Gwendolyn Maechling


What is your position within your company?
I am founder and CEO of APEX Home Solutions LLC, Maryland Heights, Mo.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I don't think roofing is something most people plan to do. Following my maternity leave, I was ready to rejoin the workforce when I received a job offer from a storm restoration company. I was drawn to the flexible hours and commission structure because I could work whenever and wherever I wanted while making as much money as I wanted.

What was your first roofing experience?
My first roofing experience was working on a new construction house in Troy, Ill., when I was 18. The house had a two-story roof with a 4:12 pitch, but it felt like a 10:12 pitch at the time. I literally hugged the ridge and slid shingles down to the roofing crew. I was interested in new construction but hadn't seen a roof system installed—it was a great learning experience.