Bob Swanda Jr.


Bob joined Independent Roofing Company as a truck driver in 1975. His future mother-in-law was the bookkeeper and his future grandmother-in-law had been the bookkeeper for many years before that. The truck driving job was intended be a step in another direction but ended up being the step towards a long career with IRC.

Being apart of both the Omaha community and the roofing community are important to Bob. Through Independent Roofing Company, he’s made a point to volunteer and give back to organizations taking care of Omaha such as Omaha Home for Boys and Habitat for Humanity.

As part of the roofing community, Bob served on the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association as a board member, part of the executive committee and as president of the association for several years. He was also involved with the Omaha Roofing Contractors Association also serving as president.

He enjoys all types of sports and likes to travel with friends when the opportunity presents itself.

Steve Hilliard

Lead Residential Estimator

Steve is the head of the Residential division and has been with Independent Roofing Company since 2001. He has extensive knowledge of all types of steep slope roofing system and the needs of customers. Steve has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. When he gets a chance he likes to spend his time on the golf course.

Tom Swanda

Service Manager

Born and raised in Omaha, Tom began working at Independent Roofing Company as a laborer the day after high school in 1978. Two years later Tom was promoted to foreman, supervising large commercial projects. In 2005, Tom became our service lead, in charge of coordinating and troubleshooting roof repairs, maintenance and inspections. Tom has extensive knowledge of all types of low-slope roofing system.

He and his wife have two children. In his free time he enjoys being with his family and is an avid Nebraska football fan.

Kellie (Armstrong) Paasch

General Manager

Kellie grew up in Omaha. In college she joined the Independent Roofing team as a part time Office Assistant. After graduating from University of Nebraska Omaha in May 2013, Kellie became the full time Sales Manager and has gone on to be our Commercial Roofing Estimator and Salesperson.

Wanting to further her roofing knowledge, Kellie joined the Future Executives Institute organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association with classes being led through Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

On the weekends she likes to spend time with her husband, friends, family and her dogs, Rex and Tank.

Gonzalo Vargas


Gonzalo joined the Independent Roofing team in 2006 as a laborer. Leadership noticed his work ethic as he spent his daily breaks practicing detail work and moved him to the service team in 2008 where he quickly became the lead technician. In 2018 he was promoted again to Superintendent overseeing various Independent Roofing projects.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and watching soccer.

Debbie Ocken

Commercial Estimator

Debbie began her career in the roofing industry working for a commercial contractor in Lincoln, NE. During those 9 years, she’s held various positions beginning as the Office Manager, then Director of Marketing to her final role with the company of Commercial Sales & Service, where she did estimating, sales, project management, and ran the service department.

She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Professional Certificate in Project Management. She considers herself a lifelong learner and takes every opportunity to explore new industry programming.

Debbie became active in the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association in 2014 and has had the pleasure of serving as Chair of the Young Contractors Council, Co-Chair of the Marketing and Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, and on the Leadership Council of Women in Roofing (WinR).

Yvonne Armstrong

Office Manager

Yvonne has worked in bookkeeping since graduating high school, and began working at IRC in 2009 as the Office Manager.Yvonne grew up in South Omaha and has lived all her life in the Omaha area. She and her husband, Pete, have 3 children.  In her free time Yvonne enjoys spending time with family, attending her children’s sporting events and the occasional trip to the casino.

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