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 2014
Paganini Electric Corp., 
San Francisco, was founded in 1948 as a traditional electrical contractor. Since 1998, the company has maintained two divisions: Paganini Electric Corp. (traditional electrical contracting) and Paganini Communications Inc. (low-voltage work); the latter is operated as a separate business. There are approximately 140 employees in the company as a whole. 
June 2014
Founded in 1963, San Diego-based Saturn Electric started out exclusively as a full-service electrical contractor. Ron Dudek purchased the company in 1977, and 20 years later, Ron’s son, Tim, joined the firm. In 2005, Tim became president. READ MORE
May 2014
While some employers simply write their premium checks to cover the costs of workers’ compensation programs, others realize they can reduce these premium costs. Some employers use a piecemeal approach. Others realize that real success is the result of creating and managing an integrated and holistic workers’ compensation management program. READ MORE
April 2014
Energy ETC, Union City, Calif., founded in 1993, does a lot with only six employees. READ MORE
February 2014
HMT Electric Inc., Escondido, Calif., was established in 2007. The company, which employs about 100 people, specializes in commercial electrical installations in high-rise construction projects (generally 30–40 stories) that use cast-in-place concrete design. READ MORE
November 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. As implementation is now underway, what are the implications of the ACA for electrical contractors? To discuss the answer to that question in detail would take thousands of pages. However, some key points are summarized here.
October 2013
PDE Total Energy Solutions in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., with a satellite office in San Leandro, is a full-service electrical contracting company. The company started 24 years ago under the name Pacific Data Electric, focused primarily on design/build alternating current/­direct current (DC) electrical systems and building management control systems for critical power applications in data centers. READ MORE
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.