Vice President of Operations, San Jose Commercial Division

In his current role as vice president of operations for Cupertino Electric's commercial division in San Jose, Robert Thome brings his operational and industry expertise to one of the busiest divisions within the company. Most recently, Thome served as division manager of Cupertino's commercial division in San Francisco between 2010 and 2012, where he oversaw all San Francisco-based projects and staff and increased division revenue sixty-two percent (62%) in 2011.

With nearly two decades of industry experience in roles ranging from electrician to president, Thome has a strong moral compass and an ability to establish and maintain long-term customer relationships. He has spent the past 15 years working with prominent electrical contracting firms, in positions ranging from project engineer to project manager. Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, he served as president of one of Washington’s oldest electrical contracting firms, reversing a profit loss and significantly increasing the backlog of the company in a single year. Thome began his career as an electrician, after completing an apprenticeship program with the Western Electrical Contractors’ Association.

Thome holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and has completed a series of management, construction claims and National Electrical Code courses offered by the University of California, Berkeley and Chabot College in Northern California, respectively.

Training / certifications: 
Western Electrical Contractors' Assn. Apprenticeship Program
Construction Claims Management Coursework
AC-DC Theory Coursework
NEC Coursework
Circuit Analysis Coursework
University of Texas, Austin, B.A. in Business Administration

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