Carroll's Roofing & Construction LLC


Derrick Carroll

What is your position within your company?
I am owner and managing member of Carroll's Roofing and Construction LLC, Memphis, Tenn.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We currently are involved in a "Main to Main" pedestrian walkway project that will connect downtown Memphis, Tenn., with downtown West Memphis, Ark. We are constructing a boardwalk canopy system over a walking and biking trail that is several miles long and spans across the Mississippi River. We look forward to witnessing its recreational and economic effects on the greater Memphis area.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
I am a third-generation roofing contractor. My grandfather began working in the roofing industry during the 1930s; my father followed in his father's footsteps; and I continue to carry the torch. We have come a long way from working on tin sheds, and I know my father and grandfather would be extremely proud of how the company has grown during the years.

What song are you listening to over and over?
I enjoy listening to Drake and B.B. King albums.

What is the most high-tech item in your house?
My Apple computer

What are your favorite stress relievers?
I love hitting the gym and playing golf at nice golf courses!

What was your first roofing experience?
I remember working as a laborer for an eight-person crew with my father when I was 12 years old.

What was your first job?
My first job was doing roofing labor with my father and grandfather during my summer vacations from school, which involved tearing off roofs, carrying shingles and hot buckets up and down ladders all day, and cleaning up tear-off debris.

What do you consider your most rewarding experiences?
My wife and kids have given me the opportunity to be a husband and father.

What qualities do you most admire in a person?
Honesty and people doing what they say they will do

What three items always are in your fridge?
Cheese, milk and chicken

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
I would want the ability to clone myself so I could be in multiple places at the same time.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional football player or a roofing contractor

What are the most exciting/adventurous things you've done?
I've gone snowmobiling in the Rocky Mountains and jet skiing in Maui.

What's your favorite roofing material to work with? Why?
I like working with hot tar because the smell reminds me of working beside my father on long, hot days.

People would be surprised to know …
I still hold the single-season rushing record at Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Tenn.

My favorite parts about working in the roofing industry are …
Constantly learning new things and helping others make a living to support their families