Steven Harvey


What is your position within your company?
I am president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Mass.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
We installed an EPDM membrane under an elevated built-in swimming pool on the seventh floor of a building in Boston. We had to work with about 4 feet of clearance between the bottom of the pool and roof surface. All the materials had to go in and out through a door to the outside corridor then hoisted off the building with a crane.

What's your favorite roofing material to work with?

Why did you get involved in the roofing industry?
I got a job with a friend one summer and loved it ever since.

What was your first roofing experience?
I was a 130-pound kid lumping shingles up to the roof, keeping the crew busy in the middle of the summer.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I currently serve on NRCA's board of directors, as well as the Executive Board of Directors for the North/East Roofing Contractors Association.

What song do you find yourself listening to over and over?
"Back in Black" by AC/DC

What three words best describe you?
Honest, fun and talkative

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Playing softball and baseball in the parking lot up the street from my house every day after school and every day in the summer

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
Working with the fabulous people associated with this industry

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Poor cell phone etiquette

What is one extravagance you allow yourself?
That has to be golf. Anywhere, any time.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
The power of flight to avoid airports and simplify transportation

What is your favorite vacation?
Spending a week in Chatham, Mass., with my awesome wife, Karen

People would be surprised to know…
I never graduated high school. I have since furthered my education.

If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past? Why?
The past—I want to see how the coppersmiths were able to create ornate features with the primitive tools and equipment they had at that time.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
Getting pulled in 100 different directions and keeping my sanity

What's the most exciting thing you've done?

What quality do you most like in a person?
A good work ethic


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