What is your position within your company?
I am senior project manager for Mid-South Roof Systems, Forest Park, Ga.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We completed a single-ply roof system installation for a defense contractor. The project details were typical, but getting the crew on-site might as well have taken an act of Congress. Each roofing worker had to have an original birth certificate or green card and state-issued ID, as well as pass a 10-panel drug test, background check and online safety test before he or she could attend the safety orientation to receive his or her badge. It wasn't fun preparing all that for the crew, and it took more than one month from start to finish.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I was in residential and commercial masonry sales for almost 10 years before coming to Mid-South Roof Systems though I did some metal roofing work while in college. I left sales because I was tired of it and wanted to transition into the contracting/operations side of construction. A friend introduced me to Mid-South Roof Systems' chief operations officer just as the company's project manager was about to relocate. I was hired after three interviews and began "cutting my teeth" in project management!
What was your first roofing experience?
I did some metal roofing work for my roommate's brother during the summer of 2001 in Bolivar, Tenn. I learned a lot about residential metal, but I also fell off a roof two weeks before my wedding day. I wasn't tied-off when I tried to fasten a ridge cap while bearing my weight on the screw to drive it down. The panels were wet from a light rain, and my foot slipped, sending me launching off the roof. I landed on my feet but severely sprained my ankle. Good times.