• Disrupting an Industry

    Roof Fix’s reputation in the commercial and residential construction market has been exemplary. As a leading roofing company in San Antonio and South Texas, it’s also one of the fastest growing, with over $14 million in sales annually (a figure that puts them in the top 4 percent of revenue-generating North American companies). Add to that back-to-back Angie’s List Super Service Awards in 2016 and 2017, as well as its status as a factory-certified GAF* Master Elite® contractor and it becomes abundantly clear—Roof Fix is disrupting an industry and revising perspectives consistently, year after year. “The problem is the riffraff and fly-by-nights,” says Roof Fix owner and founder Duane Charping. “Customers are getting burned, and 60 percent of the roofs getting installed are being done 100 percent wrong and wouldn’t even pass inspection. While setting up roofing contractors, I noticed that the roofing industry had a horrible reputation. Every time I tried to find or locate a contractor, I noticed roofers never wanted to repair their work. We started to get a lot of complaints.”   read more...

  • Americana's Alive in Texas

    It was a sweltering summer day in Houston, Texas, when I spoke with Michael (Mike) Ortiz, the Executive Vice President for the John Deere Division at 
Doggett Heavy Machinery Services (Doggett).   read more...

  • Mechanical Systems Experts Sail Toward New Horizons

    Driven to be the best, Darrell Wells, President of Marine Mechanical & Technology (MM&T), has worked to establish a stalwart reputation for his firm as a mechanical systems maintenance operator. Founded in 2016 and based in Chesapeake, Virginia, MM&T offers a variety of machinist and engineering services, including welding, rigging, valve rebuilds, hydraulic rebuilds and flushing, electrical and more. While MM&T’s primary focus has been on marine vessels—including ships for the U.S. Navy—its team of seasoned specialists have their sights locked on acquiring more land-based contracts in the building and construction industry.   read more...

  • A Soaring Opportunity

    It’s not every day you get to pursue your hobby as a profession, but that is exactly what Dan Bigelow, owner of SkyShots Aerial Photography, was able to do 14 years ago when he purchased the company that was founded in 1995. Based in Portland, Oregon, SkyShots provides aerial imagery to a variety of clients ranging from large corporations and construction companies to owner-operator businesses, families and individuals.   read more...

  • Protecting Against Theft, Fire and Water Damage

    When the sun goes down on a construction site, the job is just beginning for American Calstar Security (American Calstar). The company, a dba of LA Best Security Inc., provides security services for commercial and residential clients throughout California.   read more...

  • Winning the Cash Flow Management Battle

    There’s a popular saying that suggests necessity is the mother of invention. For Alex Tovstanovsky of Working Capital of America, this adage aptly describes his journey as a successful business leader.   read more...

  • As American as Apple Pie

    The phone rang twice before Vern Balkowitsch answered it with a gruff “hello.” It was the third of July, and Vern was in his office at Accurate Concrete Cutting, Inc., a 33-year-old, family owned and operated concrete cutting and coring business in Vancouver, Washington. In the office was his wife and business partner, Mary, and their daughter and HR manager Jenny Brown. His son, Vern Jr., who now runs the business with Jenny, was on a job site and unavailable to join us for this interview.   read more...

  • Long May It Wave

    From houses of government to tailgate parties, flags are everywhere. National flags, state flags, school flags and even business flags snap and flutter around us every day. Americans love their flags, and that love has created a steady market—one that Khaled Hamideh, owner of Flag World Company, is proud to serve.   read more...

  • 50 Years of Building Relationships

    In its 50 years of helping subcontractors and specialty trade contractors, the American Subcontractors Association of Western Pennsylvania (ASA WPA) has developed events and services to enhance its business operations. This year’s goal: create a scholarship program to address the shortage of young people entering into trades.   read more...

  • Nature of Design

    When Henry David Thoreau walked into the Massachusetts woods in 1845, it was to seek lessons from nature, to “learn what it had to teach.” Thoreau’s time at Walden Pond is familiar to most American high school students, who have read of his hardships, his triumphs and what he learned from the woods.   read more...

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