Mark Swansburg

What is your position within your company?
I am chief operating officer of Paradigm Partners, Cambridge, Mass.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
I spearheaded a specialized and cost-effective turnkey approach for Harvard University's Rowland Institute in Cambridge. Recycling the original roofing materials was the first consideration. The manufacturer agreed to recycle the old membrane at no cost, eliminating disposal and preparing the material for reuse. The old insulation was stacked and sent to a recycling center, diverting it from the landfill. The vegetative roof system's soil layer was engineered for maximum absorption of up to 65 percent. The combination of a vegetative roof system with an ecological roofing solution provided a highly sustainable solution for greening the rooftop.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I explored many industries but decided a career as a roofing professional would suit more of my interests in engineering and construction.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was 16 years old, I drove my family roofing company's shop truck, delivering materials to job sites.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew I didn't want to be a roofing contractor and thought I wanted to be a lawyer.

What is the most high-tech thing in your house?
Time of Use meter

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People not being on time

What qualitiy do you most like in a person?

List three words that best describe you.
Creative, logical, candid

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

What three condiments always are in your fridge?
Ketchup, mayo, hot sauce

If you could invite any three people (dead or alive) to dinner, whom would you invite and why?
Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Theodore Roosevelt

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
Bridging the gap between the roofing and renewable energy industries

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am on NRCA's Photovoltaic Roof System Committee, helping to ensure the roofing industry carves out a stake to participate in this evolving industry.

People would be surprised to know …
That I care


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