My trek into working in the field of commercial roofing was a different one. I began primarily as a lawyer. I had my own small office, and a decent enough practice that I was living a more than modest lifestyle, and admittedly I was pretty happy with it. But throughout my work, I always felt that there was something else I could have been doing. Being a rights lawyer was good, I got to hear a collection of pretty amazing stories from people, but I didn’t feel like I was actually making an impact. Unlike the tropes about lawyers, I truly got into the industry to help people. I wanted to make a significant impact in the lives of those around me, and I figured that being a rights lawyer would be the best way to do it.
I was not prepared for the amount of people who thought their rights were being trampled on. My poor receptionist needs to fields dozens of call a day about people who are suffering the most minor of inconveniences and feel like a pariah. I don’t mean to talk down on anyone who feels hurt or infringed, but this definitely wasn’t the type of rights law that I figured I was getting into. I’ll admit, I pictured myself turning into a high profile lawyer, taking down the man to protect the little guy. But instead, I got a bunch of minor cases with relatively little impact in the results.
It wasn’t until I started looking into other ways to use my expertise that I found ways to use my degree to better purposes. I started helping local construction companies with zoning issues that they needed sorted out, and had the ability to cherry pick the cases that I felt were representative of my own thoughts and opinions. It may sound a little selfish, but I was still out to help the world. It may not have been the most straightforward approach, but it was a good foot in the door. As I got to know the industry better and the requirements that were there, I started to offer my services to various roofing companies to assist them in the back areas of their business.
It was good to help a section of the working community that worked to provide for people. These individuals were out there bringing new ceilings to not only their homes, but their lives. It was a great way of looking at things, and it was when we saw the utter devastation of Hurricane Sandy that I knew where I needed to be. The need for professionals of all sorts came fast and furious across the Northeastern USA and my field was no different. I began working closely with a commercial roofing company in the area, and from there, I find myself here. Still working with them and still bringing them the expertise I have to assist them in their day to day bringing their roofing service to the area.