Neil Cagle


What is your position within your company?
I am president of All American Roofing Inc., Bethany, Okla.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We replaced a No. 1 grade cedar shingle roof system on a house. The owner had called dozens of roofing contractors before us, and none of them knew how to replace the roof system because the wood shingles had to be bent over the rakes and eaves. It took us hundreds of man-hours to get the job done.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I was about to go to college, and a friend told me roofing work would be a good part-time job because it paid better than flipping hamburgers.

What was your first roofing experience?
My first roofing experience involved hand-nailing shingles on the roof of a small house with my brother and the man who was training us.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I saw the need for a state association in Oklahoma, so I invited 11 of the largest roofing contractors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to my office. That meeting morphed into the Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association.

What was your first job?
Hauling hay from fields into barns

People would be surprised to know …
I've ridden a bull, and I have a part-time job coaching college soccer.

What quality do you most admire in a person?
I admire people who take their families to church to instill moral values and build a support network for tough times.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
I believe everyone needs a hobby. Mine is coaching soccer, and I want to take up a musical instrument when I retire.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would travel to Italy or England. Both countries have so much history, and both have soccer matches I'd love to attend.

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
I worked up the courage to ask out the prettiest girl I've ever dated. She was smoking hot—and I'm still with her.

If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
I'd like to meet Moses. He parted the Red Sea, but it still took some courage to walk through it.

What song are you listening to over and over?
"Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. My company transformed the song title into a slogan, "You've got friends in high places," and used it with a picture of our sales staff on a roof in a Yellow Pages ad.

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
The people—I hired all of ours, and I like them.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
My marriage of 35 years is my most rewarding experience. My wife is the love of my life, my most loyal supporter and my best friend.


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