We’re excited to be back for our second round of highlighting the voices of our amazing Women in Roofing team. As a reminder once a month we will spotlight 3-5 amazing women from Restoration Builders. For the month of July, we have selected these women to answer a few questions so you can get to know them better.
“The Women of Restoration Builders Committee are so excited to recognize the wonderful women of Restoration Builders. Thanks for all that you do! Your hard work truly makes a difference for our customers and Restoration Builders. We appreciate you!”
– Yolanda Armalis, Committee Chair
July Spotlight Questions
1. Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
2. What is a common misconception about women in the roofing industry?
3. What brought you to the roofing industry?
Restoration Builder’s Spotlight
Restoration Consultant – Indiana
Meets with clients, inspects properties, assesses the damage, prepares estimates, and gets contracts signed.
One thing no one knows about me: I worked for the airline industry for 9 years prior to coming to this industry. I got to travel as often as I wanted.
Staff Accountant – Oklahoma
Supports Accounting Manager on the day-to-day tasks.
One thing no one knows about me: I am a pretty open book, but some don’t know I am a pretty handywoman, I can do many home repairs and figure most things out. I am a hands-on type of person. An extra: I have my own photography business. I used to run it full time, but now I do it more as a hobby/ side gig.
Production Assistant – Illinois
Supports Installation scheduling, submits material orders to suppliers, and schedules labor.
One thing no one knows about me: In my 38 years, I have moved a total of 23 times!
Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
Alysa Kelley: I see myself progressing every year learning as much as I can, and taking any opportunity that presents itself.
Amber Black: I feel there is no limit to where I can be in 5 years. I have only been in this industry for about 2 years and have already gained more knowledge, growth, and experience than I imagined. I do not see putting a cap on the talent and growth I can gain.
Jamie Hodges: My goal is to have improved my knowledge base to further my career in the Operations side of the business. I would also like to be more involved in our design and on-site applications for our interior work.
What is a common misconception of women in the roofing industry?
Amber Black: A common misconception for women in the roofing industry is that it is an industry for men. This is becoming less true with each passing day. Women are becoming more empowered to do things we were not able to in the past and we are more than capable if we allow ourselves.
Jamie Hodges: As a female in the industry, I want other women to know that there are so many opportunities outside of skilled trades and manual labor. This industry is growing rapidly and becoming far more inclusive of women!
Alysa Kelley: I haven’t personally run into many misconceptions, but I think perception is key. It is obviously a male-dominated industry, however, I hope more women continue to explore it as a career.
What brought you to the roofing industry?
Jamie Hodges: For me, out of our Peoria office as general contractors, the attraction was the ability to be a part of an industry that’s been a major part of my upbringing. I come from a family of carpenters! My combined knowledge of the construction aspect along with my experience in administrative work made the decision pretty simple! I love what I do and who I work with!
Alysa Kelley: I had taken on many tasks with my last company and hadn’t seen any progression, I was ready for a new challenge. I had a friend within the company who had great things to say about Restoration Builders.
Amber Black: I have been in the remodeling industry for 15 years. I help run my husband’s business and even worked in the field with him. The roofing industry fell in my lap when the Oklahoma office had a need, a mutual friend knew my experience and reached out to see if I would be interested.