Luminary Electrical Founder × CEO
Shawni Davis is New York State’s first African American female master electrician with more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry. As a black woman in a male-dominated industry, she has set the standards for those following her footsteps, including working her way into leadership positions within the ranks of the largest union contractors on major projects all over the northeast. She has taken what she has learned throughout her career to earn her Unlimited Master’s License, and officially established Luminary Electrical Contractor, LLC in 2021. Luminary Electrical is certified as both a New York State Certified MBE & MWBE Business (minority-owned & woman-owned).
A native of Syracuse New York, Davis started as an apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 2007. In 2022, she made headlines when she introduced President Joe Biden during a major Micron Technology announcement in Syracuse, NY, but her story does not stop there. In March of 2023, President Biden then talked about Shawni’s journey at the SBA’s Women’s Business Summit in Washington DC at the White House. Davis continues to mentor and give back to the community and those following her path. In fact, her dream is to change the industry by creating a business that reflects a diverse and inclusive workforce that possesses the same skills as those who dominate leadership in the industry today. Her skills as an electrician and a natural business leader, ensure Luminary’s longevity in the industry.
Davis’ successful career is a direct reflection of her determination and skill set. She is a proud member of the LGBT community and a graduate of Henninger High School in Syracuse. She currently serves on the board of the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) and the Central New York Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence fund.
2022 Champion of Diversity Award – YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County
2022 Onondaga County Small Business of the Year – Small Business Development Center
2023 WBE of the Year CNY Region – City of Rochester MWBE Awards
Economic Champion Award – Centerstate CEO
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