CAMPBELL – After spending several years working in the corporate world, Paul Proctor had become accustomed to living out of a suitcase. It wasn’t until after he started a family, however, that he began to sense the need for a change. “I was constantly traveling for work,” he recalls. “My daughter was in the first grade, but I couldn’t have even told you where her school was because I was always gone. I decided this wasn’t the way I wanted to raise my children, so I began thinking about a career change that would allow me to be around more.”
Following much consideration, Paul decided his best option would be to fall back on a trade he’d learned in his youth. “My father was a roofing inspector, and I’d worked for him when I was a teenager,” he explains. “I figured it made more sense to get back into something I knew rather than jump into an entirely new industry, so I went to work for a local roofing company.” Later, Paul partnered with a co-worker to open an independent roofing business before eventually splitting off to found his own company, R E Roofing and Construction, Inc., in 1996.
More than 25 years later, Paul has no regrets about his career transition. “Getting back into roofing was the best decision I could’ve made, both personally and for my family,” he says. In addition to having a more flexible schedule, Paul has enjoyed passing his father’s trade to the next generation. “Both my sons, Yale and Miles, work for me, so it has become a real family business. I don’t know what it is about this industry, but we all love what we do. I think it must be in our blood!”
Paul was born and raised outside of Chicago, but he eventually migrated west to the South Bay Area, where he resides today with his wife, Jodie. Having experienced his share of frigid Illinois winters, Paul says he appreciates the comparably temperate climate of Northern California. “Regardless of the season, you can still get out and play a game of golf, which is not something you can say about many other areas of the country.”
Outside of work, Paul likes to stay mentally and physically active. “I’ve always enjoyed reading, which is how I spend most evenings,” he says. “I also spend about five hours a week at the gym, and I love to play golf with family and friends.” In addition to being an avid reader, Paul is currently composing his own novel—a work of crime fiction.
In regard to a personal motto, Paul says the adage “never stop moving” perfectly applies to his life. “Many people descend into poor health as they get older. Fortunately, we now know a lot more about how to stay healthy and fit as we age. That’s why I spend plenty of time at the gym—I want to stay on my own two legs for as long as possible!”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Paul says he’d invest more time into working on his novel. “It takes a lot of time. I currently try to write 800 words every day, so I think I would increase my quota if I had a little more time to spare.”