The December 2010 issue ofRoofing Contractormagazine will have a breakdown of over a dozen speakers who attended the Best of Success (BOS) conference held in September in Denver.
The December 2010 issue ofRoofing
Contractormagazine will have a breakdown of over a dozen speakers who
attended the Best of Success (BOS) conference held in September in Denver.
While the December issue will focus on stories about those who spoke at
BOS, now is a good time to give you a sneak preview of what to expect in the
final issue of 2010.
Don Kennedy, President &
CEO, Kennedy Roofing CO. Inc., told BOS attendees that it is important to know
what the customer is thinking.
“It’s important to get into people’s minds,” said
Kennedy of Nashville, Tenn.
Kennedy, who started his career in the roofing industry in 1979, is past
president of the Greater Nashville Roofing Contractors Association and a past
NRCA board member.
He recently set up “Profit Centers” in his company where he re-invests
funds that are typically not profits. The company then matches these funds for
“We have over $100,000 of matching funds for equipment in our company,”
said Kennedy, who set up a recycling center, “Our sheet metal division recycles
metal. They have taken ownership.”
Kennedy, who is now a NRLRC (National Roofing Legal
Resources Center) board member and a member of the
CertainTeed Corporation’s “Roofer’s Advisory Council,” said a company needs to
“partner with your employees.”
“Employees will tell you areas they are making mistakes,” he said, noting
a Proverb: ‘Where there is no vision, the people will perish.’ “Your company
vision must be planned; simple; and a reflection of its decisions and
“We just don’t want to show up for a pay check,” Kennedy continued. “Have
a simple plan.”
To read more about out annual Best of Success conference held in
September and to learn more about what Don Kennedy had to say, look for the
December 2010 issue ofRoofing
Watts Up: Higher Profits the Easy Way
By Tom Watts
Tom Watts is the associate editor of Roofing Contractor. He can be reached at 248-244-1738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.