What Sets Us Apart

Our unique fixtures and client relationships help us to stand out from the competition. We are a family owned business and we treat our clients like family—offering open communication, honesty & integrity in everything we do.


Our attitude and expertise make for a cohesive experience, but it is our people who make us truly special.


Meet Our Team


Kip Driver | President


Kip is the third generation of Advance Electric and has worked here since he was 3 years old—the business is a huge part of who he is. Born and raised here in Gaylord, he graduated with a degree in business from Michigan State University. Over the years he has built long-term friendships with clients at both of our locations—he helped start and spent 15 years growing the North Carolina branch before returning to Gaylord a few years ago. He is always looking for expansion & growth opportunities for the business. 

His vision for making custom cabinetry is “New and now” fully functional custom cabinetry— this includes a more full-service experience for the clients, featuring specialty custom design offerings, building a client’s idea, and on-site warehouse stock.

His father transitioned the business from his parents and Kip will do the same for his children when the time comes. He wants to stress that growth is built on the solid foundation of the company, family values are still a big part of the business, and people become like family. Kip loves small-town living and giving back to the community where his family plays such an integral part. He currently sits on the Board of directors for the home builders association. In his off time, he enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, riding on his side-by-side, and camping. Kip’s family includes his wife Megan ( a Gaylord native) and the fourth generation of Advance Electric, their sons Christoper 2, and Blake 6. 




To him, the Advance Electric Culture is—


A strong focus on people feeling comfortable—great customer service means it feels like a family. 

Providing expertise, so that clients can have what’s best for them. 

The kitchen is the cultural part of the home.

Doing the right thing for clients with honesty and transparency. 



Andy Driver | Former President






The son of founders Jim and Kathy, the business is part of his family legacy. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he has worked with the business since the beginning—running it for the past 20 years. He has many accomplishments over his tenure—adding a division to manufacture cabinets and cabinetry trim which offers Northern Michigan and opening the North Carolina location in 2009 with a focus on cabinetry. This expansion has allowed the company to expand its reach and offerings. He plans to retire soon and pass the torch to Kip.

Andy lives in Boyne City with his wife and Karen and in his free time enjoys boating and spending time with his grandkids, Blake and Christopher ( The 4th Generation of Advance Electric).






To him, the Advance Electric Culture is—


Consistency, Quality and Service— our client retention speaks volumes to this.



Eve Legel | Main Buyer


A Michigan native, Eve has been with the company for over 20 years. She has held many positions here; gaining myriad abilities, growing her skillset & building client relationships. She began in sales/lighting, has worked as a showroom manager, and currently is the main buyer; specializing in lighting design.

Her process with a new client includes; An onsite rough electrical walk-through with all parties, a showroom appointment to select fixtures, and a follow-up onsite before an order is placed to fine-tune selections. The client can expect a more thorough and complete experience, that is less about Eve’s design style and more about her interpretation of a client’s desired aesthetic.

Often people come to her struggling with a project they have taken on and she helps guide them, allowing them to look at things differently and receive the help they need. She knows that size and scale are a big deal, it’s often hard to see the scope of things when they are in process and her strengths lie in making this process run smoothly. Her years of experience have given her an understanding of client needs and she appreciates when clients keep an open mind as it can enhance the overall experience. 

Eve’s hobbies include passion projects like thrifting and perennial gardening. She has excellent taste, literally, and holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. She has 3 children; her son is 14 & her daughters are 19 and 21.



To her, the Advance Electric Culture is—


“Only the next" products and service. 

About honesty & transparency. 

Focused on design and sales. 


Kim Sanders | 








Kim has been with Advance Electric for a year. Her favorite thing about working here is the impressive showroom that she helped design. Her Industry experience includes 3 years at Preston Feather assisting designers. She handles many of the walk-in showroom clients that need a few items & helps with overflow in all aspects of the business. Her focus is on interiors and heavy on design, style, and abilities. 

A Gladwin native, Kim has lived in Gaylord for 28 years. An outdoors-loving person; hiking and walking are her main stress relievers. She loves farm animals—especially chickens, water activities, and snowshoeing. She has two boys ages 19 and 21.





To her, the Advance Electric Culture is—


Offers Unique custom design.

has something for everyone, not just high-end—all are welcome.

Respecting & listening to what the client wants, and tailoring to their desires, at the end of the day it is their home. 


Kim Crawford | Back Office/Accounting









She joined the team 20 years ago as a bookkeeper and now works in the back office and accounting. She moved to the area from downstate and enjoys working for a family-owned business where everyone cares about each other! 

Her family includes her husband Ken and their 20-year-old son & 26-year-old daughter she enjoys traveling & hiking with. Her hobbies include painting, baking, and visiting National Parks.





To her, the Advance Electric Culture is—


Everyone cares about client satisfaction.

Make sure everything is perfect. 

Not a box store feel.

Kathy Alston | Purchasing










Kathy has been with advance Electric for two years and works in purchasing for the lighting showroom. Her duties include answering phones, placing orders, and delivery of products. She is a homebody that loves cooking and crafting. She has two daughters, ages 21 and 23.





To her, the Advance Electric Culture is—


Family oriented 3rd generation, local business that serves the community 

When clients are overwhelmed, the staff at Advance Electric possess the unique ability to determine their needs

It’s the service that sets them apart

Assisting clients to find something that they like that fits the times

Brodie Ford | Cabinet Shop Lead








Brody is a friend of the family who does custom cabinetry.