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.”

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North American Roofing Appoints New Director of Service

North American Roofing Services Inc. announced the appointment of Jill Tackett as Director of Service. Tackett joins North American Roofing with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and departments across the commercial roofing, IT and logistics industries.

“We are excited to bring Jill onto our team as our new Director of Service. Now in our 38th year of commercial roofing for national companies, our service division continues to become a larger part of our overall business as our customers need asset management and preventive maintenance services more than ever. With our commitment year over year to maximize the customer experience and their ROI—utilizing technology, people and processes—Jill’s background aligns perfectly with our mission,” said North American Roofing CEO Kelly Wade.

Tackett began her management career in 1991 at Hub Group, where she assisted in the creation of two new divisions: Hub Group Logistics Services (currently known as Unyson) and Hub Highway Services. She was promoted to the role of general manager for Hub Group’s Logistics Services division and helped the company increase its revenue from $300 million in 1991 to more than $1 billion in 1998.

In 2004, Tackett brought her extensive logistics and IT experience to Nations Roof, LLC, a commercial roofing firm headquartered in Atlanta. During her two years as vice president for the company’s Southern division, Tackett managed the Financial Services, Accounting, Payroll, and HR departments.

Tackett was promoted into Nations Roof’s corporate team and led the creation of the company’s National Service Department in 2006. During her nine years as director of National Service Center/Corporate Services, she managed the department’s daily operations, negotiated and executed national commercial roofing service contracts, and had a critical role in the development of the company’s roof asset management program. Tackett’s accomplishments also include the successful implementation and management of various other strategic corporate objectives, including data collection and integrity systems, required client documentation, P&L for subcontractors, work order systems, FCS software, and OSHA/safety projects.

“I am extremely excited to join the North American Roofing team. While my previous experience in the logistics and roofing industries was rewarding, the opportunity to work with a company with the reputation of North American and the unique centrally managed business model is what ultimately attracted me,” said Tackett.