474: How Technology is Influencing Cupertino Electric

Mar 02, 2018

John Boncher is the CEO of Cupertino Electric, a tech-powered infrastructure, and engineering company headquartered in the West Coast. With commercial customers of all shapes and sizes in a variety of industries, Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is best known for designing and installing first-of-their-kind electrical systems that help customers achieve their vision.

Despite offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Los Angeles area where many commercial projects are built, CEI also regularly delivers projects across the U.S. for large renewable, utility, and data center customers.This diversified approach provides the flexibility to deploy the right resources at the right time for maximum customer benefit. By offering innovative services based on decades of knowledge and results, this “best of both worlds” offering has continued to fuel CEI’s success.

The company has over 3000 employees nationally and expecting to top $1Billion in revenue this year. They build also build data centers for some of the world’s largest tech companies, some of the largest solar farms in the U.S. and even Levi’s Stadium.

As president and CEO of Cupertino Electric (CEI), John drives the strategic direction and profitability of one of the largest electrical engineering and construction firms in the U.S. As a next-generation leader at CEI, John has helped position the company to dominate in major commercial, solar, data center and utility markets, while expanding the company’s geographic reach. A vocal proponent of skilled trades careers for young people, John is involved with organizations that are focused on broadening the metric for “success” in and around Silicon Valley.

John shares his story and how technology is influencing the way CEI works. We also talk about the how a lack of trade skills is leaving many job roles unfilled and how kids can prepare to fills these roles.

The demand for workers is only rising as the economy booms, as baby boomers retire and as massive natural disasters – hurricanes, fires, etc. – exacerbate the need for skilled trades workers. Cupertino’s toughest challenge is to recruit the next generation of skilled trades workers into the workforce to meet demand and to debunk the myths surrounding the trades along the way.

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