Hawkins Electric Service Poised for Second Century in Business
Posted in: July/August 2018
Hawkins Electric Service, Inc., the award-winning, family-owned regional electrical contracting firm that helped pioneer the introduction of electrical service in the Washington, D.C. area, is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2018.
In 1918, at a time when fewer than 35 percent of U.S. homes had electricity, Jay C. “Pop” Hawkins saw an opportunity. Capitalizing on his knack for electrical wiring, Hawkins started riding his bicycle through his hometown of Riverdale, MD, to install and repair electrical wiring. He built a reputation for treating people like he wanted to be treated and for doing every job right. "Pop" Hawkins laid a foundation and set the business model for an electrical services firm that is still thriving a century later.
Today, brothers Eric Shatzer and Todd Shatzer are second-generation owners and leaders of Hawkins Electric, which was acquired by their father, a longtime Hawkins employee, in the 1970s. Hawkins Electric has grown to be a leading regional commercial and residential electrical contractor known for its award-winning work on multifamily electrical construction projects. Recent honors include two IEC 2015 National Awards of Excellence in Electrical Construction, in the Service and Electrical Construction categories.
In its latest multifamily project success story, Hawkins Electric recently put the finishing touches on a three-year project, The Henri at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, MD. From the depths of the two-level underground parking garage up to the building’s rooftop pool-arcade-fitness center, Hawkins Electric performed an array of services for 12 stories of multifamily residential units and associated amenities. Services included installation of switchboards, branch circuitry in all residential units, all interior work, electronic lighting controls, circuit transformer cabinet for Pepco metering, and risers for electrical rooms.
Hawkins Electric’s expansion strategy over the past decade has resulted in a doubling of revenue, tripling of facility space, and tripling the number of employees. Commenting on the company’s growth, President/CEO Eric Shatzer said, “Through successive generations of leadership our company has maintained its edge in electrical service technology. Just as important, we have stayed true to our legacy core business model of providing world-class customer service and, most of all, always doing the right thing."
Hawkins Electric’s top corporate executives have proudly served in leadership roles within IEC. Eric Shatzer was president of the IEC Chesapeake chapter in 1998-2000 and has been a Chapter board member for the past six years. He is once again serving as the Chapter President in 2018.
In addition to its active involvement in IEC, Hawkins Electric is also heavily involved in the region’s multifamily industry, participating and having leadership roles in such organizations as the Institute of Real Estate Managers (IREM), Property Management Association (PMA), Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), and Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA).
Hawkins Electric has a mission not only to provide an impeccable level of technical expertise and service to its customers, but also to serve the community in ways that strengthen people and families. Many thousands of dollars in monetary, material, and labor donations have been invested over the years that have made a true difference in many lives.
For example, since 2010, Hawkins Electric has contributed over $200,000 to Michael’s House, the nonprofit grassroots organization that aids the elderly poor in developing countries, through an annual golf tournament and other donations. The company’s 9th annual Michael’s House golf tournament, held May 8, 2018, at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, MD, raised more than $12,000.
“We’ve been asked by some of our colleagues how we have stayed in business for a century,” said Hawkins Electric Executive Vice President Todd Shatzer. “I think it’s in our corporate DNA. We hire people who share our passion for what we do and we have built and nurtured trusting relationships with our industry partners. We are confident that this business model will carry us through the next 100 years.”