BucketTalk Ep 41 | T.J. McCormack

T.J. McCormack



This week on Bucket Talk, we chat with the world’s best roofer, Colorado-based TJ McCormack, who also happens to be our first roofer we’ve had on the show. After serving four years overseas as a torpedo man in the Navy, he came back to Washington, D.C. and became a police officer. He was with the police for 14 years, but eventually decided to head a different direction. He saw a Craigslist ad looking for folks to sell roofing and the rest is history. Listen in as he chats with our hosts about navigating his early career, the ins and outs of the storm chasing roof industry and what he’s up to after a couple of decades in the roofing trade.  

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A child of the 90s, TJ joined up with the Navy just before the turn of the century, serving as a torpedo man on an Aegis cruiser. After his time in the military, he joined the police force in the Washington, D.C. area. After 14 years, he decided to move on, getting into the roofing industry after taking a job with an insurance company that sold roofing directly to roofers, cutting out the middle man. 

“I did some odd jobs, you know, trying to find what was best for me to do in a new world. In my middle 30s I stumbled across a Craigslist ad and became a recruiter for a insurance program that basically would send roofs directly to roofers, from the insurance company. And that's how I got started in this industry.”

These days, TJ works for himself — he owns a company called One Industry, One Model, where he helps educate and train folks on how to sell roofs from a financial point of view. Outside of sales, his main responsibility is project management, with both residential and commercial crews. Residing in Colorado, he sees a lot of damage from hail and other inclement weather, which makes the insurance model make sense, as opposed to selling roofs door to door.

“Now I'm so interested in helping the sales guy or the sales girls, sales people, be more successful by understanding the trade and full versus just understanding how to knock on a door.”

Now he’s not only thriving in the sales world and spending time with his big family, but he’s thriving on social media, where he is working to educate the masses — and it’s working. On his TikTok account @WorldsGreatestRoofer, he has millions of views and over 250,000 followers that he interacts with, helping them make their next steps in the world of sales, roofing and beyond.

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