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May 2, 2018

Recently, I got solar panels installed on the roof of my building. It’s only been a few months, but I’m already thrilled with the decision. On sunny days, I can see the meter running backward! How crazy is that?


I’m fortunate to have hired a great company, Shockoe Solar, to do the job. Bernie Stanley, the owner of the company, is the best vendor I’ve ever worked with. He’s given me way more than I expected, and he’s really passionate about what he does. At one point, I said to him, “You shouldn’t be on my roof installing solar panels. You should be out getting your next deal!” Bernie said, “Yeah, but I love working.”


You know what? I believed him. And once you learn more about Bernie, you’ll believe him, too.


A Word From Bernie:


I only wear a suit for three occasions: weddings, funerals, and my photo on the “Our Team” page for the company website. I figured I should look like a company president for the picture at least, but I don’t wear a suit every day. As Randy already mentioned, I’d much rather be on the roof myself, making sure every job gets done right. You might think I’m controlling, and maybe that’s true. But I’ve been doing this for a long time, and if there’s a problem during a job and a choice has to be made, I want to be there to make that call. Furthermore, if a mistake gets made, I want it to be on me so I can own up to it.


My standards are the same as anyone else’s should be: Treat every customer as if they are your only customer. Over the years, I’ve learned this hospitality isn’