<strong>John Dodds, Electronic Contracting Company</strong>

John Dodds, Electronic Contracting Company

August 1, 2014
John Dodds, Electronic Contracting Company

This story originally appeared in Strictly Business.

Electronic Contracting Company began in 1958 and was incorporated in 1978 as a low voltage systems contractor.  From its corporate headquarters in Lincoln, NE, Electronic Contracting Company supervises a high-quality team of design, sales, installation, service, and support personnel in branch offices located in Kansas City, MO; Wichita, KS; and Omaha, NE.  John Dodds is the Executive Vice President of Electronic Contracting Company.

Tell us a little about your business. – Electronic Contracting Company designs, installs, and services Life Safety, Security, Communication, and Audio/Visual systems. We take pride in our ability to custom design systems to meet the needs of our customers.  Our sales, engineers, programmers, and installation/service staff stay up-to-date with industry standards and certifications so our solutions utilize the latest technology available.

How did you get started in the business? – I became interested in the field of electronics after joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and receiving training in electronics.  After serving in the Army, I attended college and graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering in 1984 and have worked for Electronic Contracting Company ever since.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Staying abreast of the latest technologies and choosing the right manufacturers and products that will best serve our customers.

Tell me a little about your family. – My wife and I will be celebrating 32 years of marriage this August and have been blessed with three children, a son and two daughters, and four grandsons.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – By beginning my career at Electronic Contracting Company – which has allowed me to experience a wide variety of positions including electronic technician, software programmer, service manager, engineering manager, vice president of operations, and executive vice president.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Anything outdoors on a beautiful day; I enjoy golfing, motorcycles, and water activities.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I enjoy scuba diving.

What are you the most proud of? – I am proud of the way my wife raised our children and how she is always there for them and the grandchildren.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Basically, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Integrity.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – The power to heal.

Which talent would you most like to have? – Any kind of musical talent.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Ross Shafer, author of Nobody Moved Your Cheese! and many other self-help books was recently a keynote speaker at a conference I attended.  Ross is an author and motivational speaker with an entertaining and enlightening point of view.

What is your favorite movie? – I enjoy most movies that are creative and original.

What is your favorite TV show? – The Colbert Report.

What is your favorite local restaurant? – Lazlo’s on 56th & Hwy 2.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Leonardo da Vinci.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Electronic Contracting Company is located at 6501 North 70th Street.  I can be reached at jdodds [at] eccoinc [dot] com or ECCO’s main line (402) 466-8274.  Please visit the website at www.eccoinc.com.