Davide Fantillo, Dekra-Lite Industries
At this time of year when Main Streets throughout B.C. are bright with festive lights and holiday decorations, chances are Davide Fantillo of Dekra-Lite had something to do with it.
“We light up Christmas!! But more specifically, we are the biggest commercial supplier of holiday LED lights, displays and décor for cities, towns, malls and properties right across Canada,” says Davide.
And by all accounts, things are looking bright. “Business is fantastic! Since I took over the company four years ago, we have grown over 100 per cent, adding a couple full time staff members to maintain and continue growth.”
Dekra-Lite also oversees lighting design and installation for commercial projects.
“It’s crazy busy between September through to the end of December, that’s when we do 75 per cent of our business,” he says.
His advice for a start-up entrepreneur: “Nothing comes easy, if you want to be successful then the work and time needs to be put in. If you’re not prepared to do that, then don’t get into business.”
When Davide isn’t lighting up Christmas, he’s the owner/operator of Crest Impressions a graphic design and print company in Port Coquitlam.
“Having great staff at Crest Impressions and empowering them to make day-to-day decisions and by having systems in place for them to follow is something I have implemented since day one,” says Davide.
The hard work is worth it. “What I love about it is what I do on a daily basis benefits myself, my family, my staff, my customers and my community. It really gives me the freedom to enjoy the fruits of my labour.”