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Mike Hicks

What is your position at Hicks Roofing?

President

What are your primary responsibilities?

Sales, problem solving and important decisions. We have a great group of people at Hicks Roofing and they do such a great job that sometimes I wonder if I'm really needed around here. I guess that's a good thing, knowing that things could continue without me if tragedy struck.

When did you join Hicks Roofing?

Sometimes I feel like I was born on a ladder, but from a pure roofing perspective, since 1982.

What did you do before joining the team at Hicks Roofing Inc.?

For a little more than three years during and after college, I operated another roofing company.

How did you get started with Hicks Roofing Inc.?

The first jobs I remember were breaking drip edge metal with my dad late at night, and painting the caps used to cover the holes where insulation was blown into houses, which was one of the things the company did during the energy crisis of the 70's.

What do you like the most about your job or position?

Solving a unique roofing problem is a real satisfying experience, but the thing I enjoy most are the many different industrial and commercial processes that I get to see when visiting new customers. Everything from steel production to chicken butchering. I am amazed at the many ways of making a living and the ingenuity of the entrepreneurial spirit.

What's the most interesting project or thing you've done while at Hicks Roofing Inc.?

Setting up our accounting system in 1994 when I was unexpectedly thrust into a new position with the company and being involved in the reroofing of New Towne Mall which was a very complex project.

If I could have any job in the world, it would be?

An Air Force fighter pilot.

For relaxation I really enjoy?

For relaxation I really enjoy bow hunting trophy whitetails, family activities, going crazy on an ATV and anything else that involves SPEED.

Growing up, the first job I ever had was?

Aside from mowing and tasks for dad, the first real job was as a cook at a Burger Chef restaurant.

The worst job I have ever had was?

That Burger Chef job was not what I would call enjoyable, but all the jobs I've had were learning experiences, and I appreciated them all.

People might be surprised to know that I once tackled a wild pronghorn antelope?

You'll have to ask if you want the rest of the story.

What kind of car would you most likely be found driving?

A Ford diesel truck.

I was born in?

Dover Ohio.

My weekends are usually spent doing what?

All to often they are spent writing quotes, but I like to shoot competitive sporting clays, grouse hunt, and the other things listed in one of the questions above.

The thing I most dread in life is?

Seeing a family member suffer. My most vivid and terrifying moment was seeing my daughter hooked up to IV's in a hospital emergency room.

If you could meet one person who would it be and why?

Thomas Jefferson. I would love to have him share his opinion on the current state of our national government and the courts interpretations of our Constitution.

If you were an animal, what would you be, and why?

I would want to be an eagle, soaring effortlessly above the mountains of northwestern Montana.

When I retire, I picture myself in?

A comfortable chair, on a southern beach, the waves lapping across my toes and a fishing pole in my hands.

The most important person in my life is?

Jesus Christ. While I don't always show it, He is as real to me as any member of my family.

The one thing I have that I cherish most is?

My wife. She makes me a better man than I really am.

If I were a tool, I would be...

a sponge because I tend to soak things up, but much to my chagrin, when squeezed rarely give more than I have received .

My favorite thing in my garage is?

My first thought was my motorcycle, that my wife bought me, but I think it's my fishing poles. I have a lot of good memories with my kids and my dad while holding a fishing pole in my hands.

The favorite thing on my desk or in my office is...

a beach side photograph that I took of my wife shortly before she turned 40. She's been the love of my life since I was 15