Team

Toby Thomas

President
Toby Thomas is a 3rd generation native to Arizona, growing up in Northwest Phoenix. Toby has been around the electrical trade his whole life and comes from a family of skilled and respected electricians. Toby’s electrical experience, hard work and determination combined with his ability to build strong business relationships have led Austin Electric to become Arizona’s premier electrical contractor.
Toby’s focus as President of Austin Electric Services is continuing to develop our relationships with our construction partners and homeowners by providing the highest quality work at fair pricing. Toby has assembled a very qualified team around Austin Electric who always put customer satisfaction at the top of their list.
Toby and his team’s ability to adapt to market changes and implement new and innovative business procedures has allowed Austin Electric Services to remain a leading trade partner in the Arizona market.
Away from Austin Electric, Toby and his family are very active giving back to multiple local charitable organizations. Toby enjoys spending his time off with his wife Jennifer raising their 4 active boys. He enjoys spending time with his children playing sports such as golf, skiing and other various team athletics.

Joe Church

Vice President of Operations

Currently Vice President of Operations for Austin Electric Services LLC, Joe began working with Austin Electric in June of 2003. He began as a part time “trimmer” while he was still working full time as a 2nd shift supervisor at a local print shop. He worked at that print shop for 7 years and was ready for a change so when he was offered a full time supervisory position for Austin Electric in 2004 he accepted it. He starting managing a few small communities in the far west valley and was completing about 10-15 rough installs and 10-15 trim installs a week. Over the next 4 years his area grew to dozens of communities producing nearly 2000 roughs and 2000 trims per year. During the housing crisis Joe helped Austin Electric manage its costs and he was part of a small team that facilitated downsizing the company adapting it to the new market conditions. In 2011 Joe was promoted to Lead Estimator and brought his field experiences and knowledge of the processes into his new role. These field experiences brought insight into how projects were being bid and provided value engineering opportunities to Austin Electric's building partners. Some of these opportunities provided very significant savings to Austin Electrics builder partners. In December 2013 Joe was promoted to Vice President of Operations where he currently oversees the daily operations of Austin Electric Services LLC. Joe was raised in Glendale Arizona where he attended Cactus High School and went on to attend Northern Arizona University. He married his wife Rebecca in 2004 and they are currently living in Waddell Arizona. When he isn’t working he enjoys riding his Harley, riding in the desert on his RZR and hanging out with his friends at Arizona Cardinal games. Joe participates in multiple charitable events throughout the year. Joe is passionate about customer service and is always willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers. Joe has an open door policy and encourages anyone from his team, our customers or our suppliers to walk in at any time discuss any matters that are concerning them. Joe prides himself as being available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If anyone needs anything just pick up the phone and call him at 602.620.1957.

Rodolfo Becerra

Operations Manager
Rodolfo Becerra is currently the operations manager for Austin Electric Services LLC. He has been with Austin Electric Services LLC. since 2005 and has been in the electrical trade for over 17 years. Rodolfo is a great addition to the Austin Electric team and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and great interpersonal skills. He believes in always completing every job with precision, quality, code compliance and most importantly 100% customer satisfaction. Rodolfo has earned an impeccable rapport with our customers, builder partners and staff. Over the past 10 years Rodolfo has been able to adapt our field operations to meet all of the unpredictable market swings that took us from wiring as few as 60 homes in a week to wiring just over 200 homes in a single week! Rodolfo and his team are the reason Austin Electric remains the best and most dependable electrical contractor in Arizona!
Rodolfo was born & raised in California. He moved to Arizona in 2005 and absolutely loves our state. He is married to his beautiful wife Alicia and has 6 wonderful kids. YES 6 kids! Not only is he a hardworking man, but a dedicated husband and father too. When Rodolfo isn’t working, you can find him enjoying time at home with the family or more than likely out at the soccer fields. His children are extremely skilled athletes and dedicated to their club soccer team. Rodolfo believes in not only being the best person he can be, but ensuring his children do the same.
Rodolfo knows how busy it is balancing work and family. Thus, he wants to ensure the work is done correctly and efficiently the first time. In addition to builder and customer satisfaction, he wants to ensure his employees are happy and that our tasks run per plan. This allows his team to spend more time enjoying what is important to them as well.
Rodolfo is known to handle any issues in a very quick but methodical way. There is nothing that Rodolfo and his team cannot adapt to or achieve. If you ever have any field issues please feel free to call him @ 602-620-1259 and I can assure you he will work diligently to rectify the situation and pursue the best positive outcome.

