Joseph K. Lamb Jr., the owner of Gulf Western Roofing, was 8 years old when his family moved from Washington D.C. to Davie, Florida for a new challenge. His father, Joseph K. Lamb Sr. and uncle, Richard, purchased R&J Roofing. Just a few years later, at the young age of 13, Joseph Lamb Jr. was already gaining experience in the roofing industry.
Working with his father and uncle, Joseph pressure-cleaned, set and repaired tile roofs, carried hot asphalt, completed dry-ins and metals—and even helped haul pea rock to the dump trucks.
As his father’s business continued to grow, Joseph Jr. attended Tulane University before transferring to the University of Florida to study Construction Management. He became a licensed roofing contractor in the 1980s, and later acquired his building contractors license in the 1990s.
Joseph Sr. and Richard ran R&J Roofing until 1982 when they formed R&J Roofing of Palm Beach, Inc., and moved the operation to Boca Raton, Florida. During this time, Joseph Lamb Jr. was project manager for the largest asphalt shingle project in the United States, The Bluffs in Jupiter, Florida—a project by Burg and Divosta.
Richard Lamb and Joseph Lamb Sr. entered the roofing business installing shingles, gutters and flat deck hot asphalt applications on residential jobs in 1962.
As Joseph Jr. was broadening his experience, R&J Roofing of Palm Beach was also undergoing rapid growth, expanding to Naples in 1993, and appropriately changing the name to R&J Roofing of Florida. Joseph Lamb Jr. ran the Naples expansion until 1997, when he formed his own contracting company, Lamb Construction Group. Two years later, Joseph Lamb Jr. created Gulf Western Roofing under Lamb Construction Group.
What Sets Us Apart
Throughout the years, Gulf Western Roofing expanded from Southwest Florida to Central Florida, and developed a strong sense of community along the way. The GWR team has participated in many local charities including the Blessings in a Backpack program, Meals on Wheels, The Children’s Network of SWFL and multiple charitable golf tournaments. They have also provided no-cost roofs for local veterans in Southwest Florida and a children’s ranch in Central Florida. In 2009 and 2010, Joseph was also the business manager for Knox Academy, a private special education school in Bonita Springs.
Gulf Western Roofing also differentiates itself from the competition by taking great pride in every roof installation. They have maintained a high level of quality and integrity for over 17 years, and have a industry-known willingness to stand behind every single project. As Gulf Western Roofing grew in size, it also developed unmatched financial strength and stability. Gulf Western Roofing proved its financial strength by keeping its doors open during the deep recession of 2008—even avoiding massive layoffs and cutbacks.
Anyone even tangentially involved with Florida’s construction industry has been witness to a bumpy ride of the past decade. From the construction boom of the early part of the century to the global financial recession, things have been anything but settled. As a result, the roofing industry saw many once-major players close-up shop, but Gulf Western Roofing emerged stronger than ever. Many of the company’s managers weathered the financial storm right alongside Joseph, celebrating over ten years with the company; it’s a commitment to unmatched longevity in the industry.
Since Gulf Western Roofing first started, Joseph K. Lamb Jr. made it the company’s mission to become the most respected roofing contractor in the region. By any measure, Gulf Western Roofing has surpassed his lofty goal.
Joseph K. Lamb
Joseph K. Lamb, Jr., is the President of Gulf Western Roofing. Joseph started GWR in 1999 to better serve the roofing needs of Florida. Since then, he has guided the company with a steady hand, first through a period of extremely rapid growth and change to both the area and the industry, and later through a global economic downturn that saw many long-time competitors fall by the wayside. Through it all, Joseph ensured GWR maintained the same high levels of quality and professionalism. Joseph attended Tulane University and then University of Florida, where he majored in construction management. He was one of the first contractors in the nation to attend and be certified by the Roofing Sciences Institute in Denver, and is on of only three RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional™ in the entire state. In Joseph’s three decades of roofing experience, he has managed the installation of over three million square feet of roofing products. In addition to being a Florida Licensed Roofing Contractor (#CCCA46933) (#CCC1330348), Joseph is also a Florida Licensed Building Contractor (#CBC058337).
As General Manager, Keith is responsible for overseeing the Southwest and Central market. Prior to becoming a team member at Gulf Western Roofing in 2014, Keith had over 30 years of exceptional construction experience. Fifteen of those years were in the roofing industry. At GWR, Keith’s tasks include reviewing bids, job costs and job closeouts for our numerous projects. He also self-assuredly oversees collections, job productions, job scheduling, installations and final inspections on those projects. As acting General Manager, Keith supervises all employees and warehouse activities.
VP of Corporate Development
Nick comes to us from the management team of Home Depot, where he was in charge of multiple stores in the South Florida district. He has extensive experience in finance, logistics, material management and recruiting, to name a few of the many business skills he will be bringing to the GWR family. Nick’s primary mission is to bring opportunities in multiple markets both inside and outside the roofing industry so we may continue our the expansion of our product lines and geographies. Nick has a great understanding of our history, our methods and our Core Values and he embraces many of them as passionately as we do.
REMEMBERING A FRIEND
It is with great sadness we recognize the untimely passing of one of our own, Michael Wheatley.
Mike served as Operations Manager for Gulf Western Roofing for many years, earning a reputation for safety, quality and productivity in the Southwest Florida homebuilding industry. He had extensive operations experience in both residential and commercial roofing, and was recognized as a Master Roof Mechanic. Mike started his roofing career with Wheatley Construction, his late father’s company back in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He completed a three-year carpenter’s apprentice program while he was still in high school, later becoming a supervisor in the family business. At the young age of 23, he became a construction superintendent in Washington, DC, overseeing commercial and residential roofing jobs as well as home renovations. After moving to Naples, Florida, he worked as a roofing foreman and later as an operations manager for a local construction company before joining Gulf & Western.
Let us always remember Mike. He will forever remain in our hearts.
It is with great sadness that we recognize the untimely passing of one of our own, Javier Medina.
Javier worked with the Gulf Western Roofing team as a Field Supervisor. With over 18 years of roofing experience, Javier proved himself to be hardworking and diligent, carefully overseeing the completion of new construction projects in Southwest Florida.
Although his hardworking nature was unmistakable, Javier always allowed for his fun-loving personality to shine through, especially when it came to dancing. Javier was notorious for being the first on the dance floor at every party.
Most notable about Javier was his strong love of family. Coming from a big family as the only boy among nine children, Javier reveled in surrounding himself by his loved ones. His favorite times were spent with his two sons either playing in the pool or cheering on their favorite soccer teams, Real Madrid and Guadalajara.
This is truly a great loss for Gulf Western Roofing and the community. Javier will be remembered as an extraordinary person who had a smile for everyone. He was a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Let us always remember Javier. He and his family will forever remain in our hearts.
Be the premier Florida market leader in residential and commercial roofing.
How We Live It:
- Attracting and cultivating a high-performance workforce through our team-orientated culture
- Partnering with the highest quality product and material suppliers
- Conducting every interaction with integrity
- Building and sustaining a financially sound company
Why It Matters:
These initiatives enable us to consistently provide excellent customer service and maintain the best practices in the industry.
Every Gulf Western Roofing employee abides by the same core values. It’s why we’re a leader in Florida, and why you’ll feel valued every time you interact with us.
Making the world a better place starts with us.
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
The one thing stronger than any of us is all of us.
Service and sincerity are our most powerful business tools.
It’s always the right time to do the right thing.
The pursuit of excellence is both a method of business and a way of life.
Our most important asset is our people.