President and chief executive officer of Royal
Roofing Co., Los Angeles.
Pinkus with his wife, Stephanie, and children,
Aubrey and Daniel.
Professional Roofing: What is the most difficult
roofing project you’ve performed?
Pinkus: Reroofing two side-by-side, three-tiered, seven-story
office buildings in Los Angeles. To contain dust and debris, the
16-member crew removed and double-bagged 150 tons (136 metric tons)
of hot-mopped, built-up roofing (BUR) materials per building. The
crew then installed seven-layer BUR modified bitumen cap sheets
over a perlite cover board with a low-fume asphalt product.
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
I started at Royal Roofing in 1980 as a commissioned salesman. By
1984, I was the company’s assistant manager, and by 1988, I
was Los Angeles zone manager. That year, Royal Roofing’s
owner and my mentor, Tom Beattie, began planning his retirement and
gave Royal Roofing’s six key salesmen—including
myself—the opportunity to become branch owners while paying
off debt and purchase prices. We accomplished this goal, and in
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