What is your position within your company?
I am chief operating officer of Upstate Roofing & Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
Most recently, our company performed a full tear-off in the dead ofwinter. The roof is on a building located at the bottom of a river gorge near a large waterfall (pictured here) that produced a constant frozen mist. Temporary enclosures had to be used when the wind decided to blow the wrong direction.
Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I previously had worked as a construction coordinator for a heavy highway contracting firm and decided I wanted to become an estimator. The timing worked out—Upstate Roofing & Painting had a position available.
What was your first roofing experience?
A coal tar tear-off with fiberglass insulation. I stepped on a rusty nail and had to get a tetanus shot the first day. The old construction coordinator job looked pretty good at the end of that day.