The Third Generation Carries On
In 1977, Clarence and Gloria were killed in a plane crash while on
vacation. At the age of 26, Debbi Huffman was faced with a difficult
choice: disband the company, or become its third generation family
leader. She made the commitment to her employees to pursue Roy's dream
that the company would not only continue, but thrive.
Debbi saw new opportunities in the roofing industry. One was to
expand Huffman Roof into the public works arena. Through carefully
devised strategies, the company targeted opportunities in the growing
Roy O. Huffman Roof Company expanded its
participation in trade and professional organizations, creating new
business networks which lead to more opportunities. Today,
Roy O. Huffman Roof Company clients include major business, industry, government, school, and residential projects.
In 2004, Debbi
Huffman decided to retire from the roofing business, but she was
concerned about the future of Huffman roof and its many dedicated
employees and clients. She decided the best thing to do was to sell the
company to its vice president, Tom Garton. Tom had worked closely with
Debbi for many years as Vice President, overseeing day-to-day operations
Roy O. Huffman Roof Company.
Tom Garton was no stranger to the roofing business. Garton Roof
Company of Corona was started by his grandfather, Herbert Garton in
1923. In fact, Herbert and Roy Huffman were friendly competitors in the
Inland area for many years. In 1973, Clarence Huffman purchased Garton
Roof Company from Tom's father, Doug.
Tom and his wife, Kim, took over the company on October 1, 2004 after
a stock purchase agreement. Tom and Kim are both deeply committed to
serving the local community with the same dedication to quality and
service as the founding grandfathers.
The Legacy Lives On
After such humble beginnings in 1921, the founding grandfathers would be proud to know that their legacy lives on.
None of this could have been accomplished without the many years of
support from our customers, our suppliers, our friends, and the Inland
community that we cherish.