Gene Gini was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Collins Electrical Company, Inc. in 1990. Since 2000, Gene has served on the NorCal NECA Board of Directors and has continually played an active role in his community through charitable giving and service. In late 2019, after serving nearly 30 years as CEO and President of CECI, Gene passed on the reigns to the next generation of Gini executives. Gene remains an owner of CECI and Chairman of the Board.
Gene began his electrical career in 1958 during his service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and shortly after was hired by Collins Electrical Company, Inc. as a warehouse worker and delivery driver. Gene was recognized early on for his exceptional work ethic and quickly advanced from his warehouse position to a managerial role. Gene began his IBEW apprenticeship in 1960 and upon completion of his apprenticeship began supervising jobs for CECI – eventually becoming the Modesto Branch Manager in 1969.
During his electrical career, Gene has held the offices of President and of Governor of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of NECA and is recognized as the driving force in establishing the statewide NECA/IBEW workers compensation ADR Program. Gene has additionally been recognized by the University of the Pacific for his instrumental role in establishing the NECA/Pacific School of Engineering Partnership and has received commendation from the State of California Senate in recognition of his contributions to the electrical industry.
Gene is the recipient of the Goodwill Helping Hands Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter Philanthropist of the Year, James H. McGraw Award, NECA Ninth District Man of the Year Award, and the Electrical Contractors Trust of Alameda County Lifetime Industry Achievement Award.
Gene resides in Stockton, California with his wife of 59 years, Dianne, who serves as the Senior Vice President of CECI. Their three sons, Kevin, Brian and Craig, are company shareholders and serve as corporate officers and have made them the proud grandparents of seven beautiful grandchildren.
Favorite quote? Words to live by? “Always take the high road.”
First car? 1959 Porsche Cabriolet
Coolest project you have ever worked on? Lawrence Livermore Ignition Facility
Favorite charity? Mary Graham Children’s Foundation
Who is your celebrity look alike? Stan Lee
Why do you think people like working at CECI? Great reputation.
Favorite company core value? Family