Kurt Sosinski

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION WITHIN YOUR COMPANY? I am product manager of modified bitumen and built-up roofing for Tremco CPG Inc., Beachwood, Ohio.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL ROOFING PROJECT OF WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN A PART? Every project is interesting in some way. I’ve been fortunate to have worked on projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each building has unique features and challenges whether it’s a factory, school, office or apartment. It’s a privilege to see so many different buildings and help keep them in great condition.

WHY DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY? I applied for a job in Tremco’s roofing lab to earn a co-op credit for college while getting paid. Tremco had just started its TRACE program to analyze BUR cores to help determine whether a roof system could be restored. I learned how to test for tensile strength, coverage rate and softening point of asphalt. This was in 1983, and I have been with Tremco ever since.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ROOFING EXPERIENCE? During my first roofing project, I set plies for a cold-applied BUR system in Akron, Ohio. I made all kinds of mistakes, even setting a roll backward, which I had to pick up and reset. By the end of the day, I was covered from head to toe in mastic. I changed before driving home but forgot about my clothes in the trunk. A few weeks later, I found my jeans. The adhesive had dried, making the pants stand up on their own.

WHAT IS YOUR ROOFING INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT? I currently serve on NRCA’s Manual Update Committee. I also am a Technical Committee member for the Cool Roof Ratings Council and represent Tremco at SPRI.

WHAT'S THE MOST EXCITING/ADVENTUROUS THING YOU'VE DONE? I drove a NASCAR racecar for several laps at Daytona International Speedway and reached a top speed of 152 mph. I’m so glad I had a spotter talking me through the banked curves on a headset otherwise I’m certain I would have flipped the car.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE STRESS RELIEVERS? Tennis and summer evening bicycle rides

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE? My family. My wife has been a great partner, and I learned so much with her while raising our children. Coaching on my kids’ teams was fun at the time but now makes for interesting conversations when hearing about what all the kids from those teams are doing as adults.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU LISTENING TO OVER AND OVER? “Rosewood Bitters,” written by Michael Stanley and covered by Joe Walsh.

IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE, WOULD YOU GO TO THE FUTURE OR THE PAST? WHY? The future, of course! I can’t wait to see better buildings and all the great things we are laying the foundation for today.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY IS ... I have come to enjoy attending the International Roofing Expo.® It’s where you can catch up with friends, competitors and people you may work with someday. You also get to see all the interesting new tools, equipment and products.

WHAT THREE CONDIMENTS ALWAYS ARE IN YOUR FRIDGE? Woeber’s horseradish sauce is a must, along with ketchup. Because I’m from the Midwest, we always have ranch dressing in the fridge, too.


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