APCO Electric began business in early 2000 as a family-owned and operated electrical contracting firm in Arvada, Colorado. Over the years, APCO has successfully completed a variety of projects ranging from single family dwellings to 120-room hotels, small neighborhood eateries to large fine dining establishments, and even small dentist offices to spine surgical centers. APCO has also taken pride in completing several design-build projects as well. Visit our Projects page for a current listing of projects going on right now.
Ken Appelhans serves as APCO’s President and Construction Manager. Ken is a State of Colorado Licensed Master Electrician with over 30 years experience. Ken has served in essentially every position from Project Manager, Field Engineer, Estimator, to Project Superintendent for several large and respected Denver-area electrical contracting firms, including: Sturgeon Electric, Sasco Electric, Ludvik Electric, Dynalectric Corp., MMR West/Simmons Electric, O’Rourke Electric and Howe Electric. Ken’s experience is varied, including “fast track” design/build projects, commercial, industrial control and power, as well as single and multi-family residential facilities. Ken has expertise in all project phases: planning, staffing, start-up and management, design/build, developing bids and estimates and contractor coordination. Ken’s professional training includes Electrical Apprenticeship, NECA workshops, Estimatic Corporation and NJACT Fire Alarm Certification.
Sara Jensen is the Office Manager at APCO Electric. In addition to bookkeeping and human resources, Sara provides project support for both field employees and project managers from initial project startup through completion. Sara has both a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Denver.
Richard has over 14 years of electrical experience and began his career as an apprentice with APCO Electric. Richard completed the electrical program at Red Rocks Community College and went on to teach residential and commercial installation classes for the school. After earning his Colorado Journeyman license, Richard has worked his way up Lead Foreman and is currently estimating and performing project management for APCO. Richard holds a Master Electrical license.
As a 2nd generation professional electrician for more than 25 years here in Colorado, Sam has developed an extensive portfolio of clients in public, private and specialty client arenas. Sam’s responsibilities include staff development, vetting and training of journeymen and apprentices for project specific implementation, oversight of the client development group, client direct sales/negotiations, design/build assist work, as well as project design and management. As a former apprenticeship instructor with IECRM trade organization, Sam appreciates what accredited schooling provides for the new generation of craftsmen, as he has held a Colorado Masters license since 1998. Sam has substantial experience managing personnel and complex field installations where keeping the clients’ best interest in mind. Developed clients span all industries and across multiple verticals, and have included companies such as Vestas Wind Blade Plant Windsor, UQM Technologies, Premier Manufacturing, City of Aurora Water, Colorado School of Mines, Noffsinger Mfg., ESCO of Colorado HVAC Projects, Buckley Air Force Base projects, Demo work with Fiore & Sons, Corporex, Hyatt Hotels, Len Lyall Chevrolet, and many more. Sam is an avid business networker within the electrical industry, serving on IEC Veterans Committee (US Navy Veteran) and Boy Scouts of America committees. As an active sportsman/hunter/conservationist, Sam has served as a volunteer for DU. Sam is a lifelong Colorado resident raised between Leadville and Longmont, attending college in Greeley (UNC) and Boulder (CU) as a student athlete.