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John Frey’s grandfather started Frey Electric in 1921 in Cincinnati. Back in those days, electrical work was fairly straightforward business. You had a power line, a breaker box, and an outlet. Pretty straightforward. Even by the time John entered the business, the electrical industry hadn’t changed in any truly revolutionary way.

“I actually started in high school and worked all through high school for the family business,” he said. “When I started, it was literally just switches and plugs in houses. Now, we get into houses, and everything is Wi-Fi controlled. They want USB plugs by their nightstands. They want drop stations for smart watches and iPads in their closets… It’s vastly different than when I was 19 years old doing electrical work.”

What hasn’t changed is a commitment to service that Frey inherited from his father and grandfather. It’s an old-school approach that has set Oceanside Electric, the company he started on Hilton Head Island, apart from a very crowded pack. “We return phone calls. We show up as promised. We actually send clients a calendar invitation, and we stay in touch with them,” Frey said.

It seems like a simple thing. But as anyone who has dealt with an electrician during this era of the overextended contractor will tell you, it makes a world of difference.

We are committed to providing good work for a fair price. Our focus on sustained, controlled growth will never come at the expense of the personal service our customers have come to know and expect. And our commitment to our employees is second to none; we want them to know they are working for a family-owned business that puts its employees first and looks out for their best interests.


  • 2021 Best of the Lowcountry
  • 2021 Readers Choice Award
  • 2021 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite
  • 2018 & 2019 Hilton Head Readers Choice Award
  • 2020 Lowcountry’s Best Electrician

A new tradition

While the family business had been good to him, Frey had always felt something calling him to the South Carolina Lowcountry. “We had vacationed down here for years and had talked about it for a long time,” he said. “Finally, we made the leap.”

“Our kids were juniors and seniors when we moved down here, and they both wanted to go to college in South Carolina. That was a big part of our decision,” added wife Linda, who works side-by-side with Frey at Oceanside.

Making their way south from Cincinnati, where Frey’s brothers continue to run the family business, John and Linda landed on Hilton Head Island. “Obviously, it was hard to leave the family business,” he said. “But we did so knowing that we had this goal in mind down here. We’re still doing my grandpa’s work.”

With the launch of Oceanside Electric, John and Linda formed a team that include five field technicians and a dispatcher to canvas the Lowcountry and offer exceptional service. “The guys that work for us, we get so many comments from customers about how great their work is and how professional they are,” Linda said. “That’s what we really love. We love doing service work.”

And while the nature of that service work has changed quite a bit since Frey started, he’s proving that Oceanside Electric is ready to leap into the wired and wireless future.

Wired for growth

In addition to launching his own electrical business, Frey’s grandfather was a keen inventor. Among his innovations were a specialized outlet designed for hanging electric clocks and specialized cable clips that held wires on to studs in the days before staples. It’s clear that forward-thinking philosophy carried down through the generations.

“You either have to change with the times or let someone else do that work,” Frey said. “If you’re going to stick to basic electrical work, you’re going to miss an opportunity for growth.”

Instead, Oceanside Electric has embraced the new technological advancements in the home. Along with the aforementioned Wi-Fi controlled smart devices and USB-ready outlets, their technicians are walking along the leading edge of technology, installing specialized outlets for golf cart chargers, wiring homes for backup generators in case of disaster, and pushing the boundaries of what an electric company does.

“Focusing on service work as we do, you have to be able to stay on top of those kinds of changes. To do that, you need employees who are knowledgeable about that kind of technology, and we have that,” Frey said. “I’ve been doing this for 34 years now. Our oldest employee is only 30. This is a generation that grew up with that stuff.”

As such, Oceanside’s technicians can do far more than just adding an outlet. They can set up data to a TV, coordinate lighting with your smart home, and even set up your Nest or Ring camera on your home’s network. “These innovations are such a great opportunity for homeowners, and our guys are very comfortable with all the technology behind it,” Frey said.

And that’s in addition to your ceiling fans, smoke detectors and extra outlets that you’d expect. Whatever it takes to create satisfied customers, they’ll do it.

“We love going into homes and doing things—with minimal damage—that make homeowners happy,” Linda said, summing up the mission statement perfectly.

At Oceanside Electric, our driving goal is to be the best. We understand that we are not in control of the growth of our business, but our customers are. Quality, timely service is an expectation that we will deliver to all our customers. We are not concerned with being the biggest electrical contractor in the LowCountry, simply the most referred.

We promise the following:

  • Uncompromisingly superior customer service
  • To meet or exceed our promises
  • To meet or exceed our customers expectations
  • Return your phone calls daily
  • Treat our customers with dignity and respect
  • To never settle for the status quo

We look forward to working with you!

“I wish all the other contractors would use Oceanside’s business model. Only very professional, personable and knowledgeable people work at Oceanside Electric. They are the BEST. You will not be disappointed.”

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