Staff Spotlight: Master Electrician Steve Haynes


What is your role at A.F. Smith?

I’m a Master Electrician.

How long have you worked at A.F. Smith?

I’ve worked here for 24 years.

What does your average day look like?

There is no real average day because of the variety, which is why I enjoy it. I do anything and everything electrical. Nowadays I mainly work on commercial projects, but I have done everything for A.F. Smith, including residential. Also, a day can be anything from working on one big job to working on 10 smaller jobs.

What got you interested in the electrical trade?

I heard it paid well. I’ve now been an electrician for about 40 years.

What led you to your career at A.F. Smith specifically?

I needed a paycheck! I had belonged to several unions, and started receiving information about the IBEW in the mail. I eventually responded and was quickly hired by A.F. Smith.

What does being on the A.F. Smith team mean to you?

Right now, as I’m about to retire, it’s really about helping the young electricians develop their skills.

What do you wish people knew about A.F. Smith?

Electrical code is important and a big thing for A.F. Smith. Years back, when I first started with them on the service truck, I had a complicated issue to address, so I called the office. Even though the fix would be more difficult I was told to, “Always do the right thing.” That has stuck with me and guides every job. A.F. Smith is never about just getting by.

Why should customers choose A.F. Smith?

We treat each job like it’s our own and don’t take shortcuts.

Who have been your strongest influences in life?

My mother. She taught me that knowledge is something no one can take away from you, and to always seek more.

What are you most proud of accomplishing, personally and/or professionally?

Honestly, it’s the amount of money I’ve made. It has given me security, freedom and allowed me to help out my kids.

What is your favorite memory of working at A.F. Smith?

What I really enjoy are the “true electrical battles” – jobs with a level of difficulty that require something extra. Those give me the most satisfaction.

Describe A.F. Smith Electric in a few words.

Well-known, and locally are the oldest electrical contractors still in business.