Meet the Roofing101 Team

Sales Team

Colby Adkins - Sales Manager

Smithville, MO

Colby Adkins - Sales Manager

Colby has been in the roofing industry since 2007. He started from the very bottom as a roof laborer for 3 1/2 years, and swiftly moved into a Production Manager role for 4 years. He is now a  certified shingle installer with all 3 major shingle manufacturer’s Owens Corning, GAF and CertainTeed. He is also a certified installer of Hardy concrete board siding and a certified VSI install from the Vinyl Siding institute. Colby has been employed with Roofing 101 since 2014. His day to day duties includes roof inspections, meeting with multiple homeowners, consulting with them on their home improvement needs, working with our production manager and coordinator and working on various computer spreadsheets and meeting with insurance adjusters. his favorite part of his position is that every day is different. Different Homeowners, situations, helping people improve their home and helping through insurance process.

Colby’s number one passion is family, spending time with them, coaching his kids numerous sports throughout the year. His other passion is bow hunting. “There is nothing like sitting in the woods in your stand looking at what God has created and being able to enjoy his beauty and the rush you get when a big white tail comes by and that adrenaline that flows in your veins.”

Jeremiah Wynn - Roof Consultant

Kansas City, MO

Jeremiah Wynn - Roof Consultant

Jeremiah’s past work experience includes being a foreman for JC Reclaimed Timber as well as an installer for Carpenters/Floor layers L.U. He has his OSHA -10 training and has been with Roofing 101 team for over a year. Jeremiah works closely with our subcontractors, enforces job safety, meets homeowners, schedules workers, addresses client concerns, collects payments, final inspections, and MUCH more.

His favorite part about working with Dessert is that every job and day is different – “you never know what is ahead!”  In his free time, he enjoys spending time and relaxing with his family.

Michael Jones - Roof Consultant

Smithville, MO

Michael Jones - Roof Consultant

Mike brings over 5 years of his expertise in roofing and remodeling to the Roofing 101 team. He also has a background in outside sales, which has given him the ability to meet with homeowners and build a lasting relationship throughout the restoration process.

On a day to day Mike is helping his customers find the right options for them while providing Excellent Customer Service and making them feel at home with our company. He enjoys being able to help his customers in any way he can and working with a good group of guys on our team. In his spare time Mike enjoys coaching little league baseball, fishing/camping with his family and riding 4 wheelers.

Austin Alefs - Roof Consultant

Austin Alefs - Roof Consultant

Why did you decide to join Roofing 101?
I chose Roofing101 because I feel it has a great family atmosphere, I also wanted something that I did not have to sit behind a desk and work every single weekend.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
I previously was working as finance manager with Harley-Davidson motor company.

Before joining the team what, was your favorite job and why?

My favorite position before joining this team was definitely with Harley Davidson. I enjoyed it because I was an avid rider myself and really love the industry.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?

I think the biggest Development has been our training I think the sales system in place is amazing.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
Fun-Fair-Flexible

Favorite Quote?
“ it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog

Justin Moody - Roof Consultant

Justin Moody - Roof Consultant

Why did you decide to join Roofing101?
I was looking for a way out of large corporations. The monotony and reluctance to adapt to the world wasn’t a good fit for me.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
I was a Route Sales Rep for Schwann, and before that I was a supervisor at a call center.

Before joining the team what was your favorite job and why?
Nonconformance Composite Repair Technician.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?
It’s allowed me to be a part of company growth, and live in a low pressure sales world.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
Transparent, Enjoyable and Growing

Favorite Quote?
House work can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

Thomas Brown - Roof Consultant

Thomas Brown - Roof Consultant

Why did you decide to join Roofing101?
I was looking for job in Kansas City after leaving amazon

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
I was an area manager for Amazon.

Before joinng the team what was your favorite job and why?
I didn’t have one. I liked working at amazon and what I did but didn’t like the people and environment.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?
Well I wanted improve my communication skills and become more organized. Roofing 101 gives me the opportunity to do both. With the ability to earn through hard work.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
Hard-working family environment

Favorite Quote?

Those willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither .

Vince Bertucci - Roof Consultant

Vince Bertucci - Roof Consultant

Why did you decide to join Roofing101?
– i was unhappy in my last position and really needed a change for the better.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
– i worked for a building supply company

Before joinng the team what was your favorite job and why?
– favorite job was working for critter control.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?
– it has helped me understand this isn’t just a sales job, it’s a job where we we go out and help people.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
– honest, trustworthy, fun

Matt Lerner

Kansas City, MO

Matt Lerner

Prior to joining Roofing 101, our production manager Matt was a recruiter and project manager for Nebraska Aluminum Castings Inc. who manufacture custom aluminum castings in the Midwest.  He also worked with College Works Painting for several summers during college and this training allowed him to transition into the role of our new production manager. Matt is proud he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which has nothing to do with karate instead it is a system that focuses on reducing defects and eliminating waste by streamlining production processes.

On a day to day basis Matt is working side by side with our roof consultants, assisting in meeting with homeowners to adjust any additional work or issues if they arise. Material audits and add-ons or returns are also a part of the job as well as working with supply companies and all crews to insure all work is complete and the homeowners are satisfied.

What Matt enjoys most about his role with the company is he likes being out in the field with his hands full, interacting with the production crews and our customers. He also admires how each member helps out one another and the like-minded mindset we have and constantly are pushing each other to the next phase.

Outside of his role with Roofing 101 Matt is active. Playing outside sports, CrossFit, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and playing with his dog are some of his favorite activities to do. He also volunteers and helps kids through programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters and wheelchair sports camps.

Production Team

Robbie McDaniel - Production Manager

Robbie McDaniel - Production Manager

Why did you decide to join Roofing 101?
The opportunity for unlimited growth. Graham, the owner truly cares about his employees.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
I was a union pipe fitter and operator for Infrasource.

Before joining the team what, was your favorite job and why?
Fry and Associates, I was the installation division manager where we installed commercial park equipment. I was able to explore my inner child and test every playground I ever built.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?The endless training and education provided by the company.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
Integrity, Quality, and Family

Favorite Quote?
Winning isn’t everything

Favorite Sports Team?
Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals

Office Team

Hillary Thompson - Accounts Receivable

Leavenworth, KS

Hillary Thompson - Accounts Receivable

Hillary joins us at Roofing 101 after working several years as an assistant and in the customer service industry before becoming our Accounts Receivable go-to.  Before September when she joined us,  she worked side by side in a veterinary clinic for 5 years as an administrative assistant which allowed her to gain customer service experience and work with many different people and backgrounds. Her extensive experience in phone inquiries allows her to be an independent force within our team. Hillary’s enthusiastic attitude pushes the increase work productivity in all members of Roofing 101 and we are thrilled to have her with us!

Monitoring all of our incoming jobs, all work involved, and any changes in our Accounts Receivable or production for both locations are what she specializes in. Daily she is reaching out to homeowners and Insurance companies in order to collect payments and properly make sure the monies are going where they need to.  What she likes most about her job is finding new problems to tackle, speaking with people and learning more about her role every day.

On any off time Hillary can be found working out, listening to tunes, cooking and meal prepping and spending time with her family.

Rinnie Reed - Business Developer

Plattsburg, MO

Rinnie Reed - Business Developer

Why did you decide to join Roofing101?
I wanted to move to a company that allowed me to be home with my family every night but also gave me a chance to be apart of something greater than myself with a culture that focused on improving lives of others and invested in their employees.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
I was a Project Engineer at an Employee Owned Company in Springfield, MO

Before joinng the team what was your favorite job and why?
I loved every position I held at my last company because as an Employee Owner you were taught to think and act like an Owner , it truly developed me into who I am today professionally.

How has Roofing 101 helped you in your career development?
Roofing101 has allowed me to learn a work/home life balance that I have always struggled with previously.

3 words to describe Roofing 101?
Quality – Gratitude- Integrity

Favorite Quote?
You create your own destiny, you’re the only one that can ensure its great.

Favorite Sports Team?
KC Chiefs BABYYYY!

Kris O'Leary - Controller/Human Resources Manager

Kris O'Leary - Controller/Human Resources Manager

Why did you decide to join Roofing101?
I was consulting with Roofing101 for about a year before officially joining the team. When the opportunity arose to join the team I jumped at it because I love the people, the culture, and the vision of the owner.

What were you doing previously to joining the Roofing101 team?
Prior to joining Roofing101 I was consulting with several clients through my own business.

Before joining the team what was your favorite job and why?
Prior to joining the team my favorite job was consulting. I enjoyed working with multiple clients in various industries.

How has Roofing101 helped you in your career development?
Roofing101 cares about it’s employees and and provides resources and training in order to help you meet both professional and personal goals.

3 words to describe Roofing101?
It’s in our logo, Quality, Integrity, Gratitude.

Favorite Quote?
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Executive

Graham Dessert - Owner

Colorado Springs, CO

Graham Dessert - Owner

Graham grew up in a large, military family that moved to the Leavenworth area in 1993. He graduated from Immaculata High School in 1998 and played four years of college football at both Simpson College in Iowa and University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. Graham graduated from Saint Mary with a Bachelors Degree in Business and History in 2008. Graham is married with five children and resides in Leavenworth.

“What I like about this part of the country is that it is a great place to raise a family. I come from a large family of ten children and have five of my own, so living in a good community with great people is very important to me”, says Graham. “I view the home as a safe haven for a family. I feel that way about my own home and that’s how I see it for my customers. And for that home to be truly safe, it must be strong, resilient, and endure harsh conditions. It needs the proper protection. This is my motivation for Roofing 101.”

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