Nestled between Taylor and Jones counties in west Texas is the city of Abilene. With a population of 121,000 people, the city has a small-town feel and is blanketed with vast green pastures. Nicknamed "the Key City" by the local Chamber of Commerce to reflect its place as a gateway to the west, Abilene's core values include "respect, integrity, service above self and excellence in everything we do."
With such high standards for its community and residents, it's fitting NRCA recently elected Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, to lead the association as chairman of the board. Rob Therrien, a former NRCA chairman of the board and president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H., says Barr innately possesses leadership traits.
"Some are destined to lead, and some leaders are compassionate and fair," he says. "We're blessed Jim is all that. He is passionate and engaged in all he does whether it be work or play, and he does it all extremely well and with ease. He is someone I am proud and thankful to have as a friend."
On June 1, Barr began his chairman of the board term and is poised to lead NRCA through many initiatives during the coming year.