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About Us

Who We Are

Buhl Electric is a residential electrical contractor serving Northern Virginia and the surrounding area for over 50 years.  We specialize in working with builders on new construction homes and take pride in being the area’s most dependable electricians. Buhl Electric’s mission is to be a leader in our industry by delivering a superior quality product and assuring customer satisfaction through qualified, motivated employees.


When John Buhl, Sr. founded Buhl Electric in 1959, Northern Virginia was a very rural area.  The office was an old camera shop located in Vienna and there were four employees.  In 1962, the Sterling Park residential development was started just as Dulles International Airport became operational.  Sterling Park provided thousands of affordable homes to a new job market in the region.  It also marked a boom in the housing market where Buhl established themselves as a dependable residential electrical contractor.

We are still growing in leaps and bounds and have over 80 employees; many of whom have been with Buhl Electric for more than 10 years.

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Did you know??

  • Buhl Electric has wired more than 100,000 homes!
  • 40 of Buhl’s employees have worked for the company for more than 10 years!  If you are in the corporate office in Sterling, have a look at the plaques on our wall honoring these hard-working and dedicated employees who make us who we are today!
  • Buhl has received over 60 builder awards!
  • Buhl participates in numerous fundraisers.


Our Executive Staff

John D. Buhl Sr.

John D. Buhl Sr. founded Buhl Electric in 1959 along with his brother Billy. John has given Buhl the strength and reputation it has today.

John Buhl Jr.

John Jr. began working in the company warehouse as a teenager.  After high school he attended Elon College in North Carolina, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Following his graduation, he returned to Buhl as the Vice President of Marketing.  He was promoted into his current position as President in 2001.

Donald Sours

Donald Sours is a Vice President of Buhl Electric. He started with Buhl in 1963 and is one of the longest employed at Buhl Electric.

Chris Cippel

Chris Cippel began working with us in 1972. During his time with Buhl Electric, he was worked in the estimating and procurement departments and has also acted as a service and branch manager. He became the Vice President of Buhl Electric in 2008. Chris currently holds master electrician licenses in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan is the Vice President of Contracts at Buhl Electric. He is responsible for estimating and maintaining contracts, as well as supporting production. Steve started with the company in 1985 as an electrician’s helper and has since held many different roles, such as: mechanic, branch manager, division manager, chief estimator, and chief inspector. He also has his master electrician’s license in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia. 

Tobi Rowland

Tobi was hired at Buhl in 2002 to work in our accounts receivable and billing department. Throughout her time with us, Tobi has worked in marketing, estimating, human resources, purchasing, scheduling, as as an assistant to both out President and Vice President. She is currently our Purchasing Manager. Tobi attended UVA where she received her degree in Psychology and also received her MBA at George Mason University.

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore was hired in November, 2014 to be our Human Resources director. In this role, Lisa is responsible for human resources as well as payroll functions for the company. She attended George Mason University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

Kristie Ward

Kristie Ward is Buhl Electric’s Accounting Manager. She is responsible the company’s finances and our scheduling department. Kristie joined the Buhl family in 2005 as a accounts payable assistant. She recently spearheaded the start of our scheduling department.

Robbie Long

Robbie is the Vice President of Production here at Buhl. He has been with the company for 25 years, starting as an electrician’s helper in 1992. Throughout his career he has held several different positions, including mechanic, production supervisor, and branch manager. Robbie has his master electrician’s license in both West Virginia and Virginia.