The educator

Dan Pastore wins the Best of the Best Award

Having dinner with Dan Pastore and his family, I quickly sense the ease and closeness among Pastore; his older brother, Dave; and their wives, Sandy and Marg. They laugh as they tell stories, reminiscing about their childhoods, annual family parties and their children.

The close-knit family atmosphere also translates to Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y., where Pastore is low-slope field superintendent and Dave is chief executive officer (CEO).

"Our leaders are like our extended family," says Rick Gourley, steep-slope field superintendent for Upstate Roofing and Painting. "I had a great relationship with Dan's parents and meet his family socially outside of work."

The Upstate Roofing and Painting family was proud of Pastore when he recently won Professional Roofing's annual Best of the Best Award, an extension of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., co-sponsors the award.