After graduating from the New England Institute of Technology, Middletown Rhode Island native Christopher Kalil went to work for Bestoso and Butterton Electric Company followed by a few more contractors before founding his own firm, Chris Electric, Ltd., in 1982.
The company now employs 10 electricians who service Newport County, Tiverton, Little Compton, South County and West Bay residents and businesses. Through the years an impressive list of formidable clients contracted Chris and his crew of expert electricians. Among them was Doris Duke, the Newport heiress and philanthropist who contracted Chris to do maintenance on 87 properties in the area. The roster of renowned clients also includes the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, the Newport Harbor Corp., Boys Town New England in Portsmouth, and recently, Newport’s Trinity Episcopal Church, one of the nation’s oldest landmarks.
“We revamped all the exterior lighting at Trinity Church,” Chris noted. “So when you’re driving over the Newport Bridge at night and see that beacon, think of me!” Chris said in an interview for an article in the Road Island Builders Association News.
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Besides managing a successful company for the past forty years, Chris believes in giving back to the community. He is a major donor to the Dubois home building project in Burrillville, built by RIBA’s charity, Builders Helping Heroes, and Homes For Our Troops. He donated labor and materials, installing the electrical service, wiring for the generator and the outside lighting. He co-brokered with J&J Electric Co., which handled the interior work.
Chris is quick to credit the company’s success to his hard-working crew, whose attention to detail, courteous personal service, and completion of work on time, on budget, every time has earned Chris Electric, Ltd., their sterling reputation.