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In the modern age where efficiency and precision take precedence, technological advances are paramount to keep not just businesses relevant, but the industries that they serve. Technology is not just software or innovative apps that bring the world to the fingertips of the consumer. It is also using services and software solutions to increase productivity of a company and its employees. To its detriment, roofing is a very traditional industry and as such, many roofing companies are slow to adapt new technology.
Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) is on the forefront of researching, developing and engaging those in the roofing community to find innovative technology solutions to be used within the roofing industry. The organization encourages contractors to embrace technology to scale their business. In the spirit of RT3, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing aims to use current and future technologies to stay on the forefront of these improvements, incorporating new technologies into best practices and attracting and retaining the next generation of roofing professionals.
• Aerial Imaging – Aerial imaging advancements are the new movers and shakers in the roofing tech business. With aerial imaging capture, property measurement reports are created to assist roofers in their build by providing 3D detailed diagrams of a project. By using property measurement reports and aerial imaging to their advantage, residential and commercial roofing contractors can increase sales closing rates, improve production planning, increase profitability through time savings, obtain more precise material ordering, and have a better understanding of the risks involved with each roof layout. As this technology progresses, it is likely that the imaging quality will only improve, allowing roofers more visibility into the task at hand. It is also likely that larger aerial imaging firms will not be the only ones able to produce such high-resolution images, as drone technology will bring the power of sight to roofing companies both small and large.
• CRM Technology – In any service industry, customers are key however when businesses begin to scale, keeping track of those customers is another matter. Enter Customer Relationship Managers (CRM), a software system designed specifically to track and manage customers. Breaking down the entire process from initial calls to completion, CRM is a way to log each customer interaction. Using CRM, roofing companies can see how many jobs they have, monitor job progress, the costs associated with each job, and the number of customers being serviced. Essentially, CRM streamlines the business in such a way that it saves time for roofing companies while also reducing the margin of error, as there are fewer forgotten follow ups, fewer jobs not completed on time, fewer payments left uncollected and a stronger ability to track the functionality of each job.
• Mobile Technology – In today’s world, people are constantly attached to their mobile devices, using it as a source of entertainment, learning, and business. The mobile space for roofing companies is not immune to this phenomenon. Mobile technology allows contractors to connect instantly with roofers in the field, ensuring the best and most time-sensitive decisions can be made by the foreman, thus reducing the margin of error which can cost a business significantly. The use of this on-the-go technology can also help attract and retain new customers, which makes it a vital new technology in the roofing business. Many clients want to see what a finished project will look like, as well as the different options they have for materials, design and cost along the way. By using mobile tablets on the job site, customers can make fast decisions by showing them all their options on the spot. While Antis primarily uses work order information and documentation, including photos, to plan builds with our commercial clients, mobile tablets are worth a mention as they permeate the residential roofing market in its current state.
• Building Information Modeling – Building Information Modeling (BIM) uses computer programming to create a digital representation of a physical building, before a roofer begins to work on the project. The digital programming allows the owner or building manager to make reliable decisions during the construction process by providing cost and timing information, ensuring projects stay on target for completion. Once the structure is completed, these BIM programs can provide timely notices and schedules for maintenance and repair, as well as budget projections for costs to maintain the facility. This tool is essential for roofers as they partner with other contractors in the erection of a new structure.
As the above technologies continue to advance, improving effectiveness and efficiency in the roofing industry, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing will stay on the forefront of these improvements, incorporating new technologies into best practices. Moreover, by hiring the best minds, retaining quality employees and forging relationships with vanguards like RT3, Antis hopes to inspire the future of roofing technology. As history has shown, those closest to the field are apt to make the most change!
About Antis Roofing & Waterproofing: Founded in 1989, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing is a fully licensed, bonded and insured provider of roofing, waterproofing and decking services for homeowner’s associations and multi-family residential communities that operates in operates in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Utilizing innovative technology, comprehensive photo-documentation systems and the industry’s most experienced technicians, Antis has built its reputable brand on superior workmanship, honesty and transparency. With 80 employees, Antis has served Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties for more than 28 years. Antis is not only one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry, but also a respected leader in community philanthropy. For more information, visit www.antisroofing.com
We sat down with Aaron Antis, Director of Sales to talk all things...rain!
Q: Are we expected to have rains this year like we did last year?
Aaron Antis: What I have read indicates that we are likely to have a cooler than normal winter and an above average rainy season. My feeling is we “balanced out” of our 7-year drought and returned to normal rainfall. Home owner’s associations (HOAs) would do well to realize that last season’s rains were probably not a single event. The indicators suggest that it’s better to be prepared.
Q: When do we usually get the first rain in OC? IE? LA?
AA: The rainfall comes at about the same time for all 3 counties. We can usually bank on some rain in October, although sometime it comes earlier as happened last year. It is hard to predict, but associations should always prepare for the worst-case scenario and managers can educate their boards.
