Matthew Leonard


What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of Architectural Sheet Metal Inc., Orlando, Fla.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
My company helped create a ride at an Orlando theme park. We had to design and build full-scale mock-ups of the structure and figure out how to clad it with metal while making it look like a circus tent. We spent months modifying the mock-ups until everyone agreed on the final design. When the project was finished, people told us they didn't know the tent was made of metal, so we know we did a good job.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
The roofing industry is in my blood—my parents started Architectural Sheet Metal when I was young, so I grew up in the industry. I tried to avoid getting involved, but when I was 18 years old I tried it out, and the rest is history.