Ronald G. Taylor

Taylor, president of All-Star Roofing Inc., Amity Harbor, N.Y., with his wife, Rosemary; stepson, Michael; and daughters, Ashley (left) and Olivia.

Professional Roofing: What is the most difficult roofing project you’ve performed?
Taylor: A 584,000-square-foot (54254-m²) roof system for Farmingdale, N.Y.-based P.C. Richard & Son, an appliance and electronic distributor. My 20-member crew removed loose gravel and wet roofing and insulation materials. The crew then replaced 70 gypsum deck sections and installed a three-ply APP-modified bitumen roof system with 300,000 fasteners that had to be predrilled for insulation and base sheet installation. All this occurred while P.C. Richard & Son operated.

Why did you become a roofing contractor?
My family has been in the roofing business since my father, Bill Taylor Sr., founded Taylor Roofing in 1949. About 16 years ago, the company became All-Star Roofing. It seems I went from the cradle to the roof! And now my stepson, Michael, is participating in the family business during summers.

What was your first job?
Stocking shelves and sweeping floors at the Holiday Food Market located in Copiague, N.Y. I was 10 years old and made 75 cents per hour.