Refugio Alvarez Jr.

What is your position within your company?
I am safety director for King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
One project I worked on involved using a helicopter to load materials. It was fast, efficient and required strategic planning and adherence to safety protocols.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I had construction and manufacturing safety experience, so I believed the roofing industry would be a new challenge for me. Also, the outlook for the industry is positive.

What was your first roofing experience?
In January 2015, I worked on the new construction of a 30-foot-tall building in Dallas. The weather was extremely cold, and we had no cover while working on the low-slope roof with a low parapet wall. I quickly learned one of the biggest threats to any roofing project is inclement weather.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
King of Texas Roofing is a proud NRCA member. I regularly attend conferences, safety seminars and trade shows to stay up to date and network.

What song are you listening to over and over?
“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” by Garth Brooks

What was your first job?
Working in the pantry at a fine restaurant in Dallas

Big city or small town?
Big city

People would be surprised to know ...
I was a real estate agent for six years. I have always enjoyed working with people.

What quality do you most admire in a person?
Humility—it’s important to treat everyone with kindness and compassion regardless of their stations in life.

What do you consider a waste of time?
Complaining—it’s pointless to complain about things I have no control over.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Working out

What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
For our 20th anniversary, my wife and I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was an amazing experience with breathtaking views.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a fireman. As a kid, I used to see fire engines screaming along the road with their sirens blaring. Putting out fires seemed like a cool job.

What three ITEMS always are in your fridge?
Tabasco® sauce, hummus and Kalamata olives

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
I like that no two jobs are alike while repairing, replacing and installing roof systems on many types of commercial properties. I also enjoy working with our outstanding team of field and management team members.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
At a wedding in 2015, I noticed a commotion on the dance floor. An elderly man had collapsed as the result of a cardiac arrest. I immediately began performing CPR and then grabbed an automated external defibrillator. I was able to keep the man’s heart pumping until EMTs could take over. I was so happy to be part of the team that helped save the man’s life.


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