March 2010

Emerging leaders

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by Ambika Puniani Bailey
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NRCA University's Future Executives Institute (FEI) serves as a breeding ground for up-and-coming roofing industry leaders. FEI, which teaches students leadership skills as well as the intricacies of family businesses, has a rigorous admissions process. Those who complete the program leave with skill sets unmatched in the industry, and the following individuals are just examples of many in the program who will affect the industry in the future.

Kyle Thomas—FEI Class 1

Vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.

Thomas' career trajectory is common in the roofing industry: go to college planning not to enter the industry, graduate college and join the family roofing business anyway. Thomas says he was drawn to the entrepreneurial aspect of roofing, and now he and his two brothers run Thomas Industries, which includes a general contracting division, with their father who bought the business in 1980. Thomas explains their family business' success: "Although we may not always agree, we all wear different hats, and we understand and respect each other's roles...

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