Ron Heath


What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of The Roof Depot Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
The most unusual roofing project I worked on was when my company tried to install a roof system on a building in Harrisburg, Pa. It was January, and there were about 3 inches of ice on the 8:12 sloped roof. The project's general contractor was from Georgia and didn't understand why we couldn't install shingles in those weather conditions. We attempted to install the shingles, but our workers were sliding down the roof. Ultimately, we told the general contractor the job wasn't worth risking the safety of our employees.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I started out as a developer for multifamily housing, but I eventually began working as a project manager for a general contractor. I learned a lot about construction management before returning to real estate development until the housing crash in 2008. Soon afterwards, the president of The Roof Depot, Terry Dickerson, hired me to help with his military contracts, and I spent a lot of time in the field helping crews install shingles on military homes. Over the years, I learned about every type of roof system and how to install them.

What was your first roofing experience?
Installing shingles on U.S. military bases

What is your roofing industry involvement?
Our company is an NRCA member, and I currently am enrolled in Class 8 of NRCA University's Future Executives Institute (FEI). The FEI program is by far one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.

What songs are you listening to over and over?
"Don't Take the Girl" by Tim McGraw and "Dust on the Bottle" by David Lee Murphy

What was your first job?
Crab-trapping on the St. Johns River for my grandfather's business when I was 7 years old.

People would be surprised to know …
I created and sold an online construction social network with more than 7,000 members.

What quality do you most admire in a person?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would go anywhere in the Caribbean. I love the beach and hot weather.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Watching football!

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
The most exciting thing I have ever done was travel around Europe.

What do you consider a waste of time?
Dwelling on mistakes and shortcomings

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer

What is your favorite food?
Fried chicken or any Southern cuisine

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
Every day is something new! There always are surprises.

What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Metal because it requires a vast knowledge of geometry and special skills to install.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My Roomba®

If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
Albert Einstein because he was a genius.

Big city or small town?
Small town

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Having children


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