Business of the Month: InControl Electric
Today I got the pleasure of interviewing one of our frequently used vendors for electrical work, Rico Juarez owner of InControl Electric. He was nice enough to let me come to one of his job sites to show me a little more of the behind the scenes of what he and his crew do on the job. This current job is new construction that is about 5,000 sq ft ocean view home in Santa Barbara where they are doing the electrical, audio and visual installation.
What is really amazing about Rico is he doesn’t view himself as the “boss” though he is the owner of his company. He likes having his crew “tight knit like a family” in his words, which we can appreciate because Kat and I have become close as well, and consider each other family. Having the blessing of that in a work environment is hard to find and sustain. Read more about Rico and his business:
How long has InControl Electric been in business?
How did you get into this line of work? How did this start?
No, I actually worked GrayBar which is an electrical whole sale house and got into it from there. Started selling materials and eventually started doing the electrician work.
How long have you been in the industry in total?
About 15 years now
How many guys are on your crew?
You do more than just electrical, as you were showing me here. What other services do you offer?
Electrical, audio, video, and security systems.
What areas do you service?
LA County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County out to Santa Maria.
What do you think makes you stand out from your competitors?
You know, it’s not really a competitive thing to us, everyone is pretty much blessed with work. We work as a team. I think also, honesty,
Disclaimer * we love recommending Rico and his team for our clients because they are communicative and professional and good at what they do.
What’s the best part of your job? What do you love most about it.
Everything, getting up every day and having a job to go to and lay out the guys and answering all the questions. I am doing work that I am confident in.
If there is something we can’t handle we are honest and we tell the client straight forward.
What do you think is the hardest part of your job?
Trying to be at ten different places at one time. :)
Do you guys service commercial and residential clients?
Yes. Mostly residential, commercial is sometimes too massive where I would refer it out to another electrician I know personally.
What jobs do you take the most pride in?
We take pride in everything we do whether it is a service call or something like this where it’s a 5,000 sf new construction project. We don’t take short cuts. We stay and get it done right.
It seems it helps a lot too that you have been doing it for so long you know exactly what needs to be done and what needs to happen for city requirements etc.
That is exactly right.