In 1976, Stan decided that he could pursue his passion as an electrician, full time! Electrical work came naturally to Stan. His knowledge grew and he began to move quickly through the ranks from helper, to journeyman, to Master Electrician. From the very beginning in his new career, Stan always believed there is a certain way that people should be treated.
He knew that recognition and support could motivate fellow workers to be productive and inspire their personal growth. He also discovered that recognition and motivation were often overlooked or ignored by some of the companies he worked for. Stan knew that by combining his expertise and knowledge of the trade and his personal belief he could provide a great foundation for a successful business venture. He knew if he had his own business, not only would he provide employment opportunities for others, he could help those that worked for him grow and prosper.
By the end of 1981, Stan decided the only way to work for a company that had his vision and culture of success was to start his own company. To do this, Stan sought out the strongest business mentor he knew, his father, a successful CPA in Texas. The first lesson his father taught him was that most business owners don’t realize, until it’s too late how to save their company from the continual financial issues of the fluctuating marketplace. It was important for Stan to be prepared for the good years and for the lean years.
His father reminded him that the money he would make does not belong to him. A prudent business owner must re-invest in the company and its employees to ensure that the company, and the employees are financially stable regardless of unpredictable economic times. Stan made use of this advice and counsel to build the right team around him with the goal of creating an amazing professional culture and operating philosophy. He built his business on developing and maintaining professional relationship with his customer base.
Now, four decades later, Stan has grown Gentzler from a small 12-person operation to a $70M company with over 400 employees. If you talk with Stan today he will tell you “I have the right team in place for today and for the future successes of tomorrow!” Gentzler Electric – a remarkable company committed to excellence.