Jake Taft (JT) got started in the industry right out of high school working as an apprentice electrician for GSL Electric. Jake worked in the field gaining valuable experience for three years before serving a full time LDS Church mission. After his mission, he worked as a drafter/designer for six years while putting himself through college where he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. Jake graduated in 2005 and worked as a lead designer until he was promoted to the engineering department manager at GSL in 2008. In 2009, Jake got his PE license in the state of Utah and now holds 9 other PE licenses in the western states. Jake oversaw the entire Design Build effort of GSL until he started his own company in 2016 - JT Electric.
John Taft (JT) started school at Utah State in 1976 in Electrical Engineering. Don Taft Sr. approached him in April of 1977 and he became an apprentice electrician in the IBEW. John recieved his journeyman license in 1981 and worked as a control electrician for CCI Mechanical. In 1982, GSL Electric hired him as a foreman to run industrial projects. In 1986, he became the Vice President of Industrial Projects. He left GSL in 1989 and became a Senior Designer for Ford Bacon and Davis Engineering. In 1991, he became a partner at PSE Engineering and served there until 1997. He then formed an electrical construction firm - Industra Electric. There he built 3 asphalt plants in 2 years. GSL then approached him to return to be a senior project manager. He also served as COO and Vice President of Business Development. He procured and managed the installation of several large projects including many design build projects until 2016 when he formed an new construction firm, JT Electric.
In 2016, Jake and John Taft broke off from GSL and started JT Elecrtric with a desire to build something that reflected their own standards of practice. They believe their greatest resource is their employees - “If you put driven and capable people in key position, success is inevitable.” (Jake Taft)
Relationships are invaluable to Jake and John and are the lifeblood to their success. “We aren’t just another subcontractor, we want to be partners to our clients, general contractors and vendors. Partners look out for each other, partners have each other’s back, partners work to make the team successful.” (John Taft)