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Aaron Weiss is a 31-year veteran of the roofing industry and owner of Roofmasters / Bird Control Services, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 200-1301 or by email.

Aaron Weiss

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Aaron Weiss: Roof Master

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SUISUN CITY — With a name like Roofmasters, a business has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, owner Aaron Weiss has the professional background and expertise to back up his company’s moniker. “I’ve been in roofing my whole life,” he says. “Straight out of high school, I started working for my family’s roofing company in Richmond. Roofing always seemed like a good trade, and since I had the added support of my family, I saw a lot of opportunity to succeed. After working for the family business for several years, my brother and I branched off and started our own company in Solano County.”

Today, as owner of Roofmasters / Bird Control Services, Aaron says his favorite part of his job is interacting with customers. “I really enjoy helping people who are having issues with their roofs and providing them with quality service. It’s always rewarding.” He also explains how his company’s specialization in bird control has enabled it to stand out amongst the competition. “A common roof issue is damage caused by birds, so we decided to get into bird abatement, which includes techniques like putting up netting and chemical application. We had really good results when we first introduced it, and now it’s a big part of our business.”

A lifetime resident of the Bay Area, Aaron says it’s an ideal environment for someone in his line of work. “The weather in the Bay Area makes it a great place for roofing. You don’t have to deal with some of the bigger weather patterns that you would in other regions, so we’re pretty lucky in that way.”

Outside of work, Aaron spends most of his time with his wife, Wendy, and their six children. “Wendy and I each have two adult children, and then we have a 1-year-old and a 2-month-old together,” he explains. “Basically, we’ve started all over again! We really enjoy taking the little ones places and sharing new experiences with them.” Aaron also likes activities like camping, following professional sports and performing home remodeling projects. “In addition to working on my own house, I do a lot of remolding projects for friends and family, which is very rewarding.”

In his life and career, Aaron espouses the wisdom of the age-old golden rule. “It’s all about treating people the way you’d want to be treated,” he affirms. “At the end of each day, I like to go to bed knowing I did my best and treated my colleagues and clients in an honest, respectful way.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Aaron says he’d employ his building know-how to construct a mountain hideaway. “I would build a cabin in the mountains. That way, whenever I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, I’d have a place to retreat.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Fall—I like the wind-down from summer into preparing for the holidays.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably Germany. I’m part German, and I’d like to see some of the castles and other architectural features they have.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird, but not by choice!

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played football as a defensive tackle.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving—it revolves around family, but you don’t have all the commercialism that clutters a lot of the other holidays.

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Gary Kluck is a veteran of the home improvement industry and CEO of Quality First Home Improvement, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (877) 297-8594 or by email.

Gary Kluck

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Gary Kluck: On the Upbeat

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CITRUS HEIGHTS – Gary Kluck has a lot on his plate. Between managing a home improvement company with more than 180 employees to singlehandedly running a household, it’s easy to think the stress might get to him now and then. However, Gary says maintaining a positive outlook goes a long way toward achieving both inner peace and outward success. “I’m a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy. I have a very upbeat personality, so when I do get stressed, I just stay calm and look at the positives of the situation, and pretty soon I’m back to normal.”

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Gary got his start in the construction industry at an early age. “I began working for my father when I was about 12 years old,” he remembers. “He was in home improvement and did a lot of concrete work and rough framing. I started out doing mostly grunt work, but I continued to learn and develop my skills, and I’ve been immersed in it ever since.”

Gary’s westward migration began in the early 1980s and included a five-year stint working in Colorado before he eventually reached Northern California. When the company he had been working for went bankrupt following a change of ownership, Gary reached out for advice on his next move. “I called the original owner of the business and asked him what I should do next,” he recalls. “He said, ‘Go do your own thing.’ I took his advice and started my own company, and it was the best decision I ever made.” Today, nearly a decade later, Quality First Home Improvement, Inc. is going strong with Gary at the helm.

In addition to running a business, Gary is employed as a full-time father and homemaker, raising his youngest of four daughters while his wife, Tamara, is pursuing her own career out-of-state. “A few years back, my wife decided to go to medical school to become a physician,” he explains. “She’s actually in Pennsylvania doing her residency right now, so I’m kind of like Mr. Mom for the next couple years.” Though his responsibilities keep him busy, Gary does find time to play golf with his friends on a regular basis. He also takes advantage of the occasional opportunity to get away from it all. “We have a cabin up at Eagle Lake, and we like to go out there to do some boating and fishing and just enjoy the peacefulness of nature.”

Gary attributes much of his personal and professional success to the power of positive thinking. “We attract what we think and feel, so it’s important to feel great and think great,” he says. “That’s what I tell all my employees, and it’s really how I built the company. When we started, there were four of us; now, there are 181. By putting out positive energy, we’ve been able to attract positive people who want to do good things.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Green Bay Packers.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: Digging up worms in the garden when I was three or four years old.

Q: Do you do any celebrity impersonations?
A: I used to do a pretty good Humphrey Bogart, but it’s been a while.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Playing basketball. I could really jump—as a 6’1” forward, I could out-jump our 6’4” center!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sit by the fire.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

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