John Barker

What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of shared services for KPost Company, Dallas.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I got to take part in the planning and execution of the roof system on the Star, the world headquarters and indoor training complex for the Dallas Cowboys. As a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, it was a thrill!

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
It wasn’t so much the industry but rather the company that got my attention. I was drawn to the appeal of a family-owned business that was successful in its market. I thought the people at KPost were innovative and had built something quite extraordinary—their passion is contagious.

What was your first roofing experience?
In my personal life, it was repairing the roof of my house after a storm. From a business perspective, starting my job at KPost was my first experience with commercial roofing.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am a graduate of NRCA University’s Executive Management Institute—Class 4 and currently am enrolled in Future Executives Institute—Class 9. I also am involved in the Construction Financial Management Association. I’m thankful to work for a company that is so supportive of industry involvement.

What song are you listening to over and over?
“Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton

People would be surprised to know ...
I do voiceover work as a hobby. I’ve always had an interest in broadcasting. I also played the cello and piano growing up.

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
The variety—I get to work with so many areas of the business and with so many different people. That makes the job challenging and fun for me.

What was your first job?
I worked as a horse wrangler and instructor at Sky Ranch, a large Christian summer camp in Van, Texas.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Laughing—I love spending time with friends and family, and thankfully we’re usually laughing about something.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was quite young, I wanted to be a bus driver! Then, I wanted to be a news anchor. In the end, I chose to focus on a business degree, and I’m glad I did.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
Automated window blinds that are connected to WiFi and open and close based on the sunrise and sunset times on my iPhone.

What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Whichever yields the most gross profit

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
I’d want the ability to fly because I’ve always thought about studying to be a private pilot, and that would be a great alternative.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Going to Sky Ranch when I was growing up was an experience that affected my life forever. I met my wife there, formed lifelong friendships and now my nephews are having the same meaningful experiences. I’ve been a part of Sky Ranch in some capacity every year since 1981. It will always be a special place for my family and me.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
My friend is a private pilot. I suggested Sky Ranch hire him for a candy drop, so he and I rented a Cessna and received clearance to fly low. As he flew the plane, I opened the door and dropped candy for more than 1,100 campers and staff to collect!


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