Stefan Peters


What is your position within your company?
I am project manager for Preferred Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We installed a single-ply roof system on a large lake house that resembled a castle. The project was unique and detail-oriented.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I started working for Preferred during the summer before my final semester of college. I graduated in 2007 when the economic downturn occurred—the job market was tough so I kept the roofing job, and I've been with the company for 10 years.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was 17, I removed shingles from a house for a local contractor.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
My company is a member of NRCA and the Building Contractors Association (BCA) of Northeast Indiana. I currently am enrolled in Class 8 of NRCA University's Future Executives Institute and BCA's Young Professionals Forum program.

What song are you listening to over and over?
I mainly listen to sports talk radio.

What was your first job?
I was a bun toaster at Wendy's when I was 14.

People would be surprised to know …
I am not a fan of heights, but I have become accustomed to working from them because it's part of my job.

What quality do you most admire in a person?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Anywhere in the Caribbean.

What do you consider a waste of time?

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
A helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon

What is your favorite stress reliever?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional baseball player

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
I like seeing a project through from the take-off to the finished product, and I enjoy solving problems for customers.

What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Thermoplastic membranes because the material is a great product, pliable and user-friendly

What is your favorite food?

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My smart TV

If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
George Washington. I think it would be interesting to hear about all the adversity he went through to help form the U.S.

Big city or small town?
Small town

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Raising a family


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