What is your position within your company?
I am project manager for Sun Commercial Roofs, Dallas.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
Initially, I needed a job while going to school so I could pay my bills. I answered an online ad for an entry-level position, got the job and haven’t looked back or regretted my decision.
What was your first roofing experience?
Putting up Christmas lights with my dad when I was young. I loved putting up our ladder and climbing onto the roof.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I had the opportunity to work on a project for the Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, Texas. We installed a variety of solar panel arrays on several roof systems. The district intended to use the arrays in its high school science curriculum. This was my first experience working with rooftop solar panels, and I can’t think of a better introduction to that side of the industry.
What is your roofing industry involvement?
I currently am in my second year of NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute—Class 9. I also am a member of the Construction Specifications Institute’s Dallas chapter.
What was your first job?
Working with my uncle in his airplane repair shop during summers. I helped with inventory, record keeping and general cleaning.
What song are you listening to over and over?
“Hell Bent on a Heartache,” by Randy Rogers Band
People would be surprised to know ...
I once wanted to be a teacher.
What quality do you most admire in person?
I admire someone who treats others how he or she wants to be treated.
What are your favorite stress relievers?
Playing golf. I’m mediocre at best but being outdoors and trying to improve my game allows my brain to shut down for a couple hours.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
Flying. Traffic in Dallas can drive even the most patient person crazy, so the ability to fly would be good for the nerves.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Houston Astros player. That was long before I understood the idea and importance of athletic talent.
What’s the most exciting/adventurous thing you’ve done?
Riding in a stock car around a track at 160 mph. There are few words that can describe that sensation of speed in a corner.
What three condiments always are in your fridge?
Ranch dressing, mustard and homemade barbecue sauce
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
The people. It’s amazing what can be accomplished by a good team. I’ve been lucky to work alongside many great people of differing backgrounds, ages, cultures and experiences.
What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Metal standing-seam roof systems. I’ve always enjoyed seeing a metal roofing project come together from a visual and performance perspective. We complete so many flat roof systems that are “out of sight, out of mind,” but working on a metal roof system gives us a chance to affect the overall beauty of a structure.
What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Finishing my bachelor’s degree and working full time. It taught me to push through the tough times, cherish the good and always keep pushing toward the finish line.
If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past? Why?
The past. I love hearing stories, reading books and seeing pictures of the past, and history was my favorite subject. I’d love to go back and see some events with my own eyes.