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View From The Top: Passion By Robbie Brown

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View From The Top: Passion And Excellence

By Robbie Brown

Can anyone really say they set out from the start to be mediocre? I mean how many stories do you hear or read about where the contractor or skilled professional has left such a mess for a home owner that regulatory boards and legal entities have stepped in. I understand the different budgeting involved in low income and high income projects, but as a skilled craftsman couldn’t a builder say “I built that house to the best of my ability with attention to detail.”

Since 1980 Anmar Builders/Green Roofing Technologies believes there is no room for mediocrity; you’re either good or bad. Excellence is something that our oldest partner, Fred Rizk, has preached from day one. After 30,000 apartment units including the famous Three Trees in Houston, Texas, Fred’s statement is so true. It’s either done right or done wrong. There is no in between. When asked how did you build a $500 million empire Fred replies “The first six units I built were for my parents and I wanted to please them. That was over 30,000 units ago.”

It is that simple. Having built thousands of homes, dozens of gated communities and masterpiece roofs like the Don Cesar, Vinoy and Safety Harbor Resort we still strive for that child like desire for perfection to please our parents.

I can humbly tell you that my success at Green Roofing Technologies has been in part because of the ability to surround myself with more talented individuals than myself. God has blessed me over and over with super individuals in my professional life. Kelly Jackson is one of the most amazing roofers God has put on this earth. Everyone has a purpose and Kelly’s is roofing without a doubt. George Nicholas of Anmar Builders and owner/developer of Quail Ridge Golf Course has such a solid character both in his personal and business life the he sets the precedent for us. He is a strong man. John Karaphylles, CGC, has a true heart of God. He makes each of us put people first, not the almighty dollar. Although the dollar is important it becomes secondary in our lives. I thank God each day for them all.

It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to meet the people at REAL Magazine and its participants from month to month. I can truly say that everyone we’ve met have been not only professionals but heads and shoulders above most in their fields. In my walk through life I remember meeting people that had “something” that I wanted.

Whether you call it a spiritual thing, indeed sometimes it is, or just a sense for being a winner the group that REAL Magazine is circulating breeds success. Of course success comes with a price. Hard work? Of course. Luck? I don’t think so. However success is not something that just happens. Some are just blessed with God given talent. Combine that with hard work, recognizing opportunity and the next thing you know the Pamela Hughes’, the Deborah Beacham’s, the Cliff Scholz’s and so on are all around you. I’d love to hear about each one’s story about the journey to today; Pamela’s first design, Deborah’s first sale, Cliff’s first drawing, etc.

I know in my story it began with a goal and a desire to build. They say in business “don’t take it personally.” I dare to say for all of the above individuals it is a story of success that was very personal. I take each and every single job personally. Thousands of loving homes later, dozens of gated communities, masterpiece roofs on hotels, restaurants, condos and shopping malls, they all were personal. Oh yes let’s not forget REAL Magazine’s main man, Ed Bertha’s home too.

Whether it be Spanish Capestrano style tile, state of the art steel roofing, conventional shingles or old fashion Key West style we do it all. We are a REAL roofer. There is no type of roofing that we don’t do. Our skilled installers are of the best caliber in each of their respective fields. Highly qualified factory trained and certified our team at Anmar Builders/Green Roofing Technologies keeps ahead of all of the rest by continually raising the bar. Cutting edge is our hobby!

Our next venture, the Bayfront Towers in St. Pete is sure to be exciting. Having been selected by Crawford Ker, former Dallas Cowboys player, to roof the “Wing Houses” of Florida as well as many of the Louie Pappas’ Pappas Properties projects, Baywest Condos, Bell Shoals Baptist Campus, Bon Aire Motel, Wendy’s restaurants as well as many others, our commercial activity is strong.

Our residential accomplishments include the first metal roof in the Placido Bayou gated community which was a stone coated metal Girard roof on attorney Bill Saron’s home (Author of Florida’s Personal Injury Law) and the first stone coated metal Girard roof in Ashley on Ed Bertha’s home. Such prestigious areas such as Pass a Grill, Tierra Verde, Weatherstone, Treasure Island, East Lake Woodlands, St Pete Beach, Vina Del Mar, West Chase, Redgemoore and Innsbrook is where we have made our homes and left a permanent signature of our work.

My father was a professional athlete and then did motivational speaking for success with Paul J. Meyer. One of Paul’s quotes has always been a principle in my life:

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”

Set a goal and act upon it with a passion. We do!

Green Roofing Technologies’ Robby Brown is a 4th generation builder/roofer. A graduate of Hardin – Simmons University in Abilene, Texas he also is an under grad certified metallurgist from Certainium Alloys and Research in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his family have owned and operated businesses on the west coast of Florida for the past 50 years. Green Roofing Technologies has completed roofing installs for well known structures such as The Don Cesar, The Vinoy and The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. One of Robby’s most recent residential projects was the installation of a state of the art Girard stone coated metal roof on REAL Magazine publisher Ed Bertha’s home. Robby may be reached at (727) 768.3067 or robbytheroofer@yahoo.com.

Copyright © 2010 REAL Magazine

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