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"2013 top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies"

Event will be held on June 20th, 2013

We have been added to list of the Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon. Stay tuned to see where we land on the list.



"Carlisle SynTec Systems Perfection Award"

June 7th, 2013 Portland Business Journal

"Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal received the 2013 Perfection Award from Carlisle SynTec Systems, a leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials. The award, determined by a number of installation quality metrics, recognizes only Carlisle’s most dedicated and quality-minded authorized contractors."


Full Press release

"Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal receives industry’s most prestigious award"

President Mark Carpenter pleased to be ‘best of the best’              

 TUALATIN, OR – (May 21, 2013) – Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, a leading specialty roofing contractor in the Pacific Northwest, is a recipient of Carlisle SynTec Systems’ 2013 Perfection Award.  The award is offered annually to the top five percent of Carlisle’s contractors, which included 80 contractors in North America this year. 

 Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal President Mark Carpenter explained that award recipients must be a top-performing contractor to be considered as an approved applicator. 

 “I am proud that we are recognized as one of the best of the best,” Carpenter said.  “It is very good to be recognized for the quality work we do, the low amount of warranty claims, and for the way we conduct our business.  This company could not perform at this level without the whole team performing the best practices from installation to relations both inside and outside of the company.” 

  According to a Carlisle SynTec Systems’ press release, the Perfection Award is determined on the basis of a series of quality oriented metrics, including installation quality and warranty claim performance.  Carlisle SynTec Systems is a leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials.  For more information, please visit the Carlisle, PA-based company at www.carlisle-syntec.com.

 Since 1996, Columbia Construction Services, Inc., d.b.a. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, has operated as a specialty contractor with 65 full-time employees.  Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal focuses its services on commercial roofing, roof maintenance (Columbia Roof Advantage), residential roofing, structural seismic upgrades, parking deck restoration as well as most roofing materials.  The company follows strict safety policies in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Division) and it is a preferred partner with SafePro.  


"2012 RoofConnect Key Link Award"

January 22nd, 2012

Jim Ash was featured in the Sunday Oregonian for his award he won from RoofConnect.

"RoofConnect, a national commercial roofing service provider, has given Jim Ash, of Tualatin's Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, the 2011 Roof Connect Key Link Award. The award represents a RoofConnect member company that exceeded customers' expectations through round-the-clock availability, timely response, superior service, quality workmanship, and professional communication." ~ Mark Graves

 Full Press Release

Sheridan, AR – January 18, 2012 – RoofConnect, the largest national commercial roofing service provider in the country, is pleased to announce Jim Ash, with Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, as the recipient of the 2011 RoofConnect Key Link Award.

“The Key Link Award winner represents a RoofConnect member company that demonstrated through their actions, our mission statement of exceeding our customers’ expectations through round-the-clock availability, timely response, superior service, quality workmanship and professional communication. Jim Ash of Columbia Roofing demonstrates all of these to both RoofConnect Clients as well as those in the Pacific Northwest. We were excited to provide this award to Mr. Ash," said David Workman, President & CEO of RoofConnect.

Jim Ash, Sales and Project Manager at Columbia Roofing, won the 2nd annual RoofConnect Key Link Award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Nominees were evaluated based on their job performance, team effort, dependability on RoofConnect service-related calls, initiative in performance of RoofConnect service functions and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Mr. Ash was tasked with caring for the RoofConnect clients in their region in February 2011. "We are very proud of Jim, the affiliation of Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal and RoofConnect and our successes during 2011. We look forward to continued service together," explained Mark Carpenter, President of Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal. "This relationship with RoofConnect has strengthened the service department at Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal with the Columbia Roof Advantage, Roof Owners Interface program and our 24-hour emergency response service."
According to Jeremy Hill, Director of Operations at RoofConnect, "it is a difficult task to choose only one individual from our network of high caliber contractors. The traits we look for are those individuals that go above and beyond the customers' expectations and fully satisfy at all levels of service. Jim has routinely exemplified the qualities of exceptional roof service, on time delivery and top notch performance."

About Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal: Since 1996, Columbia Construction Services, Inc., d.b.a. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, has operated as a specialty contractor with 55 full-time employees. Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal focuses its services on commercial roofing, roof maintenance (Columbia Roof Advantage), residential roofing, and parking deck restoration. The company follows strict safety policies in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Division). Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal operates in the states of Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho and became part of RoofConnect's national footprint in the Northwest in 2011. Please visit www.reroofnow.com or call (503) 684-9123 for more information.

About RoofConnect: As the largest national commercial roofing services provider, RoofConnect specializes in emergency roofing repairs, maintenance and re-roofing, but also performs specialty projects that require nationwide labor availability in the construction field. RoofConnect is comprised of over 60 independent commercial roofing companies with over 110 locations strategically placed throughout the U.S. RoofConnect recognizes the need for complete regional and national coverage of consistent superior service from the most reputable, trustworthy, independent roofing contractors in the industry. For more information, please visit www.roofconnect.com or call (877) 942-5613. RoofConnect can be found in a variety of social circles: Facebook: www.facebook.com/roofconnect, Twitter: www.twitter.com/roofconnect, Linked In: www.linkedin.com/company/roofconnect, and on our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/roofconnect .


"Executive Profile"

September 2nd, 2011

Our owner Mark Carpenter was featured in the Portland Business Journal Executive Profile



Title: President

Organization: Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal

Background: Been Working for 32 years in the construction industry, including 29 years in the roofing industry.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Portland State University, 1975.

Residence: Tigard


Business Philosophy

Essential business philosophy: Provide the best value proposition for the customer and deliver it!

Best way to keep competitive: Always look internally for training, education and values.

Guiding principle: Do what you say and if something is incorrect, fix it quickly.

Yardstick of success: Seeing the succession of values, family, business and friends’ activities to the next generation.

Goal yet to be achieved: Run a 4 hour marathon. My closest was 4:07.

Judgement Calls

Best Business Decision: To start Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal.

Worst business decision: I don't look back except to learn from a mistake, so when a poor decision is made, I get the most out of it and move on.

Toughest business decision: Long term financial planning with trust in the assumptions and the execution based on the assumptions.

Biggest missed opportunity: Failure to quickly recognize the value of data as an emerging technology in the roofing industry.

Mentors: Robert Ames, Monte Shelton, and Robert F. Sterns.

Word that best describes you: I enjoy life, the relationships and the business.

True Confessions

Like best about the job: Relationships and the mentoring of younger people.

Like least abut the job: Termination of employees who do not fit.

Pet peeves: Not being on a strong path and meeting deadlines

Most important lesson learned: Picking the correct customer that fits my values.

Person most interested in meeting: Lord March.

Most respected competitor: Snyder Roofing.

Greatest Passions: Snow skiing, vintage racing and long distance running.

First choice for a new career: Male model, or not!


Favorite quote: "Life is hard; it is harder if you are stupid"- John Wayne, or"The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest"- Albert Einstein.

Most influential book: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins; best read: "The Immortal 2.9," by Simon Moore.

Favorite websites: Anamera and eBay.

Favorite cause: Supporting charities in the elder care business for both residence and for education.

Favorite movie: "World's Fastest Indian" with Anthony Hopkins

Favorite music/musician: Van Morrison and Junior Brown.

Most treasured possession: Family and friends.

Favorite restaurant: Mangy Moose in Teton Village, Wyo.

Favorite vacation spot: The Top Ranch on Camas Creek, Idaho.

Favorite way to spend free time: Running, Skiing, and playing with cars.


"Heat Wave"

September 9th, 2011



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