Where is He Now?
Unlike many of us, Bill Kimbrough, Jr. pretty much knew what he was going to be when he grew up at a very young age. He started working with his father in the family roofing business, Modern Heating, Cooling, Roofing, Inc., the summer after his freshman year of high school. The client at the time was the Montgomery County Health Department. After working every summer with his dad during his high school years, Bill decided to study business management in college and use that degree to help run Modern in the roofing field.
Thanks to years of experience, Bill took on a big role in his family’s business with contracting. We recently chatted with Bill to hear how he got started, what he thinks of TARC and some of his most memorable roofing projects. Bill was a TARC scholarship winner during his first year of
college, and has recently accepted the position as First Vice President on TARC’s Board of Directors.
What are some of the services you offer and where are you located?
We are a unique company in that we offer both mechanical and roofing services to our customers and contractors. Our mechanical side does residential as well as commercial work, while our roofing side does only commercial work specializing in single ply and standing seam metal.
What do you love about the business?
I love seeing a project go from start to finish. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment to have something visible that shows the hard work that is put into a project. I also enjoy seeing everyone at Modern have a sense of pride in the work that they have done.
Are there any aspects of the business that you dislike?
Not knowing what the weather is going to do. I try to keep up with exactly what the weather is going to do; just when you have a plan in place, the weather will throw you a curve ball and your whole day or week has changed. I guess that is all just part of being able to stay on your toes and always have a backup plan.
What is your favorite remodeling/roofing story?
My favorite roofing story is any job where there are no problems during the week or after the work has been complete, and the customer is happy. Any job that goes like that is my favorite.
How do you find most of your jobs?
We find most of our jobs through general contractors that use us when they can, government bid work, and through word of mouth. We do very little marketing to drum up business.
If you had a son and wanted to offer him advice about getting into the roofing business, what would you advise?
I would tell him that it is a great business to get into and full of great people to be around, but that it is not an easy job. You will be dealing with people from all walks of life and you have to know how to interact with each one of them. There are always things that can and will go wrong and you must learn to deal with them quickly and efficiently.
What is your involvement with TARC and why do you feel that it is important to stay active in the Association?
My dad was involved in TARC when my siblings and I were young, so we used to go on the summer trip each year. Once we were old enough, we were busy with sports and extracurricular activities, so my dad stopped going to some of the events. Before my freshman year of college, I received the TARC scholarship, which helped a lot that year. After graduating college, I went to a TARC golf tournament and then the Midwinter Meeting, and even though I wasn’t present at the summer convention, I was elected to the Board of Directors. I have been on the board for a few years now and I am currently the First Vice President.
TARC is a great organization to gain information through educational classes and for networking, but the greatest part is the people. Even though most of us are competitors in some form or another, we get along with each other and it is great to be able to bounce ideas and gain knowledge from each other.
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