Meet our executive team of knowledgeable, resourceful professionals. Our people respect each other, laying the foundation for teamwork that benefits your project. We take pride in delivering more to our clients - more quality, more problem solving, more communication.
At Chamberlin, our people have a genuine company-wide pledge to safety, quality and cost-effective delivery. With 119 years of expertise under our belts, we have learned what works and what doesn't. Whatever your roofing or waterproofing needs, we have the solution. We are dedicated to doing what is truly right for each job we undertake with a spirit of cooperation.
John Kafka, President & CEO
John Kafka founded Chamberlin in Houston, Texas in March of 1978. He has worked persistently over the years to create clients and project opportunities that turned a small waterproofing shop into a flourishing building envelope contracting business that now employs over 600 people. Today, Mr. Kafka is President and CEO of Chamberlin, and it is his passion for performing quality roofing and waterproofing installations safely with a spirit of teamwork and cooperation that permeates the company.
John has served on boards and committees of many professional organizations including American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Houston, Associated General Contractors (AGC) Houston, Building Owners and Manager’s Association (BOMA) and was a founding member of Institute of Real Estate Management’s “Friends of IREM” program. He is also a co-founder of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy (TXSIP) which worked with policymakers in an attempt to find a practical approach to immigration reform laws.
A commitment to the community is part of Chamberlin’s and John’s core values. As such, John currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Catholic Charities, Houston-Galveston Diocese, whose main focus is providing help and creating hope in geographic areas of the diocese most downtrodden. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The WorkFaith Connection, a Christ-centered non-profit that transforms people into a new life through assistance and skills to find and maintain gainful employment.
Under John’s leadership over the years, Chamberlin has invested heavily in both safety and craft training and has become known as the industry leader for their expertise and integrity. “Safety, Quality and Teamwork” has become the company mantra, which has resulted in more and more clients making Chamberlin their preferred vendor for building envelope contracting services.
Art Canales, Executive Vice President
Art joined Chamberlin in 1997 with a strong background in custom metal roofing products. He has extensive knowledge in the construction industry as a result of his management and operation experience in all aspects of construction building products. Art previously owned and operated a building products business where he acquired both technical and estimating skills along with extensive field operations knowledge.
Art manages Chamberlin’s estimating and operation departments in their Austin and San Antonio markets. He understands the full spectrum of roofing, waterproofing and caulking products and their proper application. He enjoys supporting his industry and is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Rice Design Alliance (RDA). He previously sat on the Board of Directors for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Doug Combes, Executive Vice President
With over 29 years in the construction industry, Doug has worked on the new construction side and the remedial side, both with general contractors and subcontractors. He brought his vast experience to Chamberlin in 2011 and has overseen safety, risk management, marketing and business development, maintenance and most recent operations for the North Texas and Oklahoma markets. He has been involved in such projects as the Shell Chemical & Refinery Administrative Building and Texas A&M University’s Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.
Doug is a member of the American Subcontractor’s Association (ASA) and The Association of General Contractors (AGC). He has sat on the board for AGC, University of Houston Construction Management Industry and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), for whom he is also a past President. Doug continues to remain active in the A/E/C industry.
Richard Dyke, CFO
Richard has over 20 years of experience in service-related industries including Facilities Management, Engineering and Construction with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management.
While at Chamberlin, Mr. Dyke has successfully implemented Viewpoint Vista and other related systems to streamline processes and procedures. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Mr. Dyke sets the strategic goals of the company.