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Team-work Makes the Dream-work! I am So Excited to Begin working with this Fab-5

SUNTEX Team

I cannot stress this enough: I am SO excited to work with our new team of energy professionals! I’m very happy to report this week that our team is growing, and we’re already learning a lot about each other as we embark on the next steps in our careers. It’s always nice to shake things up with new faces, however I have to say I’m truly impressed with this group thus far.

Because most of the folks joining our team this week have been working during the day and/or have to care for their families, as well as managing their busy schedules outside of SUNTEX during the day, we’ve been attending evening trainings from roughly 9-11PM. Of course I would be remiss if I did not also thank Ally and Jose – our fearless leaders – for leading these discussions each night AFTER a full day of work each day! The dedication and insight each of you have demonstrated thus far is nothing short of inspiring, and I am truly enjoying getting to know all of you better!

This week, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll be shining a spotlight on each new SUNTEX member so you can get to know the team too! Please check out their bios here, and reach out if you have any questions for us as we go. Feel free to reach out to them as well – or drop a comment here – I’m sure they’ll be glad to help you out!

More than anything, I want to express my deepest gratitude to this group for igniting the flame of hard work and excitement in each one of us here at SUNTEX, as well as for carrying the torch forward! The work we’ve done thus far will help support you in the field, but the work you all have already done this week, as well as the work still needed in the weeks to come, is incredible, and I can’t imagine a better team to be part of than the one I have here!

Your commitment to excellence, to learning something new, and to saving the planet (and to a better future for your families and your children) is really encouraging, and it’s nice to know we have that in common. SUNTEX has always been dedicated to delivering above and beyond for our customers, and I’m proud to say that each of you exemplifies that each day by showing up, asking questions, and being active participants in the fight against climate change.

Thank you all for your contributions thus far. Vamos Equipo!

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Switching Careers Later in Life? We’ve Got You Covered

SUNTEX logoWith the solar industry on the rise, and many people switching jobs currently to adapt to changes in the marketplace due to the Corona Virus, it may be time for you to consider a new career. What if I told you I knew of an industry that required no schooling, no experience, and would supply on the job training?

It sounds too good to be true, however this week we’ll explore a few positions in the solar industry, and at SUNTEX LLC, that fit that exact description. For a more detailed look at what I mean, be sure to check out our prior blog post on the different possible jobs within a solar company (here: https://suntexllc.com/what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up-industry-experts-are-here-to-help-you-find-out/), as well as the following interview from our friends at Ecotopian Careers about what we’re looking for in an employee (here, as well as below: https://www.ecotopiancareers.com/2021/10/12/employer-advice-from-suntex/).

Note: This article was written for SUNTEX by guest writers from Ecotopian Careers. Please reach out directly to SUNTEX if you have any questions regarding this article, or the blog post content.

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What do you Want to be When you Grow Up? Industry Experts are here to Help You Find Out!

Solar Industry It really doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 57, deciding what field you want to work in can be an exciting endeavor. Whether you’re interested in going to school, or going back to school, or if you’re better at on the job training and hand-on projects, learning a new skill while making money is a win-win.

I discussed the process of becoming a Master Electrician in a previous blog post (check it out, here: https://suntexllc.com/energy-components-electrical-wiring/), and there are a few really strong reasons you might decide to take on this endeavor: 1) the pay is excellent, and 2) you can start “green” as we say in the construction industry, apprenticing for someone with little schooling or experience required, and 3) once you become a Master Electrician, you can dictate your own hours, and decide which jobs you want to take – giving you lots of freedom in the later years of your career.

If you’re afraid of electrocuting yourself however (a valid fear indeed), there are tons of other jobs within the solar industry to choose from! Below I’ve outlined just a few…

 

Sales

Solar companies are A-L-W-A-Y-S hiring more sales staff to learn about the process of installing solar, and how it can save our customers money. The beauty of this position is that it does not require any schooling. Notice I did not say you won’t need to learn anything while on the job (too bad, right?), however it’s definitely something you can learn by doing, and as with any job, the more experience you have, the better you will be. It doesn’t matter if you’ve sold cell-phone batteries or luxury vehicles in the past, if you’ve got any sales acumen whatsoever, or if you just enjoy talking to people, it’s likely you’d be good at selling solar.

Because at SUNTEX we want to make sure our energy consultants and sales staff are experts in training homeowners the ways of solar energy, we spend a little extra time during the training process ensuring that you know exactly what you’re talking about before ever heading to a customer’s home for an energy audit. Unfortunately there are several bad players in the solar market that don’t do this, and the customer is always the one that will suffer for it. We’ve seen it in the past, and do our best to warn others of these types of companies, however because of this insight we know exactly what our team needs to know to be successful in their careers, and we strive towards it con ganas each day.

