WHAT IS YOUR POSITION WITHIN YOUR COMPANY? I am director of business development for Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL ROOFING PROJECT OF WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN A PART? My mind goes back to an old air traffic control tower at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. The project involved a tiny amount of roofing work, but everything we touched led to more work and we ended up working on the entire envelope. I was young at the time, and it was an eye-opening experience.
WHAT SONGS ARE YOU LISTENING TO OVER AND OVER? I am a huge fan of live music. My wife, son and I saw our favorite artist, Jack White, five times this summer, including in London. I play his new album, “Fear of the Dawn,” on repeat.
WHY DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY? I grew up in the industry. My stepfather, Charles Roy, was a general contractor in Rhode Island, and he opened a roofing and remodeling company in 1990 after moving to Florida. I spent summers working for the company typically doing the jobs no one else wanted—digging footers, carting shingles to the garbage chute, etc.
WHAT IS YOUR ROOFING INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT? I serve on several NRCA committees, including the Manual Update Committee. I also am involved with the technical committee and government relations for the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance. I was proud to be part of the development of the NRCA ProCertification® exam for clay and concrete tile roof systems. I also enjoy my involvement with the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association Inc.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A WASTE OF TIME? Dwelling on mistakes. As long as you use mistakes as opportunities to move forward and improve, there is no reason to spend a bunch of time worrying about things that have already happened.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? My first job after college was with T. Rowe Price in the 401(k) department. I was trying to fight the overwhelming pull of the roofing industry, but I couldn’t resist. I returned to roofing in 2003 and have never looked back.
WHAT QUALITY DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN A PERSON? I love when a person is authentic. It makes me happy when people believe in what they do and say.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? I’d say probably northern Indian food. Anyone who knows me knows I love finding local restaurants on Yelp to try when I’m on the road.
WHAT'S THE MOST EXCITING/ADVENTEROUS THING YOU'VE DONE? I’m not an adrenaline junkie, but I always am up for outdoor activities like rappelling or ziplining. I also love to downhill ski.
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I never really knew what I wanted to be. I will say I am happy with how things turned out.
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? WHY? My family and I love to travel, and there are so many places I have not visited. My No. 1 right now is Vietnam. The rural areas and beaches look amazing.
MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY IS ... I enjoy developing customer relationships and have a soft spot for technical things. The roofing industry allows me opportunities to be involved in both.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES? I am fortunate my role allows me to share knowledge and mentor others daily. I am not obsessed with legacy, but I would like to be known as someone who helped a little bit to develop the next generation in our industry. On a personal level, watching my son, Trey, develop into a good, honorable young man means the world to me.
PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ... I am a big tree nerd. Those who know me well have to put up with my obsession. I make a point to discover the native trees wherever I go. I fight the urge to interrupt conversations to point out interesting or particularly beautiful specimens.
IF YOU COULD MEET ANY HISTORICAL FIGURE, WHOM WOULD YOU MEET? WHY? Frederick Law Olmstead, the designer of Central Park and an early supporter of national parks. He was an interesting person, and I believe the U.S. owes much to him and others like him. I would love to thank him and share what his work has become.