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Meet the Staff

Darrell Taylor

Owner/Chief Executive Officer

Darrell Taylor began his career with an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University working as a design engineer creating patented robotics and electrical controls for various applications which many are still in use today.


From there, Darrell created and then operated an engineering and information technology department of a 1.2M sq ft facility of a major manufacturer while earning his MBA. Upon completion of his MBA, Darrell accepted a position as a program manager with a conglomerate Government contractor. In his career, Darrell obtained his Professional Engineering license in order to work for the public. Darrell founded a real estate investment company focused on reconstruction, rehabilitation, and leasing of properties. Darrell then partnered with a merger and acquisition firm with over 30 years of M&A experience and together with Darrell’s expertise in financial analysis, operational structures, business plan creation/packaging, an MBA, with a technical engineering background, he made the company one of the best firms in the area. In the 2010’s, Darrell also owned Premier Media Technologies, Destin’s highest-ranked luxury home automation systems contractor and Northwest Florida’s leading provider of custom home theater, audio, video, security, and home automation solutions. At Gulf Coast Electric, Darrell provides guidance and vision to the unequaled sophistication, professionalism, and respectability that is the history of Gulf Coast Electric. In his spare time, Darrell has enjoyed rebuilding antique pinball machines, traveling, hiking, hockey, and a small history of improvisational acting.

Jeff R. Linn

Founder / Advisory Board Chairman

In 1979 Jeff R. Linn graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and relocated to Destin, Florida. Mr. Linn took a job as an electricians helper with a small local electrical contracting firm and advanced rapidly to job foreman.

In 1980 Mr. Linn opened his own electrical contracting business, Gulf Coast Electric. The company operated out of a small garage/office located on Holiday Isle in Destin. In 1984 the company incorporated to J. R. Linn Electric Inc. d/b/a Gulf Coast Electric. A few years later the company had grown to over 35 employees, 25 trucks and operated out of a 3,000 sq. ft. office/warehouse located on Commerce Drive in the heart of Destin. Mr. Linn is a State of Florida Certified Licensed Electrical Contractor. Gulf Coast Electric was responsible for millions of dollars of electrical work in the surrounding communities both residential electrical and commercial electrical services. The company at that time was split into three divisions with a manager for each division. Residential Division providing electrical wiring of custom homes and renovations, Commercial Division and Service Division providing all types of electrical service work. Today Mr. Linn is still involved with the everyday operations of the company on a much smaller scale as the company is primarily involved in Electrical Service work. Today however just as he was over 30 years ago, Mr. Linn Still deeply cares and feels a responsibility for each and every customer’s utmost satisfaction along with the well being of the employees of Gulf Coast Electric.

Margaret Smith


Margaret Smith is the Treasurer at Gulf Coast Electric. Margaret came to Gulf Coast Electric with 25 years experience in accounting and collections. She has worked in the financial field since 1997.

She also communicates with our valued customers assuring their services need are met. Margaret does an excellent job keeping Gulf Coast Electric running smoothly.