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Business Observer Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 1 month ago

Guil Geneau, 39

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President, Crown Roofing
by: Beth Luberecki Contributor

 

Guil Geneau wasn’t afraid to think big when he co-founded Crown Roofing in 2013 with his business partner, Chris Copeland. “Right out of the gate, we chose some pretty robust platforms for our systems that weren’t indicative of a startup company,” he says.

That included flexible accounting software and a cloud-based server, both of which have allowed the company to grow without a lot of back-office headaches. “Even when we were producing zero, Crown Roofing had the potential to be the $100 million company it is now,” he says. Sarasota-based Crown did $113 million in revenue in 2018, up 56.9% over $72 million in 2017.

Geneau started off in the roofing industry as a salesperson after spending a few years working in heavy equipment rentals and sales. “We all start somewhere,” he says. “And I’m more than willing to share what I’ve learned along the way because I think it will help boost the industry up and help clean up the image of an industry that probably used to be a little bit tarnished.”

He has worked all over the Gulf Coast and beyond throughout his 15 years in roofing, and his familiarity with Florida has proved helpful in running a business with five locations statewide. “I can’t imagine moving here to try to start up something and not knowing the area,” he says.

Getting involved with industry associations and community organizations has also contributed to his business growth and success. “You’ve got to pound the streets and get your presence known, so people know who you are and start to trust you,” he says.

An organized office space helps Geneau juggle everything. “I don’t operate well in chaos,” he says. “Being neat and organized keeps me on track and focused and allows me to do more than one thing at a time. I’ve worked with people who seem like they’re always operating like the Tasmanian Devil, and I can’t do it.”

A little time at the gym also helps him stay sane. “The gym is kind of my reset button for everything,” Geneau says. “Any stresses come out in the wash when I’m at the gym.”

ON THE RECORD: Guil Geneau

Age: 39

City of residence: Sarasota

Employer: Crown Roofing

Title: President

Birthplace: Bristol, Conn.

Years on the Gulf Coast: 30

Marital status/children: Married with two children

Alma mater/degree: Saint Leo University: bachelor's in business administration, specialization in marketing, minor in management

Best place to network: Local associations

Best business lesson ever learned: Don't force people into a position that they are not passionate about (even if they are good at it). It will not work out in the long run.

What’s your top tip for being productive? Stay organized

Weirdest job you’ve ever had: Clubhouse Manager - Texas Rangers (MLB)

Community group you’re most involved with: Too many to name. We have five offices across the state.

If you could have a side hustle, what would it be? Owning a tiki bar

Favorite off-hours activity: Working out and spending time with my family

Favorite board game or video game: Board game: Trivial Pursuit; video game: Madden Football

Top item on your bucket list: Go to a New England Patriots Super Bowl game. I've had three opportunities and sadly have not gone to any.

Your happy place is: The gym

Favorite podcast: N/A

Favorite musical artist/band:  Slipknot

Who would play you in a movie about your life? The Rock

First album/record/tape cassette/CD: Technotronic

First concert: Robert Palmer  

One song that will get you on the dance floor: Any song that gets my wife on the dance floor

Favorite karaoke song: "You've lost that love and feeling," The Righteous Brothers

What instrument/role would you play in a band? Drums

Describe yourself in three words. Focused, driven and determined

 

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