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 it a priority 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.


Kellie Paasch (Armstrong)

Vice President

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

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. She graduated in early 2019.

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


Tom Swanda

Safety 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. In 2020, Tom was promoted to our Safety Manager, overseeing all safety on our roofs. Tom has extensive knowledge of all types of low-slope roofing systems.

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


Tom Bellus

Service Manager

Tom joined our team in 2020 as our service manager, in charge of roofing repairs, maintenance, and inspections. He has been working in the roofing industry for over 33 years. Starting out at an entry-level roofing laborer position has given him a wide range of knowledge in commercial roofing systems throughout his 33 years of experience.

Tom and his wife, Angie, have 5 sons and 4 grandchildren that keep them busy. In his free time, Tom enjoys hunting, fishing, and going to the shooting range.


Steve Hilliard

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 systems and the needs of customers.

Steve has 4 children and 8 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. When he gets a chance he likes to spend his time on the golf course.



Amanda Groff

Office Manager

Amanda joined Independent Roofing Company in 2023. She has been doing accounting and office work in various trades in the construction industry since 2011.

She has 5 children ages 13-23 and enjoys plants, the outdoors, kayaking, and practicing MMA in her spare time.



Mirisa Saunders

Administrative Support

Mirisa has been with Independent Roofing since 2022. She has lived in the Omaha area her whole life and has worked an administrative position in various construction trades since 2009 . Mirisa and her husband have 4 children aged 4-14, they spend most of their time with them and doing various activities.






Gonzalo Vargas

In memory of our dear friend and long time superintendent.

October 1982-June 2022