What is your position within your company?
I am CEO of Linear Roofing & General Contractors LLC, Dallas.
What’s the most unusual
roofing project of which
you have been a part?
A multistory apartment complex in Dallas
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
Roofing is an interesting business model that essentially was unchanged for decades. It can be profitable, and I decided to get involved and make a difference.
What do you consider a waste of time?
Washing your own car
What was your first job?
I was in the Army, which was required when I became of age in South Africa.
What was your first roofing experience?
Working during a large hailstorm in Wylie, Texas
What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am actively involved in several organizations, including NRCA, the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association and Roofing Contractors Association of Texas, and maintain conversations with large manufacturers and distributors.
People would be surprised to know ...
Everyone is usually surprised I was a South African Gladiator on the “International Gladiators” show in 1999.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Greece—I’ve planned to go but haven’t been able to get there, and I’ve heard great things about it.
What is your favorite stress reliever?
Relaxing at home with my wife and dog
What is the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
Rock climbing in Arizona
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
Being able to connect with so many different people in different areas and roles in the business
What quality do you most admire in a person?
What is your favorite food?
A good steak well done
What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Shingles because they are the core of the roofing structure
If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
Sun Tzu to hear firsthand how he came up with the strategies he described in The Art of War
What is the most high-tech item in your house?
An infrared therapy device
Big city or small town?
What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Knowing I’ve been able to positively affect the lives of hundreds of people
What song are you listening to over and over?
“Blinding Lights,” by The Weeknd
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