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.