Kelly Braddy Van Winkle

What is your position within your company?
I am a contracts administrator for King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
My maternal grandfather owned a successful commercial roofing company in Erie, Pa., from about 1940 to about 1980. My father left the engineering field and joined the commercial roofing industry around 1979 and started King of Texas Roofing in 1982. After I closed my industrial tool supply business in 2011, it only seemed fitting to keep our family in the roofing industry by joining the wonderful group at King of Texas Roofing.

What was your first roofing experience?
My first roofing memories began when I was 4 years old. I remember listening to my father and grandfather converse, and I learned general things about roofing simply by being a bystander. Their conversations were a great introduction to the roofing industry.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you've been a part?
When King of Texas Roofing installed a roof system on the American Airlines Center, Dallas, in 2001, I had the opportunity to walk on the roof. I thought the project was intriguing and more unique than most of our other projects.