Our Team & History

Sully Jones Roofing has been in business since 1952 and managed by a veteran team of roofing industry professionals with over 200 years of combined experience in the roofing trade. In addition to providing sound business management practices, the Sully Jones Roofing management team members are hands-on roofing experts.

The History of Sully-Jones

With over 70 years in the roofing business, we like to say that Sully-Jones is

Here Today…Here Tomorrow.

1952 – Sully Jones Roofing was founded by Ezra (Sully) Sullivan and Art Jones.  We opened for business in 1952 on Adams Avenue in San Diego, California.

1960’s – Art Jones retired and  sold his interest in the company to Sully in the 1960’s. Under the corporate name of Sully-Jones Co. Contractors the company specialized in roofing, siding, painting, awnings, remodeling, and room additions. Licensed as a B-1 General Contractor, a C-39 Roofing Contractor and a C-33 Painting Contractor, the company built a reputation for quality work and exceptional service.

1970’s – By 1970, the company had grown out of our Adams Avenue location and purchased a larger property with further room to grow in Lemon Grove.  At that time, Sully-Jones decided to focus all of our energy and resources on residential, commercial, and multi-family roofing.

1980’s – In the 1980’s as Sully was starting to prepare for retirement. He sold a small portion of the company stock to Brion Martin, a trusted employee since 1970. In 1985, Jim Thomson joined the firm and also purchased stock in the company.  By 1989, Brion and Jim had purchased 100% of the company and Ezra Sullivan was able to retire knowing that the company was in good hands.

1990’s – With Brion Martin as President and Jim Thomson as Vice President, the business rapidly grew and soon needed to move into a larger facility.  The current headquarters in El Cajon was purchased in 1993.   Brion and Jim continued to build the company into one of the most respected roofing companies in San Diego County. Sully Jones Roofing invested into bulk storage technology in order to buy larger quantities of material at a lower cost. Sully Jones Roofing also became the exclusive applicator for Polara Polyester Roof Reinforcement products. We also acquired a specialized spray rig (one of only two in the USA) that has the capabilities of applying over 15,000 square feet per day of ceramic granule roof surfacing. The result is higher quality at a lower price.

2000’s – Always looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs, the management team at Sully-Jones Roofing began to acquire much of the hi-tech equipment that enables our crews to complete jobs faster, with higher quality and at lower cost.  Sully Jones Roofing‘s developed SJ-T24 roof coating that met California’s Title 24 roof reflection requirements. SJ-T24 could be applied at half the cost of other roof coatings. Sully Jones Roofing also developed SJ Roof Leveler that could level low-pond areas of flat roofs without re-sloping the entire roof. The philosophy of investing back into the company is something that we have continued over the years and as a result, Sully Jones Roofing is able to offer our customers the best quality at very competitive prices while providing exclusive products and services that save our customers money.

2010’s – Sully-Jones Roofing continues to add equipment, technology, and expert staff to better serve our clients. We are proud that a high percentage of our client base are repeat customers and referrals from our customers. A new mission statement was added to our company. A mission statement that everyone in the company believes in and works toward achieving.

Every employee at Sully Jones Roofing is responsible for building long lasting relationships with every customer in such a positive way that they will eagerly tell others about their experience”.

Environmental regulations and evolving technology radically changed the roofing industry in the 2010’s. As a result, Sully-Jones phased out all roof systems that required hot asphalt and replaced them with new single-ply roof systems. TPO, PVC, KEE roofing systems took hold and completely replaced hot asphalt roofing. These new products were cleaner, safer, easier to repair, extremely reliable, and easy to maintain. Thanks to the trust that our existing customers had in our company, the transition to these new products was an easy one.

2020’s – Sully-Jones Roofing continues to provide great customer service and employment to over 40 families, all while continuing to implement new technology to increase efficiency, accuracy and safety. Sully-Jones is excited to see what the rest of this decade brings.

With extensive experience in the industry and an entrepreneurial spirit, the Sully Jones Roofing team has developed several exclusive, advanced products in order to provide the best products at the lowest cost possible. Read more about technical innovations that are unique to Sully Jones Roofing.

Sully Jones Roofing is best known for knowledge, honesty, fair prices, quality, and exceptional service. Sully Jones Roofing has been recognized as one of the best Roofing Contractors in San Diego and has been written up in several periodicals including RSI Magazine’s Top 100 Roofing Contractors, four years in a row.

We are looking forward to our next 70-years serving San Diego County.

Here Today…….Here Tomorrow

Meet The Team!

James Thomson
President

With over 47 years of experience in the roofing industry, James provides strong leadership for the company by working with the board and other executives to establish short and long-term goals, plans and strategies. He is responsible for presiding over the entire workforce and manages budgets, making sure resources are properly allocated. James ensures all departments meet their individual goals and is responsible for overall accountability to shareholders and the general public. He has an entrepreneurial mindset and adapts quickly to changes in the marketplace. James encourages business investments from the community and acts as the public face of Sully Jones Roofing. A former member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Roofing Contractors Association SDRCA) and the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), James remains active in the SDRCA, the National Roofing Contractors Association, the San Diego County Apartment Association, the East County Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau of San Diego.

