What is your position within your company?
I am sole owner of Interbay Roof Inspection Consultants, Bothell, Wash.
Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
When I was 14 years old, I left the orphanage I was placed in as a child because my parents could not afford to feed five kids. I worked on a farm driving a combine for $1 a day. One day, I went to the farm labor employment office to find a different farm job. A roofing truck drove by, and the driver asked whether I was interested in working for a roofing company.
What was your first roofing experience?
Tearing off a roof system and shoveling a lot of dirt into the trash shoot. At the end of each day, I got fired. The next morning at 5:30 a.m., I'd get a call from the roofing contractor asking why I was not there loading the truck. It was not easy in those days working in the roofing industry.
What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
I helped complete the installation of the false ceiling at St. James Cathedral, Seattle. It is a false-dropped ceiling held up by wires located about every 18 inches in all directions.