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Thomas Melton

What is your position within your company?
I am a foreman for Consolidated Enterprises Inc., Anchorage, Alaska.

What is the most unusual roofing project you’ve performed?
I helped reroof a box store in Juneau, Alaska, during the second wettest January on record. We used a tent most days. I guess it doesn’t sound unusual, but the fact we were able to do it was unusual.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I needed a summer job while in college.

What was your first roofing experience?
Working on a tear-off job and installing a built-up roof system. I wondered: “What on earth did I get myself into?”

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor so I could take my mom and dad fishing in Mexico.

What is the most high-tech thing in your house?
An iPad

List three words that best describe you.
Resourceful, hard-working and fair

What three items always are in your fridge?
Salsa, eggs and mayonnaise

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Zealand

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Arrogant people

What qualities do you most like in a person?
Honesty and a sense of humor

If you could invite any three people (dead or alive) to dinner, whom would you invite and why?
I would invite Ben Franklin—he helped form our nation; Henry Ford—he figured out how to build cars on an assembly line; and Thomas Edison—he must have had an amazing mind to create so many inventions.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is keeping different crews motivated during the course of a season. The weather also can be quite challenging on occasion.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I received a 2012 Most Valuable Player Award from The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

People would be surprised to know …
I enjoy trying to grow tomatoes, which I am not really good at doing.

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