Operations 

Solar Industry

The operations side of the solar business, which is where my background in solar began, includes the entire process after a sale it made through installation. I’ll do my best not to get too into the weeds here, but the overall process of a solar system installation is as follows: 1) Design & Engineering, 2) Permitting, Interconnection Application, and Rebate Application, 3) Ordering Materials, 4) Scheduling & Executing the Installation with the same design as it was approved by the permitting office, 5) Inspections, and 6) Permission to Operate (PTO), when your system is actually turned-on and fully functioning.

The most important piece of this puzzle is the installations team! In order to install solar, you don’t need any education or experience necessarily, as you will get these with on the job training, however you do need to be prepared to be at work by 7:00 AM (or earlier in some cases), and work in scorching heat in the summer months (since roof-tops are typically about 15 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the daily temp, see what I mean here: https://sentryroof.com/news/how-hot-does-your-commercial-roof-really-get-in-the-summer/), and colder weather in the winter months.

Of course there are other pieces to this puzzle behind the scenes such as billing and accounting, manufacturing, and customer communication throughout, which is also generally included within the scope of the operations team. So it’s safe to say there are plenty of options to choose from should you decide to work within the Operations division at a solar company.

Tech

Another exciting experience you can glean working in the solar industry includes Information Technology, or more commonly known as IT. Depending on the size of the solar company you’re working for, IT department activities can include anything from building and managing the company website, to manufacturing and testing solar panels and accompanying equipment in a lab (admittedly, this may be nearer to the field of engineering but you get the idea)

It’s important that the entire Operations life cycle of each customer project is tracked smoothly, so you don’t skip any steps and so that you can keep the customer in the loop about what’s happening next, so as a solar IT expert you might also be responsible for building out the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools that help you track this life cycle, or any of the other online tools that can help a solar company grow sustainably (including tracking Sales calls and researching new potential markets for solar, or managing customer energy production data to ensure quality service throughout the life of a solar system, to name just a couple more).

Whatever your interest in tech – web development, database management, or integrated systems – there is likely a job waiting for you in the solar industry. Not to mention, I can personally attest to the fact that as this industry continues to rapidly grow and develop easier ways of doing things, there are plenty of new tech jobs opening up each day, and a ton of room for innovation.

Admin

With all of that said, there are people who must keep the ship afloat and running in the right direction, and that includes the administrative staff. People in these positions are like jack-knives, floating from sector to sector and providing help and insight where needed. Because they’re likely responsible for overseeing executive-level schedules and tasks, they have a good line of communication and visibility with company leadership. Communication skills and time management are therefore essential to their every day work, however this also allows for flexibility and diversity in their workload, and the work can often be done remotely as well. If you’re an organized individual and want to learn more about the solar industry – without working on a rooftop during installations, or deep inside of the code designing a software system – you might want to see what Administration positions are available in your area today.

 

As you can see, there really are a myriad of things to choose from. Interested in learning more? Give us a call today and see if you’re the ‘right stuff’ for SUNTEX!

SUNTEX Careers Page: https://suntexllc.com/careers/

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We’re Hiring! Discover the Magic of the Renewable Energy Industry for Yourself

We're HiringSUNTEX LLC is now hiring! We’re happy to report that we’ve had a pretty successful year, and with new projects on the horizon, and more home owners to meet, we’re looking to expand our energy consulting team. If you’ve ever wondered about solar energy, or renewables, or just want to learn more about the home improvement industry in general, be sure to fill out your information on our Careers Page today!

SUNTEX Careers Page: https://suntexllc.com/careers/

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SUNTEX Featured in the Media!

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We’ve had quite an exciting year this year at SUNTEX, and adjusting to pandemic protocols while building our business operations was certainly no easy feat. So it’s really exciting when we feel like we’re starting to get traction, and establish a stronger online presence and get some traction in the media.

That’s why we’re excited to share with you a recent post authored by our US National partner, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE, https://acore.org/), highlighting the work we do for others! In this article you’ll find responses from our fearless leader and CEO, Alejandra Mendoza, about the work SUNTEX is doing and the importance of serving our customers the best way we possibly can. To learn more about Ally’s background in solar, feel free to peruse our previous Meet the Team! blog post on Ally, here: https://suntexllc.com/meet-the-team-ally-mendoza-founder-of-suntex-llc/.

For the key feature from ACORE, please check it out using the link below, and reach out directly if you have any questions or comments.

