Founder & Chief Executive Officer
NRG Power, Inc.
Than V. Nguyen is founder and CEO of NRG Power, Inc., a company based in Santa Ana, California. He is also a former helicopter pilot in the South Vietnamese Air Force.
In 1975, Mr. Nguyen immigrated to the United States and entered an electrical trade school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the subsequent five years, he worked his way up to being a supervisor for an electrical company in Albuquerque. In 1980, Mr. Nguyen and his family moved to Southern California where Mr. Nguyen continued his career in the electrical industry. At Electrical Systems Testing, Inc. – an industrial electrical contractor in Southern California – Mr. Nguyen was the company’s general manager for fourteen years. In this role, he led efforts to develop, among other things, energy saving load control devices for his customers.
In 1997, he founded NRG Power, Inc. with his brothers and brothers-in-law. The company specializes in delivering substation and industrial construction services for companies such as Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Siemens, and Beta Engineering. With a combination of technical expertise, experience, and excellence in customer service, NRG Power, Inc. has become a California leader in the industrial electrical contracting and service contracting industry. Through Mr. Nguyen’s leadership, it now employs more than 50 people – most of whom are of AAPI descent – and has gross annual receipts of over 20 million dollars.
Mr. Nguyen and his wife, Bichlien, have a daughter, Kristi, and a son, Andrew, and recently became the proud grandparents to eight-month-old Colin. Because of the support the AAPI community has given him and his business, Mr. Nguyen endeavors to give back to the community and is a regular contributor to such organizations as the University of California, Irvine, the Vietnamese American Philharmonic, the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association, and the Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation.