What is your position within your company?
I am director of operations for Damschroder Roofing Inc., Fremont, Ohio.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
After college, I went to the Republic of Cameroon to do some building work with a mission team, and the trip turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I had the privilege of working with the founder of Damschroder Roofing for more than a month. When the trip was over, I immediately started my roofing career with the company.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
Damschroder Roofing worked on an Ohio State University branch campus that had been hit by a severe tornado. We completed a total tear-off and lengthy structural analysis before installing a new PVC roof system and a difficult custom coping system with step-ups and bump-outs all over the building. I was quite proud of our employees and the project's outcome.
People would be surprised to know
Damschroder Roofing was honored this past summer with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association's Award of Excellence for completing a difficult elementary school project in Columbus, Ohio.
What was your first roofing experience?
During one extremely cold winter day, I was working as a carpenter on a large project sheeting a parapet wall for the roofing subcontractor. I pulled out some nails that were holding loose TPO material to the parapet wall and cold water dumped all over me. I was so angry I told myself I would never become a roofing professional. But I'm glad I did because I really love this industry.
What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
I love my family more than anything else, and being a dad to a daughter who shows horses and a son who loves ocean-fishing and cast-netting as much as I do is as exciting as I can imagine.
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is
I absolutely love working with customers. I am deeply satisfied when I gain the trust of a customer because that means I have measured, drawn and planned the job correctly. Having a past customer call just to catch up or say "hi" is the best reward for a job well done.
What quality do you most admire in a person?
A good attitude
What do you consider a waste of time?
Purchase orders, but I know they have to be done.
What is your favorite stress reliever?
I do not like to slow down, so I love going to Cedar Point with my family for some high-adrenaline roller coaster stress relief.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Like many young boys, I wanted to be a professional football player.
What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Prefabricated flashings and high-quality prefabricated edge metals and copings—they are time-saving products and can make all the difference in the world when they are properly measured and installed.
What do you consider your most rewarding experiences?
Being a husband and dad are by far the most rewarding experiences of my life. My wife and kids are of the utmost importance to me, and I would not be where I am today without them or their love.