ACORE Article: “Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX,” https://acore.org/renewable-power-perspectives-with-ally-mendoza/

A Huge Thank you again to Ms. Constance Thompson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs at ACORE, and the entire team for this shout-out!

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Good Fortune

It’s easy to say you want to do the right thing, harder to follow through. I’ve heard the phrases “love your enemies” and “teach with love” over and over again, but today I was fortunate enough to sit down with two people who truly embody and embrace their meanings: Ally and Jose Mendoza. It’s not often you get to work with someone in life who inspires you to greatness, while walking the walk with humility, but today I was reminded that I had that exact opportunity with my employer, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. They reminded me how to be an internal and eternal optimist, and showed me that even through hardship, their own grace and ability to move forward will triumph over all. It’s people like this that remind you of your own strength, of your own desire to be a steward of peace and good. I am happy to work for this company because they allow me the space to be creative, to grow as a writer and a person, but I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with these people, who show me not only in word but also in deed just what it means to lead by example. Should you have the chance to meet with several contractors as you go on to complete projects for your home, do yourself a favor and just sit down and have a conversation with one of them – it won’t take long for you to feel the same hope and love they bestow on their employees, and I can’t say anything that would truly describe the benefits of doing so – but you’ll feel it in their work, because that passion and inspiration reverberates through everything they do. I’m honored to work for SUNTEX, and truly grateful for the opportunity.

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Meet the Team! Jacob Stauffer, Energy Consultant

Meet Jacob! Jacob Stauffer began working from an early age, and started painting houses with his uncles company at just 13 years old. From his early experience it was easy to see he was a natural-born leader, with an incredible work ethic. Working while he went to school, he became the Manager of Schlotzskys while still in high school!

From there, he decided he wanted to learn a little more about the energy industry, and went to work as a Regional Salesman for the North America Venture Capital company, selling energy contracts for Liberty Power and Just energy. He worked there for a couple of years, which allowed him to become well-versed in the Texas energy market and equipped him with a better understanding for how the Texas energy grid is owned and operated.

This experience and proven ability to work with customers makes him the perfect fit to join SUNTEX as a Solar Energy Consultant, and as a very proud partner of the SUNTEX Solar Advisors organization, he is happy to help his customers understand which energy provider is best for them, as well as helping them understand whether or not solar is right for their home. His top priority however, is to help all his clients get the best solar system possible and do whatever is beneficial for them and their family.

For some fun facts about Jacob: he is a dog and animal lover, a sneaker connoisseur, and has a passion for cooking – he enjoys cooking pasta dishes and steak. Spoiler alert ahead: Jacob’s favorite marvel movie is Avengers End Game because of the role his favorite super hero, Iron Man, plays – and while his character arc is a tragedy, he likes how the movies really built up to this scene all throughout the series. He also is an avid reader of the comics, and was able to share an insider tip with me to check out the new edit of the Justice League (on HBO max) – which is way better than theater cut in his opinion. He enjoys watching/attending any of the Dallas team’s games, but is also a Seahawks fan. His bucket list includes traveling to every continent – and possibly some day even Mars!

Feel free to reach out to him directly to set an appointment – he’s looking forward to it and will see you there!

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Meet the Team! Gerardo Delgadillo Oropeza, Area Sales Manager

Meet Gerardo! Gerardo began his career in Mexico, working in sales, before completing his degree in Accounting from the University of San Luis Potosi. Graduating at the top of his class, he was afforded the opportunity to work in sales immediately upon graduation. He would later go back to school, receiving his Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales from the Technical Institute of Monterrey. His degree afforded him the ability to work in the Oil industry as the Commercial Sales manager for Golfo – Oíl de México, S.A de C.V.

Due to his large success, the company promoted him to oversee all of the U.S. market, and he moved to Denver, Colorado, to build supplier relations within the U.S. Working in this role allowed him to build a significant book of business in the U.S., and translated to a role as the U.S. Director of Enramex, Inc. As Director, Gerardo was in charge of implementing a new administrative system for the U.S. market, restructuring the commercial sales department while supporting recruiting/hiring/training initiatives to support it, and designing and implementing a new Business Development and Marketing Strategy. His success at the company enabled growth and customer satisfaction, allowing him to focus his core competencies on the 80/20 rule.

Honing in on this experience, he was then able to transition to the Regional Sales Manager of the Minsa Corporation, Inc., where he oversaw the training and development of the entire sales staff for the Texas market. In this role, he was able to build out a monthly sales budget and targets for his team to accomplish, monitor the profitability of each new market, and develop marketing strategies for each segment, while completing SWOT analysis and managing customer satisfaction across the state.

