Gary S. Thompson

What is your position within your company?
I am general manager, innovative products and services, for Firestone Building Products, Indianapolis.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you've been a part?
The largest and most unusual construction site was the first one I worked on—Marble Hill Nuclear Power Plant in Jefferson County, Ind. The contractor I was working for had extensive roofing and waterproofing contracts. After working there for 18 months—and the electric utility company investing more than $6 billion—the project was abandoned.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
While finishing my college degree, I was working part-time as an orderly in a hospital emergency room where I met a roofing worker who enticed me to work with him. I worked at that roofing company for nine years before moving to Firestone Building Products.

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