The Business Journal shines a spotlight on 25 top electrical contractors in the North Bay. The following is based on a list of largest contractors published in the Feb. 16 issue and organized alphabetically by company.
Artistic Lighting & Electric
1945 E. Francisco Blvd., Ste. 28, San Rafael 94901; 415-456-1656; www.artisticlightingcorp.com; '08 revenue: $8.0 million; 45 employees
Top current project: 35,000-square-foot custom home and art gallery, Napa
Duane Johnson, 55, is president of Artistic Lighting & Electric, which designs, installs and maintains lighting and electrical systems for luxury homes and recording studios mainly in the North Bay and San Francisco, but some jobs have taken crews to international locales. Leading trends in the business are increased use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), digital lighting controls and energy-efficiency systems.
Merlin Johnson started the company in 1969, and his oldest son, Duane, started as an apprentice there a year later. He purchased the company from the family in 1985.
Dan Carlos and Julian Johnson
1241 Andersen Drive, Ste. C, San Rafael 94901; 415-457-5190; www.bos-electric.com; '08 revenue: $11.0 million; 30 employees
Recent projects: Mt. Tiburon Project, Tiburon, $395,000, and custom-home projects of $1.1 million and $500,000
Julian Johnson III started Being of Service in 1984. The Navy trained him in aviation electronics in 1968. He was a project supervisor for large electrical contractor American Eagle in 1979, and he went on his own in 1980. Two years later he moved to Marin County and worked as a contractor while attending electrical engineering courses, but he opted to pursue contracting to support his growing family.
The company incorporated in 1995 and now has offices on the Peninsula and in Hawaii.
Dan Carlos joined the company in 1991 as a supervisor, started overseeing day-to-day operations in 1994, and became a shareholder and vice president when the company incorporated in 1995.
In 2007 Electric Associates Design and Alpha-Lux Media Systems were formed. Mr. Carlos became president of BOS Electric, and Mr. Johnson took charge of Electrical Associates.
517 Jacoby St. #10, San Rafael 94901; 415-485-0777; www.eltrx.net; '08 revenue: $1.8 million; 12 employees
Stuart Brumbaugh opened Electrix in 1983 after starting at his father's company, Community Electric, begun in the early 1970s. His brother, field foreman Mark Brumbaugh, and father, Richard, joined the company in 1988, when Community Electric was sold.
Jolene Corcoran, Ray Lunardi and Ron Lunardi
Joe Lunardi Electric
5334 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa 95407; 707-545-4755; www.lunardielectric.com; '08 revenue: $14.0 million; 67 employees
Recent projects: American Canyon High School, American Canyon; Green Music Center, Rohnert Park; Silver Oak Cellars, Oakville
Siblings Jolene Corcoran, Ray Lunardi and Ron Lunardi are the principals of the electrical contracting firm Joe Lunardi started five decades ago.
4933 Hillsborough Drive, Petaluma 94954; 707-769-1604; www.kesmarthouse.com; '08 revenue: $1.5 million; nine employees
Recent projects: Private residence, Mill Valley, $193,000; private residence, San Francisco, $195,000; private residence, Belvedere, $231,000