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Amazing things can happen when you think outside the box.Just ask Wayne T. Lawrence, president and director of strategic resources at Diversity Resources Group, a Dallas-based roofing company with a footprint across the national playing field. “This [company] is a combination of three guys in the roofing and construction industries for 20-plus years,” he said. “We all came together through mutual friends and realized early on that there was not a minority company serving a national audience. In September 2015, Lawrence and his partners – Bert Nunez, vice president of operations, and Chris Zazo, vice president of technology – took the first leap of faith by gaining certification as a minority owned business enterprise.
With the move, DRG was off and running, but a slam dunk wasn’t guaranteed. “There are a lot of a barriers that you have to get through including getting capital, finding the right people and being able to scale nationwide,” Lawrence said. [“The roofing industry] is a ‘good ‘ol boy’ network, and there are a lot of risks.” Before the first contract was even signed, the three partners agreed to treat the new company as a construction management company specializing in roofing. It’s an approach employed successfully by cities, municipalities and throughout
corporate America. “We knew that if we wanted to scale this thing, we needed to have strategic partners across the country in the roofing industry,” Lawrence said.
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Diversity Resources Group is a minority construction management firm with the largest minority-controlled roofing network in the nation. DRG boasts an in-house workforce of Project Managers, Project Estimators, Quality Control Managers, Safety Managers, and LEED Certified staff. Serving clients nationwide, Diversity Resources Group offers an integrated approach to commercial roofing services, including delivery of state-of-the-art weather monitoring technology.
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