Robert Freeman, Owner
Is the owner of Above Roofing. He grew up in Grand Rapids and currently resides in Hudsonville, MI. Earning his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Davenport University has served him well in starting and growing what has become a thriving and successful business. Running a service business has provided Robert the opportunity not only to serve people but also to develop leadership and management skills and to utilize business strategy, one of his passions. He loves working with roofing materials, learning new roofing technologies and applying these to his daily work. “Every day I get to meet somebody new,” Robert says, “and I love being able to help people solve their problems.” His goal to provide a safe and dry home for your family is the way he has chosen to serve you. Robert has worked hard to build trusting relationships with his prospects, clients, vendors and employees. A successful businessman, loving husband and caring father and grandfather, Robert has developed a solid perspective on life.
Pam Freeman. Office Manager
Is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant (as well as wife) to the owner, Robert Freeman. She grew up in Jenison, MI, and graduated from the Travel Agent Training school and received her Associate’s Degree from GRCC. Before joining her husband to help with his growing business, Pam worked for many years as a travel consultant, which provided a great base for learning excellent customer service, organization and attention to detail. Pam and Robert have five grown children and eight grandchildren. Pam’s hobbies are traveling, running, biking and hanging out with her dog, Lucas. Her favorite movie is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and she loves watching various crime shows on TV.
Tommy Wall, Production Manager
Has been a valued part of Above Roofing since September 2009. He is our Production Manager who oversees full roof, window and siding projects from start to finish. If he can fit it into his schedule, he also helps out by meeting with homeowners to provide estimates. Tommy’s many years as owner of his own contracting business in North Carolina, as well as his work experience as a home inspector, allow him to offer a vast array of knowledge and expertise on every job. Tommy’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Arts, Psychology grad courses, several tech courses and, “Lots of living – the greatest educator”! When asked what his favorite thing is about his job, he stated, “Helping people any way that I can.” Tommy and his wife, Nancy Lee, have 4 children and three precious granddaughters. In his spare time you will find Tommy, a self proclaimed bookworm, reading an exciting book, studying his Bible or competing with his son on the golf course.
Jerry DeVries, Estimator
Grew up in the Forest Hills area and graduated from Lowell High School. He focused on business courses at GRCC before deciding to get into the construction business. Jerry has over 26 years in the construction trades, most of those years working hands-on with a variety of project types. Because of his diverse background, Jerry can repair or rebuild just about anything! As an estimator Jerry uses his experience and knowledge to help educate homeowners on the importance of having things done right the first time. Jerry’s family includes 6 children, 3 of whom still live at home. Jerry and his kids enjoy hunting, fishing and boating.
Phil Edwards, Estimator
Phil is a sales representative with over 20 years of experience in a variety of building trades. Having worked for companies specializing in windows, doors and insulation, he finds interest in driving by houses in the winter and noting signs of heat loss and ways to make that better. He finds great satisfaction in meeting with homeowners and offering guidance on how to best improve their homes. Phil grew up in Jenison and now lives on 10 acres near Dorr with his wife of 30 years. For quite some time they had horses and were involved in 4-H with their daughter. They also have a son and they look forward to having grandchildren some day. Phil enjoys church activities and service, like greeting and ushering. His favorite movie is Grease and his hobbies include softball, fishing, golfing, cutting wood and slalom skiing out at Sandy Pines.
Dick Irvine, Estimator
Dick Irvine has been a resident of West Michigan for over 45 years. He moved from the east side of the state to Grand Rapids in 1970, lived many years in Traverse City where he managed a growing business and currently resides in Jenison with his wife, Melissa. Dick is passionate about helping people. This has led him to opportunities in the insurance business and working with designers and installers in the fire suppression industry. Dick enjoys working with seniors whom he has served through both Meals on Wheels and Good Samaritans Medical Transport. Along with his hobbies of hunting and fishing, Dick loves spending time with his family. With 5 children and 12 grandchildren there is always an event to attend. Whether it’s baseball, soccer, gymnastics, or a performance in a play or recital, Dick’s grandchildren can count on him to be one of their biggest fans.
David Wygmans, Estimator
Joined our team as an Estimator, specializing in roof repair services. His many years of experience doing a variety of home repair work has been of great value to our clients! David loves solving problems and making sure people get what they need. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in English/Education, Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Education and Master’s of Divinity Pastoral Studies. David and his wife have two daughters and a foster daughter. He likes to give back to the community and does so by teaching Sunday school, working as a community mediator and is looking to start a Christian drama production company! David’s hobbies are reading, sailboarding and stained glass and his favorite movie is Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Jay Rainer, Senior Repair Technician
Started with Above Roofing in 2006, working with a full roof crew. He diligently worked his way up to foreman. As our repair division grew, Jay’s exceptional problem-solving skills and attention to detail led him to head up our repair teams. Jay is originally from Texas, where he grew up surfing and windsurfing in the Gulf of Mexico. His hobbies now include radio-controlled airplanes, reading science fiction and listening to Rush and Hannity. When he’s not working, you can find Jay and his wife, Sherry, caring for their animals or working in their garden on their hobby farm. Jay and Sherry have 2 teen aged boys and love living out in the country where they can enjoy the outdoors.
Sherry Rainer, Accounting/Marketing-Design
Sherry Rainer joined Above Roofing in 2008 bringing a wealth of office experience and a business education from Grand Valley State University. Her previous accounting and office work for a small insulation company, along with her creativity and passion for marketing and design, has made her a valued member of our office team. Although she grew up in Jenison, Sherry’s passion for animals and 10 years working as a veterinary technician led her family to move to the country where she has plenty of room for all of her animals! Sherry, her husband and 2 teenage boys enjoy their hobby farm where they raise Golden Retrievers and Nigerian Dwarf Goats.