In addition to building homes – and lives – on a solid foundation, Duane Anderson reminds people not to forget about the importance of a good roof.
Anderson had just recently returned to the Spokane area from a two-year mission to Alberta, Canada when he began work in the local roofing business as a salesman in the fall of 1997.
“It’s a fun industry,” Anderson said. “Things change from day to day.”
Not wanting to “just be the boss behind a desk,” Duane Anderson, owner of Quality Roofing, makes it a point to scale rooftops alongside his employees. That’s Duane in the red hat. Contributed photo.
One major change for Anderson occurred in 2007 when he decided to start his own company called Quality Roofing. Despite a slew of new responsibilities, one thing has remained the same – Anderson continues to emphasize trust and accountability while dealing directly with each client.
“I enjoy working with people, from my employees to the builders to the homeowners,” he said. “Things like integrity and professionalism are important to me.”
Despite being based in Spokane Valley, Anderson and his crew can be found across the greater Northwest region, from Ellensburg to Post Falls. Referrals generate much of the new business.
“The days of working just in Spokane Valley are long gone,” he said.
Along with his administrative duties, Anderson can occasionally be found scaling the rooftops himself, working alongside employees. The team concept, he said, “builds camaraderie.”
“I don’t want to just be the boss behind a desk,” he said.
Anderson, a member of the Pines Ward in the Spokane East Stake, said his mission to Canada not only helped him learn to communicate more effectively, it taught him to organize his life “in a way that puts the Lord first.”
“I don’t want to make business my only priority,” Anderson said.
Duane and Natalie Anderson are members of the Pines Ward in the Spokane East Stake. They welcomed their sixth child in 2009. Contributed photo.
Anderson has served in the Spokane East High Council and is currently first counselor in the Pines Ward Bishopric. He and his wife, Natalie, just celebrated the birth of their sixth child in 2009.
A native of Elko, Nevada, Anderson enjoys golf and participating in church sports. Over the years, he has become a fixture in the Spokane East Stake basketball and softball leagues, proving that sportsmanship and competitiveness can co-exist.
As for the seasons surrounding his career field, Anderson notes that snow and ice typically mean a hiatus from roofing. Yet occasionally, wintry weather – such as the heavy snow that fell on the Inland Northwest two years ago – can also call attention to a roof in need of repair.
“Suddenly, a roof someone thought was great is leaking,” Anderson said.
From answering phones to drumming up new business and addressing areas like inspections, permits and quality control, Anderson is focused on elevating Quality Roofing to the next level – all the while emphasizing an approach that puts people first.
“I hope to offer quality service and a quality product,” Anderson said. “I enjoy seeing the entire process through.”