Tom S.


Safety Director

How long have you been with Independent Roofing?

I started 42 years ago with no experience as a roof helper and it was only supposed to be a summer job. However, once I started working, I realized Independent Roofing wasn’t just a job, but it was a family. Everyone I have worked for in the company from owner Bob Drebius to Bud Padon and now to my brother Bob Swanda, has treated me like a part of their family.

What do you think sets Independent Roofing apart from other roofing companies in Omaha?

Aside from Independent Roofing always creating a family atmosphere, I think the one thing that sets us apart is how much we care about our customers. If we make a mistake, we do whatever we have to, to rectify it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family. I am married to the love of my life, we have two beautiful children together, a gorgeous granddaughter and another on the way. I also love watching Nebraska Football and grilling and smoking foods at home.

What advice would you give to new hires?

Work hard, ask questions, ask to be taught. Pay attention and safety is always first.