Our Story

As Riverside natives, Glenn and Cynthia Rowden long felt a calling to create a company that would provide Southern California with excellent electrical service and at the same time provide employees with unimagined possibilities of success. Their dream was realized when, in 1991, Champion Electric was founded.

Champion began in the garage of his family home, expanded into a small warehouse, then moved to a large office and warehouse.  Through the years, Champion Electric Inc. has completed hundreds of schools and has taken on additional electrical services including commercial and residential solar, general contracting, and LED lighting. 

In 2016, the Rowdens presented their son and longtime employee, Tom Rowden, as the new President of the company. Tom, along with his wife, Jill Rowden, Controller, and his Executive Team began carrying out the vision and mission of Champion Electric Inc. as the Rowdens have reduced their role in the company to pursue their community service and missionary callings.

Today, Champion Electric Inc. continues to provide the same fundamentals and ethical service we are known for and stay committed to providing the highest quality product and service to all we serve in the construction industry. Our Service Department continues to thrive and is dedicated to serving our commercial, industrial, and residential customers, regardless of the project size.

Meet Glenn Rowden, Founder

Meet Tom Rowden, President

Get to know the Executive Team

Our Mission

Champion Electric Inc. provides the highest quality products and service in a way that honors the Lord and provides for the mental, physical, and spiritual welfare of our employees and their families while advancing the company in a way that is fun and profitable.

 Our Core Values


At Champion Electric Inc. people are our most important asset. Our comprehensive, well-designed training program is an investment in our employees' development – and in our company's future.

Depending on the particular discipline, various classes are available at each level. As we seek to promote from within, our multi-level program helps develop an employee progress from basic craft through project management. It provides a basic foundation, cultivates self-esteem and personal growth, and results in the development of confident, capable employees – employees who will lead Champion Electric Inc. in the decades to come.

Our training program is vital to the success of our organization. Champion Electric Inc. ensures that our employees are prepared to manage every aspect of the project from estimation through completion.


Safety is a key component in Champion Electric Inc.'s culture. We know that injuries can be prevented by eliminating potential risk factors. Coupled with a partnership with the California Contractors Network, Champion Electric Inc. addresses safety issues through education, risk awareness, and appropriate on-site management.

In addition to on-site weekly training sessions, Champion Electric Inc. employees receive mandatory safety training provided in-house by credentialed CAL-OSHA trainers. All of our field employees attend regularly scheduled safety classes; and all of our foremen are trained in a 10-hour OSHA safety training class and a Job-Specific safety training class.

In the planning process of every project, Champion Electric Inc. outlines a series of safety procedures. Regardless of the size and scope of the undertaking, we are equipped to design and implement a safety program that is custom-tailored to fit the project.

Working safely is a condition of employment with Champion Electric Inc.  Although our commitment to maintaining the highest level of safety standards is evident throughout the process, enforcing OSHA compliance is ultimately the responsibility of each employee.

Therefore we include safety performance in our job performance evaluation process. Linking our employees' safety performance levels with their overall job performance reinforces the value that the company places on safety.

Quality Assurance Program

The purpose of our Quality Assurance Program is to ensure that our customer's needs are met the first time and every time.  Our Quality Assurance Program provides framework that ensures continuous improvement of our design and construction services, quality in our completed work, and customer satisfaction.

We recognize that our customers and our ability to meet their needs are the sole reason for Champion Electric's existence.  Our customers rely on our expertise in electrical design and construction to provide them with safe, reliable, and efficient power, control, and communications systems.  We make every effort to be deserving of our customer's trust and high expectations.  In today's world, our customer's business depends on reliable and efficient power, control, and communications systems to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

Champion Electric does not rely on chance to provide our customers with quality they need and deserve.  All our employees understand Champion Electric's customer focus and commitment to quality.


Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Southern California Chapter

ABC is the largest merit-shop construction trade association in the United States. Through its national office and local chapters, ABC provides members with a method of dealing with industry-wide issues. ABC's Southern California Chapter was founded on the belief in the free enterprise system. Its members continue to support sound legislation in the areas of workers' compensation, safety, and employment.

The Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce

As one of the largest and most influential chambers in the state, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce works closely with local government and other entities to strengthen the local economy.