Photo L-R: Jason Mauric, Phil Beemer, owner and president of MYESCO, and Taylor Ostwinkle.
Phil Beemer got almost $700,000 back for his customers in 2013 using utility company rebates for making energy improvements.
“There’s not a lot of people who can do what we do,” said Beemer, owner and president of Michigan Energy Service Company (MYESCO), 3926 West River Drive in downtown Comstock Park. “It’s a unique niche.”
Beemer had some fifteen years of experience in mechanical and electrical design, beginning in his freshman year in high school, before he launched his own business helping companies, organizations, and institutions save money on energy costs.
“I saw a need in the market place,” said Beemer. “People are experts in how to run their business but not how to run their building.”
MYESCO is an energy service company doing consulting in energy management, energy audits, and building construction, as well as calculations on energy investment and returns that are available. Beemer said he worked with a school district where “no one was pursuing rebates for them.” He was able to obtain $250,000 by pursuing those utility rebates for the district. Most of his customers are “very, very grateful” when they see the results of his work, he said.
Beemer decided to start his own business “because I wanted to work with customers rather than in a cubicle. I’m an entrepreneur by nature and liked the idea of starting a business from scratch.”
When he founded MYESCO in 2012, Beemer had one employee. There are now two employees - a project manager and an energy engineer. He is also looking to expand his business out of state. Beemer started his business in a Grandville office which he said was a long commute from where he was living in Rockford. He moved the business to downtown Comstock Park in early 2014 where he shares offices with The Savickas Group, a business consulting company. The two business complement each other, and they work on projects together.
“I like being in Comstock Park, with great restaurants close by, people out and about,” said Beemer, adding he also likes the closeness to downtown Grand Rapids. Beemer said he “loves” having the White Pine Trail right in back of his building. He, his employees, and the other people in the building keep bikes and running shoes at work so they can make regular use of the Trail.
Beemer is from Rockford MI graduating from Rockford High School in 2000. He attended Grand Valley State University’s School of Engineering earning a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in electrical engineering. Beemer and his wife Kiley live in northeast Grand Rapids. They have four children ages 15 years to 16 months and are expecting their fifth child. When he’s not busy with work, Beemer enjoys family time and attending his children’s sports events. He also donates time to Cornerstone University helping to make energy upgrades which he calls “one of my own personal satisfactions.”