October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of a disease that affects 1 in every 8 women in the United States. All over the country, companies like Antis Roofing & Waterproofing are showing their support for those affected by the disease and survivors of the disease, as well as to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer.
"One in eight women will be diagnosed each year, and even men can be affected by breast cancer, so I am fortunate enough to work for a company that takes time away from profit to the company to help to spread awareness and make a difference in the community." – Aaron Antis, Director of Sales
Antis Roofing & Waterproofing started honoring the month with good friends at Seabreeze Property Management Company, Inc. by visiting their offices in our festive pink hats! The former CEO of Seabreeze, Lisa Dale, is a breast cancer survivor, and in her honor we donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a cause Lisa is active with. Our suite at the Honda Center will be highlighting the Susan G. Komen Foundation all month, donating suite tickets for the foundation’s staff, volunteers and other stakeholders. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, founded in 1982, has transformed how the world treats and talks about breast cancer and has helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
Antis Roofing & Waterproofing employees support Breast Cancer Awareness month by sporting pink, which has long been the official color of the movement, across the company for the entire month of October! The Antis sales and marketing teams will be wearing pink while visiting customers and giving away our pink hats, and our techs will be in the field in pink hats all month to show their support.
"Breast Cancer has touched each and every one of us in some way, so it’s amazing to work for a company that supports the fight against this devastating disease and impacts the lives of those around us." – Cori Vernam, Marketing Manager
Together, we can fight a disease that has become the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 20-39 in the US.
Imagine uprooting your entire life to take a chance on yourself? That’s exactly what Joey Hernandez our new Account Executive has done. “I packed up and moved out to California with no job lined up and told myself I would just figure it out when I got there.” Originally from Phoenix, Arizona Joey spent his formative years working in his family’s janitorial company. From an early age, the backbreaking labor made him was aware that people live in different circumstances.
“All my friends at school had everything handed to them on silver platters, but if I wanted something, I had to work for it. I hated it as I was growing up, but as I got older, I realized that value of hard work and that if I want something, I have to work to get it.”
Upon arriving in California, Joey spent some time exploring what he wanted to do. After a brief stint working in a restaurant, he decided to get his resumes out to companies in other industries and it just so happens Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was one of those companies!
“I was interviewing with several companies and Antis stood out as soon as I walked in the office. It was vibrant, and seemed like people genuinely enjoyed being here.”
Joey found the interview process comfortable from the get-go. He felt an instant connection with our purpose and our professional and fun-loving team. To Joey, Antis stood out with its positive air of camaraderie. Not to mention his love of our sweet wrapped trucks!
Joey aims to bring excellent relationship building skills to his sales role. He knows that people prefer to do business with people they trust and enjoy being with, and Antis fits that mold. The hard work, dedication and joyful demeanor Joey radiates is not lost on us here at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing.
“At Antis, we’re all about relationships and doing the right thing. It was apparent that Joey values the same approach. In the short time he’s been here, Joey has impressed clients with his ability to focus on relationships and being a great partner. We’re proud to have him on our team!” - Karen Inman, President & COO
What is your advice for people interviewing at Antis?
Just be yourself!
What is an achievement you are most proud of?
Making this move happen! I had talked about it ever since I was a kid and knew that if I didn’t end up doing it, I would have regretted it. There was never going to be a perfect time to make it happen, so I just had wing it and hope for the best.
What's your ideal vacation destination?
Anywhere with a beach and good food!
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 have a new and raring-to-go Marketing Coordinator in our ranks. He is Angel Beltran, a charming, young, first generation Mexican American. He is also a first-generation college graduate who studied communication at California State University, San Bernardino.
Looking for a job at a company aligned with his own values Angel came across Antis Roofing & Waterproofing. Our community outreach work impressed him but he initially hesitated because frankly, we sounded too good to be true! However, “Once I met the ringleaders behind the show, and heard their passionate stories of why they do what they do in person – I was convinced that it would be a mistake not to join this wonderful, amazing team.”
Angel brings a wealth of diversity and knowledge. His prior experience includes internal PR at a global manufacturing company and he has been assistant to a financial advisor at a small company. Antis is right in his wheelhouse, not too small or not too big. Here he will be applying what he learned at both ends of the spectrum to strengthen our marketing initiatives.
Like us, Angel believes in the domino effect of kindness. He says (and we agree) that “when you plant the seed in someone to do good, then good will grow and flourish.” He also likes the fact that rather than limiting ourselves to a single cause or non-profit, we care for many organizations. Being a first-generation Mexican American, he was happy to discover in one of their earlier discussions that the leadership team admires and embeds Hispanic culture in the core foundation of the company.
