William Robert Cole

What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of Cole Roofing Co. Inc., Baltimore, and president of Pfister Energy of Baltimore LLC.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
We installed 12,000 square feet of vegetative roofing on the Natty Boh Tower in Baltimore. The building has multiple levels. On the top tower is a lighted Mr. Boh winking at passers-by.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I started working in the shop at age 14 and moved into different positions over time. At about 25 years old, I realized I enjoyed meeting people and helping them resolve roofing-related issues that were causing them pain in their business operations.

What was your first roofing experience?
Operating a forklift on the ground to supply a crew with materials. As luck would have it, the forklift ran out of gas and, as an inexperienced rookie, I filled it with diesel instead of gasoline, earning me the ire of my crew mates.