AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is DP Electric.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.

DP Electric

Most Admired Company: 2018-2021

Top Arizona executive: Dan Puente, founder and CEO

What it does: Electric contracting firm.

Company profile: DP Electric was founded in 1990 out of Founder Dan Puente’s home garage and has since grown into one of the leading electrical contractors in the state of Arizona. DP Electric’s mission is to empower its people to grow personally and professionally to create an exceptional experience for its team, its partners, and the community. DP Electric also just this year started an employee stock ownership plan that is free to all employees as an added retirement benefit.

Admirable trait: DP Electric has a company culture that is entrepreneurial, team-oriented and emphasizes and open-door policy with all employees. The company culture focuses on employees and families. DP Electric provides numerous initiatives to promote a positive, family oriented, workplace culture. Just this year, DPE announced that it is launching an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that began in January 2021. This has been a long-term vision to enhance the company’s family culture and will benefit employees for years to come.