Ben Cadle

What is your position within your company?
I am commercial roofing estimator for Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I worked on a full deck replacement reroofing project on a fruit juicing facility in Bradenton, Fla. Because the deck material was defective, we returned two years later to replace it.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
When I was between jobs the summer after I finished high school, working in the roofing industry gave me an opportunity to earn a paycheck.

What was your first roofing experience?
Installing a single-ply roof system on a new construction fast food restaurant

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I currently am enrolled in NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute—Class 9. I also attend meetings of the Sarasota Manatee Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, a local chapter of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association Inc.

What song are you listening to over and over?
“Against the Wind” by Bob Seger

What are your favorite stress relievers?
Fishing and boating

What was your first job?
I worked at a local fishing bait and tackle shop.

People would be surprised to know ...
I played guitar in a local band after high school, and I’ve shared the stage with internationally known heavy metal bands.

Big city or small town?
Small town because I prefer the simple life. I recently rode in an Uber and a subway train for the first time.

What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
In Jensen Beach, Fla., I used a kayak to put out shark bait during a cold front in seas with 7- to 8-foot waves. I was surrounded by hundreds of sharks free-jumping out of the water.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would go to the Indian Ocean to catch massive dogtooth tuna and giant trevally.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a professional charter fishing captain.

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
I like the day-to-day challenges. One thing you always can count on is things change daily in roofing.

What is your favorite food?

What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
I like single-ply roofing, and I’ve enjoyed installing it over the years. It makes sense to promote the most practical, cost-effective product.

What do you consider a waste of time?
I am not a fan of driving.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My Amazon Alexa

What qualities do you most admire in a person?
Integrity and honesty are both huge to me.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
The most rewarding experience I’ve had is starting a family and becoming a father!


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