The CrystaLac Story
And a Few Others…
My Dad (AKA) Derek Becker
He’s a pretty cool cat. It all started in a barn. Well not really. My dad was born in 1933 and turned 84 years old this year. He is the hardest working man that I know and still insists on working today, even at 84! He is truly the sweetest, kindest, most giving man that you will ever meet. He is super smart, and can do anything. In fact, I think he is Superman! (only I know this)
A little history
- Derek went to paint school in San Francisco, CA where he learned how to formulate all kinds of coatings. He worked as Head Chemist and Formulator for several companies.
- He was drafted into the Navy and played the saxophone in the Navy Band. (Cool)
- At 27, he married my mom. They are still together 56 years strong.
Back to the Barn
As far as I know, my dad has always been making paint and specialty coatings, but what I remember the most is hanging out with him in an old barn next to our house in Candler, Florida. The barn is where all the magical formulations began. Not only did he make paint, he made all the mixing equipment and machinery to make his batches with. See, he really is a genius. He had a great, successful business going, supplying paint and finishes to several local companies.
In 1989 my folks moved to Mountain City, Tennessee and opened up their family business called Becker Labs. That is where the manufacturing plant for CrystaLac products was born and is still operating. CrystaLac Top Coats are made with the highest quality ingredients and everything is Environmentally Safe! Making all Eco Friendly products that are easy to use and extremely durable plus great customer service, has always been top priority for our company.
Oh, and BTW, I’m Dorinda. I’m the youngest child in our family of four kids. I have heard it said that the youngest child is always the smartest and most beautiful. That is true. LOL. I have had the privilege of working side by side with my dad for over 18 years now. He has taught me everything I know about life, finishes, formulating and running a business. He has also passed on some great genes for an awesome sense of humor and some musical talent as well. As of January 2017, I have taken on the family business and CrystaLac is now my baby. Together we make MAGIC!