Richard J. Lawson

What is your position within your company?
I am senior vice president of The Lawson Roofing Co. Inc., San Francisco.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I was involved with HerreroBOLDT,® a San Francisco-based general contractor, in building the California Pacific Medical Center on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. The company was an early adopter and innovator of Lean Construction (maximum value with minimal waste) practices and working with designers and trade partners from inception to completion was a worthwhile achievement.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
The Lawson Roofing Co. has been family-owned since 1907. I wanted to continue the family tradition by working with my father and brother.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was in high school, I had a summer job working in our company’s yard stocking materials and cleaning trucks.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I serve on the boards of directors for NRCA, the Roofing Contractors Association of California and the Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties Inc.

What was your first job?
Delivering newspapers for the Daly City Record

People would be surprised to know ...
I don’t like cheese.

What quality do you most admire in a person?
Work ethic

What song are you listening to over and over?
Any song by Led Zeppelin

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
Good health for all because watching other people suffer is heartbreaking

What do you consider a waste of time?

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Playing golf

What three condiments always are in your fridge?
Ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A roofing contractor like my father

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
Seeing projects come together and completed successfully

What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Polymer-modified bitumen because of its proven track record

What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
Play rugby

If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past? Why?
The future—we already know what happened in the past.

Big city or small town?
I enjoy both. Although the slower pace of a small town is enjoyable, I slightly favor big cities for the cultural and entertainment options they provide.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Watching other people grow and become successful in their passions

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
Sonos music system


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