In 1982 Gary Phillips began installing Vacuflo systems as a side job in Anchorage, Alaska after his career as an air traffic controller was grounded. A native Oregonian, he returned to the Portland area and restarted this satisfying business from his garage in 1987.
Gary’s Vacuflo has grown into one of the largest central vacuum dealers in the country, with more than 50 employees working from showrooms in SE Portland, Beaverton and Bend. Due to Gary’s marketing efforts, personal drive and the well deserved good will of his customers, he has brought recognition of the central vacuum industry to the Pacific Northwest and has popularized central vacuums with both builders and consumers.
Gary’s Vacuflo is consistently honored by various organizations and Gary has been a HBA board member for years. He is a long-time member of the VDTA and has given numerous educational presentations at VDTA conventions. Gary continues to give back to the industry by educating Green Building organizations on the benefits of central vacuum systems and by sharing his knowledge with other dealers. He has been instrumental in helping other dealers grow their businesses.
Gary is a very hands-on owner ensuring the Company’s vision statement “Delightfully exceeding expectations at all times” is always in focus.
2008 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee