Born and raised in Fort Madison–a small town in South East Iowa–Steve Smith is the youngest of four children. Fort Madison was a typical rural Midwestern town with farms on the outskirts of city limits and small mom and pop stores in town. Besides the jobs that agriculture provided, the main sources of employment were the various factories throughout the area. His dad worked at the Breck plant–which was later bought by Ortho and then finally Scotts–while his mom worked at Sheaffer Pen.
Sheaffer Pen was one of the first factories to close down, something that became all too familiar over the years. After graduating high school, Steve worked at a couple of different factories, including the Scotts plant.
Soon becoming restless, Steve wanted to explore some place that offered more opportunities. Having had friends who lived in Houston, he decided to take his luck in the Lone Star State, eventually finding his true calling after starting his first sales job selling home security systems. He immediately loved it, finding it to be unlike anything he had ever done.
After Hurricane Ike, Steve tried his hand in the roofing business. Since he had worked on a roofing crew one summer as a teenager, he had a good understanding of how the construction side of things went. This prior experience allowed him to transition quickly into roofing sales, a position in which he would explain the process to homeowners who may have never gotten on their roof or ever really thought about getting it replaced.
He enjoyed the roofing business and was good at it–good enough that he was blessed to be able to start his own roofing company in 2010. Over the last eleven and a half years he has worked hard and has been fortunate enough to find good, hard working people to help build and grow the business into something he is extremely proud of.