By Meredith Knight | Photo by Kenny Richard Photography
Lorie Thomas didn’t have to think long before choosing a name for her roofing company. Rellek Roofing is “Keller” backwards, and although her company services a larger area than just the town of Keller, it was Keller that was Lorie’s first true hometown. As such, it holds a special place in her heart. When she became a mom, she was determined her own kids would know a true hometown and that hometown would be Keller, Texas. It’s been a great decision for them.
Those people skills and her heart for service led her to success in sales. And while a gifted salesperson can sell anything, when she accepted a job with a multi-state roofing company, Lorie found her true passion. “When someone calls a roofing company, they’re often in a vulnerable position,” Lorie said. “They’ve been hit by a storm, need an aging roof replaced, or are undertaking a home renovation. They need someone they can trust. I never want anyone to worry who will take care of them and their property. We will.”
The relationships Lorie developed with homeowners often stretched beyond their roofing project and into true friendship. And when she took the plunge to go out on her own, those clients/friends were eager to refer her new company to others and to call her when they had roofing and construction needs themselves. Rellek Roofing grew through word of mouth. Five-star reviews began gathering on the internet, the Better Business Bureau awarded them an “A” rating, and the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce awarded Rellek Roofing & Construction, LLC 2022 New Business of the Year in Lorie’s first year in business.
For Lorie, the best part of her job is helping homeowners in a time of need, walking with them through what can be a complex process, helping them process insurance claims, and often walking away with a new and enriching friendship. “I’ve also enjoyed getting plugged into local chambers and networking events where I’ve met so many like-minded businesswomen,” Lorie said. “We support each other, and I’ve found many new friends and colleagues.” She’s also an active member of Women in Roofing and NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) and is working on her OSHA 30 certification.
There’s no doubt Lorie’s richest blessings are her two children. Her daughter is 23 and working with Dallas Design Group (and with Mom on the weekends), and her son is 17 and a junior at Keller High School. Together, the family devotes time to giving back to local nonprofits, feeding the homeless by providing them with toiletries and other needed items. “I’m so proud of my kids and their heart for service,” Lorie said. They attend Milestone Church in Keller and enjoy traveling whenever they can get away. Find out more about this dynamic leading woman and her women-owned roofing company at RellekRoofing.com.