Q: Why should we schedule a roof maintenance now? (Infers September/October)
AA: Checking for leaks needs to happen when it’s still dry to ensure that waterproofing companies complete maintenance work in time. Those that try to wait until the last minute in October often are waiting with hundreds of other associations for the same service.
Q: What does a maintenance cover?
AA: A roof maintenance addresses all visible voids and openings on a roofing system (and often extends to other roof integrated and accessible systems like stucco and chimneys). We review and repair any broken tiles and shingles, slipped tiles, open pipe penetrations, open z-bar flashing, and openings at gravel guard joints.
Q: If I am an existing customer, are you sending me something?
AA: If you have worked with, or requested a proposal from Antis in the past few years, you will receive a proactive proposal detailing out the items that need to be addressed in a maintenance or cleaning. Antis takes our role as community informants seriously and we like to get our customers the information in timely manner.
Q: If I am a new customer, how do I get a proposal?
AA: I recommend you contact our office. Our customer service department will gather the necessary information to provide you with a proposal, and your designated account representative will reach out to discuss recommendations.
Q: What if my board is very cautious about spending money but the roofs are old? What is the worst that can happen?
AA: The worst case scenario can vary from community to community. At minimum, we recommend an association be inspected so the board can be made aware. This will protect managers and board members from accusations of negligence. Our proposal puts the information in front of you so the association can make informed decisions.
For any questions or enquiries feel free to call us on (949) 461-9222.
Given the 2017 first place in Community Involvement Award at the international Roofing Expo, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing is helping the community through their reliable services. Not only do they provide services but they also serve as leaders in the Orange County community by working with organizations such as Habitat OC and the Ronald McDonald House BOD. Charles Antis and Karen Inman join us on Critical Mass to talk more about Antis and how they’re working to give back to the community and why they value it.
Ally Antis is our wellbeing guru! She is helping Antis employees find their center in her role as Corporate Yoga Instructor. Ally is also daughter of our Founder and CEO, Charles Antis! We sat down with Ally to learn more about her childhood (which is amazing), journey through yoga, her work helping others and how she hopes to impact the world.
Tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?
My name is Alexandra Tiare Antis and I grew up in beautiful southern California. My childhood was filled with many adventures, from building sand castles on the beach to visiting third world countries with my family. I attended a public school in Mission Viejo called Capo Valley High school, which is in the top 2.5% of US high schools.
Tell us about your dad and what you've seen him go through as a business owner?
My dad has always worked hard to have a stable and successful business. Even when times were tough, I remember him persevering and always looking for the next step. He definitely had his ups and downs with the company, but always went through it with an optimistic attitude. As a child through to now, I watched him turn his business into his dream job.
What do you think about the company's take on doing what's best for people?
If you’re always giving back to the people and community, then only good karma can come back your way. This company is transforming lives because it is based on giving back to the community and its employees.
How has the company impacted your life's purpose?
This company has given me a positive outlook on life. It reminds me you can achieve anything you set your mind to by living your life with a positive attitude and persevering through the hard times.
How did you get into yoga? Where did you learn about yoga?
I got into yoga when I was fifteen years old after suffering a knee injury. Before yoga, I would run miles without stretching. I was in physical therapy for three months until someone introduced me to yoga class. After my first class, I was hooked. About a year after practicing yoga, I became a certified yoga instructor at 16 years old. Yoga has taught me to live a happy and authentic life. Yoga holds a very special place in my heart and has molded me into the young women I am today.
You have been Corporate Yoga Instructor at Antis for some time now, how did that come together? How long have you been running sessions?
After completing my 200-hour Life power yoga teacher training, I needed somewhere to teach and begin my yoga career. I talked about it with my dad and we came across corporate yoga. He then gave me the opportunity to teach yoga at Antis campus, in the creative space. I have been teaching yoga at Antis for over two years now.
Thinking back on when you first started running the sessions, how did Antis employees react to yoga?
Yoga is typically taught at a yoga studio or fitness club; but not normally in an office space. In the beginning the employees seemed a little hesitant, but soon after they began to enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Was it difficult to get people to take part?
It was a little bit challenging. Social media updates/posts encouraged many employees to come.
Bringing everything to present day, have you found an improvement in the wellbeing of staff?
I believe yoga helped created a positive energy and brought employees closer.
What does wellness mean to you?
In my own words, wellness means to be happy with yourself and to live a purposeful life driven by love and the connections you have with others.
Should companies explore different ways of increasing the physical and mental wellness of their employees?
Yes, they should. Increasing employee’s well-being will help create a better culture at other businesses.
You have also been involved in Habitat home and international builds, can you tell us more about these?
