We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazon “Jay” Azael Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jazon “Jay” Azael, what inspires you?
I am inspired by other people’s success and endeavors. What they are able to achieve and accomplish on top of what they are able to provide for their family. Success doesn’t always mean money, cars, and clothes but what someone is able to achieve when all the odds are against them.

What should our readers know about your business?
We are a licensed and insured electrical contractor out of Mansfield, TX. We like to set ourselves apart from our competition by providing a wonderful experience as well as service ranging from general electrical repairs to interior/exterior lighting design. We also provide services for new construction ranging from small residential buildings to million-dollar homes.

I am proud of being able to keep my family name alive through my business as well as being a responsible Hispanic business owner. I am excited about growing a team of talented and awesome people who share the same aspirations and goals as I do. This will be part of the legacy I will leave behind to pass down to my children one day.

I got to this point through 14 years of construction experience. The thought of owning my own business was always in the back of my head. While working for someone else, the thought of starting my own business tended to be taboo amongst some peers and even my own supervisors. It was not always encouraged but when I asked others “why don’t you start your own business?”, their response was always the same. “There’s too much competition, too much headache, you’re better off working for someone else.” I always responded back “well someone at one point did and now run a multi-million-dollar company, if they did why not me?”

No, it was not easy. If you cannot deal with discrimination, favoritism, and overall animosity from your peers, this business is not for you. I embraced the suck and came to the realization that I came from a family with no generational wealth. With that being said, I put my focus on trade school and my craft. I always volunteered for tough jobs that require the most problem solving. What does not kill you will only make you stronger right? Little did I know that this would make me move on up in my company quicker than most. I became a commercial foreman when I was 25, the youngest one at the time.

Along the way I learned that not everyone shares your enthusiasm and energy and its best to be around like-minded people you know. Having a great support team will always help you the most when you feel like quitting. Trust me I wanted to many times.

I am by no means a genius or a standout individual. I never finished college. I never made straight A’s in school and If I can do this, so can you. I modeled my business from part of my everyday life, your word and your integrity are everything.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love hanging out at Sundance Square in Downtown Fort Worth. Food wise you cannot [o wrong with the Cheesecake factory in the area. It is in a great convenient spot, all within walking distance to all the bars near seventh street when you are thirsty.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My father (Jose “Joe” Gonzalez), Rich Merrill (Merrill Leisure Construction), Carlos Lara (CLA Electric), Martin Rangel (Elemental Business Consulting), and Cesar Avalos (Cesar’s Fencing & More). Joe Gonzalez, my father who taught me everything I know, who showed me that everything is achievable even when all odds are stacked against you. Having a hard life growing up as a child, no parents, no guidance and filled with tragedy and even then, he gave me everything he did not have.

Rich Merrill is a close family friend whom I used to work for as a teenager during my summer breaks to earn extra money. He taught me how to work with my hands and exposed me to the finer things in life in terms of what someone can achieve.

Carlos Lara is someone who I met in an Electricians Master Prep course. At the time that we met he already had his own business for a few years while I was still visualizing my own. When I finally had the opportunity to start my own business, he showed me the ins and outs of the contracting world. He had no reason to, but he did. When I ask him why in his words, he told me “I wish I had someone spit some game to me when I started my own business, if anything everyone else told me to quit.”

Martin Rangel is someone that I have met and consider a great asset to our business. He helped me get my LLC and S-Corp status filed but on top of that his advice and expertise in the contracting world is priceless. I learned a lot just from conversating with him.

Cesar Avalos is my cousin whom I consider as my brother growing up. We shared the same dreams and aspirations ranging from driving a Ferrari in Italy to deep sea fishing in our own boats in the Caribbean. Crazy dreams, right? If you are going to shoot for something, why not for the stars.

Website: AzaelElectrical.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azael.electrical/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Azael.Electrical

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Image Credits
Jazziel Orozco and Carol Gonzalez

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