In a marriage, the 20th anniversary is marked with gifts of fine china or platinum. A partnership in business can be much like a marriage, enduring highs and lows, flush and lean times. So when a business reaches that milestone, it’s worth noting.
Myles Davis Electric in Napa, run by Davis and his brother, Michael, marked 20 years in operation in December.
Originally from Southern California, Davis’s family moved to Napa 40 years ago. Both Davis brothers are Justin-Siena graduates. Myles, 50, became an electrician apprentice at Queen of the Valley Hospital while attending Napa Valley College. Michael, 52, studied business at NVC and worked for a time in corrections at San Quentin State Prison in San Rafael before partnering with his brother in the company.
And for those who might be wondering, he was not named after the jazz musician; it was a family friend.
A quick online search for “Napa electricians” yields at least a dozen hits, with many more from as far away as Fairfield and Santa Rosa ready to do business here. Davis has staked out a market, specializing in high-end residential and winery work, he said. His firm employs 10 workers, Davis said.
Today’s electrician does a lot more than install electrical outlets. To keep up with the times, Davis’ company installs low voltage voice, data and audio-visual wiring.
Davis offered an example of the kind of additional services today’s electrician needs to offer.
“Here’s a simple one,” he said: “a USB jack next to (the homeowner’s) bed for iPhones and iPads.”
On the commercial side, Davis said they do lots of work for wineries, including crush pad upgrades and expansions.
Initially, the business operated out of a house on Solano Avenue. It now occupies a 1,000 square-foot space on California Boulevard.
The brothers are members of the Napa Rotary, and Myles is on the board of directors of Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS). He has three daughters, ages 16, 21 and 25.
When they started the business, Davis said, they cast a wider net, taking jobs all over the Bay Area and beyond. But after 20 years in business they stick closer to home.
“There’s plenty of work in the Napa Valley,” said Davis.