting and sales.
North County Electric provides a vast array of services including electrical service, repair, new construction, remodels, generators, home automation and lighting systems. The company services residential, commercial as well as industrial clients. As a public works contractor, North County Electric preformed all the work on the Second Avenue project, as well as the Windbag Marina project in Sandpoint.
The company works closely with North Idaho builders and general contractors providing exceptional sub-contracting services. “We build relationships with our clients, architects, and real estate professionals through credibility and honesty,” said Lauren, adding that her company also provides lighting design and is a retail lighting specialist.
The couple has two children. Their daughter attends Sandpoint High School and is involved in dance in the community. Their son lives in Los Angeles where he is a high-end camera technician for the movie and television industry. Sean and Lauren enjoy skiing, boating, biking and hiking as well as music—especially the Festival at Sandpoint. They support youth athletics, and are an important participant in community building projects including Habitat for Humanity.
In the four plus years since opening, North County Electric has been successful in growing their company. In addition to their loyal clientele and referrals, they attribute much of their growing success to the business mentorship and leadership of North Idaho College. “Our business coach that we meet with monthly, Mike Wells, has become a great friend and mentor to us,” said Lauren adding that see and Sean also attend the Leadership Class with Bill Jhung, the Director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center.
North County Electric is currently accepting all electrical bidding opportunities and looks forward to forging excellent working relationships with all their clients.
Members: Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce/ Women in Business, PBCA (Panhandle Building Contractors Association), IBCA (Idaho Building Contractors Association), and the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders).