What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of DERBIGUM Americas Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
The most unusual project I was a part of was the renovation of Union Station in Kansas City in 1996. It involved the federal government, two state governments (Kansas and Missouri), five county governments, several city governments, three architectural firms, a construction management company and two general contractors.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I was born into the roofing industry. My great-great-grandfather started our family roofing business in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1866. I was the fifth generation in the family business until I left for the manufacturing side of the industry in 1986.
What was your first roofing experience?
My first roofing experience was a bad one: My father assigned me to work on a coal-tar pitch tear-off project.