What Family Business Means To IRC

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What Family Business Means To IRC

In this issue of our newsletter I thought I would switch gears a little bit. IRC recently won the annual Customer Service Award (large business category) from the Institute of Family Owned Businesses. So, I thought, instead of giving advice on roofing issues I would take this time to recognize those folks who actually make this family a success.

We received word about three weeks prior to the awards banquet that IRC was a finalist in the competition. So, I started to think about whom, in our IRC family, needed to be recognized for this achievement. I needed to have in mind what I would say to recognize all those family members who should get credit. Of course there are many St. Hilaire’s in our family business but my brother John and I also consider employees, customers and even vendors as part of our family. So whom do we thank?

The more I thought about it the more I realized that the usual people who get recognized in a successful family business are the Owner’s and the staff. So I wrote down a few points:

  • A company that acts more like a family than a company is more likely to treat it’s customers like family.
  • The family members who have the most impact on the customers feeling like they are part of the family are the field personnel!  Not the owners or the staff- the folks in the field that deliver solutions and work products to the customer.

In particular – in our line of work – no one person has more to do with the success of this endeavor than the foremen. Yes we have Operations Manager’s and Project Manager’s. Technicians and laborer’s, but it’s the foremen that have the most contact with the customer, and are the most likely to determine the satisfaction of the customer.

Consider that you own a commercial building, or a home for that matter, and there is a group of men working on your roof. They could be there to repair a roof leak or install a new roof. If the foreman is cordial, professional and runs his crew like a family, you will come away with the feeling that you are part of the family also!

So, without a doubt, the family members who deserve the most credit for this award are the foremen that work for IRC, without their dedication in the field we would not have an opportunity to serve so many great customers whom we like to call family.

Please email rick@ircmaine.com with any questions or comments about his article.


Rick St. Hilaire is the President of IRC Roof Management Services. He’s been developing improved techniques and systems to enhance and lengthen the Service Life of commercial roofs and building envelope systems. He’s been involved in the commercial roofing industrial for over 25 years. IRC Roof Management Services is the only company in Maine specializing in delivering these techniques and systems and is part of the IRC family of companies. Rick can be reached at rick@ircmaine.com, or you may reach him at the Lewiston, Maine office.


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