Monte Anthis started his own electrical contracting company, Monster Electric Inc., 5 years ago. He added a Wind and Solar Company later to provide a niche in the market that no one else was providing. Monte went to conferences and training classes in other states so he could become a dealer of wind and solar products and learned as much as he could about them so he could give professional advice to his clients about saving money and the environment with wind and solar services.
Tell us a little about your family – My wife and I have been married 17 years. She quit her job to help out and does the books full time. We have one son, who we are lucky to have, who is 13 and in 8th grade. We live a modest life and spend a lot of time together.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – In 1998 we moved to Las Vegas to experience a different climate and lifestyle. We came back a few years later and eventually started our own business.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Definitely spend time with my friends. We have a touring motorcycle which we love to ride in the summer. We also like cooking and eating different foods and bicycling with our neighbors, who got us into the sport.
What is the most unique of interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – That is a hard question. My life is an open book with the people who know me. I do love to cook, build things and I have been taking guitar lessons with my son for the last two years.
What are you most proud of? – My son, for his academic achievements. For the most part he has dedicated himself to school and making straight A’s without our pressure or any high expectations from us.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – My neighbor friend told me to remember it was a business and run it like one to become successful.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To continue with the business and let it grow into the first and best company for the products and services.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – To fly. Who wouldn’t want to fly?
What are your plans for retirement? – To stay fit and travel. Have as much fun as possible and enjoy life.
Which talent would you most like to have? – A musical talent, rhythm and a good singing voice.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – I don’t read often, I learn better through doing things with my hands.
What is your favorite movie? – I have many…Braveheart, Fifth Element, Sixth Sense
What is your favorite TV show? – The Office
What is your favorite local restaurant? – I do like several but HuHot is different because you can create your own tastes.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present who would it be? – Benjamin Franklin. He had a lot to do with the beginning of this country and was extremely intelligent.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Through email or phone, email@example.com or 402-990-5356. I answer my own phone and usually say “This is Monte”. I answer it whenever I am able.