Basketball Hall of Famer and Emmy-winning broadcaster Bill Walton will be the keynote speaker at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas on Feb. 3 where he is sure to grab the attention of the thousands of roofers who are looking for a winning formula in the industry.
Basketball Hall of Famer and Emmy-winning broadcaster Bill
Walton will be the keynote speaker at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas on Feb. 3 where
he is sure to grab the attention of the thousands of roofers who are looking
for a winning formula in the industry.
Walton’s address at Mandalay Bay
is titled “Nothing but Net,” but after a nearly 2-hour interview with Mr.
Walton, I can tell you this will be among the best motivational speeches you’ve
The following excerpt is a sample of what to expect from Mr.
Walton - one of the most unusual champions of our time - and small peek into
our feature story to appear in the On Site Show Daily thatRoofing
Contractorproduces for the show.
Bill Walton knows
there’s a difference between a basketball court and a rooftop, but he points
out there are a lot of similarities.
“The concept of teamwork, overcoming adversity, hard work, a
mastery of the fundamentals, and a positive attitude are exactly the same in sports as they are in
construction,” Walton said. “You need to establish friendships, develop loyalty
and foster cooperation. Pride comes from that loyalty; it’s what drives you. And
as you keep building up the progressive tiers of life, remember intentness,
initiative, alertness and self-control. Those are the things that allow you to
be in charge of your own life.”
Walton said that as
part of the concept of teamwork you should expect to develop qualities that
will allow you to become the best. “At the top it’s all about poise, confidence
and competitive greatness flanked by faith and patience,” Walton said. “Build a
winning team with the foundation of the fundamentals. The world of roofing is
exactly the same. If the core of who you are is not as solid as it can be, even
the greatest roof will not protect you; it will not keep you dry; it will not
provide the necessary shelter from the storm.”
Want more of the Bill Walton story? You’ll get it all in the
IRE On Site Show Daily in Las Vegas Feb. 3-5. For more information, visitwww.roofingcontractor.com.
Watts Up: Bill Walton to Address Roofers
By Tom Watts
Tom Watts is the associate editor of Roofing Contractor. He can be reached at 248-244-1738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.