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.