His drive, passion, and vast experience in Sales and Strategy Planning make him the perfect Area Sales Manager at SUNTEX LLC, and we’re excited to see him develop a team with the knowledge and skill set to tackle this expanding market in the solar industry.

What don’t you know about Gerardo? When I asked him about his favorite super hero, he paused a moment, and then lit up when I mentioned that it could be anyone, even a fictional character, and said “Toy Story – now that’s magical! I love Woody – he has many friends he’s always caring for – and Toy Story is a very beautiful story line.” He also loves American music – 70s, 80s, 90s music, mostly– Toto, Supertramp, Foreigner, Lionel Richie, Barry White, and Whitney Houston, to name just a few. His bucket list includes traveling and seeing the world, from the mysteries of Egypt to the culture of Italy and all over Europe, he wants to see it all!

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Meet the Team! Megan, Executive Administrator, Blogger

Meet Megan! Megan developed her work ethic from an early age, before graduating from Texas Tech University with an International business degree, and double-minors in Spanish and Psychology, she graduated high school with the International Baccalaureate program which supplied college credits towards her first year.

Her drive to truly develop her skill set in the Spanish language led her to join the Peace Corps, where she lived and worked in rural Guatemala within the healthcare industry for two years. Upon returning to the U.S., Megan went to work for Deloitte Consulting as a business analyst – writing requirements and developing the online Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System, or TIERS, and later for the Washington Health Insurance Exchange, or HIX, in order to implement Affordable Care Act policies for the state of Texas, and Washington, respectively. Working at Deloitte offered her a myriad of exciting opportunities such as co-leading Impact Day for the Austin office – a company-wide service day dedicated to volunteer work and helping others – as well as partaking in the U.S. Global Office fellowship where she worked alongside senior leadership to develop communication and reporting strategies within the global office, as well as working on their global deployment program.

Noticing a market trend towards renewables, she went back to school to begin a career shift to Environmental conservation, before accepting a position as the Operations Manager for a start-up solar company in Austin, Texas. While at this small start-up, she helped the company grow from about 5 employees to nearly 100, and oversaw operations for the installation teams which would bring six million dollars worth of revenue in the first year. Being new to solar, she moved to a company with a little more industry experience to see the full scope of the solar industry in Texas. During this time, she worked as a customer liaison for the sales team, before being promoted project manager to oversee the Commercial installations.

These experiences made her the perfect fit to join SUNTEX LLC to help the company grow organically in the Texas solar market. Working as an environmental consultant allows her the flexibility to also manage her non-profit, Ally Tees, which accommodates her philanthropic endeavors. Her diverse background in healthcare, IT, and the energy industries makes her the ideal candidate to manage small project development at SUNTEX, while we ramp up in the Texas energy and construction industries.

While she’s happy to converse in either Spanish or English with some fluency, you might not know that she has a passion for languages, and can say “Thank you” in several others, including French, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Thai, Qui’che, and Arabic. While she greatly enjoys listening to classical and country music, her favorite artist is Rihanna, and her specialty is in 90s rap lyrics (and for those she doesn’t know, she’ll gladly make up). Her favorite food is chips and salsa (and guacamole and queso, when available), and you can find her eating this snack all day long.

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Meet the Team! Jose Ismael Mendoza, Founder of SUNTEX LLC

Meet Jose Ismael! Having already helped hundreds of homeowners save money on their energy bills, Jose is a proven leader in the solar industry, and his dedication to his team and to his customers is unparalleled. As a servant leader, it’s easy to see why people follow him: Jose fosters a sense of urgency and shared passion for clean energy within his team. He leads by example, trains based on experience, and is one of the most genuine leaders you will ever meet.

Jose’s keen eye for relationships and dedication to serving his customers allows him to find superior products in the market, and develop new programs to incentivize homeowners when going solar with SUNTEX. Early on in his career at the first solar company where he began, Jose earned the Award of IRONMAN within the first 6 months within this company! While at Erie Construction back in Knoxville TN, his work ethic and ability to drive a team forward set him apart as he and his team completed more than 100 roofing installations, within the first 6 months. Jose has always been ready to support and manage his teams well even on high demand and short notice. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, his team was one of the first on ground travel there to help people who had lost everything rebuild their roofs. Jose will be getting NABCEP certification from SEI in 2021.

Jose’s passion for helping people is obvious from the moment you meet him, but something that may be less obvious about him, is that his favorite sports team is the Mexico national futbol team – his love for them only compounds during the World Cup. When asked about his favorite avenger, he said he’s not into superheroes – probably because he is one – but he enjoys a good turkey/avocado melt sandwich, just like anyone would.

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