Rob McReynolds

Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
McReynolds: In summer 2003, we reroofed a Bank One building in downtown Denver. The building was 345 feet (105 m) high. We did not have access to a crane for the project, so our only access was the roof hatch. We had to jackhammer a 6-inch (152-mm) concrete slab in a 540- by 10-foot (164- by 3-m) area and take the debris down 26 stories in 5-gallon (19-L) buckets. We used more than 12,000 buckets.

Why did you become a roofing contractor?
My father worked for GAF/Ruberoid, now known as GAF Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J., for 25 years. He then opened a wholesale business, Roofing & Wholesale Supply, in Davenport, Iowa, before he passed away. My brother also has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The industry seemed to fit me.

What was your first roofing experience?
In high school, I loaded roofing materials by hand. I was paid $1 per square for three-tab shingles. On a tough day, I would load 40 squares (about 120 bundles). I think they weighed more than I did.

What are your favorite items on your desk?
My newest CD—William Hung, the guy cut from "American Idol." He has to be the world's worst singer, but I can really get others in the office pumped up when I play his versions of "Hotel California" or "Rocket Man." You really can't believe how bad this guy is!