Surface Shield Roofing Co.: 2022 SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Award Winner – Specialty Construction

Over the past 15 years, this growing company has grown from a team of two to approximately 65 employees.
Shon Gregory, left, with a member of his team. | Photo: Courtesy of Surface Shield Roofing

Mahea Viernes, public contact manager for Surface Shield Roofing Co., says the idea to start the business came from its CEO, Shon Gregory, who wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps as a roofer.

“He left with that,” Viernes said.

The company has won numerous contracts for commercial, residential and government jobs, including a recent deal with the Hawaii Department of Education to repair school roofs in Hawaii.

“We recently merged with our sister company, which was actually the general contracting half of our company’s license,” says Viernes. “So it was a big step for us as well to not only be able to do roofing, but also construction.”

She acknowledges that the pandemic has presented many challenges. “Like any other business, we have difficulties in certain areas and in other areas that we just push through. So that definitely created a barrier,” but nothing that the company can’t overcome, says Viernes.

“We are definitely evolving. We started out as a roofing business with just a handful of guys. And now we do basically every type of roof here in Hawai’i. And, with the recent merger with its sister company, she says, “I know we’re going to be entering a whole new level of work.”