This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with J.J. and Jeremy Vance owners of Ridge Runner Roofing.
Jeremy and J.J. Vance, owners of Ridge Runner Roofing
How long have you been in business?
Our dad started it 21 years ago in 1995 and we took ownership in 1999. We incorporated in 2013 to our LLC.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
Our dad started the company here and we have loyal customers and we want to be just as loyal to them. We also have lots of family here. We’re based in Anadarko but 80% of our work is done outside of town. 50% of our work is in rural areas not inside city limits. Plus, we want our taxes to go to our local community.
In your words describe your business:
We offer residential and commercial roofing. We offer metal, shingles, and flat roofing. There are a lot of different roofing products that fall into those categories and we can handle any of your roofing needs.
Any recent updates at your business?
We constantly update our tools and equipment and employee training to provide the best quality that we can. We attend conferences and seminars to stay on the cutting edge of roofing technology.
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
One that we’ve faced and rectified is having loyal employees. We believe that we have a core of employees now that are great to work with. It can also be difficult to change the perception that you can only work on your roof during the summer, but people may not realize that we can put a metal roof on anytime of the year. We only work with one crew in order to keep our quality at a high level . It takes years to get our employees trained to the point where we can operate efficiently.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Customer satisfaction and living the american dream of being a small business owner. What we’ve taught our kids is to do honorable work and that is what we believe we offer. There are houses we’ve roofed 10, 15, and 20 years ago that still look good and we take pride in that. We’ve worked for a very diverse set of customers and it’s very rewarding to get to know that many people.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
In the city I think we need better housing in this city. In order for this city to grow, we need all kind of homes and that helps us too because we get to roof them.
What has been the best day of running your business?
Probably one of the best days was created on a mistake. We were working on a senior citizens’ building in Minco and the application we used on their roof didn’t work and it began leaking. The type of roofing application that they needed is a specialty that we do not offer and so we wrote them a check for the entire project back and gave them references to specialists for what they needed. The board members that we were working for were shocked that we would do something like that, but it goes back to how we were raised and asking ourselves what would our grandfather do. So after that act of goodwill we ended up continuing to work in that community and roofed a lot of those board member’s personal houses.
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It is good for community involvement, the networking, and giving back through either our time or resources. Everyone in this town is in it together and the chamber of commerce is a great organization to bring people together to get things done.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
We offer free estimates statewide and we want to thank all of our customers past, present, and future. Find us on facebook to check out our work Metal Roofs By Ridge Runner and call 405-247-2476 to schedule your free estimate.