Meet Our Team

Those of us here at King of Texas take pride in providing you with the best possible roofing solutions. This means working closely with you, performing quality work with a highly qualified and experienced team.


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Nelson Braddy, Jr.
Founder

Nelson R. Braddy, Jr. has been in the roofing industry since 1979. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and working in the engineering field for several years, he joined his father-in-law at R.W.King, Inc. Further, he subsequently founded his own commercial roofing company, King of Texas Roofing Company, L.P. in Dallas, TX in 1982. Mr. Braddy has been an active participant in the National Roofing Contractor Association since 1984. Having served on numerous committees and tasks forces, Mr. Braddy was on the Board of Directors for two terms, Vice President on the Executive Committee for two terms, served as Senior Vice President from 2012-2013, President from 2013-2014, and Immediate Past President from 2014-2015.

Kelly Van Winkle
President/CEO

Kelly served on the Executive Committee of the NRCA as Vice President of the Association, was on the Board of Directors, and currently contributes to other NRCA committees in various capacities. She was also engaged as President of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) and still enjoys membership in NAWIC, the National Association of Women in Construction. Kelly entered the family business, beginning the third generation of her family in commercial construction. Kelly was named President/CEO in December, 2019 and has been Co-Owner of King of Texas Roofing Company, LP since 2013. Most recently, she is honored to contribute as a board member of Duke University Women's Impact Network and as a member of the Big D Dallas Chapter of YPO.

Tom Grimm
Director of Operations & Logistics

Tom began his tenure with King of Texas 32 years ago. Initially, he began as a laborer, then lead man, foreman, superintendent and currently project/operations manager. In his free time Tom enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and spending quality with his family.

Lance Van Winkle
CFO & Director of Business Development

Over the previous 15 years, Mr. Van Winkle performed mergers and acquisitions and finance transformation consulting engagements for multinational corporations before joining King of Texas in 2016. He currently serves as Director of Business Development which includes strategic initiatives, estimating, proposal development and project management duties associated with the operations of King of Texas.

Jeff Newberry
Director of Estimating & Project Management

Jeff took a flyer as a draftsman at Eagle Roofing Systems in 1985. He joined the KOT team in December of 1995 as an estimator/project manager and never looked back. “My longevity at King of Texas can only be attributed to the great, dedicated work force with whom I work with every day. It is incredibly rewarding to work with some of the most honest, hardworking people in the industry." Jeff and his wife Christine, reside in Fort Worth. Together they have 6 grown children and 5 grandchildren.

Refugio Alvarez
Safety Director

Refugio has over 18 years of construction/manufacturing safety experience in the Dallas area. As King of Texas Roofing Company’s Safety Director, he is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company’s safety performance in its drive toward zero injuries. Refugio manages all safety programs to ensure a safe workplace, including safety orientations, skilltraining, emergency preparedness, proper job instruction, and the use of protective equipment. He also assures that the workplace is in compliance with OSHA safety standards and that periodic safety audits are conducted. Refugio works closely with King of Texas’ management team in a collaborative effort to enhance the safety culture throughout all of King of Texas’ projects. He is currently a member of the NRCA and works with the organization to develop better safety standards for the roofing industry. Prior to joining King of Texas, Refugio worked as a Bilingual Safety Instructor, assisting in the safety and job skills training of over 6,000 construction industry students.

Jennifer Gonzalez
Director of Contract Administration

Jennifer's career trajectory showcases a remarkable transition from her beginnings as an Accounting Manager to her current role as a pivotal member of KOT's leadership team. Starting in 2002 as a Project Assistant at KOT, her responsibilities expanded to include overseeing the Repair and Maintenance Department, where her work ethic, and meticulous attention to detail proved invaluable. Today, as Director of Contract Administration she plays a crucial role in managing the contractual aspects of projects within the organization. Her journey at KOT highlights her adaptability and capability to take on progressively challenging roles. Moving from project assistant to managing a department underscores her leadership abilities and proficiency in handling diverse tasks within the construction industry.

Debbie Parker
Director of Human Resources & Administrative Services

Debbie Parker joined the King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, team in August of 2015, bringing personnel and administrative experience from a 20-year career in construction in general contracting as well as road construction. As Director of Human Resources & Administrative Services, she works diligently to ensure all team members’ employment experiences are beneficial for the company and for them. Her philosophy of open communication, teamwork, and a healthy work-life balance aligns with the tenets of King of Texas. Debbie is currently serving on the SAM (Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex) board of directors as secretary. This organization provides commercial trade subcontractors with the tools needed to achieve their business goals through the exchange of information, market awareness, educational opportunities, fellowship, and mentorship. Debbie is a graduate of the Stagen Academy Integral Leadership Program, Class of 2022, and a current student of the Stagen Academy Advanced Leadership Program, Class of 2024.

Salome Gutierrez
Repair and Maintenance Representative

Salome has been roofing since he was a teenager, working under his father’s company and learning the trade. He joined the King of Texas family in 2020 as a roofing laborer and has worked his way up into his current position as the Repair & Maintenance Representative. In his free time, he enjoys time with his puppies and two kitties, go-carting, and spending time outside however he can.

Lori Buckner
Accounting Representative

Lori has worked at King of Texas Roofing Company since 1990. She is responsible for accounting-related activities; billing, cost accounting, tax filing, cash management, accounts payable, payroll, and finance activities. She majored in political science at the University of Texas at Arlington, then returned to college for a degree in business. Lori is truly blessed to be a wife and a mother with one lovely daughter. She enjoys RV camping, outdoor recreation, sport shooting, and spending time with family and friends. She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with our wonderful employees, clients, and suppliers.

