Terry Smith

Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
Smith: Building the structural frame and installing a curved copper-clad standing-seam roof system on Smoketown Station, Woodbridge, Va.

Why did you become a roofing contractor?
After my sophomore year of college, I worked with my cousin installing EPDM and built-up roof systems. I decided to stay in roofing after the company I was working for offered me an estimating job.

What was your first roofing experience?
Helping my dad install 90-pound roll roofing on our cabin. The roof system lasted 14 years until I replaced it with a reinforced EPDM roof system when we built an addition.

What are your favorite items on your desk?
My Texas Instrument TI-5045 calculator—I've had it for more than 18 years. Also, a small gag gift my partner Ron and his wife gave me for Christmas—a bug sitting on a toilet reading a magazine with "TAKE A MESSAGE" on the base.