Stirred, seldom shaken

The new International Roofers Union president will address numerous challenges

Generally, when you meet most people, you immediately sense one of three things: You don’t trust them; you’re not sure about them; or you know they are sincere and straightforward.

When you meet John Martini, the new international president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (commonly referred to as the International Roofers Union), there is no question you are conversing with an unpretentious man who says exactly what he means. He is a firm-handshake, look-you-straight-in-the-eye kind of guy who is extremely motivated to continue to advance the roofers union and roofing industry.

“I’m not a Washington, D.C., guy or some kind of big shot—I’m a roofer,” Martini proclaims. “I always try to think like a roofer and wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do myself.”

The only thing Martini says he is dreading about his new position as international president, besides having to frequently wear a dress shirt and tie, is tackling the issue of providing jobs in a tough economy. But he is confident persistence and doing what’s right will help him and the International Roofers Union achieve continued success.