Submitted by Melissa Walker

When you were starting out did you have a mentor, and if so was it someone you sought out or they found you?

My mentors when I first started was Bob Feury, Chris Salazar, Steve Kubika, Dave Harrison and Mary Schenker just to name a few. I don’t think I fully realized at the time they were a mentors to me, but as time went by, and looking back in time, I am extremely grateful for their guidance and friendship during the beginning of my career at Roofing Contractor. They were always there to help answer questions I had about the industry and be protectors, like my big brothers/sisters would be especially at trade shows.

How did you get into the roofing industry? Where you in something different prior?

I was recruited into BNP back in August of 1999. One of the publishing directors at BNP was a customer in a previous sales career. I knew this was where I was meant to be. I honestly didn’t care what I was doing, I just wanted to work with great people that inspired me and have an opportunity. 21 years later, I still love what I do and excited to get up every day.

What would be one of the biggest challenges you have overcome?

The biggest challenges are the biggest opportunities, and that’s change. I have been part of recreating the direction of what we do several times!
It’s stressful, but it’s an exciting stress and something that keeps me motivated. Its something that keeps my mind engaged and always reaching for what can I do better.

If you were to give your younger self a quote to hold tight, what would it be?

I would tell myself the same thing I told myself back then, when I started at BNP.
I will never be intimidated by anyone. If it doesn’t feel right, speak up and make sure your voice is heard.
I’ve never felt as a disadvantage because I was a woman, I just felt part of the team and process.
I just knew I had to work hard to prove myself. I was always willing to outwork anyone.

Are you open to taking on a mentee?

Of course!

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