Company Overview

It takes energy to bring the world to life. Luckily, we at Ace Electric have no shortage of it. From our spirited leadership to our inspired staff, we’ve got the drive it takes to deliver exceptional electrical contracting services. Nothing gets us energized like a challenging project.

For over 20 years and more than 600 jobs, we’ve provided innovative solutions for electrical design and construction services throughout Southern California. We’re successful because we focus on what’s important: the integrity of our values, the safety of our employees, and the satisfaction of our customers. We meticulously plan for every contingency, and execute with the utmost professionalism, ensuring every project outperforms expectations of duration, quality, and cost. We’re committed to excellence. We’re committed to value. We’re committed to you.

How can we bring your project to life?

Company Details


California A & C10 #835109
DIR Registration #1000001519

Safety Training and Certifications

  • State of California Electrician Certification
  • Title 24
  • SWPP&A
  • Confined Spaces
  • Lock-Out/Tag Out
  • OSHA 50- and 30-hour safety
  • First Aid/CPR
  • High Voltage Distribution
  • Fork Lift Safety and Operation
  • Fall Protection
  • Competent Person
  • Rigging

Bonding Capacity

Individual Project: $7.5 million
Total Capacity: $15 million

Jeff Hinds

Phone: 619-521-9740 Ext 107

As the head of Ace Electric for over 17 years, Jeff has been focused on two things: his employees and his customers. When both are happy, things are going right. Jeff has seen Ace realize remarkable growth since he took the helm. By outfitting his employees with the resources, training, and leadership they need, he consistently ensures that projects meet or exceed expectations. His experience as a CPA has translated into strong financial leadership; his concern for family and values has meant a strong company culture. When he’s not running the show at the office, Jeff can be found woodworking, hiking, traveling, or out on the tennis court.

David Ensminger

Vice President of Operations
Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 110

As part-owner and Vice President of Operations, David is Ace’s captain on the front lines. He’s an impassioned coach for company staff, leveraging over 30 years of electrical experience to ensure that commitments are met in a safe and timely fashion. Employee safety is his number one concern—he looks out for the Ace family as if it were his own. In a way, it is. David’s been with the organization since the early years, playing a key roll in over $100M worth of projects. When he’s not sharing the helm at Ace, David spends his time fishing, surfing, and camping on the Baja California coast.

Brian Barrett

Senior Estimator/Project Manager
Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 109

Brian Barrett knows electric. With over 30 years total experience in estimating and project management, he ensures that every Ace project is scoped and executed with the utmost professionalism. Brian has a unique understanding of customer needs—his goals begin and end with you. He makes certain our deliverables meet or exceed your expectations, every time. Brian holds multiple NECA certifications and has been with Ace for over 11 years.

Craig Small

Senior Estimator/Project Manager
Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 103

Craig first cut his teeth as a journeyman electrician more than three decades ago. In the years since, he’s lent his talents to some of the region’s finest companies, rising in ranks to the seasoned project manager he is today. Craig puts his wisdom to work in preparing top-notch estimates and managing seamlessly executed projects. Over the past four years he’s overseen some of our largest accounts. In his downtime, Craig likes off-roading in the desert and traveling to far-flung tropical destinations.

Frank Madigan

Project Manager/General Superintendent
Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 111

As the field supervisor for all tenant improvement, commercial and industrial projects, Frank is one of Ace’s fearless onsite leaders, ensuring that projects are completed safely, efficiently, and on schedule. With over 30 years of experience in electrical, his industry savvy enables him to anticipate problems before they happen, saving Ace and our clients a world of headaches and expenses. Frank has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Builders & Contractors, and as Chairperson for the Associated Builder & Contractors Apprenticeship Council San Diego and the Western Electrical Contractors Association Apprenticeship Council.

Ryan Swenson

Project Manager
Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 102

At this point you could say that electrical construction runs in Ryan’s blood. Hailing from a family in the electrical industry, he holds a degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University and has over 4 years experience as an estimator and project manager. Ryan’s expertise is critical to Ace’s reputation for quality estimates and effectively marshaled projects. Apart from his work with us, Ryan regularly volunteers with foster children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. An avid outdoorsmen, he recharges in the mountains, the ocean, or just at the park with his wife and dogs.

Carol Powell

Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 108

Just because she’s good with numbers doesn’t mean Carol isn’t a people person. Cheerful and team-oriented, she’s committed to providing timely and accurate information to clients and fellow team members alike. Carol’s been at it for over 15 years, providing expert accounting management for some of the region’s top electrical providers. She’s been counting the proverbial beans at Ace Electric since 2008, making sure our books are as clean as our job sites.

