Since John Hope started John Hope Electric in 1992, the company has expanded from one employee to the ten we employ today. And as business has grown, so has our reputation for excellent craftsmanship. We use only the highest-quality materials and our workmanship is guaranteed for as long as we are in business. Between the two principal managers, John Hope and Stu Hacker, John Hope Electric has over 60 years of experience—which gives us a real advantage in terms of expertise, design/build capability and company management. Because of our solid reputation, we’ve been able to assemble a team of the most experienced, capable and reliable state-certified electricians on the Central Coast. We value our relationships with each of our customers and are proud to contribute to the safety and well-being of our community.
“I still enjoy coming to work each morning, as my coworkers are among my closest friends.”
John started working in the electrical field in 1978, wiring new homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As business grew, his work expanded into many different types of electrical work in the Silicon Valley. He worked on a variety of commercial and industrial projects in San Jose, ranging from machine shops to printed circuit board plating factories. Before long, he had gained professional experience working on nearly every type of electrical project imaginable. In 1983, John started working for Triad Electric, where he managed commercial jobs of all kinds, including projects at The Holy Cross Church, Long Marine Laboratories, UC Santa Cruz and Lipton Foods. At Lipton, he gained valuable experience working with electric motor control. John acquired his electrical contractor’s license in 1992 and soon after founded John Hope Electric, Inc. John and his wife, Janet, have been married since 1983 and they have two sons, Trevor and Connor. John and the boys enjoy dirt bike riding, snow boarding, backpacking and wake boarding together. John’s other outlets include windsurfing, martial arts at Santa Cruz Karate and riding horses with his wife.
“The personal touch that John Hope imparts is felt throughout the company and extends to our relationships with customers.”
Stu began his career in the electrical field over 20 years ago. He started working for John Hope Electric as a certified journeyman electrician in 2000 and, within a few years, he became a project manager. His duties include directing the day-to-day operations of the company, inspecting and estimating new projects, electrical engineering and plans preparation, and assisting with technical troubleshooting. One of his specialties is design-build expertise, where his years of hands-on experience and technical know-how give him the prowess to create practical electrical designs that can be built economically. Design-build projects he’s managed in Santa Cruz include the Palo Alto Medical Foundation building on Mission Street, two medical buildings on Chanticleer Avenue and the “Haunted Castle” ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Stu says that part of what makes his job so fulfilling is the integrity, accountability and enthusiasm that each employee at John Hope Electric exemplifies. He feels good knowing that John Hope Electric provides a vital service to the community, enhancing the safety and well-being of their neighbors. Stu’s personal interests include outdoor recreation, continuing education and concern for the natural environment. He welcomes questions and comments from any potential new or existing customers.
“We work as a team and it makes everything run smoothly.”
John had 18 years of experience in the electrical field before becoming the service manager for John Hope Electric in 2011. Now John is the hub of the company wheel that keeps everything in line and rotating in good order. His duties include scheduling work for the electrician crew, traveling to work sites to bid on projects and writing up bids. He also maintains the company vehicles, takes care of the electrical shop and orders materials and supplies. What he enjoys most about his job is supporting the crew and working together as a team. In his free time, John enjoys camping and riding his motorcycle.
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“From the management at the top to the crew of electricians, everyone that works for John Hope Electric is genuinely a nice person.”
Dianne joined the John Hope Electric team in 2013 and, since then, she has been the engine that keeps the office running. She is in charge of the books and all aspects of the accounting cycle, human resources and employee benefits. She takes her duties seriously—which, to her, means enjoying her time at work. She says she feels very fortunate to work with the dedicated group of professionals at John Hope Electric. Dianne has made Santa Cruz her home for the past 30 years. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her family, friends and partner. She and her partner live in Felton, where they grow a garden and share their home with a Jack Russel terrier, a Lhasa Apso and a wily cat.