The name Goodman Electric was first used in Flagstaff in 1955 when brothers James (Jim) and Thomas (Gene) Goodman began adding electrical work to the portfolio of work they were already doing in Northern Arizona. Gene had begun his electrical training years earlier while serving in the Navy during WWII on a submarine and was able to quickly build the business, taking on larger and larger projects around Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. Over the years, Jim and Gene took on several construction projects around town that have become Iconic buildings in Flagstaff, including NAU dorms, Additions and remodels at Flagstaff MEdical Center, Pine cliff village apartment complex, Tuba city hospital, LDS Stake center, and many others.
Both Jim and Gene employed some of their children in the endeavor and one in particular became especially interested in pursuing electrical work. Tom, Gene's son, pursued additional training and obtained his Journeyman certificate. After working in the industry for several years, including time in California at the Del Monte factory, Tom was ready to go it on his own. He started his business in 1980 and In 1986, Tom formed Goodman Contracting, Inc and operated under the name Tom Goodman Electric transitioning to just Goodman Electric in later years. Over the subsequent decades Tom built the company from a 1-2 person operation to a major player in Northern Arizona construction, employing 25 or more electricians and support staff. Tom was active in the construction community, serving on association boards, participating in training events and was one of the founding members of the Northern Arizona Electrical Contractor's Association in 2008.
In 2012, Tom's son, Derek, came on following graduation from business school to manage several aspects of the business. He remained there for 4 years before returning to school for a Master's Degree in Business Management. Derek understood the value of what his father and grandfather had created and so in 2016 he bought the business, with Tom staying on as a consultant. Derek is active in the community and currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the northern arizona electrical contractor's association. TOday Goodman Electric is one of the premier Electrical contractors in Northern Arizona and employs some of the best electricians in the business dedicated to perfecting their craft and providing reliable work with integrity.