We had the good fortune of connecting with Gavin Ireland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gavin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Like many entrepreneurs, I found myself unhappy at my job at the time. Tired of being unrecognized, tired of being overlooked, tired of putting forth that extra effort while some of my coworkers shirked their responsibilities. I had what many people call the “Entrepreneurial Big Bang”. Thinking that I’d be better off doing what I was already doing, just doing it for myself. Nobody in my family had been a successful entrepreneur so I didn’t really know what to expect. The truth is that it’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be, but it comes with a level of freedom and control that I wouldn’t give up for anything.

What should our readers know about your business?
The name of our business is Georgia Green Energy Services. I say our because although I am 100% owner I cannot, and have not done this on my own, this is all of our business and we all share in the success together. I must admit being an electrician, is a difficult industry to set yourself apart in. At the end of the day, almost all of us will get your lights to work and the majority of customers are only interested in that. We had to distinguish ourselves by being forward-thinking and anticipating what would be the future industry trends in commercial construction. I’ve always felt that it’s important to add your own personal element to your business, make it match your personality your goals your visions and ideals as much as you can. No two people will do the same thing the same way so be true to your authentic self and there’s a good chance you’ll find an audience that is interested in what you have for sale. Although my passion is electrical contracting and business, I have quite a few other interests and it was important that I incorporate those into my work. The name Georgia Green Energy came from my desire to integrate environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient installation methods into my projects. We wanted our customers to know that immediately upon hearing our name, and it has worked. We’ve found a niche in the electrical contracting space that is focused on lowering customer energy consumption, through LED lighting, sensors, and smart technology. We are also positioning ourselves to be at the forefront of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure programs being promoted by the new administration.

If there is one thing I’d like people to know about myself or my business is that our goal has never been to make the most money, it has always been to be the best place to work. When I stepped out as an entrepreneur I wanted to hire people that loved what they did and were passionate about what we’re able to accomplish together. I think being named as one of the top workplaces would be the greatest business accomplishment I can achieve.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
With Atlanta growing at such a fast pace this list changes daily, but right now the first place I’d go would be to the rooftop at Ponce City Market. You can eat, play carnival games and listen to some nice music. Another place I really enjoy is the Atlanta Beltline.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I know I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing without the love and support of my wife and family. There have definitely been ups and downs and I don’t want to sound cliche, but really this is my truth. I’m still challenged constantly, whether it be internally with worry and stress, or outwardly being a minority contractor in an industry with very few successful young African American CEO’s. My wife has always been my biggest supporter and even when I’m feeling overwhelmed, her encouragement and belief in my abilities to overcome whatever I may be facing has been the one ingredient that keeps me going.
I’ve learned in business the importance of relationships and the value of networking can not be emphasized enough. None of us become successful on our own, and I am no different. I’m currently a member of a few prominent associations here in Atlanta; The National Association of Minority Contractors (https://namcatlanta.org/), and The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (https://gmsdc.org/) these are two that I owe a great deal of my growth as a business person too. I’ve met many people through these associations that have been more than willing to share information, resources, contacts, referrals but most importantly experience.

Being connected to like minded individuals is at the top of my list of attributes needed to be successful in any endeavor.

Website: https://GaGreenEnergySVC.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavin-ireland-gges/

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