In 1978, Steve Maderazzo founded Canyon State Electric after finishing his electrical apprenticeship. Despite lacking entrepreneurial experience, he was driven to create a bright future for his family and deliver high-quality results for clients.
Because of Steve’s positive attitude and willingness to work twice as hard as anyone else, general contractors and business owners increasingly chose Canyon State Electric to complete their electrical projects. Over time, the company went from a one-man operation to a multi-million dollar firm.
Today, his children, Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes and Chris Maderazzo, lead Canyon State Electric, investing in technology and innovative construction techniques to move the company forward and adapt to market changes.
Steve Maderazzo, 1998
Canyon State Electric Leadership
Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes has served in the electrical industry for over 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and is currently a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). As the CEO and COO of Canyon State Electric (CSE), Stephanie oversees CSE’s financial safety and legal departments. Her expertise covers a wide array of financial and business management, including developing and executing corporate strategies, financial planning, and analysis. Stephanie provides targeted insight that continually refines the company’s operations and, in return, allows it to consistently deliver a superior customer experience to clients in the construction field. As a leader, she continually creates opportunities for her team to be involved in decision-making and propose solutions.
As CEO, Chris Maderazzo is responsible for effectively and efficiently leading the company using strategic visions that he works to implement with the Board of Directors while developing Canyon State Electric’s growth strategies. He also serves as the Chief Business Development Officer and is charged with creating growth strategies and goals for the company. Chris enjoys driving business development plans and implementing processes to support business growth through customer and market definition. With extensive experience in the industry, he has contributed significantly to Canyon State’s success throughout his career.
Robert Hughes boasts over 15 years in the construction industry and eight years with CSE. He joined Canyon State Electric in 2014 as a project manager and has served as director of construction and VP of operations. As president, Hughes oversees Canyon State Electric’s financial, human resources, and marketing departments, in addition to construction operations and strategic planning. Under Hughes’ leadership, CSE has built a new revenue pipeline through the VDC/BIM department; expanded the University of Canyon State Electric, the company’s safety and training program; formed a partnership with the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH); and was named one of Inc.’s 5000 fastest growing companies.