Working relationships

Contractors and consultants explain the important issues in their relationship

Successful relationships take work—a lot of work. And working in the construction industry requires forming many successful, multifaceted relationships with co-workers, supervisors and customers, as well as among different industry sectors.

A challenging but often necessary working relationship is between roofing contractors and consultants. To explore how consultants and contractors work together, Professional Roofing asked them to answer the following questions: What are the most important issues in a contractor-consultant relationship, and how do you address these issues?

Respondents representing roofing contractors include members of NRCA's Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) Liaison Task Force, Steve Kruger, president of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga.; Bruce McCrory, chief operating officer and general manager of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala.; and Reid Ribble, president of The Ribble Group Inc., Kaukauna, Wis. Responding consultants include Ray Latona, regional vice president for Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Inc., San Francisco; Luther C. Mock, RRC, managing partner of EDIFIS Building Exterior Solutions, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Thomas L. Smith, AIA, RRC, president of TLSmith Consulting Inc., Rockton, Ill.