Kelly Braddy Van Winkle

  • Van Winkle with her husband, Lance

What is your position within your company?
I am a contracts administrator for King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
My maternal grandfather owned a successful commercial roofing company in Erie, Pa., from about 1940 to about 1980. My father left the engineering field and joined the commercial roofing industry around 1979 and started King of Texas Roofing in 1982. After I closed my industrial tool supply business in 2011, it only seemed fitting to keep our family in the roofing industry by joining the wonderful group at King of Texas Roofing.

What was your first roofing experience?
My first roofing memories began when I was 4 years old. I remember listening to my father and grandfather converse, and I learned general things about roofing simply by being a bystander. Their conversations were a great introduction to the roofing industry.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you've been a part?
When King of Texas Roofing installed a roof system on the American Airlines Center, Dallas, in 2001, I had the opportunity to walk on the roof. I thought the project was intriguing and more unique than most of our other projects.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut, but when I was a teenager, I wanted to be a Latin American Studies professor.

What are the most high-tech items in your house?
An iPad, iPhone and iPod—I'm just now joining the modern age!

What three condiments always are in your fridge?
Soy sauce, yellow mustard and extra spicy Texas salsa

List three words that best describe you.
Loving, conscientious and intense

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My husband and I would love to go to Botswana, and I am looking forward to seeing the Galapagos Islands.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
In business, my biggest pet peeve is when I've already sent documents or information to someone and he or she repeatedly asks me to redo or resend them.

What qualities do you most like in a person?
I like people who are authentic and genuine.

If you could invite any three people (dead or alive) to dinner, whom would you invite and why?
I would invite Ben Franklin—I have always found that period in American history fascinating, and Franklin seemed to have a quirky personality. I'd like to hear about his contributions to America's early history. I'd also invite Johnny Carson—he would be a good conversationalist and provide humor to the evening—and Leonardo da Vinci because it would be delightful to attempt to unravel his mysteries.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
I manage contracts, state licensing and assorted insurance matters and assist in various operations activities, so it often is difficult to ascertain what my priorities are and balance the workload.

What is your roofing industry involvement?
I currently serve on NRCA's Young Contractors Committee, Membership Marketing Committee and Government Relations Committee. I also recently became involved in the National Association of Women in Construction, which is an incredible resource for women in the broader construction industry.

People would be surprised to know …
I can read Brazilian Portuguese, and I enjoy fly fishing.


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