Chris Bowman


What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of Collins Roofing Inc., Salt Lake City.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
My company recently finished work on a new Audi Executive Club located in Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, home of the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake. The project had some complicated access areas that required my crew to work mostly on their knees and stomachs.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was about 10 years old, I spent a day riding around with my uncle during summer break. Back then, my uncle only did built-up roofing with gravel, and I distinctly remember the smell of melting asphalt. He also took me to Burger King, which was pretty awesome.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
Three of my uncles own roofing companies, but I honestly never thought I would become involved in roofing. However, after coming to Utah from Ohio after college, I connected with my Uncle Doug and decided to take a ride with him to see what the roofing world is all about. I was impressed by his relationships and honorable business practices and decided to join his company. I took a crash course in roofing and estimating by working with crews, architects and sales representatives. Ten years later, I manage all daily operations of production and look forward to carrying on the company's legacy.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I am a recent graduate of NRCA University's Future Executives Institute, Class 7. I hope to become more involved with NRCA in the future.

What song are you listening to over and over?
"Thunder" by Imagine Dragons

What was your first job?
I had my own business painting mailboxes in my neighborhood.

People would be surprised to know …
I speak fluent Spanish.

What quality do you most admire in a person?

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?
I would like the ability to be in more than one place at any time. I wrestle daily with having too little time to do all the things I want and need to do.

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

What's the most exciting/adventurous thing you've done?
I spent a week backpacking in the Dominican Republic with a few friends. We had no agenda or knowledge of the country and found ourselves in some interesting and memorable situations.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
Playing and watching sports—my favorite teams to watch are the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Ohio State football and Real Salt Lake.

What three condiments always are in your fridge?
A.1. sauce, ranch dressing and mustard

My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is ...
I enjoy having the ability to build something that adds unmeasurable value to all the workmanship below roof level and to offer a product that is needed by all.

What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
Johns Manville PVC with DuPont™ Elvaloy KEE Polymer—It's a solid product that installs extremely well and has the best track record in the industry for a single-ply. I am a huge advocate of finding products that represent the same quality and commitment to the customer that I believe in.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
Nest thermostat

If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past? Why?
The past—my mom died when I was 16, and I would love to relive some of my childhood memories with her.

What do you consider your most rewarding experience?
Becoming a dad—It has been so rewarding to see my children grow and develop.


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