Frischhertz Electrical Contracting Firm Appoints New President
NEW ORLEANS — Signaling a new era in a company established nearly seventy years ago, Kevin J. Frischhertz has been named president of Frischhertz, one of the oldest electrical contracting firms in the Greater New Orleans area — and the local team trusted to light one of the largest capital projects in New Orleans’ recent history, the new MSY airport.
According to a press release, Frischhertz recently served as executive vice president of the company, which was started by his grandfather, Bernard C. Frischhertz, Sr. in 1951. He is a Jesuit High School and Mississippi State University alum, who graduated in electrical engineering.
“Being the third generation to hold a leadership role in the family business carries a lot of responsibility,” said Frischhertz. “We have to look to the future but respect and learn from the past; I think together we have the vision and the heart to continue delivering quality work to our customers for generations to come.”
Over the years, Frischhertz has worked in various capacities both in the field and at the office — as a warehouse laborer, an electrician’s helper, and eventually an employee who focused on estimating and project management.
“Growing up in the business and working at every level has given me a profound respect for everyone on our team,” he said. “It’s the greatest honor to continue the legacy that my grandfather created, one that was perpetuated by both of my uncles and my father before me.”
The company historically focused its expertise in the commercial and industrial contracting markets but has since branched out into the technology (low voltage) and service (residential/small commercial) markets. Frischhertz currently employs nearly 300 people, including twelve immediate family members.
A few of its recent notable projects include the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport North Terminal, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and University Medical Center.
Frischhertz plans to expand the company, while pursuing avenues to improve existing business processes and encouraging innovation. He remains firmly committed to the family’s values and reputation for honest, quality work that put Frischhertz on the city’s map.
“Things change. Times change. But what remains the same in this company is our commitment to people and performance. At the end of the day, everyone on our team is family,” said Frischhertz. “When people are asked what they know about Frischhertz, we usually hear that they see our green, slanted, script logo all over town. That logo is modeled after my grandfather’s signature so it’s a constant reminder of our commitment to family.”