Adrian Frost

Phone: 619-521-9740 ext 105

A journeyman electrician with over ten years experience in the field, Adrian is responsible for all things purchasing at Ace. He’s central to the coordination between the home office and field workers, ensuring that our onsite personnel have the tools and equipment they need to complete jobs quickly and efficiently. An avid soccer fan, Adrian relies on a different sort of coordination away from the office, playing indoor games, supporting Arsenal FC, or just “kicking it” with family at home or on the road.

Join our Team

Interested in joining the Ace Electric family? We’re always on the lookout for qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Certified Electricians
  • Apprentices in approved apprenticeship programs
  • Underground Utility Technicians
  • Estimators
  • Project Managers
  • Project Engineers
  • Accounting Staff

We’re proud to offer great benefits for our valued team members, including medical, dental, vision insurance, and a 401k Plan with generous matching. You won’t find a better work environment and our salaries are highly competitive.

We’re looking for individuals who share our vision for complete customer satisfaction. If this sounds like you, why not work for the best?

Candidates can submit resumes to Don’t forget to tell us what position you’re inquiring about!



Excellence in Unique Small Public Projects

Awarded by AGC Build San Diego Award for Fletcher Cove Park, 2007

Governor's Historic Preservation

Awarded by the State Office of Historic Preservation and California State Parks for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2005

Shining the Light on History

Awarded by the Save Our Heritage Organization for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2005

Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation

Awarded by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2005

Special Commendations

Awarded by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, and Councilmember Donna Frye for the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2005

Quality Control Leader

Awarded by PCL Constructors, Inc. for the San Diego Fish and Wild Life Refuge Complex, 2011

Award of Recognition

Awarded by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors and the Imperial County Parks and Recreation Commission for Sunbeam Lake Park and Renovation, 2008

Project of the Year: Structures

Awarded by the American Public Works Association, Ventura County Chapter for Pleasant Valley Fields, 2009

Industry Associations

  • Associated Builders & Contractors: San Diego and Southern California Chapters
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Construction Financial Management Association

Select Customer List

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Byrom‐Davey, Inc.
  • DPR Construction
  • Echo Pacific Construction
  • Erickson‐Hall Construction
  • Hazard Construction Company
  • LB Civil Construction
  • Level 10 Construction
  • Lusardi Construction Company
  • OHNO Construction
  • Pacific Building Group
  • PCL Construction
  • Soltek Pacific
  • Swinerton Builders
  • T.B. Pennick & Sons, Inc.
  • Valley Crest Landscape Development
  • West Coast General Corporation
  • Grossmont Union High School District
  • Palomar Community College District
  • San Diego Community College District
  • San Diego State University
  • University California San Diego
  • University of San Diego
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Escondido
  • City of San Diego
  • City of Santa Barbara
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Unified Port District
  • I’ve worked with Ace for over 18 years and 130 projects. When they’re on the job, I know it’ll be done right, on schedule, and within budget.

    Mike Marchetti, Musco Lighting

  • Soltek would highly recommend Ace Electric to any owner or general contractor. They will always go the extra mile to complete the project on time and within budget.

    Terry Walborn

    Project Manager, Soltek Pacific Construction
  • Ace Electric has been extremely valuable for us, delivering projects including school infrastructure, new parks, and railroad improvements. Ace’s experience, reliability, skill, professionalism, and integrity are second to none.

    Nicholas W. Walters

    Vice-President, Project Management, West Coast General Corporation
  • We know we can count on Ace to go above and beyond in terms of quality and service. I would trust Jeff, Brian and Frank on any project.

    Andre Childers, Pacific Building Group

    Preconstruction Services
  • Ace is the partner we look to for electrical infrastructure. Their ability to manage numerous revisions, adapt to schedule changes, and provide innovative ideas is invaluable.

    Jason A. Mordhorst, Hazard Construction

    P.E. President
  • Ace is one of the most competent, reliable, cooperative and trustworthy electrical subcontractors we’ve worked with. They are always a valuable member of the team.

    Rick Osgood, Erickson-Hall Construction Co.

    LEED AP Construction Manager
  • Ace Electric is a top-notch company. I would recommend them to anyone. Their willingness to coordinate made my job as Senior Project Manager very easy.

    Chris Drinko, CCM, LEED®AP BD+C, Balfour Beatty Construction

    Senior Project Manager
  • We can count on Ace to get the job done on time, within scope and within budget. They’re one of the top sports lighting companies in Southern California!

    Steve Davey, Byrom-Davey, Inc.