Bryce Rose, President of Bighorn Roofing, has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Bryce has been part of every task imaginable in the building process. He started out as a clean-up worker on projects while in high school. In his college years, he became more involved and dedicated to honing his skills and he progressed up the ladder, while he was going full-time to school and getting his accounting degree. He graduated with a master’s degree in Accounting from Westminster College and continued to work for a construction company now on the accounting team starting as a clerk and moving up all the way to the controller position. Bryce uses these years of hands-on experience to now manage Bighorn Roofing and Construction. He holds a General Contractor license in Utah since 2020. Bryce has extensive experience in the roofing industry.
Bryce has a passion for the outdoors, he loves hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, boating, and four-wheeling. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Anya, and their two dogs Snowball and Ginger, and their cat Max. They reside in West Jordan, UT.
Where did the idea for Bighorn Roofing come from?
While working for a commercial contractor I would work with my brother-in-law Beau Adams on roofing projects for friends and family on the weekends. We did this for a few years on the side. We often discussed opening a company and making residential roofing a career. After some planning, I decided to move forward with the licensing process and launch Bighorn Roofing.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
The day usually starts pretty early around 6:30. I use the hour or so before everyone gets into the office to knock out administrative duties like writing estimates or working on the accounting for the business. Once everyone gets into the office the day can get pretty hectic. We have regular meetings with the sales team to check in, set goals, and give each other feedback. Once things wrap up with the sales team I spend most of my time with production. I like to stay up to date on all of our current projects and make sure everything is moving through the system properly.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I typically spend a lot of time daydreaming about things I would like to implement, or new directions that I can take the business in. I’m juggling a handful of Ideas all of the time. One of these ideas will float to the top and really get me excited. When this happens I like to start the ball rolling. I have learned that the best thing to do with a new idea is often to get on it immediately so it doesn’t lose momentum. If the idea is good it will gain traction and start to make a difference. If not it will phase itself out on its own.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The Solar and Roofing Industries moving closer together is something that really excites me. I think one day soon they will be synonyms.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I like simplicity. I think this has really helped me eliminate behaviors and tasks that don’t move the business forward.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Take risks sooner.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
You don’t need to be intelligent or special to be highly successful. Most of life’s success comes from taking risks and being consistent.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Write everything down on a notepad or journal that you can revisit. Writing things down allows me to clear my head and come back to tasks or ideas later.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Being hungry, going after jobs, and pushing my boundaries. Every new challenging project that we take on becomes a learning experience and pushes the company as a whole to become better.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Early on in the company, I didn’t take the time to build a proper sales program. We spent most of our first year in a run-and-gun style approach. We worked a lot and didn’t get very far.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Develop an app for contractors that makes each contractor go through the validation process (such as submitting all licensing, insurance, testimonials, experience and etc.) to make the process for the customer more user-friendly.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Flowers and chocolate for my wife. Happy wife happy life.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
We use a CRM called AccuLynx that helps manage all of the customer data and workflows in the company.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” I know this is a popular read, but I think it does a great job of highlighting the drastic upside potential of being a successful entrepreneur even when compared to a high-achieving employee.
What is your favorite quote?
“No one cares, work harder.”
- Don’t be afraid to take risks.
- Anyone can be successful if they are consistent.
- Everyone makes mistakes what’s important is learning from them.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.