Van Haren Electric Inc.

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Our Team

"One of the very unique elements of our company and a key to our success as a company, is the length of time we have known each other and worked together. This 20+ years together has helped us to establish the trust that is vital to relationships and teamwork and is a testimony to our common values and vision of our organization. We are blessed with complimentary skills and truly enjoy working together to service our clients."
- Brian Van Haren

BrianBrian Van Haren P.E.- President

Brian has over 30 years experience in the industry, all at Van Haren Electric. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Michigan in 1979 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Brian had already obtained his Master Electrician Licence. Brianʼs experience allows him to bring a unique perspective to projects and leading the company. He has experience with installing and leading projects in the field, estimating, project management and engineering, as well as leading and owning a successful electrical business.


Laura Farrell - Vice President

Laura has more than 20 years experience in the electrical construction industry with designing, estimating, project management and contract administration responsibilities. Laura is a graduate of Michigan State University, BA with honors in Materials & Logistic Management and an AA from Davenport College of Business in Accounting/Computer Programming. Responsibilities include project management, conceptual budgeting, detailed final cost estimates and incorporating value-engineering solutions.




Melissa Sytsema - Accounting Manager

Melissa has 20 years experience in accounting including tool and die, automotive and over 8 years in the construction industry. Melissa graduated with honors from Cornerstone University, B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting Emphasis. She has led the implementation of new accounting/manufacturing software at two companies. Responsibilities include all accounting functions, budgeting and human resources. Organization memberships include CFMA, ASA, and ABC.


Joe Easterday - Project Manager

Joe has been with Van Haren Electric since 2013.


Joe Halik - Project Manager

Joe has been in the electrical field for over forty years. He started as an apprentice and continued until hr became a master electrician and has held contractor licenses for multiple companies. Joe has held many office positions over the years including, Estimator, Designer, Senior Project Manager, Group Leader, Stock Holder as well as Vice President of Operations. Joe became a part of the Van Haren team in 2017 as a Project Manager.


Bill Thomas - Project Manager

Bill has over 14 years of experience in the electrical construction industry as an Apprentice, Journeyman, Leadman and Foreman and has been with Van Haren Electric since 1998. Bill graduated from Lansing Community College with an AA in Criminal Justice. He has recently joined the office staff as a Project Manager.


Russ Dones - Accounts Manager

Russ has been with the company since 2004 after he graduated from the Michigan State Electrical Technoligies program. He has since been well diversified in the electrical field from commercial, industrial and controls to estimating and customer relations. He has recently moved from a field small projects leader to an accounts manager position.


Shari Bayer - Human Resources

Shari has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University and has over 20 years of experience in her field. Throughout her career she has worked in construction, manufacturing, service and non-profit organizations bringing her years of experience and wealth of knowledge in a variety of industries to Van Haren Electric. Shari’s Human Resources responsibilities include Employee Relations, Benefit Administration, Training/Apprenticeship, Recruiting and Safety.


Tom Miller - Warehouse and Fleet Manager

Tom has over 25 years experience in the electrical construction industry as Apprentice, Journeyman, Leadman, Foreman, Superintendent and Project Manager. Tom has an encyclopedic knowledge of electrical construction and shares his knowledge with our entire team, providing critical support to our projects. Tom graduated from Western Michigan University, BS Criminal Justice. Tom has been with Van Haren Electric since 1980. Tomʼs primary responsibilites include warehouse and fleet management.

Organizational Memberships
  • ABC
  • ASA
  • IFMA
  • ASPE
  • CFMA


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Van Haren Electric Inc.
8500 Piedmont Industrial Dr. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315-1001
FAX 616.878.3019