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Jeremy Carlock is a 14-year veteran of the electrical industry and owner of Got Watts Electric & Solar, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 268-0666 or by email.

Jeremy Carlock

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Jeremy Carlock: High Wattage

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

PLEASANT HILL — While pursuing a career in law enforcement, Jeremy Carlock decided to cushion his professional future by learning a trade on the side. Little did he know, this secondary venture would later become his primary livelihood. “After high school, I enrolled in the California Highway Patrol Academy,” he recounts. “When one of my classes was put on hold, I went to work for a family friend who owned an electrical company. I figured it would be good to learn a skill that would keep me employable, in case I was ever laid off from law enforcement. After a couple of years, I decided to switch my focus to electrical work and applied to a union apprenticeship program.”

Having transitioned into full-time electrical work, Jeremy thought his future was secure—that is, until the economic downturn of 2008 left him without a job. However, amidst this seeming career setback, he was able to find a silver lining. “The 2008 crash hit the electrical industry really hard,” he remembers. “The company I worked for went from 125 employees to about 15, and I was one of the last to be laid off. Fortunately, I had been doing a little electrical work on the side, so it allowed me to devote more energy toward developing my own business. Things really started to take off around 2010, and my business has been growing ever since.”

Today, as owner of Got Watts Electric & Solar, Jeremy says his favorite part of his job is getting to the root of difficult problems. “I love troubleshooting—sometimes I call myself a professional problem solver. Whether it’s determining the cause of a malfunction or figuring out a creative way to access a hard-to-reach space, problem-solving is probably the most enjoyable part of it for me.”

A lifetime resident of the East Bay, Jeremy resides today near Benicia with his wife, Andrea, and their infant son, Justin. Not surprisingly, he says the bulk of his time outside of work is devoted to his family. “Most of my hobbies have been put on hold due to the birth of our child. Normally, my wife and I enjoy outdoor activities and trying different restaurants, but right now, we spend all of our time caring for and playing with our son.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Jeremy invokes the age-old Golden Rule. “My staff and I try to treat everyone the same way we’d want to be treated,” he explains. “So, when it comes to our customers’ projects, we take care of them and make sure they’re happy. We take the same detail-oriented approach on every project, regardless of its size, because to us, the customer’s satisfaction is always the top priority.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Jeremy says it would be a toss-up between two choices. “I would either rent a motorhome and take my family on a road trip or fly us to Mexico and hang out on the beach. Whichever sounds better at the time—I guess I can’t go wrong either way.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What are your favorite TV shows?
A: “Gold Rush” and “Deadliest Catch.”

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—it’s warm, and I’m able to get outside and do things.

Q: What’s your favorite type of food?
A: I like Asian cuisine, particularly Thai and Japanese food.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: Legos.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
A: I like vampire movies, so I’d have to say Dracula. He’s like the Sean Connery of vampires!

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The Whole House Fan Advantage

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PLEASANT HILL — If you’re looking for a more energy-efficient way to cool your home, a whole house fan might be the solution. During the summer, it’s common for people to run their air conditioners until late at night, not realizing that… Read more

Tesla Charging Options

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PLEASANT HILL – An important aspect of buying an electric vehicle is determining how you’re going to charge it. When it comes to charging a Tesla, there are two options to consider: NEMA 14-50 outlet Your first option for charging a Tesla… Read more

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Video: Advantages of a Whole House Fan

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PLEASANT HILL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for a low-cost, energy-efficient way to cool your home, it’s worthwhile to consider the many benefits of a whole… Read more

Brian Ramirez is a 16-year veteran of the electrical industry and owner of BR Electric, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (415) 682-6057 or by email.

Brian Ramirez

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Brian Ramirez: Wired for Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PLEASANTON — Not long after joining the workforce, a young Brian Ramirez was given the chance to learn a specialized trade—an opportunity he not only accepted, but also transformed into a lucrative livelihood. “When I was 20 years old, I was running heavy equipment in the labor union,” he remembers. “I met an electrician who was in need of an apprentice, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Pretty soon, I was wiring these really big custom homes, and by the age of 27, I had my license and started my own company.” When asked what attracted him to the electrical trade, Brian cites a number of factors. “I really liked the idea of being able to fix things other people couldn’t, as well as doing lighting design and safely hooking up machinery and equipment to make sure nobody got hurt.”

Today, as owner of BR Electric, Brian says he enjoys having the freedom to give his customers the best possible service. “Unfortunately, some companies are more concerned with getting the job done quickly than taking care of the customer, but I think it’s more profitable in the long term to take the opposite approach. Owning my own business allows me to spend the time that’s necessary to do things right and make sure my clients are satisfied with my service.”

A resident of San Ramon (where he lives with his wife, Krista, and their four children), Brian expresses his appreciation for the sheer diversity to be found in the Bay Area. “I like how the Bay Area consists of several regions that are very close together, yet extremely different,” he says. “Whether you’re in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco or the Napa Valley, it feels like you’re in a totally different part of the country.”

Outside of work, Brian pursues a second career as a full-time family man. “Some of my hobbies include riding Motocross and going wakeboarding, but these days most of my free time is devoted to my kids,” he says. “Whether we’re playing soccer, going to the movies or going out for ice cream, hanging out with my kids is what brings me the most happiness.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Brian says he’d keep right on working. “Even if I won the lottery and never had to work another day in my life, I don’t think I’d retire. I’d probably give the company to my son and then work for him, or maybe just be an advisor. I’ve put a lot of effort into building this business, and I still have a lot more I want to accomplish, so I wouldn’t want to just walk away from it.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Pittsburgh Steelers.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: Football—I played defensive tackle and linebacker.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: La Fondue in Saratoga.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Goonies.”

Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Scrambled.

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Troubleshooting EV Charging Issues

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PLEASANTON — If you’re having trouble charging your electric vehicle, your first instinct might be to call your electrician, but there’s one thing you should do first: Make sure your charging cable is plugged in all the way. Believe it or not,… Read more

How to Reset a GFI

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PLEASANTON — Electricians often receive calls when homeowners lose power from an electrical outlet in a kitchen or bathroom. However, few people realize that in most cases, they can easily address this problem without the need for professional assistance. Since the presence… Read more

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Video: EV Charging Tip

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PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re having trouble charging your electric vehicle, the solution may be simpler than you think. Today we’re in Pleasanton with… Read more

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