Chamber Member Spotlight
Gillette Roofing LLC
Owner: Dave Gillette
Years in Business- 40
Years with Chamber- 5+
Residential Roofing – New roof installations, roofing repairs, skylights, insulation, gutters and small siding repairs.
Gillette Roofing LLC provides full service residential roofing work specializing in shingle and flat roofs, skylights, gutters, siding and repair work. To assist homeowners with energy efficiency, Gillette Roofing also specializes in the installation of blown-in attic insulation.
What would someone be surprised to learn about your business?
Dave Gillette first climbed up onto a roof at age 3! His father was a general contractor so growing up, Dave worked on home construction projects. After just four days at a factory position, as a teenager Dave realized he wasn’t cut out for an indoor job. He loved the being on rooftops. So after a few years working at another roofing company, Dave started Gillette Roofing. For 40 years, Gillette Roofing, LLC has been serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Secrets to your success:
Be honest. Being truthful with and respectful to customers, employees, the government, competitors and others is a foundation for success. It’s also important to have good people around you as part of your team, people who share your values, work hard and complement the skill set of your team.
Words of wisdom for entrepreneurs:
As business owners, we need to make money but it’s also important to make people happy. Sometimes homeowners call me because they think they need a new roof and after inspection, I tell them I think they have a few years life left in their roof. Not surprisingly, that really makes them happy but additionally, it builds their trust in me and that very often leads to more business.
Be humble and content with what you have. Don’t try to “keep up with the Joneses”. In business, it’s important to save for a rainy day. Unforeseen “storms” will come. Having the capital resources to weather the storm can mean your survival.
How has the Chamber helped you?
Professional trainings/seminars, accessibility, professionalism & networking.
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