When I graduated from Kennedy High in Bellmore, NY my father wanted me to follow in his footsteps as an electrical engineer. This was not something I wanted to do, instead wanting to do something with construction.I got my first job as a laborer for a commercial roofing company. Work was hard, lugging up all the materials onto all the roofs, but the pay was good. In 1973 I was hired as a mechanics assistant for a residential roofing company. After working for several roofing companies, I learned how roof leaks could travel from one area to another without showing any leaks in between. Several years later I was in charge of stopping all roof leaks for SEARS / Diamond Exteriors in NY. I was voted as the best roofing trouble shooter (6) consecutive years in a row Nationwide by SEARS for stopping all roof leaks on the first attempt.