Canadian author, John Geiger, once wrote that everyone we meet serves a purpose in our lives: “Some people will test us, and some will bring out the best in us, but they will all teach us something about ourselves.” Kyrah Coker, vice president of finance at National Roofing Partners (NRP), has shared in the author’s ideology throughout her career of more than 20 years. She believes that no relationship is a waste of time because every person we encounter contributes to our growth as individuals. Her beliefs were validated as a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studied economics and sociology. After earning a degree in interdisciplinary studies, she set out to merge the financial side of business with the human relationship side. Today, integrating relationships into finance is Kyrah’s specialty as she leverages culture, strategy, and individual care plans to effectively grow companies.
NRP is a Texas-based, single-source solution for commercial roofing needs. They provide anything related to roofing—restoration, replacement, solar attachments, telecom, and more. The company’s worry-free guarantee and exceptional service to both regional and national clients has resulted in numerous honors and recognitions. NRP was named an Inc. 5000 Honoree by Inc. Magazine and has been ranked among the Top 10 Best Places to Work by Dallas Business Journal. Every year since 2014, the company has received a Carlisle’s Excellence in Single-Ply Award, and in 2018, they won the Carlisle’s Perfection Award. NRP is also a member of the Pinnacle Council in the Johns Manville Peak Advantage Contractor Program—an honor achieved by less than 2% of the program’s contractors. Recently, the Top 100 Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with Kyrah to learn more about the company as well as her background and current responsibilities.
Have you always been in the field of construction finance?
I’ve been in finance since the late nineties, but I started out in the corporate sector working for a publicly traded pay phone company. In 2006, I transitioned into construction finance, where I’ve remained for the past 15 years—with the last four being in roofing specifically. All the construction roles I’ve held have been in finance in some capacity: director of finance, regional finance director, controller, vice president of finance, etc.
Tell us more about your current role at NRP.
As vice president of finance, I am responsible for the accounting operations of the company. This includes the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). I am also responsible for the company’s IT, HR, and risk management, overseeing the cross functional relationships between partners, clients, and employees.
From an insider’s perspective, what sets NPR apart from other companies in facilities performance services?
We build on the strong expertise of Tier 1 roofing partners across the U.S., and our network consists of more than 200 service locations and 12,000 team members nationwide. Together, we provide unparalleled roofing and building envelope services, solar support services, and telecom services for every customer. NRP also offers experience from the executive level, to account managers, to an industry-leading customer care team. With in-depth knowledge of roofing and facility management, team members evaluate customer needs and provide solutions that offer strong returns on investment as well as consistent, excellent customer experiences.
What is the worry-free guarantee?
NRP guarantees that we will correct any type of issue and make it right. We want to make sure that all our team members are easy to do business with, respond rapidly, and arrive on time. We pride ourselves on being the best in class so that our customers should never be given cause to worry.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being in finance has afforded me the opportunity to be responsible for human resources, which incorporates employee programs and company culture. The human capital aspect of my work is immensely fulfilling. I have enjoyed being a part of employee’s growth journeys over the years and hope to continue to expand that in my career.
You serve on four different boards. Share a bit about them, including the role you play within each.
First, I serve on NRP’s board of managers as the company’s vice president of finance. Then, there’s the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), which is dedicated to serving the needs of construction financial managers and their service providers through the power of education, networking, and information. I’m director on the board as well as a member of CFMA’s scholarship committee. Next, I serve as a member of the board and as vice chair of mentorship for National Women in Roofing. NWiR is a volunteer-based group that supports and advances the careers of female roofing professionals throughout manufacturing, design, installation, investigation, repair, management, and every step in between. Our membership also includes and welcomes men who support the inclusion of women in the roofing industry. Together, we provide mentors to help women move up in the ranks and grow their careers. I’m also on the local board for National Women in Roofing as vice chair of community outreach. We provide charitable donations through our network of non-profits, which benefit women and children. Whether it’s through my role as vice president of finance or by serving on a board of directors, my mission is to grow and improve the industry while continuing to learn from every person I meet along the way.
Vice President of Finance, National Roofing Partners (NRP)
L to R: Jessica Kaltenbaugh, Corrie Sanders, Kyrah Coker, Sharon Overton, Caitlin Archey and Diane Alcala