“My company is called Vision Electric,” said Marcos Carmona, 24-year old entrepreneur and California native. “I try to keep it simple, nah mean?” he laughed.
Vision Electric specializes in home improvement, restoration, construction and modification. The company is owned solely by Marcos and has been seeing a steady pace of clients despite its young age (in business since April 2015). “My goal is not necessarily for me to make profit. The most important thing is to communicate with people and build relationships. I want to see what their needs are.” Marcos seeks to build rapport by undercutting the competition, focusing on quality and placing emphasis on customer satisfaction.
Years ago, Marcos considered creating a company with a buddy, but the friend left town before anything got done. “I didn’t pursue it,” he said, “I got really discouraged.” Recently, that desire to work for himself rekindled. “About five months ago, I started praying about it and going over expenses and everything that I wanted to do with it. About a month and a half ago, I felt peace about it, so I decided to go for it. I quit my job.” Marcos chose to put his training to use. He has a BA in Electrical Engineering with seven months training in a separate electrical program.
He shared some details about his latest project. In Monrovia, he completed modifications for a bathroom. “There was no lighting in the restroom. It was only lit by one lamp. They wanted me to install four lights over the sink and two lights on the ceiling over the entire restroom. I only had one switch to work with and they wanted me to install four switches.” The job was difficult but he finished. “The easy part is connecting the wires. The hard part is going from point A to point B without damaging the home or the walls.” Upon completion, the client was so pleased with his work that they hired him for another project.
The “Vision” in his company’s name represents his faith. Marcos has been a devoted Christian for the past three years. “I’m part of the team of Pastor Pablo and Pastor Eunice (at New Generation Church) and everything they do in my life they help me do it in others, to change the world even if it means one person at a time by imparting everything that God has done in my life to them.” He described his church as a place of discipleship that helps Christians keep Christ at the center of their lives. Character development is also addressed and supported there. “You learn to depend on Him, and through that discipline you build a strong foundation to conquer, to achieve and surpass those limits that you never thought possible.”
“Before, I didn’t believe in God, man,” he stated. “I found myself lonely and depressed even though I was surrounded by people who loved me.” Marcos turned from his life of disbelief after being invited to church by his close friend JC. “I thought everybody was weird when I first walked in,” he joked. “Everybody was so full of joy and passion, but I didn’t know why.” That curiosity coupled with the pastor’s message inspired him to pursue God. From that day, he never turned back.
As his company grows, Marcos plans on building on his relationship with clients to bring them to Christ. He also wants to hire employees and make them believers. He hopes to create opportunities for undocumented workers and help them become American citizens. Marcos’ biggest goal is to “bless families and contribute to charities.”
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