Rory Ward is a 42-year veteran of the electrical industry and owner of Rortech Electric, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (415) 212-8005 or by email.


Electrical Safety Inspection

By Rory Ward of Rortech Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL – A lot of homeowners take their electrical systems for granted, but due to the many potential safety hazards, you should have yours professionally inspected on a recurrent basis. A safety inspection will give your electrician a chance to…Read More

Video: In-Home Electrical Safety

With Rory Ward of Rortech Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

Host, Sarah Rutan: Many homeowners take their electrical systems for granted, but the reality is there are several safety aspects that need to be addressed. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rory Ward of Rortech Electric to learn more.

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Rory Ward: Electrical Fascination

  • Rory Ward is owner of Rortech Electric.

Rory Ward: Electrical Fascination
“I started playing with electricity when I was about four years old..."

SAN RAFAEL – After more than four decades in the electrical industry, Rory Ward traces his professional roots back to a childhood fascination. “I started playing with electricity when I was about four years old—I guess I was just interested in what made the lights go on,” he remembers. “By age 12, I had started a small appliance repair business and would spend my summers working for an electrical engineer, crawling under houses and rewiring them. After graduating from high school, I started my own electrical business and haven’t looked back.”

Today, as owner of Rortech Electric, Rory says his favorite part of his job is taking on technically challenging projects. “In Marin County, we get a lot of high-end, large-scale jobs, both in the commercial and residential sectors. At this point in my career, I’ve pretty much seen and done everything, so I like projects that present an opportunity to do something fresh and innovative.”

Outside of work, Rory engages in a variety of active pastimes. “I like to go out on the lake with my wave runner—it’s like dancing on the water,” he says. “I also enjoy hiking and just being in nature, whether at the beach or one of the local state parks.” Rory also likes to watch movies, conduct online research about his industry and keep up with his son (also named Rory), who is a professor at Harvard University.

In regard to his professional career, Rory espouses the importance of quality workmanship. “When it comes to electrical work, the two things that matter most are safety and quality,” he explains. “I rarely get a call back, and I hate it when I do, so I’m always careful to do things right the first time. I think this mindset has been a big part of my success.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Rory says he’d reconnect with his birthplace. “I was actually born in Hawaii, and I moved to the Bay Area when I was two years old. I’d love to go back there and live for a while. It would be a great opportunity to just relax, de-stress and get balanced.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite movie genre?

A: Science fiction.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: A night owl.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?

A: These days, I’m really into health foods, so my favorite snack is gluten- and sugar-free chocolate tarts.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Jackets, especially from high-tech companies and organizations like NASA.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?

A: Erector Sets.

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