Mike Ridgell

Title: CEO

What do you really do? I am a CEO, CEG, Electrical License Owner, Board Member of Compsource Mutual Insurance, Landlord of Dane and Associates Electric.

Years with Dane Electric: 49

Years of industry experience: 52

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Why do you do what you do? I have always been fascinated with electricity and its origin. I love seeing a project be transformed from a set of plans to the finished project. I remember the excitement I felt from turning on a switch or breaker and feeling the energy of knowing we made something work when I was out on the job every day. The success our team has had over the past 50 years is very gratifying. Driving all over the state and identifying projects that we have completed is an irreplaceable feeling. Having customers like Lippert select us as "Vendor of the Year" is extremely satisfying. We take pride in having such a wide client base that still tell us we are the best.

Favorite "Dane" story? My favorite story is a broad memory of the quality characters who have worked at Dane. Bill Rutterford, John Cash, George Jefferson, Bill Jay and Ed Free – just those names bring back so many great stories and memories. Some of my funniest memories were made golfing with Bill Jay and Rutterford.

Hobbies and interests: One of my favorite hobbies is golfing. I have been so fortunate to serve with the National Electrical Contractors Association as governor and traveled for over 20 years to conventions where I have had the opportunity to play some of the greatest courses. Pebble Beach, Spyglass, PGA West, many TPC courses, Kiawah Island (all six courses including the Ocean Course), Whistling Straight, Pinehurst 1,2,4,5,7,9 and many others. I'd be amiss if I didn't mention driving my Corvette. I can't leave that out. My wife, Shirley, bought it for my birthday. Granted, I couldn't tell you which birthday, but man, what a special wife.

Family? My wife and I have been married 52 years and she is my princess. She has been so supportive all these years and I am blessed by her companionship. We have a beautiful daughter and a very special son-in-law who is president of Dane Electric. I have so much trust in Jeff's leadership and talents. He has done a great job. They have given us two incredible grandsons, Tanner and Justin. Tanner is a junior at Oklahoma Baptist University and a youth minister at Morris Memorial Baptist near Ada, Oklahoma. Justin is working for us in Ada as an electrician. Both Tanner and Justin have been such wonderful blessings to our family, and I don't think we could be any more proud of them.

Anything else that we should know about you? I believe our name "Dane and Associates Electric" is one of the best in the industry. We are proud of our team of employees and I am thankful for this special group. We provide a quality of service that sets us apart from others, and I am very proud of that.