Darryl Feist
General Superintendent

Darryl is one of KOT’s longest tenured employees, having joined the team in 1991 as a field foreman. Quickly recognized as a valued team member with a dedication to quality and detail, Darryl was promoted to KOT’s lead superintendent and has been overseeing the company’s field operations since 1995. He has been involved in every large scale project in KOT’s history, from the new North American headquarters for Toyota to nearly a dozen facilities for Amazon. Because of his skill, knowledge and dedication, Darryl’s personality is a major contributor in making KOT feel like a tight-knit family. Darryl and his wife Wendy enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, whether it is at their lake house in East Texas or in the mountains of Colorado.

Robert Dutting
Assistant Project Manager

Robert Dutting is a seasoned roofing professional with over 25 years of diverse roofing expertise. With a focus on standing seam metal roofing, Robert has honed his skills across a spectrum of roofing materials, including slate, clay tiles, shingles, and various metal roofing systems. His extensive experience extends beyond roofing to encompass metal wall panels, ACM (Aluminum Composite Material), and sheet metal roll forming. Robert is pivotal in the success of the King of Texas in-house sheet metal department. Having worked in challenging environments across Alaska, Hawaii, and New England, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge in installation techniques, repairs, and intricate detailing across different climates and terrains. Robert is always eager to contribute to problem resolutions, whether that be the management of the workforce in the field or the collaboration with our clients. Robert’s ability to provide solutions to issues with architects, engineers, owners, and other contractors is an invaluable asset to King of Texas. His contributions have been instrumental in the establishment and subsequent flourishing of KOT's Metal Roofing Division. As an integral part of our team, Robert continues to expand the knowledge of the metal roofing department as not only a seasoned metal roofer but as a NRCA Qualified Trainer. Robert enjoys his off time at his house deep in the country with his wife and 3 girls.

Kyle CahillKyle Cahill
Assistant Project Manager

Kyle recently joined the King of Texas team after completing his degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M University. He starts the ground running within the roofing industry and our operation as he interned for King of Texas for two years while on break from Texas A&M. While at Texas A&M, he served as a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Parsons Mounted Cavalry, and the Corps of Cadets. Kyle also participated on the Texas A&M’s Old Army Roofing Team which won 1st Place in the Roofing Alliance’s Student Competition. He is very excited about joining the King of Texas team and has already made a significant contribution. Gig’em Aggies!

Miguel VelazquezMiguel Velazquez
Safety Assistant

Miguel has several years of experience working with the King of Texas team in our sheet metal operations. He recently transitioned to the Safety Assistant role working under our Safety Director. He already brought significant knowledge to the role concerning roofing safety protocols due to his field experience with the sheet metal crews. Miguel collaborates and works with General Contractors and the management team to ensure a safe workplace on each project. He performs multiple job site visits and conducts safety audits to ensure required procedures and best practices are followed by the roofing crews. If he identifies any shortfall in the performance of key safety protocols, he will remediate them immediately both through communication with the roofing crews and upper management.

Victoria LopezVictoria Lopez
Project Administrator

Victoria originally joined our staff in May 2021 as an administrative assistant. Her passion for building and construction started in high school, where she took engineering and robotics courses. She is studying to obtain her Associate's degree in Construction Management by December 2024. Victoria will also receive her Commercial Construction Assistant Superintendent Certificate in December 2024. Working at King of Texas, Victoria has gained a better understanding of the construction industry, which has been helpful in her classes at school. She recently transitioned to the project administrator role, for which she is excited to learn and be more hands-on in working with our projects.

Jesse Guiterrez
Superintendent

Jesse Guiterrez has been an integral part of the King of Texas Roofing Company, LP team for 30 years. In his role as Superintendent, he works closely with Project Managers and crews to optimize scheduling, metal fabrication, and installation of our projects. Jesse’s leadership is instrumental in facilitating successful communication between the office and the field. When Jesse isn’t roofing, he enjoys his time at the ranch with his Family and horses.

Cody Gutierrez
Sheet Metal Shop Manager

Meet Cody Gutierrez, the Sheet Metal Shop Manager at King of Texas Roofing. Cody's journey with us began as a hand in the sheet metal fabrication department, where his dedication and leadership skills propelled him to his current role. With expertise in sheet metal fabrication and a keen eye for detail, Cody ensures the seamless operation of our shop, overseeing production processes and maintaining quality standards. Outside of work, Cody indulges in his love for fishing, finding solace and excitement on the water. His blend of professionalism and skill makes him an invaluable asset to our team, driving success at King of Texas Roofing.

Jesus Almaraz
Assistant Superintendent

Jesus has been working in the roofing industry for 10 years. He joined the King of Texas family in 2018 as a Skilled Mechanic roofer. In 2020, Jesus was promoted to Roofing Foreman. In 2023, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. In his current role, he works closely with the Project Managers, General Superintendent, Foremen, and Crew to ensure successful completion of projects. Communication is essential to Jesus, and being bilingual allows him to have effective communication with everyone. In his spare time, Jesus enjoys spending quality time with his family. They enjoy local travel, exploring new places with their children, and watching their daughters participate in local taekwondo tournaments.

LaShay Holley
Administrative Assistant

Lashay joined King of Texas after moving to Texas from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has enjoyed the Texas culture. Lashay took on the role of Administrative Assistant. She comes to King of Texas after being in the administrative work field for 15+ years. Lashay has a double major degree in Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice that she received from Upper Iowa University. Lashay enjoys art and music. Lashay looks forward to enjoying many years with King of Texas.

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