Woman-owned CH Reynolds Nears 30th Anniversary With Second Generation of Family Leadership
Women owning construction companies was a rarity in 1996 when Shelly Paiva got her first job at CH Reynolds. They were more likely found answering phones and working in the front office. That’s just where Paiva began, but she had her sights on management and ownership. It was, after all, in her DNA. Her father, Charles H. Reynolds, had founded the Silicon Valley-based electrical construction company in 1983.
Rolling up her sleeves, Paiva immersed
every aspect of the business for the next 16 years, gaining real-world experience in almost every department, from delivering materials to job sites and handling HR and purchasing duties, to serving as CFO. “I couldn’t have had a better teacher. My dad not only taught me the technical aspects, but also modeled what it took to earn the respect of clients, vendors and employees,” she says.
Paiva eventually assumed the day-to-day management role of CH Reynolds and became its majority shareholder by 2012. More importantly, she crafted her own reputation as an experienced professional and carefully safeguarded the long-term relationships her father built.
CH Reynolds’ growth closely mirrors that of Paiva’s. Founded primarily as an electrical contracting business, the company expanded competencies to become a premier provider of design, integration, and implementation of electrical construction services as well as networking and telecommunication services and customized maintenance service solutions. A certified green business, CH Reynolds also provides “Power Management Solutions” for building infrastructure, and data centers.
Recently the company added managed services options. “We have become a single resource for clients, from design/build of an IT center, to installation, to running the center with our own certified engineers,” says Paiva. “For example, we installed LVC infrastructure for Cisco Systems’ new Development Data Center. Then our Managed Services Division contracted with Cisco to provide all Layer1 support, which included installation of Network gear.”
Despite the economic crisis that began in 2008, CH Reynolds more than tripled its sales revenue over the last 10 years, opened operations in Texas and North Carolina, and broke its historic sales record in 2011. It has been named one of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in Silicon Valley for three consecutive years.
“Our phenomenal team has become the go-to group for data centers, corporate campuses, biotech facilities, institutions and retail sites with large-scale projects that must be completed rapidly and flawlessly,” says Paiva. “Whether clients are in the pre-construction stages of a major new project that might take years to complete, or in the middle of an emergency in which every hour of downtime can lead to millions of dollars of loss, we consistently deliver the best solutions and greatest cost efficiencies.”
CH Reynolds Electric, Inc.
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