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Well, I'm excited. I'm really excited that young people are interested in roofing and I think I'm excited because it wasn't always this way. When I started in roofing, there was a certain banner of shame that I wore, and I was ashamed of the caulking in my fingernails and the cuts on my hands and I remember I'd put my hands in my pocket. But if you notice me talking, I use my hands all the time, because I had a mind shift somewhere in there when I realized that we were the ones, we were those cowboys that were up on the roof when no one else would go, keeping families safe and dry.
So, when I talk to somebody about roofing, I think that's what I want them to see. Like, "Wow, there's a real need." Everything in our county, everything in the land that you see needs to be protected. Those babies, your family, that expensive equipment, that's our job. We go out in rough weather and we still take care of it. I want somebody first to accept that this is an awesome, awesome trade of superheroes, but I would also point out the values in the roofing industry. Karen, my COO, when she came here, she said, "Oh my gosh, roofers have the biggest hearts." And that's true, roofing professionals do and now we're organized in a national give with Ronald McDonald Houses that's making a tremendous difference across the country and it's lifting up who we are.
I would tell a new contractor that, but the most exciting thing about roofing is this is a trade that's always going to be there and it's a trade where the wages in the next couple of decades are going to go way up because there's going to be a technology play. There's going to be drones, there's going to be apps, there's going to be robotics up on the roof, and that's how it's going. This is a super exciting time to be in roofing and I'm not saying that just because I'm on the National Roofing Contract Association Board, although I do say that because being on the Board and being in the Roofing Alliance and being in the Roofing Technology Think Tank, I learn and see so much of what's coming in the future of roofing and it is a super exciting time.
I mean, if you’re listening to Reid Ribble, our COO, we're talking about advocating. We're going to have 600 roofing professionals show up in Washington on April 3rd and 4th. That is amazing. We are talking about certification, education. We're creating certifications for flat, for slope, for tile, for shingles, performance, for the roofing industry as a whole. The most exciting to me is that we're lifting communities by taking care of families and keeping them safe and dry and close to their sick kids when they need it the most. This is what our industry's doing and it's exciting. So, come join us, that's what I'd say.
Charles Antis is the founder and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing. See his full bio here.