Sullivan Solar Power would like to take this opportunity to recognize those that have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving this country so us 327 million Americans can live freely. In honor of this Memorial Day, we remember those that we have lost, and say thank you to those who continue to serve. To show our gratitude, we are spotlighting one of our own: Foreman and Corporal Josue Arenas. We want to say thank you for your service in not only our company, but to our country. Thank you for all that you do, Josue!
Q. What branch of the Military do you serve?
A. Marine Corp Reserves, for almost 5 years and will likely re-sign to service for 8 years total.
Q. How long have you been with Sullivan Solar Power and what do you do?
A. I am a Foreman/ Crew Lead with Sullivan Solar Power and have been for 4 years.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of being in the service?
A. To me, the most rewarding part of being in the service is the “feel good”- I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s like you’re a part of something bigger. It makes me feel proud, like I am worthy of filling the shoes of those that came and fought before me.
Q. How did you transition into being an Electrician and working in solar?
A. In 2011-2012, I was living in Imperial County and a lot of industrial solar work was coming available in the desert. They would only hire and use union labor. Instead of starting a new local, they extended Local 569, and I joined. I was trained through them and was then able to move to San Diego to work here.
Q. What’s your favorite part of your job?
A. My favorite part of my job at Sullivan Solar Power is the training that is given and received. The leadership here is professional, works hard and leads by example. It’s so great watching people learn and grow, and to see their progress. At Sullivan Solar Power, I feel appreciated, and know that they appreciate our hard work.
Q. Are there any similarities – or things that you’ve learned while serving that has helped you in this position?
A. I have learned that hard work pays off. The military teaches you how to manage things, gives you tools to deal with high stress situations. This education and experience has made this job easier because things that could be seen as big problems can be easily broken down, then, they don’t seem so big.
Q. Is there anyone that you’d like to remember or that has impacted you?
There have been many people that have impacted me greatly, in the military, most notably Sgt. Mendoza, Sgt. Medeles and Sgt. Gomez. Whether its personal or professional, I know that I can count on them.