From Marine to Pink Energy’s lead master electrician
May 22nd, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
May 22nd, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
As Memorial Day approaches, Pink Energy wanted to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and also recognize its own employees who made their own sacrifices in serving our country. After already speaking with Pink Energy corporate recruiter Curtis Woods, we turn our attention to another former Marine in senior manager Bryan Law, who is a master electrician and licensed in all seven states Pink Energy serves.
Law’s journey in the Marines started as a 21-year-old in 1989. A member of the 1985 Florida State football recruiting class that included Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders and was coached by the legendary Bobby Bowden, Law withdrew from school after sustaining a neck injury during spring football practice in 1986 that left him with temporary paralysis. That injury combined with a my-way-or-the-highway offensive line coach was reason enough to leave and begin his working career.
But after spending time as a salesman, in the restaurant business and as an electrical contractor, Law found himself not making ends meet, and with self-reflection he knew he also needed discipline in his life.
“Judging the book by its cover, I thought the U.S. Marines Corps would be fitting,” Law says. “I needed that jolt, that knot in my tail, so to speak. I wanted the fierce fighting, the training, the weapons, the bravado image.”
Law spent four years on active duty, where he essentially got everything he bargained for. Two-plus years of his time was spent on the U.S.S. Ranger, where his Marine detachment was assigned to secure the ship and protect the admiral and captain. That included serving in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, where the ship sent many aircraft into battle. Law was a Marine rifleman who had previously received security forces training and also trained others to rappel into action from helicopters no matter the environment.
“You almost instantly become very trusting in your equipment,” Law says of whether he found his work scary. “And our pilots were the best that there are.”
Once Law’s time in the Marines ended, he began pursuing a career as an electrician, so his time in that field after leaving Florida State, along with assisting an electrical contractor as a high schooler, got him interested. He became a master electrician in 2005 and joined Pink Energy in February 2015, shortly after the company began, which makes him one of the most tenured employees on the staff. His role in coordinating with all of the people in the field who install Pink Energy’s solar projects can be stressful, but he knows his Marines training has prepared him well.
“I think we have a great core group of people who are very professional and do a great job,” Law says. “What we do is not easy.”
So the person who received training in small arms, in house-to-house clearing and crowd control, and who even trained alongside members of the ATF and FBI, is one of the key cogs in driving Pink Energy’s daily operations.
Law has a lot of pride in being a Marine, and marvels at the strength of his military branch, pointing in particular to battles in World War I (Battle of Belleau Wood) and World War II (Battle of Tarawa). He’s proud of that heritage, and he’s grateful for all those that died in securing our nation’s freedom and future.
“I think Memorial Day is a moment of reflection, and I usually do that very quietly and privately,” Law said. “And I spend time with my family. We do what they want to do.”
We thank Law and all veterans for their service, and we thank all of those who paid the ultimate price in making the U.S. the land the of the free and home of the brave.