Only 21 years old and with a newborn baby boy, Samuel, knew he had step up and earn a better living. He knew that he and his family would struggle unless he learned the necessary skills to become the best roofer. These were the early 90's, before widespread use of cell phones, high-speed internet, and social media. Back then people had to rely on beepers and pay phones to communicate. There was no YouTube or DIY tutorials to learn anything. That meant you had to be ready to work early, and be prepared to learn, and hope you did not forget something essential or it could mess up your schedule.
For many years Sam worked as a day laborer for many roofing contractors, of which only a few continue to operate. He stood out by picking up new skills that many other workers did not want to learn. It did not take a lot of skill to remove a roof, only stamina, but to dry-in a roof or mop a roof, that took talent. Not very many people wanted to be around a hot kettle and mop, fuming with asphalt, burning at over 400 degrees in the Florida heat. It was a tough job, but one he was willing to accept.
Having learned valuable skills, Sam was able to invest in his own equipment and trucks. His family was doing better and eventually he was given a opportunity to lead a group at a roofing company. Everyday for about 10 years he lead a group of about 6-10 people to remove and replace roof systems all over Florida, and was involved in many new construction projects at the time. By now it was pretty clear roofing was his way of life that allowed him and his family to live comfortably. Then in 2005, something BIG happened. Monarch Roofing INC was born!
Monarch Roofing Inc was born just before the infamous hurricane season in 2005, when superstorms Katrina and Wilma hit Florida, keeping them busy for years! From that point on roofing had become a family profession, in a few years time that newborn son would become the company President earning his Florida State certified Roofing Contractor and General Contractor licenses to operate the business for the future generations of the Huipio family.
Today, 30 years after his introduction to roofing, Samuel is a pioneer in his community, teaching his skills to new laborers, and he continues to work and supervise projects with his son Victor Alfonso Huipio. Although he may be one of the most accomplished roofers of his time, he claims his greatest accomplishment is being a father, and a family man.