A Good Roof Is the Foundation of a Good Home
American Roofing Services, Inc., a Native American woman-owned and operated business, brings service and value to the community
American Roofing Services, Inc. is proud to be a Native American woman-owned and operated business servicing Fresno, California, and the Native American Communities, with 25 years of experience. The company’s motto, “A good roof is the foundation of a good home,” is evident in every project this team of seasoned veterans takes on. Tracy Lee, American Roofing Services’ second-generation owner, has been in this business for a long time, having learned the ropes from her father, Dave Robesky, the company’s founder. Tracy’s dad had owned a construction company, and Tracy started working for him right after she graduated from high school. As a part-time employee, she was doing his billings and contracts, etc. At the time, she was also attending college to become a lab technician.
When Tracy was 27, her dad’s health was deteriorating and he needed her on a regular basis. He offered to have her come on board, more as a partner. The prospect of higher pay and the ability to bring her young son with her to work, gave her the flexibility she needed, so she left her hospital job and joined the company full time.
Finding Her Calling
At the time, she says, “I was not that interested in roofing because all I ever did was just type contracts, invoices and balance his checking account. It wasn’t until I started getting into sales, estimating, and working on that avenue that I was really struck. By getting out and working on job sites, I really fell in love with construction. That was the turning point for me. As soon as I emerged out into the field, and started making those contacts and doing that side of construction, that’s when I knew that was what I wanted to do.”
When Tracy’s dad passed away in 2000, she ended up getting her contractor’s license. “I’m where I am today because of my father,” she says. Tracy also credits her long-time mentor, Jesse Peralez of Cooper Chase Construction, with helping to guide her over the years. She and Jesse still do a good deal of work together.
Roofing Experts for all Occasions
The company today is a full-service roofing contractor, handling commercial, residential and many government projects, including federal and state public works. They specialize in shingle, tile, and single ply, and they do a lot of historical buildings, which tend to be cedar shingle or fire-treated wood shake for the forestry. Also, Tracy is an 8(a) contractor with the Federal Government, and American Roofing holds certifications for DBE, SBE and WMBE.
In addition to their excellent reputation, Tracy articulates some of the other factors that differentiate American Roofing Services from other area roofing contractors. She shares, “Number one is that we don’t subcontract out to other contractors. We’re all in-house. Number two, as the owner, I’m hands on during all phases of the project—from the time we get the initial bid to the time of completion.”
An Extended Family
Not only that, but American Roofing Services operates like a family. Tracy has even known her project manager, Denise, for 17 years, having worked together in the roofing industry in many capacities. Tracy says, “She hasn’t been just an employee. The history and the relationships with many of the people on my staff go back decades. Some of these people I’ve worked with since I was 18. It’s funny, a lot of roofing contractors here in Fresno got their contractor’s license, and my dad’s signature is actually on the applications because they worked for us at one time or another. Our main supplier, ABC Supply, has also been an integral part of American Roofing’s success. All of this makes the heart of American Roofing, and why we are where we are today. “
Native American Pride
Perhaps what Tracy is most proud of are her close ties with her tribe, Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California, a federally recognized tribe of Concow and Maidu people, which is headquartered in Oroville, California. As evidenced by her company’s logo, Tracy’s identity with her tribe is always at the forefront of the company’s vision, as they embody Mooretown Rancheria’s mission: “Improve the quality of life for our members, employees, and the community in which we live, by preserving our cultural heritage, maintaining a positive Native American image, protecting tribal sovereignty, and supporting tribal self-reliance.”