10 years is electrifying for Miller
louise bolger | sun
Sue and Ed Gocher, of Miller Electric,
take pride in their quality of service.
It’s pretty clear when you meet Ed Gocher that he loves his life. But what’s not to love when you have a thriving business, a great family, a loyal dog and plenty of fish in the Gulf of Mexico between here and Key West.
This month Ed and Sue Gocher are starting their tenth year as owners of Miller Electric. During that time they have expanded their business four times and are now doing over a million dollars annually in business. All of this in spite of the challenges they faced in the wake of a bad economy. They currently employ 17 people, 10 of which are electricians and own a fleet of 12 trucks.
Ed Gocher attributes the company’s success to the quality of service provided and his staff that is unfailingly courteous and professional both on the phone and in person. He says they are the face of the company and an important part of his Miller Electric family.
Anna Maria Island Sun readers apparently agree since they voted Miller Electric #1 Electrician in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. The family also includes their son Tyler, who will be joining the family business when he completes his schooling and apprenticeship, followed shortly by younger son Adam.
Miller Electric is state certified as a full service repair, renovation and new construction electric company servicing all of Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island constitutes 80 percent of Miller’s business handling many of the remodels on the Island including the Sandbar restaurant renovation.
Although employees handle all types of electrical repairs and hookups, they specialize in boat lifts and boat lift remotes, dock lighting including deep glow underwater lighting, snook lights and pool lights. They also install and give complimentary advice on friendly sea turtle lighting for beach front properties on the islands during turtle season. They are committed to recycling scrap wire and cooper with the proceeds going back to their staff.
New this year to Miller Electric is its Low Voltage Division, which installs, repairs, inspects and monitors fire alarms, security systems, camera surveillance and access control with 24 hour monitoring.
The Gochers believe in giving back to the community that has been so supportive of their business. Miller Electric does complimentary wiring for Anna Maria Island’s annual Bayfest Festival, the Chamber Christmas tree in Holmes Beach, Wedding Fest, Founders Day, Food & Wine on Pine and the Bridge Street Christmas Festival.
In addition, Ed Gocher is the chairman of the advisory board for the Manatee Technical Institute and has coached his sons’ sporting activities for many years.
Whenever they can, the Gocher’s escape to their home on Summerland Key to relax and chase the fish. Check out some great fishing photos on their website. Ed Gocher’s a happy man whose goal is to make his customers happy. Need a professional electric company, call Miller Electric; need some serious fishing advice, call Ed Gocher. Either way, you’ll be electrified.