HERNDON, Va. — Beacon announced today that Michelle Mulder, owner of Nailed It Roofing in North Bay, Ontario, Canada is the winner of its annual North American Female Roofing Professional of the Year competition, which shines a spotlight on inspiring women in the roofing industry across the U.S. and Canada.

“We were thrilled to receive hundreds of submissions demonstrating women’s impact on the roofing industry,” said Julian Francis, Beacon’s president and CEO. “It’s a privilege to recognize Michelle for her hard work and determination in leading the way for women in the roofing sector. The public rallied to vote for Michelle, recognizing her work on the jobsite and her devotion to mentoring young women in the community.”

Mulder has enjoyed hands-on work since taking shop classes in high school, where she looked forward to a career in the trades. As a woman, she found it difficult to be hired in construction after high school, so she enrolled in the Renovation Techniques Construction Carpentry Program at Canadore College. Upon graduating in 2005, she was hired as a carpenter, framing houses and sheathing roofs. Learning more about the on-site trades, she grew a passion for roofing. In 2015, Mulder started her own business, Nailed It Roofing, which has been one of the top roofing companies in North Bay, Ontario for the past seven years.

“I’m grateful for the support I received from my local community and my colleagues,” said Mulder. “It’s an honor to receive this prestigious award. I applaud Beacon for its support of women in the industry and I hope my story inspires other women to become trailblazers.”

From March 8 through April 11, Beacon solicited the nomination of outstanding female roofing professionals. Beacon opened voting to the public from May 16 through June 6. The other top four finalists were:

  • Letitia Hanke – ARS Roofing and Gutters (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
  • Anna Arakelyan – United Roofing (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
  • Christina Rodriguez – G Storm Solutions (Houston)
  • Robin Wright – V & R Roofing (Tacoma, Wash.)

To learn more about Beacon’s annual Female Roofing Professional of the Year competition, the deserving finalists, and the official contest rules, visit: go.becn.com/femaleroofpro.