Maricela "Mari" Becerra

Office Manager/Contracts Administrator/ Accounts Receivables Manager
Maricela is the Contract Administrator/ Accounts Receivables Manager for Austin Electric Services LLC. She joined the Austin Team in 2004 as a receptionist and quickly worked her way up through the company into her current management position. Along the way she worked in all of the office departments such as production scheduling , starts , customer service, purchasing and estimating. Mari has an in depth knowledge of all of the operations of Austin Electric and is truly is an integral part of our team. Mari’s office is a very popular place around Austin Electric because if anyone ever has a problem they can’t figure out they always know she can help.
Mari grew up in La Quinta, California where she attended Beauty School and received her Cosmetology License while still in high school. She continued her hair dressing career until she moved to Arizona in 2004 with her husband Bryan. They have two beautiful children Liliana, 8 and Alexander, 3. They enjoy spending time together while getting some sun at the lake on their boat or watching their favorite sports teams, the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeremy Forgia

Lead Estimator
Jeremy started his career at Austin Electric Services in the summer of 2006 as a part time trimmer while still running a small distribution business with his father. Jeremy worked at both businesses for over a year when a spike in fuel costs made his distribution business struggle a bit. At the same time there was a significant increase in the Phoenix home building market so when Jeremy was offered a superintendent position at Austin Electric Services he decided to move on. Soon after service calls and hot checks became his daily routine. Jeremy was tasked with supervising multiple communities and ensuring that not only the houses passed inspections but they were started and finished on schedule and on budget. Jeremy excelled in the field for the next 6 years until November of 2013 when a position was offered to him as Austin Electrics Lead Estimator. Today Jeremy spends his days at Austin Electric preparing and submitting bids, custom options and providing estimates. Jeremy’s positive attitude and his ability to complete tasks on time make working with Jeremy a real pleasure.
Jeremy is a native of Arizona and his family has deep roots in the greater Phoenix area for 5 generations now. His grandfather was even the mayor of the City of Peoria where Jeremy has resided for the last 12 years. He grew up in Glendale with his parents and younger sister. In 2001 he met the love of his life Shauntel and her son Manuel. In 2007 the couple was married in Sedona Arizona, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The following year they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Mya.
In his spare time Jeremy enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and playing games on his PlayStation. On the weekend you can catch Jeremy cheering on the local sports teams. Football Sundays are a staple in the Forgia household and the Arizona Cardinals are sure to be on the big screen. Jeremy is a family man first and foremost and is always willing to help friends and family with anything they need. He and his family love camping and heading up to Sedona to beat the brutal Arizona summer heat. So if you are in Arizona on a Sunday afternoon stop by and don’t forget to bring the beer and wings!

Ricardo "Ricky" Palomo

Purchasing Manager
Ricardo (Ricky) is currently the Purchasing Manager for Austin Electric Services LLC. He began working with Austin in March of 2007 as a warehouse supervisor. In 2009 Ricky was promoted to Purchasing assistant and in 2010 Ricky became the Purchasing Manager.
Ricky was born and raised in a small city named Sebastian located in South Texas. He graduated from Lyford High school in 1998 and attended Texas State Technical College soon after. He is currently engaged and has two kids, a boy and a girl. In his free time he enjoys spending it with his family, watching football (49ers), and working on his yard. On Sundays you can find him glued to the TV if the 49ers are playing.
Ricky is very passionate about his job and Austin Electric LLC. as a whole. He will do whatever it takes to get the best product at the right price. Ricky has always taken a lot of pride in his work. He has an open door policy and encourages anyone on his team to walk in at any time to discuss their concerns, questions, or anything they might need help on. Ricky is available at all times of the day or even at night if you need him. You can always reach him on his cell @ 602-620-3052 if it’s something that needs his immediate attention or you can email him at rpalomo@austincompanies.com.

