When It Comes To Roofing, We've Got It Nailed!

--As told to Craig Schulin

Mastin's Roofing & Const.


April 22, 2009 12:35 am



EDUCATION: Spotsylvania High School and the "School of Hard Knocks."

FAMILY: Allison (wife), Jenni (daughter), Tyson (son, pictured above) and five beautiful, spoiled grandchildren.

CAREER HISTORY: I worked on farms as youth. After I married (at age 17) I spent a few years working with the railroad where I learned to weld. When the railroad laid me off I took a job at Rappahannock Roofing, where the owners, Dave Janney and Gary Ingalls, took the time to teach me quality roofing and the importance of taking pride in my work. It was my former boss Dillard Hamlett of Hamlett Concrete who encouraged me to go into business for myself.

FIRST JOB: Working for local farmers who lived close enough for me to walk to work.

WORST JOB: Working on a dairy farm. I wanted to be a farmer, but NOT a dairy farmer.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Spotsylvania County

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? From as far back as I remember I wanted to be a farmer. Of course, like most young boys I did have a grandiose dream of being a professional wrestler as well.

HOW DID YOU END UP OWNING MASTIN'S ROOFING? By 1983 I was doing roofing as a side job on weekends. My wife was selling real estate at the time and had many connections with local builders. She saved up enough money from her commissions to buy the tools I needed to get started, lined me up with a few contracts, and the rest is history. Despite everyone telling us we were crazy, we were determined to prove them wrong.

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST DECISION YOU'RE WRESTLING WITH? Like everyone else, we are struggling in this economy. Over the winter, we had to make the difficult decision to lay off a couple of employees for the first time in our 25-year history. We are blessed to have referrals from our customers, and we have been in business long enough to have repeat customers. Once the weather breaks, we look forward to putting these men back to work.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT IT? The fact that I now have the help of my son, who went to work for the business right out of high school. Having him to rely on frees me up to do things I wasn't able to do in the past. He is more open to new ideas and technology, and is able to handle some of the things I just don't like dealing with.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? My family, particularly my wife. She has stood behind me during those rough times when we didn't know where the next dollar was coming from. She runs the administrative side of our business pretty much single-handedly, sometimes with a grandchild on her lap.

WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO? Anyone can achieve their goals if they are willing to work hard and take a few chances. Save some and enjoy some--you can't take it with you when you go.

FaVORITE BOOK:  I don't do alot of reading but Would recommend the bible as a guidebook to just about anything.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT THE BUSINESS CLIMATE HERE? Even during these hard economic times there is still some growth in the area.

WHAT'S THE WORST? I think every reputable, licensed contractor will answer this the same way: having to compete in pricing with those who don't play by the same rules--those who work with no license or insurance or don't pay taxes, so can therefore undercut costs.

WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS LEADER YOU KNOW? WHY? Locally I would have to say Hugh Cosner (former Spotsylvania supervisor) and Billy Middleton (Charles-ton Home Builders). Both are financial geniuses in my opinion, very down-to-earth, and have provided jobs and opportunity to many people in our area.

WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR? Dillard "Buddy" Hamlett of Hamlett Concrete. I learned more from Buddy about running a business than anyone.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? Fox hunt--we compete in judged field trails. I also enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and working with our horses.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER GOALS? To reach a point where I can turn the day-to-day operations over to the kids so that my wife and I can devote more time to doing some of the things we missed out on when we started the business--and I can finally fulfill my dream of doing some farming!


--As told to Craig Schulin



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We will gladly provide all prospective clients with an extensive list of references that they may contact. 
Below are just a few comments received as feedback from clients. 

Upon request we will also provide addresses of completed projects for your personal inspection as well.

Thanks for sticking with us through the insurance company hassles.  Our new roof looks better than we imagined and we were surprised at how quickly and professionally you were able to get the job done.
Mary E.
Partlow, Va.

I can not express how I appreciate you taking care of my problem in such a timely manner.  I realize that it was a challenge attempting to fix someone elses "mess up" but you did a great job.  I will be recommending you to all of my friends, neighbors, and family.
Lois R.
Ruther Glen, Va.

Wow! Our yard looked better when you left than before you arrived! We were amazed at how you were able to remove our roof yet not damage a single shrub and clean up so throughly afterwards! We are very pleased with our new roof!
Mary M.,
Spotsylvania Va.

You guys went above and beyond! Thanks so much for your patience.  We couldn't be happier with our new roofing and gutters!
Janet L.
Fredericksburg, Va.


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