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Ken Chamzuk,
Best Built-in Centre Ltd
August 1, 1945 –

Ken ChamzukWith 34 years of experience in the vacuum business, Ken Chamzuk stands as one of the biggest proponents of independent retailers. Prior to joining the central vacuum industry, Ken worked at Hudson Bay Company, one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, for fifteen years. However, Ken moved closer to the independent channel in 1983 as friend and owner of BEAM Canada, Paul Muser, presented him the opportunity to set up the BEAM B.C. Division.

For the next ten years with the help of wife Diane, Ken served as BEAM of Canada-B.C. General Manager, and in 1993 purchased the Vancouver retail store from BEAM Canada and established his company: Best Built-in Center Ltd. In the following years, he purchased stores in N. Vancouver, Coquitlam, and finally a Surrey location in 2008.

Ken and Best Built-in have earned many awards through the years, including Largest BEAM Dealer and Dealer of the Year several times. He credits his success to three people in particular, which include John Coglan, Paul Muser, and wife Diane to whom he has been married 48 years. Ken and Diane have three children, two of whom joined the Best Built-in staff and one who is pursuing a career as a lawyer, in addition to three beautiful grandchildren.

"Ken Chamzuk is like the face for central vacuums in Canada," says Tami Frankford, West Canadian Manager-Electrolux Homecare Products. "When no one knew what a central vacuum was, Ken was there pushing to get people to understand. I honestly feel that the market would not be where it is today, if it were not for Ken."

As for business philosophy, Ken strongly advises dealers to not only sell vacuums and to hire the best people they can, giving them the tools to do the job and succeed.

2017 VDTA-SDTA Hall of Fame Inductee