Steve Weinzierl

West Valley Scheduling Manager
Steve is currently the West Valley Scheduling Manager for Austin Electric Services LLC. He joined the Austin Electric team in September of 2007 as a General Superintendent. Prior to joining Austin Electric, Steve worked for valley homebuilders for 6 years before deciding it was time for something different. He earned the position as Scheduling Manager in November 2013. Steve is known for his ability to function well under pressure and shows a willingness to assist other members of the team around him. Steve has proven that he has great management skills by being able to schedule and forecast the labor requirements needed to accommodate the daily needs of our trade partners in order to keep everything starting and finishing on time.
Steve enjoys wrenching on old cars and four wheeling in the great Arizona outdoors. When Steve is not at work you can normally find him behind the wheel of something with a motor in it or working on his property in Northern Arizona. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and feels it would be impossible to live outside of the climate that allows him to enjoy the outdoors year round. He volunteers and fund raises annually with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Jose Ballesteros

East Valley Manager

Jose is Austin Electrics schedule manager for our east valley for operations. Jose came to Austin Electric in 2005 as a superintendent, leaving behind a 5 year supervisor position for another local electrical contractor. Jose followed in the footsteps of his brother Jorge who also works with Austin Electric and who recommended Jose come join the team. Jose and Jorge are great electricians and both have positive attitudes and practice strong work ethics. Jose credits his parent for teaching them to always work hard and always do their best. Because of these skills Jose quickly worked himself up through the management position to a General Superintendent in which he managed multiple communities and dozens of employees and now to his current role as our East Side Scheduling Manager. During his time working in the field he managed one of our busiest and most successful communities for Shea Homes called Encanterra. Jose was able to create relationships with not only the builder’s staff, but all of the other trades and the homeowners as well. This was a very complex product as well as a fast moving community and Jose managed it perfectly. Jose was raised in Mexico and his parents brought him to Arizona when he was 17 right after high school graduation. In high school Jose studied electronic engineering. Jose got married in September of 2002 to his wife Patricia and now they have 3 wonderful kids ages 8, 6, and 3. Jose’s favorite thing to do when he’s not working is spending as much time with his family as possible. He enjoys playing sports with the kids, taking the family camping or pretty much any outdoor activity. Jose was very active with his Church helping to mentor youth groups, Catechism and fund raising. He really enjoys helping others but right know his main focus is on his kids. Jose is always challenging himself to do better and is a great self-motivator. He works great by himself or with a team. He likes being challenged with electrical issues to push himself to always be learning more. Jose is a great role model and an example of what Austin Electric looks for when trying to find great managers.

Jose Lopez

Plans Manager
Jose Lopez started working for Austin Electric Services LLC in 2005 as a rough in electrician. Soon after he advanced to a hot checker and service technician. In 2006 Jose became supervisor for the wonderful and busy Shea Homes Trilogy @Vistancia Community. In 2007 Jose quickly worked his way up the ladder and was promoted to General Superintendent for the entire East Valley. This required Jose to have a knowledge and skillset to manage dozens of crews in multiple jurisdictions. Jose was very successful in this position and helped the company grow over the next six years. In 2013 he was integral in developing a management position to manage the thousands of plans that Austin Electric is wiring and tracking the daily redlines to those plans. Jose is now Austin Electrics full time Plan Manager which has allowed not only Austin Electric to run more efficienciently, but has allowed Austin Electric to pass on additional saving to our trade partners. Jose prides himself in what he has accomplished and likes to know that he plays an important role for Austin Electric.
When not in the office Jose enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two boys having fun going to sporting events, especially Arizona Cardinals games and taking road trips to Northern Arizona towns such as Sedona and Flagstaff. When the weather in the valley heats up, he likes going with his family to one of Arizona’s great waterparks. Every year Jose packs up the family and heads to California to visit family and to have fun at the local theme parks. He loves to watch his kids play sports and loves to get in the game with them and get dirty.

