Our Team

Meet The Team

Our management team is comprised of accomplished and experienced industry leaders.

Toby Thomas


Mr. Thomas is a 3rd generation native to Arizona, growing up in Northwest Phoenix and comes from a long line of skilled and respected electricians. As President of Austin Companies, Toby focuses on the continued development of relationships with construction partners and homeowners by providing the highest quality work at fair pricing.

Joe Church

VP of Operations

Mr. Church began his career with Austin Electric Services in 2003 and held multiple positions within the company. In 2013 he was promoted to Vice President of Operations overseeing the daily operations of the company. He was raised in Glendale, Arizona where he attended Cactus High School, and went on to attend Northern Arizona University.

Hugo Rodriguez

Director of Human Resources

Mr. Rodriguez began his career at Austin Companies in 2019 as an HR Manager before taking on his current role as Director of Human Resources in 2020. He was born and raised in Chino California.

Jesus Urias

Safety Director

Mr. Urias began his career as a roughing/trimming electrician in 2004 while attending college. He joined Austin Electric Services in May 2015 as an Area Manager and worked his way up to his current position as Safety Director of Austin Companies. In addition to safety, he also oversees insurance for Austin. He was born in Mexico, raised in Mesa, AZ and is a graduate of Collins College where he earned an Associates of Arts degree in Media Arts.

Ricky Palomo

Procurement Warehouse Manager

Mr. Palomo’s career at Austin Companies began in 2007 as a Warehouse supervisor. He went on to become the Procurement Warehouse Manager in 2009. Ricky was born and raised in South Texas where he graduated from Lyford High School, and went on to attend Texas State Technical College.

Jeremy Forgia

Lead Estimator

Jeremy started his career at Austin Electric Services in the summer of 2006 as a part time trimmer. He was later promoted to superintendent, and in 2013 became Austin Electric Services Lead Estimator. Jeremy is a native of Arizona and his family has deep roots in the Peoria area for 5 generations now.

Jennifer Thomas


After attending Arizona State University for accounting, Jennifer co-founded Austin Electric Services with her husband Toby Thomas. Her role as head of accounting for the past 20+ years has been instrumental in the company’s overall development and grow. Born in New York but raised in Arizona for much of her life, Jennifer and her husband reside in the valley with their four teenage sons.