On his first few days at Antis, Angel said that “just like a child with a new toy I couldn’t wait to rip the package open and see what this and that button would do. I had many ideas circling my creative brain that I wanted to rush into things.” However, as the roofing industry is still a new ball game to Angel, he has been taking things step by step in his first few months. He recently took part in two of our social good activities - the Orange County Ronald McDonald House 'Meals of Love' and the OC Food Bank 'Feeding Our Seniors'. Both events provided meals to people in need and Angel found it a gratifying experience.
Apart from staying engaged in social good activities, Angel is also looking forward to working hands-on at actual job sites. As the company grows, new creative ways of connecting with people are emerging. Angel aims to become a well-rounded marketer within the industry and turn innovative ideas into realities. Angel understands that Antis has a solid reputation that goes beyond business and he is looking forward to flying that flag.
Q&A with Angel:
Tell us something unique about yourself.
I spend a lot of time trying to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, and then I spend even more time trying to figure out why. As a marketer, I think it’s important to understand “the why,” the reason behind why people do things, the reason why certain trends are happening, and then decoding and implementing that into marketing strategies and campaigns that I am involved in.
Tell us of an achievement you are most proud of?
If I work hard enough – I can achieve anything I set my mind to. However, I am most proud of myself for not letting failures get me down. I continue to pursue my goals, both professionally and personally.
What's your ideal vacation destination?
I would love to eat my way through Europe – beginning in Spain, munch through France, then load up on carbs in Italy, and take a nap in Greece. The life!
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.
15 years ago, the Orangewood Foundation started the Samueli Academy, a project-based learning school designed to address the specific education needs of foster children and to increase classroom productivity. The school stresses real life problem solving, skills-based learning programs, and social capital. Now a thriving public charter school available to students in the community (in addition to foster students), Antis Roofing has an outstanding partnership with the school through an internship program that provides students with professional skills-based experiences with the company.
The true lifeblood of a company is its employees, which is why Antis committed to bringing on interns from this wonderful academy. We encourage everyone to learn from these inspiring interviews with these bright students. Following his internship, we sat down with rockstar high schooler, Aram Salgado.
Antis: Tell us about yourself, where did you grow up? Tell us about the Samueli Academy? How has it impacted your life?
Aram: I grew up in Santa Ana and am the youngest in a big family of six kids. Up until high school I went to public schools, until I was given the chance to try something different at Samueli Academy. At the Academy, I have a chance to challenge myself and grow as both a person and future professional.
The school changed my life by giving me the skills needed to succeed in the working world by offering classes such as Public Speaking and Engineering. I really like Engineering, which is a subject I’d never been exposed to before. Even if a student taking these classes does not pursue a career in engineering, there are still many help full concepts to be learned in the class such as problem solving, collaboration, and project management.
Antis: What attracted you about interning at Antis Roofing and Waterproofing? How has this internship prepare you for your future career goals?
Aram: At Samueli Academy, students participate in an internship during the summer of their junior year. So, I wanted to find an internship that would best suit my needs and interests. At the recommendation of the councilor, I checked out the Antis website and was really attracted to the fact that they worked so closely to Habitat for Humanity. So, I decided to sign up for an interview and one thing lead to the next, and now I just completed my internship.
Even in my short summer with the company, I learned valuable career skills like team participation, time management, and initiative ownership. It’s a great company and full of good people. This internship an incredible, authentic learning experience.
Antis: Walk us through what you did on your internship, what have you learned? Who did you work closely with and what did they teaching you? What skills have you learned at the Academy that you have used on your internship?
Aram: In the first few weeks, I completed a variety of projects for different departments, which gave me the opportunity to really understand how operating a business works. Ernie Basulto in Human Resources Department oversaw these first few projects, which exposed me to the human side of a company and what good management truly looks like. I came to really appreciate the way Antis looks after its employees and promotes community services.
After completing these HR projects, I worked with the production supervisor, Jose Vasquez, and organized the database of building warranties and permits. My work with the production team taught me the importance of taking the initiative and internal organization.
Finally, I volunteered with the company at a Habitat For Humanity build, where I assisted the construction workers by completing simple tasks. Overall these tasks taught me how to work independently and manage myself. This means budgeting your own time and following your instincts. Through the course of the internship, I brought skills from the Academy that helped me to succeed here. At the Academy I was thought to analyze any project or problem and see if there are any questions I have before I get started. This helped me really understand each project and allowed me to work at the best of my ability.
We're grateful to have the opportunity to work with wonderful, motivated students like Aram. He was an asset to our team and immediately picked up on our culture of giving.