The Kinder Story
Founded in 1985, Kinder Electric Co., Inc. was started as an upscale custom home electrical contractor. Seeing a niche that was unfulfilled in our market, which was to provide quality wiring and installation using high-end market products with professional technicians, skilled in quality installation practices. Using this common element throughout our marketplace we found that we could branch out into the commercial and multi-family segments as well. Since our inception as a corporation working in Central Indiana, we have provided homeowners and businesses with thousands of installations.
A lifelong resident of the Indianapolis Indiana area He began his electrical career in 1969 while attending Butler University. Doing odd jobs on apartment projects with his father’s electrical contracting company after school provided a way in to what would become a lifetime occupation in the electrical construction industry. Kinder Electric was founded in May of 1985 with his brother Steve as a residential contracting business doing upscale custom homes. They soon branched out to multi-family, commercial, and general service divisions to round off what they would offer as a company. His wife Judy serves as the Office Manager and their son Matt serves as General Manager. Their son Jim also works for the company as warehouse operations manager as well as heads up the Purchasing Department. As one ad said, “You could say power runs through the Family” pretty much sums it up.
Steve began his electrical career in 1978 also working for his father’s company. Learning the trade on multi-family and condominium projects after school and later branching into custom homes as a way into the electrical industry. He joined his brother David in starting Kinder Electric Co in 1985 and oversees the Custom Homes Division of the Company. His wife Lori serves in the Administration Department as well. They have two sons Austin and Nick who have completed their college degrees at IUPUI and Ball State University respectively and are starting their careers in Computer Informatics Technology and Film Production.
Matt began his career at Kinder Electric while still in high school helping out with odd jobs around the shop. Following high school and ITT Technical College, he joined the firm on a full time basis in 1995. He enrolled in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship Program graduating at the top of his class. He serves the company in every imaginable way from overseeing the day to day work to actually installing electrical projects when man power gets limited. Along with his wife Tori they have 2 girls Addilynn and Avarie. Matt has received a National Award for his contribution to the electrical industry as an Emerging Leader 40 under 40 recipient and also serves on the IEC Independent Electrical Contractor Board.
Judy began her career at Kinder Electric helping her husband David with getting the company off the ground in 1985. In between raising their sons, she has been serving the company as Office Manager for over twenty years. Her expertise in accounting and business management along with balancing the budget has helped keep the company flourishing. Her current schedule keeps her very busy along with keeping up with four grandchildren and all of their activities.
Joe began his career at Kinder Electric in 1987. Joe brought his expertise in the commercial marketplace to the company. Along with the residential, multifamily and general service, his love was the commercial segment and began overseeing that department in 1994. Throughout his tenure he has both designed and managed the electrical construction of schools, churches, restaurants, office buildings and many other commercial venues. He is the father of 2 adult children, Jessica and Jeffrey. Jessica is a graduate of Valparaiso and Jeffrey at Indiana University.
Scott began his career with Kinder Electric in 1991 in the Custom Homes Division. He moved into the multi family department in 1995 as manager of that division. Since that time he has overseen apartment projects in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, and Virginia, He also assists in the HR Department interviewing and hiring electricians. He is the father of one adult child Amanda who is using her talents in the photo-journalism field in which she majored in during college at Vincennes and IUPUI.
Mike began his career at Kinder Electric in 1991. He worked in many of the different divisions throughout the company. He became the Service Department Manager in 1995 and has developed over the years a very long list of repeat customers. As a Master Electrician himself, he has both residential and commercial electricians under his guidance who can handle almost any electrical need that may arise. He and his wife Beth are the parents of 3 children Josh, Sam and, Emily.
Steve began his career at Kinder Electric in 1988. He worked in all the divisions at the company during his tenure. He began overseeing the Production Homes Division in 2000 and has built that department into a large part of the company’s residential operation. He has been honored along with the Company by Westport Homes as the Best Sub-Contractor and the Supervisor of the Year. He and his wife Nancy have 3 children, with one son Cody serving in the United States Air Force, along with another son Jacob and daughter Brittany.
Jerry began his career at Kinder Electric in 1996. He had previously worked at Dodd Electric for 20 years after serving in the United States Army. His work experience has involved not only custom and production type homes but many commercial projects as well. He oversees the very large custom and estate sized homes which usually vary from 5000 to over 50000 square feet in size. Jerry and his wife Denise have 3 sons.
Melissa began her career at Kinder Electric in 1997 as a receptionist-secretary. She currently oversees the Accounts Payable Department as well as the communications area of the company. She processes all the electrical permits and the daily regimen of scheduling rough-in, final and temporary inspections. A very proficient Spanish linguist, she helps some of our builders translate the language so things run smoothly. She and her husband Ruben are the parents of 4 children, Lina, Sydney, Gabe and Ava and 2 grandchildren.
Ruben began his career at Kinder Electric in 1998. Following a stint in the United States Navy as an electrician, he joined our team working in the residential and multi-family divisions. In 2003 he was promoted to Supervisor for the Multi-Family Department. He has supervised more than 30 multi-family projects during his career. He still straps on the tools when necessary and can still keep up with best of them. He and his wife Melissa have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Cindy began her career three different times with Kinder Electric, but most recently in 2014. Taking off for periods of time to begin a family, she is now back full time heading up the Accounts Receivable Department and scheduling and maintaining the non-stop service department scheduling. Always one to keep us all laughing with her good natured disposition, she is married to her husband Chris who also works for Kinder Electric as a lead Electrician and together they have 5 children, Chris, Maria, Gianna, Seth,& Ivan,
Being a part of an Electrical Contracting Family, it was only natural that Jim joined the Kinder Electric Family in June of 2019. Following graduation from the University of Indianapolis in 2002, Jim embarked in fields as a Lighting Representative for the PLS Professional Lighting Services Company and spent over a decade as an outside sales representative for the Lester Sales Co. He also served as regional Sales Manager for Lumecon Lighting for two years. These years of crafting his knowledge of lighting product specifications and commodities used in electrical construction made him a good fit for taking over the warehouse operation and purchasing department. He is married to his wife Amber and they have a son Sam and a daughter Mia.