We would like to congratulate Jimmy Canoles on his promotion to Vice President. Jimmy is a fourth generation of the Cole family. He leads our fast-growing Service Group. Jimmy has 35 years of roofing experience and has held multiple leadership roles in the Company, including participating in the strategic planning and implementation of Cole enterprises as we grow in the future.
Jimmy is alumni of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance. A member of the Towson soccer team during his years as a student, Jimmy has for many years dedicated himself to the coaching and mentorship of young soccer players.
Our team is looking forward to years of Jimmy’s leadership and his help in shaping the next 100 years of our company.
Safety is very important to the success of Cole Roofing. As a result of making sure our employees and customers are safely protected, Cole Roofing has received a very low Experience Modification Factor (EMR) of .54. We will continue to concentrate on being the safest we can be.
Cole Roofing Celebrates 100
A Century of family-centered commitment to excellence.
By Rita Colorito
Most construction businesses start with a service they can provide. Few companies start with a mission.
A century ago, John H. Cole, Sr. recognized a need in Baltimore for gutter and spout services, as well as the growing opportunity of home heating through internal duct systems. Working out of his basement on Bel Air Road in the Frankford neighborhood, he soon built a reputation for his commitment to superior workmanship and customer service.
That’s the service John H. Cole & Sons provided. The foundation of the business, however, was putting people to work.
Jim Layman, Vice President of Contruction for Cole Roofing, was featured in the “Details” section of Professional Roofing Magazine!
What is your position within your company?
I am vice president of construction for Cole Roofing Co. Inc., Baltimore.
What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
We installed zinc composite metal panels on a planetarium at a local community college. The building was designed as a cylinder with a sloped roof, and multiple sight lines had to match the panel joints. The project brought back memories of high school geometry.
Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
While I was looking for a summer job after high school, I found out a close friend’s family owned a roofing company. The company needed a yard man and material runner for its busy season, so I filled the position.
What was your first roofing experience?
Unloading tractor trailers and running material from the yard at Cole Roofing’s old shop in downtown Baltimore