June 2009

A man of surprises

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Rob McNamara begins his term as NRCA president

by Ashley St. John
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When I spoke with Rob McNamara, president of Milwaukee-based F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, in March about his work, his family and, notably, his upcoming term as NRCA president, one phrase came up quite a bit: Expect the unexpected.

To be sure, McNamara's life has taken many unanticipated turns—personally and professionally. One of his biggest surprises was getting involved with the roofing industry in the first place.

Growing up, McNamara was connected with the industry through his father, Don, who served as president/treasurer and co-owner of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing for almost 30 years. Don also was actively involved with NRCA and served as NRCA's president from 1986-87.

However, despite McNamara's ties to the roofing industry, his primary interests were law and accounting, and after graduating from Milwaukee-based Marquette University Law School in 1986, he went on to become a partner in a...

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