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Sparky’s Notes September 18, 2017


In this issue:

Matters of the Heart: Gene Gini
An A+ Job for our Marina Branch
Welcome, Karen!
Employee Testimonial
Gene’s Gems
It’s Collins’ Selfies

Matters of the Heart:

Collins President and CEO, Gene Gini, was featured in a recent article in the Sacramento Bee! The article discusses Gene’s pioneer pacemaker operation that he underwent in July. Gene is the first person in the Sacramento region to receive the world’s smallest pacemaker! Read about it HERE.




On a heart-related note: don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on September 30th!

To donate or join the team, click on the link below! Thank you in advance for your donations and support!

Donate to Heart Walk




An A+ Job for our Marina Branch!


Recently, our Marina branch completed a project for Synergy Electric, retrofitting 26,000 Light Fixture with LED Lamps at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California. The team completed the project with the utmost efficiency, even finishing ahead of schedule. In fact, the job was so well done that Synergy Electric sent a letter of appreciation, discussing the outstanding job by Jason Williams, Project Manager, Ricky Lara, Foreman, and the team as a whole. Check out the letter below. 

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Amazing job, Marina Branch! Way to make our company proud!

Collins Welcomes New Accountant

We’re excited to introduce the newest member of the Collins corporate team, Karen Griffen! Read below to get to know a bit about Karen.

Karen Griffen

I was hired at Bank of Agriculture & Commerce in January 2002 to work in their book keeping department at their downtown Stockton branch. My jobs included NSF processing, Cash Management, various GL balancing as well as handling all customer service calls. In March 2004 I was promoted to Products & Services Specialist where I maintained all enrollments and updates to the online banking system, set up new clients for Cash Management & Positive Pay as well as handling of all in house check orders and branch supplies. After some internal reorganization in 2007 I was placed under the Branch Administrator as the Branch Admin Assistant. In that position my job was to ensure compliance of Federal Regulations of branch operations. There I completed all CTR reports, SAR reporting, levy & subpoena processing and execution, assisting with local, state and federal agencies in their investigations, policy & procedure writing, new accounts review with a focus on commercial, trust and court ordered accounts. I volunteered at the Stockton Asparagus Festival from 2006-2012 in the finance department counting and strapping all the cash brought in. I also volunteered at the Child Abuse Prevention’s Silent Auction for 4 years.

In September 2012 I was hired as the Accounts Payable clerk for Reeve Trucking Company in Stockton. There my duties were invoice entry, check selections, vendor statement reconciliation, positive pay, maintain files of all transportation permits, EPA compliance for used tire & oil disposal, on the road accommodations for all employees, credit card reconciliations, maintained petty cash and assisted the CFO with various duties.

In March 2015 I was hired as an Accounting Assistant at Dorfman Pacific in Stockton. My job duties included invoice entry, weekly checks runs, positive pay, bank reconciliations, prepaids, Fixed Assets, credit card reconciliation and maintenance, certification of all petty cash cans, completion of credit applications, quarterly show cost analysis reports.

I look forward to growing with Collins Electrical and learning new procedures. I feel the team here is very positive and that makes me very excited for the future.

I moved to Stockton in 1997 from San Bernardino County. I live in Stockton with my husband Eric and my son Wyatt (12), daughter Amelia (6) and our German Shepherd Brian. When I am not working I keep busy taking the kids to golf, basketball and gymnastics. In our spare time we enjoy kayaking , taking scenic drives, hiking and sports (especially college sports).

Welcome aboard, Karen!


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Employee Testimonial

This week’s employee testimonial is from Terry “TJ” Tatroe. TJ is a Marina Foreman and has been with Collins for 12 years! Here’s what he had to say about the leadership Training with Amanda King:


TJ Tatroe



“After attending several leadership trainings, that failed to present a clear picture on how to become a good leader, I was skeptical that this course wasn’t going to be any different. 

After the second session with Amanda, that skepticism was long gone. What made this training different, was Amanda’s presentation of the information and concepts behind what makes someone a good leader. Her ability to learn and use the terminology of our trade, gave me the clearer picture I needed to understand and begin to apply the concepts of being a good leader. 


Being able to identify and understand the level that people operate within and, the use of dynamic communication, has changed my way of thinking of how to handle a difficult person or situation, like I never thought possible. 


I am grateful for what this leadership training has taught me and that Collins still cares enough to make these types of investments in it’s family of employees.”

TJ Tatroe



♢♢♢ Gene’s Gems ♢♢♢

Corporate Value of the Week: Family

At Collins, family comes first. Every day, we conduct our business with what we consider to be family values. Through constant hard work, encouragement, togetherness, and morale, we do our best to always make our employees feel like valued members of the Collins family. And truly, we have the best family out there!



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…





Joe Ortiz, Warehouse Manager from our Dublin Branch!


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!