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A Bit Of History About Wizard
Thomas J. Hoyne - President
Since birth, Thomas J. Hoyne probably knew
he would end up in the construction field. At thirteen months he received his
first electrical shock trying to plug in the family Christmas tree (actually
about 5 shocks). His father and uncle (an electrician at Jefferson Electric)
repaired and rehabbed many properties, in which Tom watched patiently. At five
he was repairing electrical appliances and building houses using, shoeboxes. By
seven Tom was also lighting the houses with the parts from old flashlights.
Then at age nine he suggested a solution to his father on a electrical problem
he was having. After that his father never did electrical work again.
By age twelve Tom was doing
building maintenance for family and friends. October 1971 at fifteen was
working at White Hen Pantry and was trained by Jewel Foods Maintenance Staff in
electrical and refrigeration (you couldn't pay for a better education in the
trades). Which prove invaluable in August of 1972 for the U.S.A. swimming
trials at Portage Park. Tom came up with a lighting solution for ABC Sports. In
1973 Tom worked for Brunswick Corporation repairing bowling, vending and the
new video machines (pong and space invaders). Tom was later asked to be part of
a new program called "Prevented Building Maintenance" and taught the same to
many at Brunswick till 1983 where he was known as the "WireWiz".
Tom received a diploma with honors in 1974
from Prosser Vocational High School in electronics and was courted by many
contractors. Tom decided to go to college for Electrical Engineering. He worked
summers at cutting edge companies like 1974 worked on First Electronic Phone
System (sold to Rohm Phone). In 1975 Tom programmed and improved First Mini
Computers from Digital (PDP9/11). Changed major to computer science and
business management. 1976 singer (first electronic cash Register at Sears), NCR
computer programmer (Drake Hotel). Tom had about 18 hours left at Northeastern
University before taking a full time job with management at Brunswick
Northwest. 6 months later Tom resigned from corporate management as he had seen
the light of a struggling corporation almost 1 year before massive layoffs.
3 days later Tom started
at Chicago's largest residential electrical contractor (A-Z) as a electrican. 1
year later he was in charge of training many current electrician license
holders and current owners of A-Z. 2 years later Tom was shop foreman. In 1984,
Tom took the test for "Supervising Electrician" and passed. Later Tom started
Proteck Home Security with his old boss from A-Z. Tom was in charge of burglar
alarm installations throughout Chicago. He also started his own electrical
contracting business as a sub to most general contractors by specializing in
repairing and correcting of work done by others.
Which is how he came to
be known for "Repairing and updating old wiring our
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