What is your position within your company?
I am president of Hoosier Contractors, Indianapolis.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I wish I had a better story like a secret underwater lair in the Caribbean, but, unfortunately, none of my projects have been too out of the ordinary!
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I grew up in Mahomet, Ill., where I volunteered at a local church. Several of the elders and deacons were contractors or teachers at a nearby construction school. I was interested in learning more, so I began helping other church members with projects, including building houses together and offering assistance to neighbors. At that point, I knew I wanted to operate my own contracting business. I earned a construction degree and took business classes to learn all the different strategies and philosophies that go into business leadership.
What is your roofing industry involvement?
In addition to being a general contractor and president of Hoosier Contractors, I attend International Roofing Expo® events. I like to learn where industry technology and software are going; it’s critical to stay educated to know what best fits your business model.
What was your first job?
I helped the pastor of my church by repairing his home and discovered I am passionate about roofing work.
People would be surprised to know …
How much my interests can differ from day to day
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would travel anywhere I could go diving—my favorite pastime!
What quality do you most admire in a person?
I most admire someone’s work ethic. It’s great to see a person who has values based on the ideals of discipline and hard work.
What do you consider a waste of time?
Employees who do not have strong work ethics
What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Copper—it always looks great installed. It’s also durable, lightweight, fire- and hail-resistant, and can last up to 50 years.
What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
The most exciting thing I’ve done intentionally is shark diving.
Big city or small town?
Small town near a big city
What is your favorite food?
Modern American fine dining with a Napa Valley wine pairing
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
Teaching and mentoring my employees and changing their lives
What is the most high-tech item in your house?
The Scribit Robot—the world’s first write and erase robot
If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
Jesus—I think he’d give some great roofing advice!
What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Being a good father