Bryan Karel


What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of operations for Garlock-French Roofing Corp., Minneapolis.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
A few years ago, my company rebuilt the historical copper solarium on the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. We recreated the custom-fabricated copper exterior cladding, including a standing-seam copper roof. No surface on the building was flat, and its rounded corners gave us an opportunity to learn how to reconstruct true craftsmanship from 100 years ago.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
Roofing has been part of my family since before I was born. When I was 16 years old, I started working on roofs during the summer. I'm thankful my dad believed in educating me about roofing by letting me experience it myself. After I earned a business degree, I eventually shifted into the management side of our business.