Ray Byers Sr. is the president/CEO of Byers Enterprises. He began his career in construction as a plumber and roofer on commercial and military projects in Southern California. In 1987, he founded Byers’ Black Gold Roofing, becoming a licensed roofing contractor. The company expanded to become Byers Enterprises, encompassing five divisions today: roofing, Leafguard, solar, land-clearing and Solatube. Byers has significantly built its brand, growing the business by about 50 percent from 2007 to 2009 alone.
It would have been impossible to predict that from the card table in my grandmother’s living room, I would start a business in 1987, now called Byers Enterprises, and 30 years later would have grown it from a single contractor to an 87-employee full-service roofing, gutter and solar business.