Meet Sean Ellis, one of Price Electric’s People You Can Rely On.
Sean is a Senior Project Manager at Price Electric. Sean has a variety of tasks he may do in a day. These include estimating an upcoming opportunity, attending project meetings, or invoicing for completed projects. In addition, he may work on providing product information sheets to design teams for review, following up on outstanding material, and ordering upcoming project material. His responsibilities also include answering field crew questions, planning workforce schedules, and supporting employees taking the journeyman’s exam.
Sean enjoys spending time with his son, wife, and their dog Maddie, doing home improvement projects for their new home, growing hot peppers, and making hot sauces. They’re expecting a little girl this month.
What has been your favorite project at Price Electric, and why?
My favorite project was the Solon Traffic Signals at Highway One & Fifth Street. This is the second busiest intersection in Solon. There were a lot of accidents previously, and they are now being prevented. Price Electric was the general contractor on this project. Our team gained respect for all the behind-the-scenes responsibilities that General Contractors must handle and a new set of skills. The engineer and the city were both thrilled with our performance on this project and have recommended our team to be used on other projects.
Which Price Electric Core Value do you relate to the most?
I relate to “Rely on Us” because everyone tries to achieve reliability daily. If I do my job, my team can do theirs well; if I don’t, my team won’t be as successful. It’s the same the other way around; when our field crews do a fantastic job out in the field, it looks great for the entire company. This gives customers a reason to choose Price Electric.
What is on your bucket list?
I want to go to China someday.
Could you tell us three things most people don’t know about you?
- I have a high spice tolerance. I grew 55 Carolina Reaper plants and other pepper plants last year. Guinness World Records certified the reaper as the world’s hottest chili pepper. It has been described as initially sweet and turning to “molten lava.” My buddy and I turned them into hot sauces because we couldn’t find hot sauce in the grocery store that was hot enough.
- I can speak broken Chinese.
- I shattered my heel after jumping off a second-story deck into a three-foot swimming pool and could not walk for four months in 2021.
What has been one of your proudest moments working at Price Electric?
One of my proudest moments was when our team was called to assist with the Derecho Storm repairs. Seeing the Price Electric team helping as many people as possible in such a short time was fantastic. I assisted the utility division and directly communicated daily with the city of Cedar Rapids to keep crews moving on the highest priority work. I was proud of my team. They were all rock stars and did a fantastic job documenting work completed and working long, hot days with very congested traffic.
What would you tell someone about Price Electric in five words or less?
Great people and good times.
What is the best vacation that you have had?
After college graduation, I took a two-week vacation backpacking with my mom in Europe. First, we went to Munich, Germany, for a week and went to Maifest on the Oktoberfest grounds. The second week brought us to Switzerland, and the trip’s highlight was skydiving in the French Alps. We went above the clouds, could see the mountain tops, fell through the clouds, and then the ground became visible. We stayed in hostels, used public transportation, and rented bikes.
What are three words that you would use to describe Price Electric?
Have you completed any special classes or training at Price Electric?
I have my master’s license, NICET II, IMSA Traffic Tech II, and a CDL. Price Electric holds leadership classes that are beneficial for properly communicating with our teams. I enjoy the leadership classes.
What is the best thing about working at Price Electric?
I enjoy estimating projects and then managing those same projects. Beginning-to-end involvement with a project ensures communication is all handled through one person. I also enjoy the challenge of learning new technology systems. It’s part of the innovation at Price Electric.