Shattering the ceiling

Women take advantage of the roofing industry’s leadership opportunities

One of Shelley Metzler's most memorable early roofing experiences is shagging shingles for her father.

"I think I was in middle school," she says. "I got a bit behind, and in my rush, I swung a shingle and smacked my dad right in the forehead. He still wears a nice little scar on his noggin from that one."

It may not have been the most obvious sign of a future career in the roofing industry, but working on a roof with her father was an important step for Metzler, who now, years later, is president of Interstate Roofing, Portland, Ore.

Metzler is one of an increasing number of women who have earned leadership positions in a male-dominated industry.