Jim Layman

What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of construction for Cole Roofing Co. Inc., Baltimore.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We installed zinc composite metal panels on a planetarium at a local community college. The building was designed as a cylinder with a sloped roof, and multiple sight lines had to match the panel joints. The project brought back memories of high school geometry.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
While I was looking for a summer job after high school, I found out a close friend's family owned a roofing company. The company needed a yard man and material runner for its busy season, so I filled the position.

What was your first roofing experience?
Unloading tractor trailers and running material from the yard at Cole Roofing's old shop in downtown Baltimore

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am a graduate of NRCA University's Future Executives Institute—Class 7, and I am involved with a roofing professionals peer group with other FEI graduates.

What song are you listening to over and over?
"Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish

What was your first job?
I worked as a cashier and stocker at a local nursery.

People would be surprised to know ...
I'm not overly fond of heights.

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
Constantly working on different projects and solving new problems

Big city or small town?
Small town

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
You mean besides pursuing commercial roofing as a career?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional athlete

What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Composite wall panels—I like working out the measurements and the precision needed to make the job look right.

What are the most high-tech items in your house?
My two sons—they know more about technology at 9 and 12 years old than my wife and I combined.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

What is your favorite food?
King crab legs

What do you consider a waste of time?
Getting angry over trivial matters

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Raising my sons with my wife

What is your favorite stress reliever?

If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
I would like to meet with my grandfathers. One was gone when I was too young to remember him, and the other fought in the Pacific during World War II and passed before I was old enough to understand the significance of his sacrifice.


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