Kelly Lea

What is your position within your company?
I am general manager for Texas Roof Management Inc., Richardson.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We recently installed a 24-gauge double-lock standing-seam steel roof system with a 19:12 slope on a 26-story high-rise building. There wasn't a place to stock materials, so we built scaffolding on the lower-level roof areas and used a helicopter to remove trash and load materials. The work was completed in a limited time frame to minimize disruptions to residents.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I am a third-generation roofing contractor, so I was born into the industry. My son followed me into the industry, making him the fourth generation.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was 13 years old, I installed shingles for my father's company.

What is your industry involvement?
I currently serve as treasurer for the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA), and I will serve as MRCA president in 2021. I also am an NRCA member, past president of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association and a former board member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas.

What song are you listening to over and over?
"Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

What quality do you most admire in a person?
Integrity—people need to be what they say they are, and you should trust them to be true to you and to themselves.

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
My son and I spent three days on the USS Theodore Roosevelt for a Tiger Cruise. We slept in the bunks, watched pilots fly jets and observed everything the crew members did to operate the aircraft carrier. It was an eye-opening experience to see what servicemen and servicewomen go through every day to protect our country.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
I don't think I want a superpower because superpowers seem to go to people's heads. I just want to be strong in my convictions and strong for my family.

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
Meeting contractors from across the U.S. My involvement with associations has allowed me to travel and meet and become friends with a number of contractors. I enjoy the friendships and knowledge we share with one another.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Taking walks with my wife of 35 years

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Life with my family. I watched my wife teach for more than 20 years, making a difference in the lives of many children, and both of my children are successful. My daughter became a partner at a major law firm at age 32, and my son is in the first year of NRCA's Future Executives Institute, which will help him become a major contributor for one of the largest roofing contractors in the U.S.

If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past? Why?
I may go to the past to correct some things if possible. I don't want to know what is in my future because I want to make it myself.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My Nest home system


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