When David Smothers got started in the security and life safety field 12 years ago, he just fell in love with it. â€œIt was like one big Radio Shack-land,â€ he said. â€œEverything made sense.â€
Smothers, the president of Electritec Consulting Inc., Greenville, Tenn., provides design and consulting services to fire and life safety companies, architects, developers and end-users throughout the United States.
Along with experience and love for the industry, he also holds NICET Level IV certification in Fire Alarm Design. â€œMy background â€” Nicet 4 â€” tells people that I know the systems, I know their applications. Iâ€™ve done everything from simple water flow systems to high-rises. I couldnâ€™t actually count all the systems Iâ€™ve done.â€
Three years ago he started working on Target stores for contractors, and Target started referring him to others, he maintained. His business spread through word-of-mouth until he realized he should do this full-time. In February 2005, he left his job as an engineering manager to open his own business.
His turn-around time is about five business days, and project complexity doesnâ€™t intimidate him. Though he has worked on smaller offices, Smothers primarily works on larger projects, such as retail and warehouse applications. Of the 30 to 40 Target stores heâ€™s worked on, he said the two-story ones were the most fun. â€œI like the stuff thatâ€™s a little more challenging,â€ Smothers said. â€œIt keeps you fresh.â€
For more information, visit www.electritec-engineers.com or call (909) 322-8162.