Herlihy, partner and executive vice president of
Olsson Roofing Co. Inc., Aurora, Ill., and his wife, Sandy.
Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing
project you've performed?
Herlihy: A new building for G.D. Searle with more than 600
penetrations in a 300-square (2700-m) roof system. It has never
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
Opportunity—what other industry provides a basic human need
(shelter), as well as enjoys both ends of a product life cycle (new
and reroof) and has the benefit of Mother Nature creating more
business on a continual basis?
What was your first roofing experience?
In third grade, I wondered what that stinky trailer was in my
friend Tony's backyard. It turns out it was his father's pitch
kettle. Twenty years later, Tony and I ran into each other again on
a roof. Tony now is a regional roof consultant, and I am a roofing