Piper Chilson

What is your position within your company?
I am president and chief executive officer of Pearland, Texas-based Magnum Roofing.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
My company performed an asbestos shingle tear-off on the steep-slope portion of a roof on a downtown Houston church built in 1908. We installed a radiant barrier deck with shingles for the steep-slope portion. On the low-slope portion, we removed three tar and gravel roof systems and installed a TPO roof with tapered insulation. The church is a historical landmark, and we had to keep the historical attributes.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I married into the industry. I started by helping my husband with outside sales for other companies. Shortly after marrying, we formed Magnum Roofing. I began to learn the roofing trade and really enjoyed it. To this day, I still am learning. However, I wouldn't change my job for the world. I love being a part of this industry.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was engaged to my husband, he needed help with a roof repair, and I offered. The job was to fix a chimney leak. The leak was ongoing, and other contractors had tried to fix it many times. We tore out all the shingles and flashings around the chimney to find a 1-inch-thick layer of tar from where other contractors had tried to repair the leak. After tearing everything out, we installed new flashings, underlayment and shingles. The chimney never leaked again.