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Joe Montoya brings his best to everything he does

Joe Montoya, 35

Co-Owner & Senior Director of Residential Services, Namasté Solar | Denver

The best career advice Joe Montoya ever got came from his grandma after he got his first job at 15 flipping burgers.

She encouraged me to approach that job (with) the mindset of bringing my best to every shift,” he says. Above all, she said to work hard and focus first on my tasks before even thinking of another role or set of responsibilities.

I have approached every role since that first job through this lens, and it has not once let me down,” says Montoya, who supports a team of 75 as one of Namasté Solars senior leaders.

In 2019, Montoya oversaw the installation of 6.25 megawatts of home solar in Colorado—the equivalent of removing the CO2 emissions from 4,869,132 pounds of coal. His division hit a sales record, and his improved service division repaired nearly 1,000 systems, many of which were not originally installed by Namasté. In addition, Montoya has added more women to his teams and in leadership roles in support of a company effort to diversify Namasté Solar and the industry.

Montoya helped forge a partnership with Habitat for Humanitys Harmony Cottages community in Fort Collins, installing solar on 48 new homes to help make them even more affordable.

His No. 1 goal: To continually grow the solar installation footprint for the industry and Namaste Solar in a way that demonstrates that doing business differently is not only rewarding but also very impactful for all stakeholders.”

This article is part of the ColoradoBiz’s 2021 Top 25 Young Professionals. Click here to read more about the latest class of up-and-coming movers and shakers.