Sum of the Parts

June 10, 2011

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During a typical Florida rainstorm, approximately four million raindrops fall on a 30,000 sq.ft. roof over an hour's time.  If you really think about it, you realize that one single raindrop makes a difference, but when you put millions of raindrops together, things start to happen.  One drop merges with another and another until the combination, with the help of gravity, covers the entire roof (but hopefully doesn't leak into the building).

Over his 17 year career with the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino became  the most productive passer in NFL history.  He holds the record for the most yards, touchdowns, almost anything that measures a quarterback's success has his name somehow associated with it.

Hold those thoughts.  If that's true, can any one pass be considered more important than another?  Can any one raindrop be considered more important than another?  Marino's first touchdown is every bit as significant as his last.  We all need to remember that success never happens overnight.  It took Marino 17 years to earn the recognition as the greatest passer of all time; it didn't happen instantly.

Early in my career as a roofing contractor, I would finish a job only to be confronted with another equally challenging project.  As I was pondering if this was going to be my life-long career, one of our foremen asked me the same question:  "When does it ever end?"  I guess that captured what I was attempting to sort out regarding my own responsibilities. It seems sometimes we all get caught up in the routine of our daily lives and forget how it all fits together.  It's so easy for us to lose site of what we are attempting to accomplish or feel overwhelmed by what appears to be a series of routine events.  Especially when nobody seems to notice or care.  That's when we need to step back, and remember the raindrop story, remember Dan Marino.

In business, like in daily life, success comes with one project, one completed pass, one raindrop at a time.  It's only when you put a combination of efforts together that you ever achieve success.  I call it the, "Sum of the Parts."


~Gregg Wallick, CEO & President of Best Roofing


A second generation professional roofing contractor, Best Roofing’s President and CEO, Gregg Wallick knowledge and passion for the industry is the driving force behind Best Roofing’s outstanding reputation, growth, and success.

As a former captain of the Miami Hurricanes football team, Gregg believes the principles that were taught and the ambitions that were fueled back in college still hold true. The qualities of dreaming, reaching for and achieving success that are fundamental to excelling in sports translate perfectly into the business world and life in general.  Under Gregg’s leadership, Best Roofing has grown  into one of the largest, highly respected commercial roofing companies in South Florida.  The team at Best Roofing now in its 35th year, continues to share that same enthusiasm and passion for achieving success.

Gregg is a University of Miami graduate, holding both his undergraduate degree in business administration as well as his MBA. Professionally, Gregg has served as the past director of the National Roofing Contractors Association and retains numerous licenses in the fields of general construction and roofing, throughout the United States.   He is a frequent contributor to Roofing Contractor and serves on the editorial advisory board.

Gregg is especially proud of being a husband and the father of six children, three dogs, and five cats.  He and his wife, Liz, live in Plantation.