IRVINE, Calif. – Antis Roofing & Waterproofing is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. The company, which serves Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, credits extraordinary customer service, high employee retention and a significant give-back program for its longevity.
“We exist to keep families safe and dry,” said Charles Antis, founder and CEO.
Antis is passionate about the social currency of doing good. He encourages businesses to fulfill a social need by brainstorming to build well aligned models to create impact such as donating excess materials or doing pro-bono services as a way to get the ball rolling.
He often tells the story of when soon after opening Antis Roofing & Waterproofing in 1989, he arrived at the home of a single mother with seven children and a leaking roof.
“Upon walking in the front door, I was overwhelmed by the strong and distinct smell of mildew. As I stood there, unable to avoid breathing in the toxic air, the youngest daughter grabbed my hand to proudly show off her home. When she led me into her bedroom I witnessed a sight I would never forget: four mattresses with moldy bedding. I realized the family could not afford a new sheets, let alone a new roof. A struggling entrepreneur at the time, I scraped together low-cost roofing materials and a group of volunteers to provide a free roof for the family. The gratification of helping this family infused me with a passion for giving, and little did I know it would become the impetus for changing my entire business model,” said Antis.
A major turning point for the roofing company and its founder was the decision 10 years ago to donate roof leak repairs and maintenance services to non-profits in Orange County. To date, the company has donated $1 million in roof installations for every Habitat for Humanity home in Orange County.
In addition, Antis brought to the National Roofing Contractors Association the proposal to lift the roofing industry with the first-ever national partnership with a non-profit, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Antis employs 100 staff and the company recently expanded into the San Diego region and looks to grow in Northern California in the near future. “We will grow and be here 30 years from now,” said Karen Inman, president and COO. “Not just as the best roofing company, but as the best company period. That is always our goal.”