Steve Haynes has been in the communications and public safety vehicle installation business for 33 years. Starting just out of high school in 1979 at the age of 17 he took his first job with Hendrix Electronics in Imperial, CA. as an entry level installer and technician. After 5 years, Hendrix opened a new service shop in Brawley, CA. putting Steve in charge of that location and its 4 employees. They provided 2 way radio service and installations to various customers and public safety agencies throughout the Imperial Valley. Several years later, Steve moved back to the Imperial headquarters as service manager.
Upon Mr. Hendrix’s retirement in 1989, Steve took over as the general manager. In 1990, Hendrix sold to Centennial Cellular Corp. Steve stayed on as the GM for the two-way radio division as well as overseeing the emerging mobile cellular service division. That location supported 15 technicians, 3 sales people and 4 office staff supplying services to customers such as, US Border Patrol, CHP, Imperial Valley Police, Fire, EMS, California Transportation Dept., school districts and colleges in a 200 mile radius.
In 1993, Steve received an offer from Clackamus Communications as the GM for their Monterey and Santa Cruz county service facilities. This gave him an opportunity to expand the customer base with public safety and government agencies including US Army, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County, as well as a very large farming base. Steve oversaw 2 service facilities, 15 technicians and installers and 3 sales people and 3 office personnel. In 1996, Clackamus combined their Salinas and Santa Cruz offices with San Francisco. Not wanting to move his family out of the area, Steve left to join Eden Communications as a Sr. Technician and Mountain Top Repeater Specialist. This gave him the opportunity to work back in the shop and the field. It was then he saw the opportunity to focus on public safety vehicles, radio systems and repeater systems. He was the driving force as the “all inclusive” outfitter for police vehicles.
In 2002, along with 2 other employees, he purchased the customer base from Eden and formed Eden Radio, Inc. trying to stay with the same business plan. In March of 2009, Steve left Eden Radio and along with his wife, Donna, started Emergency Vehicle Specialists, Inc. (EVS) With an impeccable reputation within numerous agencies, police vehicles from several local agencies were in the parking lot waiting for the doors of EVS Hollister to open on the first day of business.