Tribute to Dan
Black Roofing Inc. lost one of our best. We pay tribute to Dan Zahtila, our President and leader.
Dan passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. To us here at BRI, Dan was not only our President but also our friend, confidant, water cooler conversationalist, and role model.
His roofing career began in 1978 and he became the controlling shareholder of BRI in 2017. He was active in both the Colorado Roofing Association and National Roofing Contractor Association. He was the CRA’s Lifetime Achievement honoree in 2020 and served as CRA’s President from 2012-2013. Under his leadership the CRA accomplished so much.
One of Dan’s main objectives/passion was on cleaning up the image of the roofing industry and bringing awareness to the consumer and to our contractor base. He was also focused on increasing the amount of community service projects to help build a stronger community.
Dan was fortunate in this life and we were all fortunate to know him.
Dan was witness to so many changes in the industry throughout the years but he said the one thing about roofing that has not changed is,
“Water runs downhill and we have to do our best to keep it from running into the building.”
Tim Black, Founder & Vice President
Started Black Roofing in June of 1975. Although he no longer participates in the day to day operations of the business, Tim’s 40+ years of experience in the roofing industry is reflected through in the present culture of the company. He is still active in both the Colorado Roofing Association and National Roofing Contractor Association. As a home town Boulder Boy, he is still active in the community as well.
Jason Pryor, President, Shareholder
Jason comes to Black Roofing with a background in construction and commercial waterproofing. Jason began his full time carrier in the waterproofing industry in 2000. He has held positions such as Applicator, Estimator, Superintendent, Project Manager and Vice President. Over the years, Jason has built relationships in the Colorado construction industry with general contractors, architects, engineers, consultants, developers, building owners and manufacture representatives. Jason is experienced in air barriers, joint sealants, injections, coatings, expansion joints, pavers, green roofs and all types other types of waterproofing systems. His experience, reputation and knowledge are well known throughout the industry.
Projects of Note: 1601 Wewatta, Acoma High Rise, Broadmoor West Residence, Crystal Peak Lodge, Charles Schwab Campus, USAFA Center for Character & Leadership Development, Cherry Creek North, CSU Academic Instruction Building, CU Athletic Complex, CU Visual Arts Complex, CU Systems Biotechnology Building, Denver Courthouse, Denver Detention Center, Denver Health West Addition, Denver Health Pavilion MOB, DU School of HRTM, Fort Collins Discovery Museum, Mountain Thunder Lodge, Memorial Hospital North, Monroe Pointe Phase I, Museum of Contemporary Art, Northern Colorado Medical Center, One Lincoln Park, One Ski Hill Place, Peak 7 Lodge, Research Complex II, Residence @ The Gardens, Saint Joseph Heritage Hospital, Seasons at Cherry Creek, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, The Peloton, The Platform @ Union Station, University of Colorado Hospital Bedtower, University of Colorado Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UNC West Campus Addition, University Lofts at DU, Vestas Blade Factory, Wyoming State Vet Laboratory.
Lacey Trokey, Vice President, Shareholder
Lacey began her career at Black Roofing in 2007 as a receptionist. In 2009, she became the coordinator for the Service Department and in 2014 joined the Flat division as an estimator and project manager. She strives for exceptional customer service by providing quick and efficient response times. Lacey’s customers include general contractors, property owners and managers, public and private entities, and homeowners. She can estimate and manage various types of roofing projects, including new construction, re-roofs, and service repairs for both sloped and low-sloped roofing applications.
Projects of Note: Centura Health Golden & Arvada, Adams County Human Services Center, CU Biotech Area E, CU CASE, Ben Franklin Academy Addition, Boulder Commons, Meadowlark School (PK-8), Riverdale Ridge High School, Canyon 28. Riverbend Medial Office & Parking Garage, The HUB RiNo Station, eQuilter, Brighton Events Venue, RMS Cranes, & Creekside Acertara.
