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Sparky’s Notes December 18, 2017


In this issue:

Lincoln High School: “Construction Trades Training Center”
Metro Service & Special Projects Announcement
What Have the Branches Been up to Lately?
What’s New in the Field?
Gene’s Gems
It’s Collins’ Selfies

Lincoln High School: “Construction Trades Training Center”

Lincoln High School has recently reached out for support for their new Construction Trades Simulation Structure. The Engineering and Construction Academy at Lincoln High School is currently in the process of designing and building the structure, which will allow students to train with the installation of water closets, vanities, sinks, waste pipes, water pipes, vent pipes, roofs, flooring, and more.

Keeping with the Collins spirit of community involvement and giving back, Brian Gini approved over $2,000 of donated material to the project on behalf of Collins Electric.


Chris Zaro with Jeff Wright, who teaches architecture and drafting at Lincoln. Wright is behind the newly launched program.


On Wednesday, Jeff Wright led students on a tour of the Construction and Engineering Academy being built next to the high school in north Stockton.

Purchasing Manager Scott Smith says, “Jeff Wright knows all of the Ginis and talks very highly of their involvement, both past and present, with the City of Stockton. Jeff and the Ginis are excited about programs that involve young people doing hands-on learning in trade type programs, available to them during high school years.”

This looks like such an amazing project that will afford our young people so much training and opportunity. We are thrilled to have contributed!


Learn more about the academy program at Lincoln HERE

Metro Service & Special Projects Announcement

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Dear Collins Team:

 Over the last several months, I have met with Chris Zaro, Justin Barrington, Lea Rummel, Susan Rodriguez and most recently Gaby Addi in an effort to develop two departments within our Service Department. I believe the current market allows and asks for expansion within our Service and medium-sized projects.

 Beginning January 2nd, Chris Zaro will become our Special Projects Manager, where he will pursue projects with his current customers to include St. Joseph’s Hospital, UOP and others.

 Justin Barrington will become our Service Manager, where he will maintain some specific customers to include Google, the State Theater and pursue new Service work within our jurisdiction.

 Lea Rummel will begin to train Gaby Addi to support both Service and Special Projects administratively to allow Lea to support through Estimating and Project Management, eventually for the Service group, and Gaby Addi for the Special Projects group. 

 All will continue to reside in their present location.

 It is always the Company’s goal to advance within and I am confident that both departments will be successful throughout this transition.

The Sacramento Branch is transitioning into a similar format, accordingly both teams will be working together to define, collaborate and grow this part of our business.

 More news to follow. Thank you.


-Brian Gini

What Have the Branches Been up to Lately?

Dublin Branch

  • Toys For Tots!

The Dublin Branch held its 3rd annual Toys for Tots drive. Below are all of the toys that were collected from their crew and office staff! Amazing job, you guys. Way to get into the spirit of giving this season!

Toys for Tots Drive 2017


Christmas Tree 2017

  • Christmas Party at K1 Speed

The Dublin Branch held their Christmas party at K1 Speed last Tuesday night and celebrated the holiday with some good ol’ go kart racing! They split into two groups and had a ball! (25) (26) (27)

Whats New in the Field?

The Metro branch celebrated recently with holiday luncheons and hard work! Check out the photos below of a couple job sites in the midst of holiday festivities.

Here’s the crew working hard at our UC Merced Downtown Center project on the day of their pizza party. The photos taken for this are more of progress photos but were taken the day they had their pizza party. Tammy Tanis (Project Manager) and Jason Sweet (Foreman), who oversee the project are looking picture perfect!



And the hard work doesn’t stop there! Here are some pictures from our Keystone Project in Patterson on the day of their holiday luncheon. Project Manager, Jake Rovig, along with the field electricians on site look to be keeping the cheerful spirit while making awesome progress!


♢♢♢ Gene’s Gems ♢♢♢

Word of the Week: Giving


It’s when we give that we truly receive. Wishing you lots of love, laughter, and warm wishes this holiday season.

Happy holidays from your family at Collins!


Collins Selfies

Even though we work hard, we play hard too. Every week, we’ll show off our most important resource: the Collins Electrical staff.

This week, we introduce to you… (30)

Gene and Dianne Gini (CEO and Senior Vice President of Collins) and Mr. and Mrs. Juan Flores (Collins Service Electrician)! This beautiful photo was taken at our Corporate/Metro Holiday Luncheon held at Brookside Country Club. What a good looking bunch!


Check out all the Collins’ Selfies by searching for the hashtag #collinsselfie on Facebook.

Do you have a #collinsselfie to share? Post them to our page using the hashtag #collinsselfie or email Elaine at

Make sure to incorporate the Collins Electrical logo in a creative and fun way!