Pierce, director of contractor services for GAF
Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J., with husband Riley and dog Kody.
Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing
project of which you have been a part? Pierce: A 20-year
warrantied roof system for a computer room inside a
building—where a roof system guarantee was required and
issued. Who said roofs have to be outside?
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry? As a
cooperative engineering student during my junior year and senior
year of college, I did project engineering work for a roofing
manufacturer and joined the company full-time after graduation.
From the manufacturing side, I knew immediately there always would
be a need for roofs, and though roofing doesn't have the glamour of
other industries, you can have an effect and help other people in a
What was your first roofing experience? Building test
decks for fire testing at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. during the
summer of 1984. We built more than 100 built-up roofing and
modified bitumen decks in a little more than four days. It was the
first time I actually saw how different roof systems were