Our Staff

Catherine Taylor Yank

Owner & Chairman of the Board

Catherine has been involved in the roofing business since 1969 and owner/operator since 2000. Catherine has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and a MBA from St. Louis University, MO. She was the first woman selected as the Outstanding Woman in Construction by Arizona State University’s Department of Construction and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Taylor Roofing was also awarded the 1998 Mississippi Valley Business of the Year by the Family Business Forum at Southern Illinois University.

She has been recognized by the American Society of Professional Estimators as the 1994 National Estimator of the Year, and as a Fellow Certified Professional Estimator. Catherine has completed several terms on the Board of ASPE Board of Trustees.

Her community service has been acknowledged with the Carl L. Schweinfurth Rotarian of the Year in 2000. Catherine later served Rotary International District 6510 as Governor during the 2005-06 year, and remains an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of O’Fallon Sunrise, Illinois. She also currently serves as vice-chair of the Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.

No matter how large or how small the job, she has guided Taylor Roofing along the path of excellence that has been recognized by the largest roofing products manufacturers (Firestone and Carlisle SynTec), the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association, The St. Louis Business Journal, along with the National Association of Women in Construction.  Email: CTaylorYank@TaylorRoof.com.

Joe Perez

Joe Perez

Senior Estimator

Joe Perez joined Jim Taylor, Inc. in 1981 as a roofing apprentice. He became a roofing journeyman in 1983 and was promoted to crane operator in 1987. In 2003, when Taylor roofing decided to expand their roofing maintenance program, Joe was the perfect candidate. Joe developed the Maintenance & Emergency Repair Division to a new level.

In 2011, Joe was promoted to the position of Senior Estimator. His responsibility is now directed to assist building owners and facility supervisors in determining a solution to their individual roofing problems. This could be simply repairs all the way up to a complete reroof. He will explain the variety of solutions and materials that could be used; outline pricing of each solution; assist with the selection of the best solution for the owner; and then work out a time tables to fit with the customer’s needs.

Joe enjoys the roofing industry due to the wide variety of challenges building owners are faced with on a daily basis, and his experience helps attack those challenges. Joe’s hobbies included riding motorcycles, hunting, baseball, football and old cars.  Email: JPerez@TaylorRoof.com.

Tim Atwood

Maintenance Supervisor and Estimator

Tim’s employment with Taylor Roofing began in 1997 with the pre-apprentice program and followed with the apprentice program through journeyman and to job foreman in the Repair and Maintenance Division. In 2011, with the promotion of Joe Perez to Senior Estimator, Tim was appointed to take over the division. In addition to delegating repair crews, estimating smaller repair and reroof jobs, Tim is in charge of our 24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair Service.

Working with past customers and meeting new people at job sites is one of the thinks that motivates Tim. With all of the evolving changing in roofing materials and attachment methods, Tim continues to keep up with current technology by attending various roofing seminars and product round tables. His past experience provides our customers with valid and reliable roofing solutions.

As the father of three boys, he and his wife, Crystal, enjoy camping, golf, just about all sports, music and video games with the kids.  Email: TAtwood@TaylorRoof.com.

Dee Dee Funk

Office Director

Dee Dee joined Taylor Roofing in 2002 as the Accounts Payable and Payroll Administrator. As the company expanded its market, Dee Dee began expanding her knowledge of the estimating field and worked on new construction project bids. She is responsible for reviewing request for bids and works with the estimators on handling requirements for bid submittals.

While some might shy away from the challenge of interpreting a variety of construction documents, various scaled drawings, building and community codes, Dee Dee’s enjoys the challenge and continues to hone her skills through experience and education. Her daily goal is to start every day with a positive attitude and end with the same attitude. She enjoys the outdoors, four wheeling, cooking, travel and a martini now and then.  Email: DFunk@TaylorRoof.com.

Wayne Kniepkamp, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Wayne has worked as a controller for a variety of successful companies prior to his joining the Taylor staff in 2009. He has responsibilities of being the Chief Financial Officer for the company and supervises the work done through marketing and business development.  The small business environment of Taylor Roofing enables Wayne to contribute to the direct success of the company in a variety of ways.

