David Drowty

David Drowty: A Professional Priority

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ARBUCKLE — When David Drowty started working as a roofer in his late 20s, he thought he was just getting into a trade, but it was actually the beginning of something bigger. “Initially, I saw roofing as just another job—a step up from my prior job working at Costco, but nothing particularly life-changing,” he recounts. “However, I ended up developing a real passion for both the work itself and the customer service side. I also began to develop a vision for starting my own roofing company. I’d worked with a lot of different contractors, and in most cases I felt I could do a better job taking care of customers. Finally, after five years in the industry, I took the steps to get my license and start my own business.”

Today, as owner of Top Priority Roofing, Inc., David says his favorite part of his job is its daily challenges. “I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, and with roofing, you encounter them on virtually every job. It feels really good each time we’re able to overcome a challenge and get the job done for the client.”

When he’s not working, David spends most of his free time with his two young sons. “We enjoy spending time together, whether we’re going to the park, watching sports or barbecuing in the backyard. We also like taking road trips to places like Fort Bragg and Yosemite, and just having little adventures.”

In regard to his professional career, David says his business philosophy can be summed up in one word: integrity. “That’s what it’s all about—keeping my word, being responsive to customers, and seeing that the job gets done correctly and on time. That’s my mission with every client I serve, and so far it has been very successful. Just about every job I’ve done has come from a referral, and we get a lot of positive customer reviews. These are the kinds of things that make running a business very rewarding.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, David says he would travel more. “I love to travel, but when you run a business, it can be hard to get away. My boys and I do a lot of short road trips, but if I were to retire, I would expand the range of our travels to an international scale.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?

A: I played football, baseball and basketball.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Japan.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

A: The past. Knowing what I know now, I would definitely do some things differently. For one, I’d get into roofing earlier.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas.