Steve Ferencz

What is your position within your company?
I am executive vice president for CentiMark Corp.'s Lenexa, Kan., office. I manage CentiMark's Western Group, which consists of five regions and 17 branch offices.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
Probably a series of projects during Hurricane Ike in Houston in 2008. What our team accomplished—helping our customers and the people in the area—was amazing. No electricity, low resources and challenging conditions bring out the best in your associates.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I graduated in December 1987 with a degree in finance from Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, Ill. I had worked three summers during college for CentiMark and enjoyed working there. I started as an estimator in CentiMark's Chicago office.

What was your first roofing experience?
Working on a coal tar pitch job in Chicago. The experienced guys suggested I wash the pitch off myself during lunch during a hot Chicago afternoon. Lesson learned.