Ed Gallos

Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
Gallos: We replaced a roof system on a church sanctuary that involved significant wood deck replacement. What made it unusual was that the 8,400-square-foot (780-m²), saddle-shaped roof system was only supported on the perimeters. There were no intermediate beams or joists to carry the load, which made replacing rotted deck areas a slow, painstaking process.

Why did you become a roofing contractor?
In May 1973, my dad decided he'd had enough of working for someone else. He wanted to start his own roofing company, but because he wasn't in management, he felt he needed someone with business acumen to help him get started. He mistakenly thought my one-year business administration course at a local college qualified me as that someone. At the time, I had no intention of staying, but the past 31 years have made a liar out of me.

What are your favorite items on your desk?
The family picture we took at my eldest daughter's wedding.

What do you consider your most rewarding experiences?
One was being naive enough to have children at a relatively young age. I just turned 50, and my kids are now 29, 27 and 26 years old. They are, unlike their parents, all university graduates.