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Paul Proctor is chairman and CEO of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (408) 626-9320 or by email.

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Paul Proctor: No Regrets

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CAMPBELL – After spending several years working in the corporate world, Paul Proctor had become accustomed to living out of a suitcase. It wasn’t until after he started a family, however, that he began to sense the need for a change. “I was constantly traveling for work,” he recalls. “My daughter was in the first grade, but I couldn’t have even told you where her school was because I was always gone. I decided this wasn’t the way I wanted to raise my children, so I began thinking about a career change that would allow me to be around more.”

Following much consideration, Paul decided his best option would be to fall back on a trade he’d learned in his youth. “My father was a roofing inspector, and I’d worked for him when I was a teenager,” he explains. “I figured it made more sense to get back into something I knew rather than jump into an entirely new industry, so I went to work for a local roofing company.” Later, Paul partnered with a co-worker to open an independent roofing business before eventually splitting off to found his own company, R E Roofing and Construction, Inc., in 1996.

More than 25 years later, Paul has no regrets about his career transition. “Getting back into roofing was the best decision I could’ve made, both personally and for my family,” he says. In addition to having a more flexible schedule, Paul has enjoyed passing his father’s trade to the next generation. “Both my sons, Yale and Miles, work for me, so it has become a real family business. I don’t know what it is about this industry, but we all love what we do. I think it must be in our blood!”

Paul was born and raised outside of Chicago, but he eventually migrated west to the South Bay Area, where he resides today with his wife, Jodie. Having experienced his share of frigid Illinois winters, Paul says he appreciates the comparably temperate climate of Northern California. “Regardless of the season, you can still get out and play a game of golf, which is not something you can say about many other areas of the country.”

Outside of work, Paul likes to stay mentally and physically active. “I’ve always enjoyed reading, which is how I spend most evenings,” he says. “I also spend about five hours a week at the gym, and I love to play golf with family and friends.” In addition to being an avid reader, Paul is currently composing his own novel—a work of crime fiction.

In regard to a personal motto, Paul says the adage “never stop moving” perfectly applies to his life. “Many people descend into poor health as they get older. Fortunately, we now know a lot more about how to stay healthy and fit as we age. That’s why I spend plenty of time at the gym—I want to stay on my own two legs for as long as possible!”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Paul says he’d invest more time into working on his novel. “It takes a lot of time. I currently try to write 800 words every day, so I think I would increase my quota if I had a little more time to spare.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite book genre?
A: Crime thrillers.

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Fall. While the leaves aren’t quite as glorious here as they are in the Midwest, the temperature is much more amiable. It’s a wonderful time of year to throw on a sweatshirt and enjoy a walk outside.

Q: What do you like on your pizza?
A: Pepperoni—good pepperoni.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Over the years, my wife and I have amassed a somewhat eclectic art collection. We have African art in our kitchen, a couple De La Nuez paintings in the living room and some pieces by an unknown French artist that I acquired in exchange for work.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving.

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The Truth About Subcontractors

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CAMPBELL — These days, the term “subcontractor” often carries negative connotations. That’s why most people believe it’s best to hire someone who doesn’t use subcontractors and instead keeps all the work in-house. But is there any substance to this belief? Consider the… Read more

The Benefits of a Whole House Fan

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CAMPBELL — Roofing companies are always looking for ways to help homeowners conserve on energy, whether by upgrading attic insulation or augmenting roof ventilation. While installing additional air vents can improve home ventilation, another way to do this is by installing… Read more

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CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you'd like to conserve energy in your home, you'll want to consider a whole house fan. Today, we're in Campbell with… Read more

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.

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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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How to Prevent Concrete Cracks

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CITRUS HEIGHTS — Many homeowners like to tackle their own concrete projects, whether that means installing a patio cover or renovating a driveway. Laying concrete may seem like a simple task, but there are certain aspects that can complicate the process.… Read more

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CITRUS HEIGHTS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When laying concrete during a home project, one of the most common problems is cracks forming in your concrete. Today we’re… Read more

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