What is your position within your company?
I am president and CEO of Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, Calif.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
I worked on a family-owned chocolate manufacturing facility in Azusa, Calif. The manufacturing area was inside a metal building with a standing-seam roof system. The owner spent thousands of dollars to lower the building’s internal temperature, but it didn’t work, so he reached out to Shell Roofing Solutions Group. We installed insulation and white reflective single-ply TPO membrane over the existing roof. The building’s internal temperature dropped 25 degrees and saved a lot of chocolate product.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I worked with a world-class roofing manufacturer and found roofing is my passion.
What was your first roofing experience?
When I was 15 years old, I worked part-time on a construction company’s demolition crew.
What is your roofing industry involvement?
Shell Roofing Solutions Group is involved with NRCA and the Roofing Alliance; I serve on NRCA’s Executive Committee, Global Advisory Committee, Health and Safety Committee, Hispanic Outreach Task Force, Industry Image and Outreach Committee, and Insurance Board of Governors.
What do you consider a waste of time?
Not learning something every day and complaining
What’s the most exciting/
adventurous thing you’ve done?
Racing an IndyCar at 189 mph
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a businessman like my dad and fly to faraway places—dream achieved.
People would be surprised to know ...
I am a former amateur boxer, certified IndyCar race car driver and currently an executive producer of films.
What is your favorite stress reliever?
Hanging out with my grandson.
What qualities do you most admire in a person?
Courage and honor. I admire people who want to achieve what others think is not possible.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
I would return to Italy because of the rich history and food.
My favorite part about working in the roofing industry is …
The friendships. I hope I have used my influence to elevate the industry and bring respect to the craft.
What is your favorite food?
Italian food, specifically my family’s recipe for homemade spaghetti.
If you could meet any
historical figure, whom would you meet? Why?
Cesar Chavez, a civil rights activist. He stood for the rights of those who didn’t have a voice.
What’s your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
We often use single-ply TPO membrane. My team likes using TPO products because of the hot environment in Southern California.
What do you consider your most rewarding experiences?
The ones I’ve had with my four amazing children.