Tina Taylor 
General Manager

Tina is the decision-making, problem-solving force behind Sully Jones Roofing and has been with the company for 20 years. Her skills are indispensable, which ultimately leads to the optimal efficiency of Sully Jones Roofing. She develops strategic technological and financial opportunities, presenting assumptions and recommending objectives, and by devising new policies that prove beneficial to the goodwill of the organization. Tina increases management’s effectiveness by way of a recruiting process which involves training and orientating through to disciplining managers, planning, monitoring and appraising job results. She develops incentives and a climate for offering information and opinions and provides educational opportunities for staff, as she is always looking to improve overall skill and performance, company-wide. Tina enforces ethical business practices and maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards all the while upholding our Mission Statement. She and her husband David have been married for 17 years and provide a safe, healthy “home” environment for their large collection of animals (over 35 animals, and yes, each and every one of them has a name! From cats to chickens and goats to horses!)

Chris Sawaya 
Commercial Project Manager

Chris’ 35-year roofing career began as a foreman working on roofs in 1987. From foreman, he moved into estimating and project management in 1994 where he found himself to be a better fit in the roofing industry. Chris prides himself with problem-solving by way of experience, researching and recommending solutions for roofing needs, whether it is in repairs and rehabilitation to extend the life of the roof or to find a new roofing system to fulfill the customer’s needs and budget. Chris shows commitment to the company and also with his long-standing customers by many repeat customers and word of mouth referrals. Chris is active in his local church as well as in several business associations. He is a committed family man and has been married to his beautiful wife Cecilia for 25 years. Together, they have raised a family with 8 amazing children. Chris says, “I am always accepting donations for college tuition!”

Ronnie E. Brown 
Apartment & Commercial Project Manager

In 1998 Ronnie came to Sully Jones Roofing with 8 years of roofing experience and was hired on as a repairman where he quickly moved up to Crew Foreman, Field Supervisor and now is one of our Project Managers. His growth within this company is a tribute to his excellence in direct customer contact, project commencement through completion and follow-up, being on his job-sites daily along with his extensive knowledge of several types of roofing systems. Being a native San Diegan, Ronnie has great knowledge of the San Diego area and is actively involved with the San Diego Apartment Association (SDAA) where he networks with current customers with whom he has grown very long-lasting working relationships. Ronnie is always reaching out to prospective customers by way of his genuine caring attitude and friendly, approachable manner and stands as one of Sully Jones Roofing most seasoned employees, having dedicated his time with us for 24 years. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 34 years and have raised two wonderful children. Ronnie spends his free time with his family vacationing, boating and camping.

Alfredo Franco 
Single-Family/HOA Project Manager

With over 20 years of experience in Customer Service, Project Management, and Sales, Alfredo is a fantastic addition to our team, exhibiting his professionalism, utilizing his bilingual (English / Spanish) skills, solid demonstrated work ethic, and problem-solving attitude. Alfredo is the embodiment of the “Semper Fi” (“always faithful”) motto and has put this motto into practice throughout all aspects of his life from the moment he enlisted in and graduated from Boot Camp in the United States Marine Corps. Alfredo is originally from Los Angeles and now resides in San Diego. He is the father of two beautiful children whom he loves spending time with. They are an active family who enjoys camping, hiking, and family vacation trips to Baja. Alfredo can be found, any day of the week, rooting for his favorite sports teams as he is a huge sports fanatic.

Emily Thomson 
Corporate Secretary

Emily manages Payroll and Billing. She demonstrates an executive presence topped with solid corporate communication skills and plays a leading role in shaping the public image of Sully Jones Roofing. She is in alignment with and intuitive to CEO and directors’ line of thinking and possesses the necessary skills to lead and work within a multidisciplinary setting to achieve consensus. Emily is creative and detail-oriented, flexible and maintains an appropriate perspective no matter how pressured a situation. Her approach to daily difficulties is handled with her fun and friendly attitude which keeps the office, always, in good spirits.

Ryan Wells 
Sales Operations Manager

With over 15-years’ experience in Sales Management, Ryan brings his strengths to Sully Jones Roofing with a level of care that exceeds all expectations with clients and internally as well. He is active in commercial and residential trade shows within the San Diego community. Ryan’s 20 (+) years of computer knowledge encompass a wide variety of problem-solving skills. He determines the technological needs of Sully Jones Roofing and seeks to meet those needs, formulating plans to achieve solutions by recommending and implementing computer hardware, software, and programs. He is a valuable addition to the team as he performs with professionalism and excellence in direct client contact. He and his wife Stacey have recently begun the journey of parenting with their sweet daughter. Ryan enjoys family trips, watching baseball, hiking, camping, and off-roading.

