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t’s certainly a story you’ve heard before—a would-be fourth generation wants to be anything other than whatever the family business assumes. It was no different for

Josh Brooker. Homeschooled, he spent much of his teen years shadowing his electrician dad and, as one of seven children, he couldn’t wait to do his own thing. When the time came to choose that path, he aimed anywhere but there. But as the best versions of these stories go, Brooker’s experience in other fields proved unfulfilling and his electric legacy beckoned once again.

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As Josh says, if electricians disappeared off the face of the earth, the world would go dark, so creating a company to break the blue-collar stereotype and open up pleasing options for his neighbors was the driving force behind TE Certified’s inception in 2003. Since then, he’s added HVAC and plumbing to their list of services and curated an expert team of technicians that he’s trained himself through their certification program. Growing talent from the ground up makes it easy to facilitate guarantees like convenient, 24/7, highly skilled service in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Every call comes with up-front, itemized pricing and a lifetime warranty on all products and services.

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“The difference is that the people who work for us really want to be electricians or plumbers,” says Josh, a certified electrician himself. “They’re tinkerers. They like to fix things. They’re passionate about wanting to use their skills to help other people.”

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“There’s always been this stereotype of the blue-collar worker,” says Josh, owner of TE Certified in Roswell. “Electricians and plumbers—you know the look—they’re often unprofessional, showing up in dirty clothes, void of conversation and someone you aren’t actually that comfortable with coming into your home. I knew they aren’t all like that though and I wanted to show that side of the industry to my community. I wanted to introduce the side of the blue-collar workforce that was professional, driven and passionate. Be someone people could trust and depend on.”

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That company culture has remained constant from their first location across from Milton High School to the new office in downtown Roswell and as a result they have a customer base that feels more like family. Now, 105 employees and 79 vans cover a 25-mile area around Roswell, providing award-winning, same day service to residents all over the Northside.

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“Being a part of the community is important to us,” says Josh, who grew up in Roswell and currently lives in Milton with his wife and three sons. “Our customers are the reason we’ve been able to grow into the kind of company we are. Anything we can do to help those families, or our employees’ families, we do it.” They give back anywhere they can, including North Fulton Community Charities, My Sister’s House, The Drake House and more. Josh has got three chances to inspire fifth generation electricians, but however that turns out, his story is pretty good so far. TE Certified, tecertifiedelectricians.com, 9800 Old Dogwood Rd., Roswell, 770.667.6937 The content of this article is brought to you by TE Certified.

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The Truck As the owner of a local company, Josh Brooker wanted to be strategic with how he spread the word about TE Certified. He didn’t necessarily mean his face should be on the back of their box trucks, but when the creative juices started flowing … well, let’s just say a light bulb went off. “The truck has become famous in its own right,” says Josh, who produced the truck wrap featuring himself peeking out of the back with Haigwood Studio Photography. “It catches people’s attention, that’s for sure. Honestly, it’s become a thing—clients and new customers spot it and tell us about it all of the time. You can’t ask for better marketing than that.”

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hen opportunity knocks, you open the door. For Allen Jones, that was a refrigerator door. It’s been more than 20 years ago now, but the story begins with Allen shopping

around for a scratch-and-dent fridge he could use to stock cold drinks for the employees at his landscaping company. He found such a great deal that it sparked a small business on the side, one he carried for almost a decade. Soaking up appliance knowledge and reigniting his passion for helping people, he decided to turn his warehouse and showroom into something more official and founded NorthPoint Appliance (NPA). Now, he’s Alpharetta’s premier dealer of luxury appliances, and the story isn’t finished yet.

“Our customers have our cell numbers,” says Allen. “I like to know people, know their stories, talk to people and build those relationships. And that allows us to inform the customer better. We want them to know we’re here anytime to answer questions, troubleshoot and keep them up to date. I think that’s the biggest difference between our team and who you’d find at a big box store. We have specific knowledge on appliances and we’re passionate about sharing it with the consumer, so that they can make the best possible purchase.”

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Being able to call NPA and speak to the owner doesn’t hurt that reputation, either. In fact, it’s part of a seamless customer service mission that makes it hard to shop anywhere else. From the first phone call asking questions to the showroom visits, installation and user experience, NPA (maybe even Allen) sees to it personally. And they do it well, because together, the team has nearly a century of experience.

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That experience is key, because, as Allen says, not all things are equal when it comes to kitchen appliance packages. What brand and style works for one customer, may be superfluous for the next. It depends on a homeowner’s style, their

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Since inception, Allen has continued to establish a brand that delivers a reputation to beat, along with the latest appliances to outfit high-end custom kitchens, break rooms, locker rooms, new construction and more. What he’s done differently since then, is employed an entire team that puts the customer first by being approachable, extremely knowledgeable and responsive.

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cooking habits, how much they know about cooking and, of course, what kind of investment they want to make. “People come in from all different areas to see us and some of those people have done their research, but others know nothing and that’s when we get to teach them,” Allen says. “Having experienced sales people allows the customer to make a better decision based on what they need.”

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The same goes for corporate clients. From the suites and locker rooms at Mercedes Benz Stadium to break rooms in high-rise buildings and high schools, to the new construction of high-end homes that provide Allen’s team a seat at the creative table, it’s a passion fully realized—and one that puts other people in charge of stocking the fridge. NorthPoint Appliance, northpointappliance.com, 4010 Nine McFarland Rd., Alpharetta, 770.754.1390. The content of this article is brought to you by NorthPoint Appliance.

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On Trend NorthPoint Appliance services customers from intown Atlanta to Lake Oconee to the North Georgia Mountains and though the neighborhoods may look different, the latest in kitchen trends is very much the same. Here are Allen’s favorite ways to fashion kitchens: Large French Door Refrigeration lets the customer make a big statement in the kitchen. Steam Ovens and Coffee Systems cater to specific talent and taste for people staying at home more. Integrated units complement the modern farmhouse trend with cleaner lines and a subtle presence. Something else that’s the same? No matter what trend you follow, the service you get at NPA never goes out of style.

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NOV 14 Paint Pouring Workshop 238 Canton St. 12-2pm $80 Alpharetta residents $120 non-residents Unleash your inner abstract artist through this unique fluid-painting method. Tools, flow medium and a canvas board will be provided. alpharetta.ga.us/arts

NOV 22-JAN 3 Holiday Market at Avalon 400 Avalon Blvd. 11am-7pm, Monday-Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm on Sunday Free Start a new holiday tradition by visiting Avalon’s first Holiday Market. Choose from a curated collection of goods from local artists and small businesses. experienceavalon.com

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DEC 5 Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale 10 Park Plaza 10am-4pm Free Browse a wide variety of books in every genre, including books on tape and rare editions. awesomealpharetta.com

DEC 12 Echelon’s 13th Annual MGA ‘Toys for Tots’ Holiday Charity Golf Tour 501 Founders Dr. E. 10am $95 and a toy(s) valued at $25 or more Golf for a good cause. Proceeds raised will benefit Atlanta Toys for Tots and TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. myturningpoint.org/ calendar-of-events

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