Jay Kats: All Revved Up
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SUNNYVALE — For Jay Kats, a love of cars ultimately led to a career as an electrician. “I’ve been working on cars since before I was old enough to drive,” he affirms. “In the course of learning mechanical work, I also learned how to work with the electrical aspects of automotive. However, when it came time to get a job, I didn’t want to be a mechanic, mainly because I didn’t like being stuck in one place, even if it was a garage. Since I was well-versed in automotive electrical, I decided I would learn to do electrical work on a wider scale and become a professional electrician.”
Today, as owner of Revolt Electric, Jay says his favorite part of his job is the problem-solving aspect. “I like the challenge of finding solutions for unique or difficult situations. Whether I’m creating a particular lighting design or troubleshooting a mysterious issue, I enjoy coming up with effective, budget-friendly solutions for my customers.”
A resident of San Jose (where he lives with wife, Danielle, and their son, Jaydan), Jay spends his free time on a number of pastimes, including his longtime hobby of automotive work. “I still enjoy working on cars,” he says. “These days, my main thing is resto-mods—basically, modifying older cars with newer parts. For example, I put a fuel-injected motor, air bag suspensions and other modern technology in my 1972 Pontiac LeMans. It’s a lot of fun to blend the old with the new.” When he’s not working in his garage, Jay enjoys relaxing and spending time with his family. “We take a lot of mini-vacations to places like Santa Cruz—anywhere nearby where there’s water, basically.”
In his life and career, Jay espouses the importance of honesty. “My philosophy is basically to treat people how I’d like to be treated,” he explains. “A big part of that is being honest and giving customers only what they actually need. This approach has helped my company build a lot of customer trust and loyalty over the years.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Jay says he’d take a long vacation. “I don’t travel much because of the business, which is why my vacations tend to be short and semi-local. So, if I were to retire, I’d definitely do some traveling. Maybe I’d go to Bora Bora—I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those huts over the water.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: When I was 14, I worked as an attendant at the Elks Lodge.
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Golden State Warriors.
Q: What’s one website you visit on a daily basis?
A: Ecmag.com, which is the website for Electrical Contractor Magazine. It’s a great resource that helps me stay up-to-date with the industry.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
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