Ed Zinthefer, President of Arch Electric, is one of two finalists nominated to win Wisconsin’s 2019 Sustainable Executive Leader of the Year award. This award recognizes individuals who prioritize sustainability and are making strides toward impactful change in Wisconsin. Winners are visionary leaders who take a strong stance on moving their organization and culture towards financial strength, social equity and environmental stewardship.
Zinthefer was nominated for the award for his leadership in solar energy and renewables – something he has been focused on in the Midwest and beyond since 2004. That’s about the time he founded Arch Electric and became one of Wisconsin’s first master electricians certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Since then, Arch has been performing numerous solar and wind installations in the Midwest and other states. Arch is proud to count over 800 custom projects, including home supporting battery systems, ground mounted systems, commercial rooftop systems like IKEA in Oak Creek, WI, and every kind of residential and agricultural rooftop system on their resume.
Zinthefer is passionate about spreading the word about solar and renewables. He teaches at Lakeshore Technical College, Waukesha Technical College, The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and at other venues to empower current and future generations to choose a clean and sustainable form of energy.
Arch Electric is an equal opportunity employer empowered by Zinthefer’s strong leadership skills, something he honed working as a Drill Instructor, 1st SGT in the US Army Reserve for almost 23 years. He gained his electrical training through an Electrician Apprenticeship at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 1988 to 2003.