ET Hobie guy wrote:
Are you still at Mariners? Haven't seen you in there the past few times I have been in.
You haven't seen me because I left Mariner back in March. Mariner was a lot of fun (especially the "helping the customers" part). But it had been six years. The 50 mile daily commute was wearing down me and my car. I missed having weekends with my wife, since I had to work on Saturdays. And I was pretty much topped out as far as job growth. It was time.
I didn't have a good plan when I left, but figured I'd sort it out. And I had been suffering from an itch to get back into something more in line with my education (I have a B.S. in electrical engineering).
After spending some time polishing my skills, I joined a renewable energy start-up in the Summer. I've been playing with solar power for years, so it seemed like a good direction to head. Ontility is a distributor for renewable energy products, and provides training in the design and installation of those products. We officially launched in October and business is already booming.
My time is divided fairly equally between designing Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems and teaching a NABCEP Entry Level PV course. I have an office in Houston I occasionally visit, but work from home when I'm not on the road. I teach classes around Texas and Louisiana (soon to expand to NM, OK and AR). It's been fun so far, and in some ways not that much different from Mariner. I just get paid a lot better.
The company details are here: http://www.ontility.com
I especially like this page (scroll down): http://www.ontility.com/about-us/management-team
If things go according to plan, I'll take the NABCEP PV Installer Certification test in the spring and become a member of a very small group of nationally recognized Solar Pro's.
So yeah... It's all good. Though I do miss harassing Matt on a semi-regular basis.