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A great addition

image Michael O’Hara and Kelly Smith

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Kelly Smith has always loved math and science. As a kid, she relished helping her dad, who owned electri-cal contracting companies, work on draw-ing take-offs and estimates. As an adult, it also made her a perfect fit to take over the family business, All Tech Electric LLC.





    After graduating from Ohio State University with an electrical and computer engineering degree, Smith worked as a substation engineer for a local power company and managed multi-million dollar IT projects from  large corporations. Still, her dad, Michael O’Hara, never pushed her into joining his company, even when Smith relocated to Texas for a job and he established his company’s third branch in McKinney.
    When O’Hara’s partner decided to exit the business, it was Smith who proposed that she join her dad in running the company. Dallas’ booming economy, opportunities for women in construction, her electrical background and her corporate experience made her a natural fit, and her dad agreed. Smith soon became majority owner and she will take full ownership within 5 years pending her father’s retirement.
    Since joining, Smith has transitioned the company’s headquarters from Ohio to Texas, strategically quadrupled the McKinney staff, and secured HUB and WBE certifications. The company also recently formed a joint venture with a respected name in the energy industry.
    With the McKinney office’s 5-year anniversary and the company’s 15-year anniversary this year, Smith anticipates more good things to come.
    “Obviously growth is a main goal and we want to be very strategic about it. Building relationships is important to us as well as finding customers that appreciate our quality of work and highly-skilled electricians that we have on our team.”
    All Tech Electric LLC, an electrical and energy services company serving com-mercial and industrial customers, is located in McKinney. – mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net