Jake Magalsky

What is your position within your company?
I am CEO of Ace Roofing, Bozeman, Mont.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I was involved with installing roofs on cabins on the north boundary of Yellowstone National Park that could not be accessed with motorized vehicles. All material, tools and personnel were delivered 13 miles to the project site by horse-drawn wagons.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I guess I have a genetic disorder—my dad also was a roofing contractor.

What was your first roofing experience?
Helping my dad install Conklin® acrylic roof coatings when I was 6 years old.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am honored to serve on multiple committees and the boards of NRCA and the Western States Roofing Contractors Association; it is extremely rewarding.

What was your first job?
Roofing for my dad

People would be surprised to know ...
I didn’t want to be a roofing worker when I graduated college. I have an associate’s degree in ranch management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

What quality do you most admire in a person?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Africa: I would like to meet the people, see the animals and taste the food.

What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
PVC. It’s oddly mesmerizing to work with it and weld it. It’s a good, enduring material.

What do you consider a waste of time?
Watching TV

What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
Ice climbing

What is your favorite food?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cowboy

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
Helping people have a good roofing experience

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My Android smartphone

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Flying. I started in 2012 and acquired my private pilot’s license.

If you could meet any historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
Jesus. I’d like to have a conversation with him about his dad and see what he is like as a human.

Big city or small town?
Small town or even better: out in the country!

What song are you listening to over and over?
“Somewhere Down in Texas” by Jason Boland & The Stragglers

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Learning to fly!


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