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Liberty Bell Smart Home Acquires Alpine Electric, High-End Lighting & Electrical Contractor! Read More

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Who We Are

Founder Paul McMurchie moved to Lake Tahoe in 1974 to work in the ski business and enjoy his passions such as skiing, competitive sailing, road cycling, and mountain biking.

In 1991 he started Alpine Electric as a one-man show. As projects grew in size and scope, he assembled and educated a team of professionals with the goal of providing exceptional quality, and attention to detail.

This tradition continues today with new owner Mark Buzzard, and sister company Liberty Bell Smart Home. Always striving to further our education in the latest lighting design, window shading, and home control systems, all while maintaining an unsurpassed level of workmanship, value, and personal service.

A Letter From Paul McMurchie, Founder of Alpine Electric

Hello All

Just over thirty years ago I was blessed to be able to begin doing business in the Tahoe area under the name of Alpine Electric. Over the years things have changed quite a bit and thanks to you all we have had a good amount of success, built prosperous relationships, and most of all gained a lot of great friends. I want to thank you for all of your help, loyalty, and friendship!

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Alpine Electric is in the process of being acquired by Mark Buzzard who is the owner of Liberty Bell Smart Home in Rancho Cordova as well as his new office in Truckee. Mark's vision is to take Alpine Electric to the next level by being able to offer a complete wiring solution for new homes, service, and other projects. Liberty Bell Smart Home has been in the business of installing security systems, security monitoring, audio visual systems, and creating smart home integration for over 41 years. The plan is for the two businesses to remain autonomous in order to keep the Alpine Electric brand and its product offerings intact as they have been for many years.

Mark is currently building a showroom right in downtown Truckee in the Capitol Building at 10072 Commercial Row. There will be sales space and multiple demo areas including a large state of the art home theater installation. He is building a Control4 Certified showroom and will also be featuring the Lutron line of lighting, lighting control, and shading solutions. We are all thrilled about the opportunities here and all the ways that the operation will be improved including:

  • The new Liberty Bell showroom will be fundamental to the success of the two companies. It is Mark's desire to host "Red Carpet" events with our suppliers and manufacturers to familiarize the local business community with the products that we offer.
  • The showroom presents an opportunity for general contractors, interior designers, architects, and other specifiers to experience our product offerings and show them to their clients. The plan is to showcase products from Control4, Lutron lighting, Lutron Shading Systems, Lucifer Lighting, and many more.
  • Liberty Bell has a formidable team of over 25 highly skilled installers at the Rancho Cordova location which could potentially help with Alpine's manpower challenges and vice versa. The ability to beef up either company's personnel assets will be a game changer.

Going forward, the plan is for the entire Alpine Electric team to remain on board as they have been for a number of years. They are excited about the diversification possibilities and new market opportunities. There will be no immediate changes in personnel or operations other than I will be resigning my position as president and Mark will take over all operations. It is our desire that Mark will continue to work with you in the same ways that I have worked with you.

Ryan Hyken has been fundamental to the evolution of Alpine Electric over the years and not only has exceptional skills as an electrician, designer, and integrator but has helped me to build and shape Alpine Electric for the last 18 years. He, like me, obsesses about quality of workmanship and design. His objective is always to improve the quality of our product and communication with customers.

Garry Keas's background is in custom integration, networking, A/V design, and implementation. He has extensive expertise with lighting control systems, home and commercial AV systems, and programming on most current platforms. He ran his Gold Control4 dealership in Colorado for 13 years and came to California to join the Alpine Electric team in 2019. He has extensive experience running a contracting business and is a huge asset to our company.

Bev Vallance has been my bookkeeper and now office manager for many years. She is proficient at all phases of office operations at Alpine Electric and is infinitely familiar with our processes and our mission.

Finally, my hope is that you will continue to work with Mark at Liberty Smart Home and Alpine Electric. I know that he is eager to continue the legacy of exceptional quality and customer service that we have all built over the years. I am confident that he will have great success in building and expanding the business and earning your trust in the coming years. Again, thank you all for your business and support over the years!

Best, Paul