Gary Zarzyczny

Southern Arizona Area Manager
Gary, a Tucson native, is Austin Electrics Southern Arizona Area Manager. Having 20 years of experience in multiple electrical fields, Gary joined the Austin Electric team in January of 2010. Gary proved to be an excellent addition to the Tucson team and shortly after he took the role as Austin Electrics full time manager in our expanding Tucson market. Gary quickly acclimated to his new position and began handling all aspects of our Tucson market including hiring, Scheduling, Customer Service and Quality Assurance. Due to Gary’s experience and determination to succeed, Austin Electric experienced wonderful growth in this market even in a down market. Since Gary took over this area Austin has expanded into all of the major cities surrounding Tucson. Gary now employs a team of qualified and extremely hard working electricians to manage his communities. Gary makes himself available to all of his staff and is always willing to help out wherever needed. Gary has a great repport with his crews and his team is committed to provide the best service to Austin Electrics customers while continuing to grow Austin Electrics current market share.
When Gary is away from work he enjoys working around his house. He has completed some major projects such as designing and installing an outdoor lighting system as well as installing a wonderful water feature. Gary always makes himself available to help his family, friends and neighbors with whatever they need no matter what it is. Gary enjoys landscaping projects and especially enjoys decorating his property with lighting for the Christmas Season. When Gary is not working on his property you can find him at one of Tucson’s local auto shows displaying his restored 1972 Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Justin Donathan

Multi-family Division Manager
Justin joined Austin Electric in August of 2012 as a Service Tech. In the short time he has been with us he successfully managed three of our multi family projects in the Phoenix area, including a remodel at St. Peter's Mission School. Justin keeps current with the latest code changes and is a great team player. He has been requested by many of our clients for his professionalism, quality, and customer service.
He understands all levels of construction and enjoys coordinating with the other trades. He prides himself on producing a quality product for his clients. Justin has been a licensed journeyman electrician since 2001. He is OSHA certified, and has managed commercial projects such as apartment complexes, schools, banks, industrial plants, as well as Latus Motors Harley Davidson in Gladstone Oregon.
Justin and his wife Nikki have three daughters of which two play competitive soccer and the third just started. So when he is not at work he is cheering on his girls on the soccer fields. Justin also has his professional coaching license for soccer and has coached for the past 19 years at the high school level, Olympic Development Program, and premier level. His family enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering their time to clean up their community, plant trees, and spend time at a homeless shelter serving meals. Justin also spent some time in Mexico helping to build a church and teaching soccer.

Nancy Lopez

Customer Service Manager
Straight from the Lone Star State, Nancy our customer service manager is more than happy to lend you a hand with any help that you need. Nancy is always willing to help and is becoming proficient in multiple roles here at Austin Electric. Nancy has blended in very well with the Austin Electric team and her positive attitude and willingness to help has been greatly appreciated with by everyone.
Nancy enjoys lazy Sunday's that consist of waking up late and watching Netflix, singing in the car (very loudly), Hot Cheetos, Ed Sheeran, Peter Piper Pizza, YouTube and dogs. Specifically Balto, that may or may not be a big fluffy wolf, just kidding he's a husky but he is fluffy and adorable! Silly, friendly, outgoing and very helpful are only a few ways to describe her, if we keep going we might as well make a very colorful bubble diagram with her name.