Our History


Roger Kortman started Kortman Electric on March 1, 1983. He had worked in the electrical industry his entire career, including many years in the field and eventually managing the operations at Liberty Electric for over 10 years. That experience developed the confidence and passion to launch his own company.

Roger and his son Ken started the company with a work truck, a few tools, and the kitchen table for an office. One of the first projects was a small mini-storage in Apache Junction, which in those days was a long drive out Apache Blvd. The first couple of years were full of long days and weeks in building client base and winning new opportunities.




A healthy economy brought new growth each year. In the mid 80’s, Roger’s sons, Karl & Kerwin, both joined the company, and a few years later his son-in-law, Fran Martin, also came aboard. Phoenix was booming in size, and with that school construction was at a rapid pace. This education market was the core foundation of our project history for the next 15+ years. As the company grew, so did the project size and number of employees. Several key people joined the team, many who still provide their expertise today. Roger moved to Payson, AZ in the mid-90’s, and his focus was in the area of estimating and business development. Responsibility for day to day operations was transferred to his son’s. In 2000, Roger and his wife Pat, retired from Kortman Electric, and the 2nd generation welcomed the opportunity to continue the legacy.


Karl Kortman, Fran Martin, Ken Kortman, Kerwin Kortman
Karl Kortman, Fran Martin, Ken Kortman, Kerwin Kortman


Kortman Electric continued its growth and now manages over one hundred employees. The Company has expanded the services they provide, including Federal, state/local municipalities, aviation, healthcare, correctional, manufacturing/production, baggage handling/conveyors, office and retail, tenant improvement, energy solution (LED retrofits, solar installations, vehicle charging), and a full compliment of Intelligent Building Systems (structured cabling, PON, fiber, voice/data, WIFI, access control, CCTV, nurse call, DAS, fire alarm). Kortman Electric delivers these services through conceptual design & budgeting, design-bid-build, design-build, CMAR and all levels of pre-construction services. In 2006, Kortman Electric started an OnDemand Service Department, which has over a dozen vehicles providing 24/7 care to our clients and their projects.



Kortman Electric is committed to being thankful for the value of past experiences, and to continue reaching for new opportunities that:

  1. Helping our clients achieve the best value for their investment today and for the future
  2. Care for our employees and provide a place where they can use their gifts to further their career and build a culture where everyone is valued
  3. Committed to the communities we work and live in, and to bring care and compassion to the needs of our city, state, and country
  4. Be a good steward of what has been entrusted to us, and to return value to everyone we have opportunity to meet

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