Alan Nedelea, Division Manager (Flat & Sheet Metal)
Alan started re-roofing in 1991 as a young laborer at the age of 19 working on hot asphalt tar and gravel projects. He wasn’t sure how long he would keep his job, but Tim Black could see more than just potential. He saw an opportunity to develop a hard worker, with the skills to learn and provide customers a professional experience on all roofing construction aspects.
Five years later, as the roofing industry moved to single-ply systems, Alan became the youngest foreman at Black Roofing Inc., supervising 8 to 10 man crews. In 2003, after a short time in the service department as a technician, Dan Zahtila and Tim Black gave Alan the opportunity to move into a larger leadership role as Commercial Superintendent; overseeing multiple re-roofs and new construction projects from set-up through final completion. Since that time Alan feels blessed to have the incredible resources at Black Roofing in his fellow co-workers and supervisors.
Projects of Note: Project Manager for University of Colorado-Boulder Folsom Field Addition/Renovation 2003. Onsite Superintendent, the Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Bldg. in 2008. Onsite Quality Control/Assurance University of Colorado-Boulder Jenny Caruthers Biotechnology Bldg. in 2009 through 2010.
Jack Garrett, Commercial Superintendent
He began his career in roofing as a laborer in 1978. Jack’s practical roof experience and knowledge has helped him develop into an effective and seasoned supervisor of all our low-sloped roofing crews for built-up, modified, and single-ply roofing systems. He supervises material handling, production, and manpower, and maintains and coordinates the start and completion of the roofing projects on multiple job sites.
Rick Halsted, Commercial Estimator/Project Manager
Joined Black Roofing at the beginning of 2019 – he entered the roofing industry in 2005 doing submittals and shop drawings. He quickly advanced to Project Manager and has grown his skill set as a Commercial Estimator. He is very well voiced in a variety of roof types including flat, metal, sloped, wall panels, and tiles.
Diego Cardona, Project Manager
Diego began with Black Roofing for only 2 weeks in a field position before being promoted because his skills were out of this world. Welcome!
Jonathon Harrington, Project Engineer (Flat & Waterproofing)
Jonathon is BRI’s first Project Engineer. He joins us from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Construction Management. He started in the commercial roofing industry in 2015 as a Sheet Metal Installer before returning to college in 2017. While pursuing his degree, he was a part of a team of students who competed in the National Roofing Competition at the International Roofing Expo in 2019 and was awarded first place. Jonathon is eager to see what projects he will work on and to be part of the team, Welcome Jonathon!
Service & Shingle Roofing
Adam Fernstedt, Service Manager
Adam joined Black Roofing in 2014 as a delivery driver and was quickly promoted into the Operations Manager role where he spent close to five years overseeing the daily operations of the company. This position required careful planning and prioritizing and was very fulfilling for Adam. He helped to guarantee the safe and efficient use of materials and company equipment to aide in overall project completion in a timely manner. In 2019, a position opened that Black Roofing felt Adam would be a great fit for, he accepted the challenge and is now a Commercial Reroof Estimator specializing in low-sloped style roofs. He continues to mentor his successor while exploring all that this new role has to offer.
Sam Cooley, Service Project Manager
Sam Cooley began his roofing career in 1980 in Louisiana. He has diverse experience in all areas of the Residential Roofing Industry. In 2001, he joined the Black Roofing Team as a Service Technician. Sam’s excellent leadership skills and quality craftsmanship with the roofing projects he completed, led to Sam becoming a Service Project Manager in 2015. With over 35 years of roofing experience, and his easy going personality, Sam is a favorite of customer’s in the Black Roofing Service Department. Because of Sam’s eclectic knowledge of the Roofing Industry, and his easy going, warm personality he makes an excellent addition to the Black Roofing Family.
