National Women in Roofing Names North American Roofing CEO Kelly Wade as Keynote Speaker

National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, has announced that Kelly Wade, CEO of Tampa, Florida-based North American Roofing will be the keynote speaker at its networking and mentoring reception.

The reception is scheduled for February 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall C. Registration is not required.

“We are thrilled to have Kelly share her story of her career path in the roofing industry that eventually led her to become CEO of this large roofing company,” said Mallory Payne, chair of NWIR’s Mentoring Committee. “Her advice and experience are sure to encourage and inspire everyone attending the event. The NWIR Mentoring Committee works hard to find speakers that are not only influential, but also have powerful stories and passion for this industry.”

The event will feature an interactive question and answer session with Wade following her presentation. NWIR is encouraging those planning to attend to submit their questions to info@nationalwomeninroofing.org by January 31.

Wade joined North American Roofing in 2009 as the Director of Marketing, and moved to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing in her first year. She became VP of Strategy, Executive Vice President, and then in 2015, Chief Operating Officer. In August 2017, she became the CEO and is responsible for the strategic vision and overall operations of the company. Since 2009, the company has grown top line revenue by 300 percent.

Wade grew up in Ohio with a small business entrepreneur father influence, and graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in English Journalism, and built a 20-year plus career of sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning. Wade earned her Green Belt in Six Sigma from Villanova University in 2014 and is currently obtaining her MBA, scheduled for completion in 2018. She has two teenage boys and enjoys running, travelling, hiking, volunteering, sports, food and wine, family, reading, boating and anything outdoors.

For more information, visit http://nationalwomeninroofing.org.

North American Roofing Services Names New CEO

The board of directors for North American Roofing Services Inc. appointed the company’s former chief operating officer, Kelly Wade, as the company’s chief executive officer. Wade joined the company in 2009 as the director of marketing, moving up to its director of sales and marketing and then to vice president of strategy before being named the executive vice president. She brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and business strategy experience to North American Roofing. Her other experience includes advertising and strategic account development in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

“Kelly is a born leader and has created a culture unique to roofing and in line with some of the most diverse and progressive companies in the U.S.,” said Brian Verble, the former CEO and current president and vice chair of the board who will transition to chairman of the board. “It’s a culture of inclusion, team idea development, accountability and work-life balance that comes naturally to her.”

During Wade’s tenure as chief operating officer, she created a standard process-oriented and data-driven culture across all departments by investing heavily in technology and training, according to the company. Wade also expanded service offerings nationally, established a solid leadership team, implemented customer-first programs, grew the large-scale national customer base and relocated the company headquarters from North Carolina to Tampa, Florida.

“Beyond surpassing the financial and strategic goals of the company, Kelly has proven to have the character and intrinsic qualities the Board wants in its leader,” said Mike Verble, the board chairman. “Most of all, Kelly is fully committed to making North American Roofing the greatest and most profitable company it can be.”

In her new role, Wade will continue to be responsible for the overall operations and financial performance of the company. She will also maintain and grow all banking, insurance, strategic partner, and overall high-level business relationships.

“I’m grateful for the 8-year journey I’ve had at North American Roofing and to the amazing group of people I’m so blessed to work with every day,” said Wade. “I’m committed to leading the team in executing the vision and goals of the board and to continue to build upon our rich 38-year history. The future is beyond exciting for North American Roofing.”

According to Fortune Magazine’s 2017 Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 lists, which ranks major U.S. companies by their fiscal 2016 revenues, a mere 32 of Fortune 500 companies were run by women and only 35 of Fortune 1000 companies had women at the helm. “I’m proud to be added to the number of women leading companies in the U.S., and in the construction industry especially,” said Wade. “I truly hope it inspires other women and young girls to be independent and confident because that would mean more to me. My parents taught me to work harder than the next person–regardless of gender.”

North American Roofing is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please click here.