Jenny Bates 
Personnel Director

Jenny is the first physical point of contact at Sully Jones Roofing where she greets, advises and directs customers to the appropriate department, exhibiting friendliness and professionalism with coworkers, vendors, and suppliers. Jenny comes to Sully Jones Roofing with a Business Management and Marketing background as well as 17 years’ experience in the roofing industry, beginning with a small, successful, roofing company in New York. Jenny was hired at Sully Jones Roofing as a data entry administrator and was quickly promoted to Personnel Director of Human Resources. She manages the overall provision of Human Resources services and carries a small role in Accounts Receivable. Her background has proved valuable to Sully Jones Roofing for recruiting new customers by way of conducting market research, collaborating with cross-functional departments-IT, sales, production, communications strategies, identifying opportunities for customer research, website updates, and social media automation. Jenny has been assisting with Accounts Receivable for the last 3 years with the desire to further her education in Business Management. She is the 9th child of a 10 kid clan and is the mother of two very talented, adult children. Jenny loves creative writing, poetry, drawing, painting, gardening, hiking, camping, off-roading (Jeeps, dirt bikes, quads,) and everything to do with Harley Davidsons.

Kim Pauley (and Sally Jones) 
Operations Manager

Being involved in the roofing industry for 27 years has given Kim a standard of excellence in customer communications and relations. Kim emulates our Mission Statement to a “T.” She oversees the day-to-day operations of jobs, crews, and locations. Kim works with our subcontractors, suppliers and all services associated with all roofing projects. Kim has a deep understanding of office operations, management software, strategic operations initiatives, and logistics and is comfortable navigating a fast-paced environment with the ability to stick to tight timelines. She has a willingness to jump in and roll her sleeves up to help out wherever help is needed. Kim enjoys Country music concerts and horseback riding and is a lover of animals. She is the mother of one and oftentimes will be found with her trusty sidekick (our mascot) Sally Jones by her side.      

Jeff Bond Service
Project Manager 

Jeff is considered our “Clutch-man” , always making himself available to assist with various roles within Sully Jones Roofing. He has been involved in the roofing industry since 1989 and is well versed in all aspects of roofing systems. Jeff has a keen eye for maintenance and provides thorough roof inspections and often utilizes our Drone Technology for inaccessible roofs. He provides photo inspection reports which act as the “eyes on the roof” for our customers and has attended board meetings with property managers to assist in a thorough account of the scopes of work and how implementing maintenance can get the most life out of the roof, oftentimes helping the owner to save money, by holding off on what can be costly reroofs. Jeff prides himself with his attention to Customer Care from project commencement to completion and follow-up, making sure that customer’s needs are met with a profusion of integrity, excellence, and quality.  Jeff has been coaching Little League for many years and relishes free time with his family. He is the father of three children and his pride and joy are his granddaughters, the newest members of his family. He enjoys jet skiing, sports, classic cars, and Rock concerts.

Kyle McGraw 
Production Manager

Kyle started with Sully Jones Roofing in 2004 bringing experience in the roofing and carpentry trade, as he spent several years as a youth helping his father and uncle on various roofing projects. Kyle’s work ethic along with being a quick learner has quickly advanced him from roofer to foreman, to Production Manager. Kyle is well versed in all types of roofing systems and displays analytical thinking in problem-solving. His duties include quality checking jobs during production and upon completion to ensure each project is to Sully Jones Roofing standards. He communicates effectively with labor crews and property owners so that everyone is aware of the project’s timeline, tracking and resolving production-related issues.Kyle provides a positive learning environment for employees to foster successful development and site-specific training. He and Kristina are enjoying the first stages of their precious newborn daughter Kylie. Kyle loves the beach, camping and the outdoors.

Joseph De La Cruz 
Business Development Manager

Joseph De La Cruz may be the first face you see with Sully-Jones. He achieves customer acquisition, develops prospects into long-term customers, assists with community outreach and supports our customers who support charity causes. Joseph attends trade shows and is responsible for marketing Sully-Jones during the shows.He has many years experience working in the roofing and property management industry. Joseph is a problem solver that feels there is no problem he cannot solve. Joseph is a huge sports and music fan, also enjoys spending time traveling with his family.

Nick Armas 
Licensed Drone Service Operator

Nick Armas

Nick Armas, brings Sully-Jones Sky-High as our licensed Drone Service Operator for the last three years. This has opened up greater opportunities for our valued customers with difficult inspection needs. Nick has been with Sully-Jones for four years, beginning as a Data Entry Specialist and was quickly recognized for his computer skills. He moved into computer generated rooftop drawings, processing proposals, and expediting all office needs along with Tech Support for all employees. Nick is skilled at video marketing and assists with our website and social media platforms as well. He is the youngest of 6 children and spends his free time attending concerts and travelling with friends and family and is working on getting his Computer Programmer Certificate.

Leo Bravo 
Safety Manager

Leo Bravo

Leo brings 8 years of Military service experience to the Sully-Jones team. He is responsible for in-house training, safety meetings, and job site safety. He is always provoking safety standards. Having acute attention to detail and efficient record-keeping standards, Leo upholds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws/regulations in order to minimize accidents and injuries, keeping our roofers and customers safe.

Leo is from Northwest Arkansas and loves the outdoors. He will generally be spending his free time venturing out into the beautiful countryside, hiking and backpacking.