Although he enjoys numerous sports, as an avid outdoorsman, Wayne spends his weekends hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling.  This, of course, is when he’s not spoiling his two grandkids.  Email: WKniepkamp@TaylorRoof.com.

Harry Moore

Superintendent and Safety Director

Harry Moore joined Taylor Roofing in 2009 after 30 years in the construction and excavation industry. His experience with safety supplies and sales helped guide and direct the company to a new direction in worker safety. His responsibilities include pre-job safety planning, new employee orientation, implementing job-specific safety plans and visiting every job site on a weekly basis and providing the foremen and superintendent a report and updates on safety issues and procedures.

Harry carries certifications and instructs classes on forklift operations, first aid, CPR and AED, fleet safety, blood borne pathogens, construction outreach, rigging, and accident investigation. As a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Harry also serves on the Safety Committee of the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association. He is an avid supporter and involved with the Special Olympics of Southern Illinois.  Email: HMoore@TaylorRoof.com.

Mel Weith

Director of Business Development

Mel came to work for Taylor Roofing in January of 2010 after serving more than 30 years with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. Mel served throughout the ranks from jail officer all the way to the position of Lt. Col/Undersheriff. He has a strong commitment to the community, as shown through his continued involvement with Rotary, BOMA, Scouting, Blue Knights, FBI National Academy Associates, March of Dimes, Backstoppers, IREM, and a variety of other community organizations.

Mel’s direct responsibilities are to maintain and increase the relationships between Taylor and construction companies, property managers, business organizations and individuals that may need the future services of Taylor Roofing.  He spends his spare time touring the Midwest on his motorcycle, attending St. Louis Cardinal’s games and charitable functions, and traveling with his wife, Jerrie.  Email: MWeith@TaylorRoof.com.

Sherri Reno

Operations Consultant

Sherri began working for Taylor Roofing in a part-time capacity in 1973, and to full-time in 1977. In 2008, she moved from an employee to an outside consultant, dealing with operations, material and job site management.

A few of her responsibilities include coordinating the company’s vast inventory, ordering materials for each of the job sites.  Along with ordering materials, Sherri has developed a in-house tracking system for invoicing clients for materials received and the work progress on their facility

Developing a production rate analysis on all ongoing jobs, Issuing daily work orders, estimate cards, and leak repair orders are each overseen by Sherri.  Email: SReno@TaylorRoof.com.

Jeff Wix

Estimator

Jeff joined Taylor Roofing in early 2014 but began his career in roofing as an apprentice roofer in 1985.  He worked his way through the ranks to the position of Journeyman, and was promoted to the position of supervising Foreman in 1991.  He supervised all aspects and types of roofing projects over the next seven years.

He then decided to put roofing on hold and further his education, studying architecture at Rend Lake College from 1996-1998, receiving his Associate’s Degree in Architectural Technology, along with a certificate in CAD.  After graduating college he began his career as a estimator.  His experience involves roofing systems that include steep slope shingles, EPDM, TPO, PVC Modified Bitumen and built-up roofing systems.

Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, four-wheeling, playing golf and watching Nascar races.  Email: JWix@TaylorRoof.com.

Karl Beer

Estimator

Karl has been in the commercial roofing industry for nearly 5 years.  Prior to working for Jim Taylor Inc. Karl worked as a single ply roofing inspector in Southern Illinois and Missouri.  Karl would inspect EPDM, TPO, and PVC roofs prior to warranty issuance to ensure the roof was installed per current specifications and details.  In addition to doing inspections, Karl would perform job site visits on roofs being installed and would hold training seminars for new and current applicators to review application procedures, new and current products, and quality assurance to ensure all roofs were installed correctly the first time.

When Karl is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, working on the family farm, and spending time in the outdoors.  Karl is an avid outdoorsman and really enjoys bow hunting whitetails in southern Illinois.  Email:  KBeer@taylorroof.com.