William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

August 2013
Karal Turbes, president and owner of Data Kable Technology, San Ramon, Calif., launched her company with the sole purpose of doing low-voltage work, and that’s all she does.
 “I have been in the low-voltage business for about 18 years, including work I did in sales,” she said. “I eventually decided to branch out on my own and start my own company.”
June 2013
Beci Electric, Oakland, Calif., was established in 1985 by Beci Anderson (president and CEO); her father, Robert Waggener (estimator); and her brother, Rex Waggener (vice president and project supervisor). The company currently employs some 18 people in the field and six in the office. About 30 percent of the company’s business is low-voltage work.
April 2013
H&S Electric Inc., Valencia, Calif., has been in business since 1990. Its services include construction, commissioning, consulting, energy analysis, engineering safety, green building/­sustainability, maintenance and operations, systems management, systems design, and technology evaluation. It works directly on projects or as part of a subcontracting team.
March 2013
Valerie Chan, president of Electricwork Solutions Inc., Oakland, Calif., began her business in 2005. She is a one-person operation, with 30 to 40 percent of her business being low-voltage work.
 Prior to starting her own company, Chan worked for the Oakland Federal Building for about six years, beginning as the facility electrician.
December 2012
While some contractors start out doing traditional work and then expand into low-voltage, others actually begin in low-voltage work and stick with it. Advent Systems Advent Systems, Elmhurst, Ill., employs more than 100 people in Chicago, Dallas, and Little Rock, Ark. READ MORE
October 2012
Classic Electric & Consulting, Oceano, Calif., devotes about 20 to 30 percent of its time and resources to low-voltage work. The company has an office manager and three full-time electricians, including owner Toby Mitchell. READ MORE
August 2012
Parsons Technologies, which provides low-voltage services, is a division of Parsons Electric LLC, Minneapolis. A little more than a decade ago, Parsons Electric did very little low-voltage work, and it delegated what low-voltage work it secured to subcontractors. However, over time, demand increased. READ MORE
June 2012
Cannon & Wendt Electric Co., Phoenix, has been in business since 1945. It launched the Cannon & Wendt Technologies division about a decade ago, according to Kerry Engmark, operations manager for the division. The vast majority of the division’s low-voltage work these days focuses on voice and data cabling, specifically copper, fiber and coaxial. READ MORE
April 2012
For contractors who want to get into or expand their presence in low-voltage work, who better to learn from than contractors who have decades of experience in these kinds of projects? Two such contractors are Robert Ford, Ph.D., P.E., president of Robert Ford Electric Co. and Coulter Engineers, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Paul Guarracino, president of J.M. Electrical Co. Inc., Lynnfield, Mass. READ MORE