JOPLIN, Mo. — TAMKO Building Products LLC announces the upcoming retirement of well-known roofing products expert, Rick the Roofer, after an impressive career of more than 52 years of industry experience as a roofing contractor and TAMKO sales team member and trainer.
Rick the Roofer, also known as TAMKO Field Sales Training Manager Rick Taylor, will officially retire on Feb. 27, 2021, and TAMKO is celebrating the momentous occasion with a tribute video featuring highlights from Taylor’s nationwide traveling roadshow adventures as Rick the Roofer along with “happy retirement” wishes from fellow TAMKO team members that include Rick the Roofer’s signature move: the thumbs up.
“I’ve known Rick for 20 plus years, and he is one of the most passionate people I have met in the roofing business,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally. “Rick loves to sell and he is extremely enthusiastic and always willing to take on a new challenge. I wish him the best on a new chapter in his life.”
Taylor’s career includes 25 years as a roofing contractor in St. Louis, working in his family-run roofing business. After joining the TAMKO team in 1994, Taylor represented TAMKO in various field sales roles, including territory manager over the St. Louis area. Throughout his 27-year career at TAMKO, Taylor was passionate about training TAMKO sales representatives, contractors and distributors about the company’s products and proper installations, which inspired the company’s initiative to share Taylor’s expertise and product knowledge on a wider scale.
In 2018, Taylor was promoted to field sales training manager, and TAMKO launched the first-ever Rick the Roofer national roadshow tour of contractor and distributor events to provide education, resources and hands-on installation demonstrations for roofing industry professionals.
“Rick has brought outstanding character and energy to both TAMKO and the roofing industry for many years,” said TAMKO Chairman and CEO David Humphreys. “We are proud of his success and the lasting impressions he has made on roofing professionals across the country. He will be missed by many, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Over the last few years, Taylor has helped countless roofing contractors save significant time and money with some of his most popular live demonstrations, including TAMKO’s “2 Cuts 5 Courses No Waste” standard installation method.
“I’ve had a great career as a roofer and as a member of Team TAMKO,” said Taylor. “I feel so lucky to have spent the last 27 years of my career at TAMKO sharing my passion with other roofers.”