Amber Bonura, Service Coordinator
Amber joined Black Roofing in 2016 after working in the Customer Service and the Security industries for over 10 years. Amber started working as our Receptionist in January 2016, and then assisted with Collections, Payroll, and the Sub-Contractor program as Accounting Coordinator. In April 2016, Amber began working as our Service Coordinator. She works closely with Nevres and Sam daily to deliver exceptional service to our customers in need of roofing repairs.
Joseph Yackamovitch, Project Manager
Promoted from within our organization due to his 10+ years roofing experience and outstanding customer service. He is assisting our service department and also works with residential reroofs.
Gabor Nemeth, Shingle Superintendent
Gabor has filled the shoes of Julio who has been promoted. He comes with a great background in the industry and has hit the ground running here at BRI.
Sheet Metal Roofing
Scot Hanson, Project Manager
Scot joined Black Roofing in 2002 and has over 27 years experience in the industry. Scot is experienced in all aspects of sheet metal wall and roof installation.
Projects of Note: Museum of Contemporary Art, Xylinx, Taxi Phase II, Spradley Ford-Cheyenne, X-Jet Urban, Pinnacle Park Lofts, Canyon 28, BCH Riverbend, 3107 Iris, NIST, CSU Stadium, CU CASE, CU Biotech.
Kyle Bodor, Division Manager (Waterproofing & Spray Foam)
Kyle started in the waterproofing industry in 2007 estimating and managing commercial waterproofing projects throughout the Colorado and southern Wyoming markets and joined Black Roofing in November of 2015. He is well versed in below grade waterproofing, above grade waterproofing, plaza deck pavers as well as expansion joint assemblies and spray polyurethane foam insulation.
Projects of Note: Adams County Detention Facility, City Park Golf Course, 210 and 255 Saint Paul, CSU Stadium, Saint Joseph Hospital, Residence at the Gardens, The Platform at Union Station, CU Stadium, 1601 Wewatta, Coors Field Roof Top Deck, 2101 Blake Street, Green House Phase 2 and 3, Wyoming State Vet Laboratory.
Steve Vero, Project Manager
Steve started his waterproofing career in 2010. He was in charge of spray applications by the end of his first year. He then took a foreman position at Black Roofing in 2017. By working hard to bring in more jobs and keeping them under budget – we are happy to announce that Steve has been promoted to Project Manager. He is well versed in all applications of waterproofing and eager to build his portfolio.
Dylan McLauhglin, Project Manager
Dylan is a boomerang with Black Roofing, we welcomed him back in the spring and he hit the ground running. We are pleased to have him back on staff and to explore the new projects he is working on.
Josh Booth, Senior Superintendent
Josh has been in the business for 15 years and has been a part of many projects throughout Colorado. He started as an installer and worked his way up to first a foreman position and has now been a superintendent for 5 years. He finds great satisfaction in finding solutions to problems and working together with people to get the job done.
Tzveta Ivanova, Senior Coordinator
Tzveta has been in the waterproofing industry for over 16 years. She found her love for the construction industry back in 2000 and joined the Black Roofing team in May of 2016. She provides support for the project management staff through bid and submittal preparation, LEEDS documentation, contract administration, and accounting.
Jen Kerrigan, Controller
We welcome Jen to the BRI family, with her knowledge of the industry and vision of our future we trust we are in good hands.
Tara Senter, Human Resource & Office Manager
Tara began at Black Roofing in November 2018 and quickly proved herself to be a strong asset to the company. She has much experience in customer relations and employee management. She has a fresh take on the human resource role and keeps the office fully stocked and running smoothly. She is very excited to be a part of the BRI Family.
Jamie Schoepflin, Office, Payroll, & A/P Assistant
Jamie is our newest face greeting you as you enter the Black Roofing Office. She is assisting accounting and human resources and monitors all supply ordering to create an efficient work environment. She has proven herself a reliable teammate and we welcome her.
Thomas Simonson, Operations Manager
Thomas has just been elected to take on this role, he is moving out of the field and into the office. We have the utmost confidence in his ability to make this transition a smooth one.