Daniel DeJarnette

Chief Operating Officer

What does a typical day look like for you at Polyco?

I’m responsible for operations engineering, procurement, human resources, sales and marketing. My priority is making sure that different departments are working with each other to carry the business forward. There is never a dull moment.

What did you do before joining Polyco?

I’ve always been in asphalt or roofing in some fashion. I started working in the roofing industry when I was a student at the University of Alabama. I held various roles, including quality assurance, technical services, operations and different management roles. I joined Polyco in 2014 as Vice President of Operations and stayed in that role for two years. I left the company for about two years to work at a startup before coming back to Polyco. I’ve been here ever since. 

What are you most excited about at Polyco?

The team we’ve built over the last two years. We’ve made a lot of changes to the organization and brought in some incredible talent. We’re now starting to see some of the benefits to our business from an efficiency standpoint, as well as the support for the growth of the business on the pavement side. It takes a lot of brainpower and time to pull it off successfully. So, that’s making sure we’ve got the right people in the right place with the right amount of time to do their job and do it correctly.

Why is sustainability at Polyco important?

There are a lot of materials right now that are being disposed of within landfills, our oceans and other places. We can incorporate some of those materials into our business to improve roads and roofing products. Not only can we incorporate those materials in our products, we can also make better products with them. We have the potential to make roofs and roads last longer which improves their lifecycle and keeps them out of landfills. Ultimately, it’s making use of those materials that are available to us.

What does the future look like for Polyco? 

I think eventually Polyco will expand throughout the United States. We may see some overseas growth and opportunities as well. But ultimately, we’ll continue to find different niches in the marketplace where people have needs and come up with solutions that fill those needs. That’s the core of our business. 

What do you love to do outside of work?

My favorite hobby is cycling. I do a fair amount of road cycling. I also picked up golf in the last couple of months. I’m pretty horrible at it, but it’s something that I really enjoy. Our golf club is only about five minutes from the house, so it’s easy to jump in the truck and go over there and play. I also love spending time with my family, including my wife and two daughters. 

“We have the potential to make roofs and roads last longer.”

Insights

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