After completing two years in the US Marine Corps, a decorated tour in Vietnam, and being honorably discharged at the rank of E-5 (Sergeant) with six months in grade, Mr. Esser began his roofing career in 1971 in Covina, California. Starting as a laborer (kettle tender), Mr. Esser experientially worked his way to the position of company superintendent in less than three years. In 1975, Mr. Esser moved to San Clemente, California and qualified for California State Contractor's License No. 316362 (C-39 Roofing) on March 3, 1976. On March 4, 1976, Mr. Esser founded Esser Roofing Company (ERC). ERC was sold for profit in 1979 with no loss to creditors.
In 1981, Mr. Esser founded Commercial Roof Management, Inc. (CRM) located in Irvine, California. CRM is an independent consulting and roof management firm specializing in preventive maintenance. In the mid 80's, CRM had regional offices in Texas, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Northern and Southern California. At the time CRM was viewed as the largest roof consulting entity in the United States. Over time, all regional offices (excluding Irvine) were either closed or sold to employees. As President and CEO, Bill oversaw the day to day operations of a staff that varied in size from 35 to over 50 employees.
Annual CRM was directly responsible for overseeing and maintaining the watertight integrity of over $500 million dollars in roofing asset value. Services included;
On May 1, 2004, Bill sold controlling interest in CRM to his close friend and then General Manager, Dan King. Mr. King, a licensed roofing contractor, had been a Senior Staff Consultant employed with CRM for over twenty years.
In 1994, Mr. Esser founded the sole proprietorship of Esser & Associates (E&A). E&A is a professional service organization, offering general roofing consulting, expert witness testimony and cost estimating primarily in construction defect litigation, personal injury matters, and insurance related disputes.
In June 2000, Mr. Esser assisted in drafting the State of California's licensing examination for C-39 roofing contractors. Mr. Esser has been certified by the State of California as an Industry Expert and participates on an as needed basis. Mr. Esser has also provided adjudication services as an independent third-party Umpire and Appraiser. Mr. Esser is available as a “specialist mediator” non-legal (mediating roofing-related disputes). Over the past thirty years, Mr. Esser has testified in deposition, Federal and Superior Court, as well as binding arbitrations.
Mr. Esser is a published author and an authority on Roof Management, concepts and implementations. His Articles have appeared in the following publications:
Mr. Esser is a past/present member of:
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In January, 2007 California State Contractor license #316362 was voluntarily retired to inactive status. Prior to that time, it had been maintained continuously in good standing for over thirty-one (31) years without a single complaint and/or licensing violation.
Mr. Esser has conducted educational workshops for:
’85 RENTAL HOUSING EXPO - Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA June 2, 1985
Title: Everything You Wanted To Know About The 'Outside' Of Your Building
THE APARTMENT ASSOCIATION OF ORANGE COUNTY January 25, 1986
Rental Owners Course
Title: Everything You Should Know about Roofing (But were afraid to ask)
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY - NORTHRIDGE April 14, 1986
Physical Plant Workshop & Trade Show, Northridge, CA
BEVERLY ENTERPRISES, INC. (Convalescent Hospitals) June 25, 1986
Title: Roofing - Asset or Liability?
PACIFIC BELL, Pasadena, CA January 15, 1988
Title: Roof Maintenance & Emergency Repair Workshop
PACIFIC BELL, Riverside, CA June 29, 1988
Title: Roof Maintenance & Emergency Repair Workshop
R & B COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT CO., Los Angeles, Ca June 29, 1989
Title: Emergency Repair & Preventive Maintenance Workshop
BIRTCHER MANAGEMENT TRAINING SEMINAR March 1, 1990
Title: Management by Plan vs. Management by Crisis
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNITS (OR-IASIU)
Spring Fraud Conference, Portland, OR March 1, 2005
Title: Gone With The Wind
HANDS-ON ROOFING EXPERIENCE
COST ESTIMATING, SALES & MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE
WORK HISTORY (1971 TO PRESENT)
1971 - 1972: Apprentice roofer for Hughes Roofing Co., Glendora, California.Achieved foreman status
1972 - 1974: Roofing foreman for Holly Roofing Company, Baldwin Park, California.Achieved Company Superintendent Status
1974 - 1975: C. Smith Construction Company, Mission Viejo, California.Responsible for direct on-site supervision of general construction crews including; rough framing, concrete (forming & finish), plumbing, electrical, drywall, insulation, exterior water and weatherproofing, below-grade waterproofing, roofing (all types).Provided customer consultation on roofing options, applications, and architectural detail modifications. Performed installations, all types.
1976 - 1980: Founder & Sole Proprietor of Esser Roofing Company & California Gutter Company located in San Clemente, California.Both companies were sold for profit in 1980 at no loss to creditors
1980 - 1981: Partner in Trans-Continental Roofing Consultants with Gerald Wilson. Company was dissolved at no loss to creditors.
1981: National Roofing Consultants, Glendora, California, employed as Senior Consultant and Director of Roof Management.Provided general consulting services including; surveys, forensic investigations, specification development, expert witness services.Established and oversaw roof management programs for corporate and institutional clients.
1981 - 2004: Founder, majority stockholder, CEO / President of Commercial Roof Management, Inc., Irvine, California.Responsibilities include overseeing all corporate operations, and staff of 50+ employees.
Company sold for profit on May 1, 2004 at no loss to creditors
1994 – present: Owner and Sole Proprietor of Esser & Associates located in San Juan Capistrano, California. E&A provides roofing, waterproofing and sheet metal expertise, water intrusion forensics, construction standards of care consultation, educational workshops, seminars and expert witness / litigation support.
2008 – 11/ 2010: Merger with Roofing & Waterproofing Forensics, Inc., located in Yorba Linda, CA.Served as Senior Roofing Consultant and RMO.
11/2010 to Present: Owner and Sole Proprietor of Esser & Associates located in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Equitable Mgt. & Consulting
City of Norwalk
American Savings & Loan
Management Services Company
American Brand Foods
Department of Consumer Affairs
Business Properties, Inc.
McKay Realty Consultants
Alpha Beta Stores
Charles Dunn Company
|Beverly Enterprises, Inc.|
U.S. Postal Service
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
C.L. Peck Construction
Seeley\Wolff Property Mngt.
Condominium Management Co.
Mercury Property Management
Orange Diocese/Roman Catholic Church
The Prudential Property Co.
Aerojet General Corporation
L.A. County Sanitation District
Hartfield- Lawry`s Foods, Inc.Zody's
MacFrugals Bargan / Close-outs
PNS Stores, Inc
Lee & Associates
Market Basket Stores
Foster & Kaiser
William Lyons Company
Trammell Crow Company
TCW Realty Advisors
Pacific Outdoor Advertising
Western Capital Resources
United Parcel Service
Arthur Rubloff & Co.
AVCO Community Developers
Owens/Illinois (Nekoosa Packaging)
Cal. State University-Northridge
Loyola Marymount University
Vagabond Hotels, Inc.
The Port of Seattle
Property Management Services
Mission Viejo Company
OMF Property Management
Devine Property Management