Chris Riley has taken a circuitous route to Roberts Electric. He installed data communications systems and fire alarm security, worked in a bakery and spent six grueling months moving pianos. Chris also has a BA in Musical Performance from Cal State East Bay and is a serious musician. He plays the trumpet for the West County Winds, which has been performing in the East Bay for more than 30 years.
Chris joined RECO 4 years ago as an electrical trainee
He is still taking classes and expects to take the general test next year, when he will become a certified electrician—“basically, this will be my diploma in the electrician field.” Chris is part of the commercial team that has been involved with a series of high-profile tenant improvement projects throughout the Bay Area.
“I’m working on the Sephora store in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza right now. I love that every job is different and that it involves collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills. I’m always learning something new, which I enjoy.”
With the concert season over for the year, Chris has turned his attention to baseball. He roots for both the A’s and the Giants and plays in an Alameda softball league—his team–the Leftovers. Chris also enjoys camping “anywhere there is water, trees and not many people—I’m also looking forward to a trip to Alaska in July.”
An important part of Chris’ life: a rock band
Chris has been the guitar player in an 8-person rock band, S.O.L, for more than 15 years. “We don’t play many shows, but the rules are strict: we have to have fun every time we play. We are currently working on our third album.”