Bill Lawson Operations Manager –Roofing & Sheet Metal

Houston, TX


Bill is one of our favorite Yankees, and we are not talking about the baseball team because he is a diehard Mets fan. Bill began his career in the roofing business in New York straight out of high school and has been “living the roofer’s dream” ever since he joined Chamberlin 14 years ago. On the field and off, Bill is a go-to guy who has a lot of knowledge to share from the school of hard knocks.



Bill started out in the roofing industry working alongside his brother as a laborer. He has come a long way since his first job tearing off cold tar pitch roofs and cleaning up the work site. After 10 years of roofing in New York, Bill moved to Houston where he applied at Chamberlin and was hired as a Foreman. With his competitive nature and desire to get results, Bill steadily worked his way through the ranks to his current position of Roofing Operations Manager for the Houston office. Bill has managed roofing teams on many notable projects including L’Auberge du Lac Hotel and Casino, U.T. M.D. Anderson’s Administrative Support Building, Hess Tower, Texas Children’s Hospital West Tower and the large roof replacements atop George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal A and D.


A Day in the Life:

Bill is a proactive problem solver and does whatever it takes to get the job done properly with a spirit of cooperation between all parties. That is why you will find him working with Chamberlin superintendents, project managers and estimators to set the course for each project. You will also see him meeting with general contractors and property owners to ensure his team is meeting and exceeding their expectations.



Project management is an integral part of customer service,” said Bill, “there is no better way to demonstrate our commitment to deliver more than to perform well on the project from start to finish.”

Bill’s goal is to always listen, effectively communicate, be proactive and follow through on all commitments to clients and colleagues. That is a tall order, but Bill knows it is the only way to manage projects and earn future business. He takes pride in his profession and encourages his team to do the same.

Likewise, Bill is a natural teacher. “He is one of the most knowledgeable roofers in our industry,” said Executive Vice President Art Canales, “and I have learned an awful lot from him over the years. Bill has a curious mind along with a focused attention to detail.”


Outside the Office:

Bill likes to spend time with his wife and daughter and participates in their many activities. He takes out the golf clubs for a few swings when he is not at a swim meet or soccer match. One of his favorite pastimes is making homemade pizza. Those in the Chamberlin Houston office are sometimes the lucky recipients of Bill’s creations made with fresh vegetables from his father-in-law’s backyard garden. He will let you have a slice as long as you stick around for a good razzing about that week’s fantasy football results.

 We asked Bill to choose his favorites from this random list of things as a way to get to know him a little better:
  • Online or Offline
  • St. Patrick or St. Valentine (It’s my anniversary)
  •  NFL or MLB – If I had to choose just one.
  •  Pork or Beans – Both
  • Led Zeppelin or The Beatles