What is your position within your company?
I am safety manager for KPost Company, Dallas.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I worked on AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The 660,000-square-foot installation included five roofing areas, the most challenging of which was the fixed dome. Hoisting required a 300-ton crane with a 380-foot boom, and the material still could be landed only halfway up the dome. A hydraulic wrench was required to pull the roofing materials to the top of the dome on a four-wheel cart. The substantial roof slope, slick metal decking and adverse weather conditions made stocking difficult—constant vigilance was required to ensure all materials were adequately secured.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
A friend invited me to work at the roofing company that employed him. At the time, I didn't know what a roofing company was.
What was your first roofing experience?
In 1992, I was part of a crew removing coal-tar pitch and itchy fiberglass insulation. I didn't have any personal protective equipment—I almost quit.
What song are you listening to over and over?
"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
People would be surprised to know
I am studying photography.
What was your first job?
An elementary school teacher in Veracruz, Mexico
What quality do you most admire in a person?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
I would want the ability to cure cancer because it is hard to see people suffer.
What do you consider a waste of time?
What is your favorite stress reliever?
Listening to "Rise" by Herb Alpert
What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
I like working with SOPREMA®'s Alsan waterproofing membrane because it sticks to everything.
What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
Climbing the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá
What three condiments always are in your fridge?
Hot sauce, mayonnaise and salad dressing
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is
Motivating people using my own story of starting as a laborer and working my way up to safety manager
What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My two sons are higher tech than any piece of equipment in our house.
What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Working for a company that supports me professionally and personally