Local CEO is finalist for Female Roofing Professional of the Year

WESTBOROUGH – Greta Bajrami wants to be seen as the top of her profession.

Bajrami is one of five nominees for the first Roofer of the Year award from Beacon, a Virginia-based roofing materials distributor.

Bajrami, CEO and founder of Golden Group Roofing in Westborough, is a familiar face in MetroWest.

She was one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40s in 2017 and one of Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 in 2019. Bajrami, who emigrated from Albania at a young age, only entered the roofing industry a decade ago.

“It was a brave move as a young woman and as a young mother and as a young immigrant,” she said. “In short, about 10 years later we became one of the best-known roofing companies in the MetroWest region.”

Bajrami, 31, said she didn’t notice people were nominating for her.

“If I win roofer of the year, I hope that every girl or boy can listen, that it is time for stereotypes, scars and all the labels that society wants to bring people into. It is time to let go of that because we are. At a time in our lives we can be anything we want, ”she said. “Roofers, I always say, literally saved my life because it was an industry that welcomed me with open arms.”

Bajrami said she got into the roofing industry when she saw an ad for a position as a roofer and decided to do it, and worked hard to get into an industry where she had no previous connections.

“Every night I went home and learned more and more about the roof until I earned a seat at the table because building is a difficult industry to really get a seat at the table,” she said. “I have earned the respect of my colleagues. It didn’t matter that I was a girl or that they were men. After all, we were all roofers when we sat on a project. “

Greta Bajrami is one of five nominees for the first Roofer of the Year award from Beacon, a Virginia-based roofing materials distributor.

Bajrami is the treasurer of the North East Roofing Contractor Association, which she believes was a high point of her career. She also speaks on podcasts to spread the word that jobs are rewarding and respectable in professions like Small Business, Big Grown, and RoofersCoffeeShop.

Part of her success, she said, has been changing the way she serves customers, such as offering online service calculators and reviews to prospects – things that are a little unusual in the industry.

“When a person like me, who is young, is trying to apply what they learned in the college classroom or in life in general to the umbrella industry, it is sometimes difficult,” she said. “There is a lot of opposition to how things were always done or how things were always built.”

Greta Bajrami is one of five nominees for the first Roofer of the Year award from Beacon, a Virginia-based roofing materials distributor.

To open the industry to a wider range of people needs to change the attitudes of both the people interested in a career in the craft and those of the clients who might assume it is a man if they call a roofer.

She said an entrepreneurship course she took at her alma mater, Worcester State Univeristy, played a huge role in her success. She is now a member of the school’s board of directors, the advisory board of the Entrepreneurship Council and works as a student mentor.

“Sometimes you just need one class. I needed this class to know that it could be possible that I could think differently, ”she said. “I firmly believe that if we can only educate young adults about entrepreneurship and the opportunity to think, innovate and thought in general, we can improve their lives in so many ways.”

Those who wish to show their support for Bajrami can vote online until June 7th. The other four finalists are from Illinois, Colorado, Virginia and Alberta, Canada.

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