Leading ladies

The roofing industry may be male-dominated, but that doesn't mean powerful women are absent from it. The following four women have made numerous contributions to the roofing industry, and Professional Roofing salutes them.

The engineer

Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations for GAF Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), Pierce knew her field wasn't glamorous, but that didn't concern her. "Roofing has a stability that isn't found in other industries," she says. And she should know: Since interning with TAMKO Roofing Products, Joplin, Mo., in 1981, Pierce has spent the past 28 years rising to the top of the manufacturing sector and becoming one of the industry's most respected technical experts. She has been involved with nearly every pertinent roofing-related organization and is a Fellow of ASTM International and received its Award of Merit, as well as the James Q. McCawley Award from the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association.