It’s been a year and a half since my husband Brian Land passed away. It feels like a decade of changes have been condensed into that small timeframe. Yet it’s also like nothing has changed at all. Land Enterprises Roofing was Brian’s dream, his passion, and his legacy. I got to watch him build it from the ground up. Now I’m honored to carry on his namesake as the owner and face of the company.

I wanted to take a moment to share how my role has changed within the company and what the Land Enterprises team is doing to carry on Brian’s legacy.

How my role has changed in the company

Since Brian’s passing, I have taken on an extremely active role in Land Enterprises Roofing. I handle networking, hiring, strategic partnerships, client relationships, and so much more. I always had a role in the company, but I went from having a toe in the water to being knee-deep in the day-to-day. And I have to say, I love it.

As I shared in our one-year update, Brian’s roofing contractor number with the state of Oklahoma was retired after he passed, much like a sports team retiring a jersey number. His number was #80000030 and mine is now #80004579. It’s a symbolic change more than anything else, but that marked a pivotal moment in my transition. I could feel Brian passing the torch onto me, saying, “You can do this.”

Honoring Brian’s commitment to integrity

I may not do everything exactly like Brian, but I do it with the same level of integrity. Brian focused on providing the best quality installs, even if it costs us more money to install the right system. He knew that with great work came great customer loyalty, and our clients have come to expect that over the last 30+ years. Land Enterprises Roofing continues to maintain great relationships with homeowners and strategic partners, building off the foundation Brian left for us. 

One of our mottos as a company is to “behave with a servant’s heart.” We do the right thing even when no one knows we’re doing the right thing. Every job, every inspection, and every conversation is another opportunity for us to honor our customers and the amazing man who started it all.

Being a woman in the construction industry 

Perhaps the biggest question I’ve received since taking over Land Enterprises Roofing ownership is, “How does it feel to be a woman in the construction industry?” Men in the field certainly outnumber me, but thankfully, I have not experienced the hurdles I thought I would. I’m knowledgeable, confident, and eager to learn about the areas I’m not entirely familiar with yet. People respect that, regardless of my gender, and I respect their value in return.

I’ll admit: I’m still not as good as Brian. He had something special that I could never replace. But I’m getting there, and I can feel him guiding me every step of the way. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

14 Comments

  1. Amy on October 19, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Amazing family. Amazing legacy. Kirsten is nothing less than a shining example of strength and commitment. No doubt Brian is beaming with pride.

  2. Allison M Vogt on October 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    I am very proud of you and all that you have done and will do in the future! I know Brian would be too. Love you!

  3. Nancy Durall on October 19, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I am sure you are not climbing up on a roof. Lol. Good luck in the future

  4. Jane Lowther, President of E & J Properties on October 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    An excellent statement which shares your philosophy and carrying on the traditions that Brian began. You are to be commended for the effort you are making to keep the company alive and God-driven in your motives. Keep up the good work as you have quite a cheering section who is rooting for you and your ethical and moral commitment in completing the job successfully!

  5. Catherine Furr on October 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I am so incredibly proud of you, Kirsten, and I know Brian would be too! The level of strength and perseverance you have shown is incredibly inspiring.

  6. David Liszeski on October 20, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Being transparent is a leadership trait that you clearly have. Taking on a new role in business, especially the lead role is what you make it. You are doing great. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing your heart. Wishing you and your company many prosperous years ahead.

  7. Frank Newcomb on October 20, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Kirsten, not only do you have a high level of integrity with your customers, you also have that same high level of integrity with your vendors. Thank you for carrying on with Brian‘s legacy and integrity.

  8. Gregory Vogt on October 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Beautiful! I know your Mom would be extremely proud of you. I know I am.

    Dad

  9. Gavin Marshall on October 20, 2020 at 10:16 am

    It is always good to do business with a conscientious and ethical company. We know you share and continue Brian’s original philosophy.

  10. Cheri hunter on October 20, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Kirsten, Jim and i are so proud of you! I know Brian is looking down with the same respect and pride. What a blessing that you and Brian did such a great preparing you to take over the company. God was certainly in the driver’s seat in those years before Brian’s passing.

  11. Charles Thornton on October 20, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Brian came to Del City with a Farmers insurance inspector evaluating a storm damage claim and Brian pointed out details about the damage that I do not think the inspector would have noticed. I thought Brian worked with Farmers and never heard of Land Roofing or how Brian found out about the claim; however, Farmers had done me wrong in the past. I chose a different roofing company that I had used many times and do not know if Brian was compensated for his expense coming from North of Edmond. Farmers included items in the claim that Brian described which may not have been included as Farmers is far from a great insurance company. I appreciated Brian’s efforts with the claim and believe he really helped me.

  12. Nick Massey on October 20, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I’m sure you’re doing a great job Kirsten and will carry on the legacy you both established.

    Nick Massey

  13. GREG PIPER on October 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Kirsten,
    I’m so thankful that I knew Brian through our Thursday morning breakfasts. Whenever I see a Land truck while driving I think of him. I’m so happy to read what you’ve written. What a role model you and Brian are to your sons. I refer all my friends to Land Roofing whenever there is a question concerning their roof. May God continue to bless you, your family and Land Roofing.
    Regards,
    Greg Piper

  14. Sybil Hale on October 20, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Kirsten, I am so proud of you! You are an amazing business woman in a man’s industry. I love it!

    I would like to invite you to a luncheon for the Association of Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma. Let me know and I will get you the details….

    I love your heart, integrity, and always going up and beyond. You will continue to grow!!

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