I did my first global village build when I was 14 years old with my dad and brother. This build was in Mongolia, a very beautiful third world country. This global village build gave me a new perspective on life and left me filled with gratitude. A couple years later, when I was 17 years old, I did another global village build in Macedonia. Taking the step to go on this build alone at such a young age helped ease me into adulthood. I went in with no expectations and came out a new person. I met some amazing people through habitat for humanity that I keep in touch with today. Some of the habitat staff even comes to the office to enjoy a yoga class at Antis campus.
How have these builds shaped your life experiences? Can you share a story or experience?
Going on these builds at such a young age helped shape me into the person I am today. In Mongolia, when we were done building the family’s home, the family was filled with so much gratitude and love. I can still remember the smile on the families face when we gave them the key to their new home. Seeing their reaction changed me to know when people come together, they can make such an impact on someone else’s life. It helped me discover that I love helping others.
Do you think the journey to building a home is as important as the end result?
Yes, I believe the journey is the most important part. You start out working with strangers and come out with lifelong friends. Because of the experiences you share together, the relationships you make on the builds are never lost.
How have these experiences prepared you for your life's journey?
These experiences help better prepare me for my life journey by showing me the secret to life, which is to give back to your community. When you give your time and effort to a community, you leave a more better fulfilled person.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
Visit all the seven wonders of the world, teach yoga out of the country, do more third world humanitarian builds.
The Boys and Girls Club of America is a world-renowned organization that changes millions of lives through programs that teach children and teens valuable skills and provide structured after-school support. This week’s community partner of the week, Rachelle Gillerman, serves as the Director of Resource Development and Marketing for the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove.
To expand youth education and mentoring programs across the country, the organization partners with private companies that value the importance of youth mentorship and passing on a sense of community to the younger generation. Antis works closely with Rachelle and other members of the organization’s Garden Grove location to impact the lives of aspiring youth, a mission that Antis also incorporates into its employment model and employee mentorship opportunities. Beyond supporting mentorship programs, Antis repaired Club roofs without charge, showcasing the potential of skills-based companies to address real problems within communities. President and COO, Karen Inman said, “We try to help as many non-profits as possible each year with our roof repair services to keep non-profits safe and dry. We also review bids and proposals non-profits have secured for best practices for those organizations that are in need of a full roof replacement.”
One of Antis’ outstanding employees, Fernando Torres, was a member of the Boys and Girls Club as a child and feels strongly about giving back to the organization through Antis’ partnership.
“Just like school and this company, the club guided me on how to make good life decisions. I joined the club when I was in elementary school down in Santa Ana. It provided me with crucial guidance on how to manage my time, act on compassion, and develop a sense of self-worth, all of which were skill sets I might not have developed otherwise.”
Many of the kids in Boys and Girls Club programs need a safe space when school is not in session. Fernando shared, “The Boys and Girls Club provided a home for my childhood.”
IN CONVERSATION WITH RACHELLE
Please tell us about the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove is a non-profit organization that serves 6,500 youth and teens – ages 24 months to 18 years of age – a day across 18 communities, surmounting to 17,000 individuals a year. We enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens with a focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. We address the needs of the whole child through our Family Strengthening Division, which includes Early Learning Programs such as our Family Campus Preschool and Prevention and our intervention programs that provide access for children’s health, education and support programs through community resources.
How did you discover Antis Roofing and Waterproofing and how has the relationship between your organizations progressed?
I was attending an AFP luncheon and happened to engage in a brief conversation with Charles Antis during the reception, not realizing at the time that Charles was a member of the presenting panel. After listening to him speak, I was interested in working with his company; so, I approached Charles with a request to inspect the roof at one of our sites. Upon his arrival, he informed our CEO and myself that he wanted to bring in other partners to help repair the roof at no cost to the Club. Charles has a personal interest in our cause, continues to be involved in the daily communication, and shows a constant willingness to help, which is truly appreciated.
How has Antis’ work positively impacted your organization?
Whenever there are heavy rains, our biggest concern is that we will have to close parts of our buildings which will inevitably displace hundreds of club members. Just this past season, we reached out to Antis as there were several leaks that were continuing to worsen. Within 24 hours, Antis had two inspectors at the site to evaluate the damage. They made the repairs on the spot and even loaned us a tarp for areas that could not be repaired immediately. It was clear while hearing Charles speak, and through the company’s actions, that they value community service and work to the best of their ability to provide excellent and immediate service at a fair rate. I continue to be pleasantly surprised when Antis agrees to work with us and make every effort to collaborate with other partners to do the work at no cost if possible.
What role do you see the company playing in the growth of the Boys and Girls Club in the future?
I hope that more organizations will take note of the work Antis is doing for nonprofits. My goal is to continue our partnership even if we don’t have roof repair needs, as there are many opportunities to collaborate on joint community service projects in our growing community. This is a company with heart and with values that reflect in their professionalism and service!