Washington’s Oldest Family-Owned Businesses

Washington’s Oldest Family-Owned Businesses

Washington Business Journal’s List of Oldest Family-Owned Businesses Wagner Roofing is proud to be ranked #11 in the Washington Business Journal’s recent list of Oldest Family-Owned Businesses. Visit the Washington Business Journal to access the full...
Wagner Roofing Featured in The Washington Post

Wagner Roofing Featured in The Washington Post

Wagner Roofing Featured in The Washington Post Wagner Roofing’s husband-wife team keeps the lid on Washington history (article by Thomas Heath originally published in The Washington Post – http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/wagner-roofings-husband-wife-team-keeps-the-lid-on-washington-history/2015/04/05/c2f80608-d7eb-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html ) Many entrepreneurs make it a point to keep their business and personal lives separate. And then there’s Sheila and Chuck Wagner. Sheila is a no-nonsense administrator who is Mrs. Inside to Chuck’s Mr. Outside at Wagner Roofing, a 100-year-old company specializing in historical preservation. Their division of labor is an example of what happens when a family business gets it right. They built the company into a $12 million-a-year enterprise with profit margins easily exceeding 10 percent. “We complement each other,” said Sheila, sitting at her desk in their Hyattsville headquarters. “I am behind the scenes helping keep all the parts moving so he can do what he does best, which is seeking out jobs. As someone said, there is nothing without a sale.” Click Here for Full Washington Post Article Chuck has literally climbed all over the nation’s past, from Washington National Cathedral to the Old Post Office and Clock Tower, from Mahan Hall at the United States Naval Academy to Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia. The 71-year-old architecture buff knows the back story to many landmarks. He will tell you a compact car could fit in the gutters on the cathedral.
He says it’s a shame you can’t see the stamped copper crests atop the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall (1929) from the...
DC Preservation League’s Bricks & Mortar Ball

DC Preservation League’s Bricks & Mortar Ball

DC Preservation League’s Bricks & Mortar Ball (article by Alfredo Flores originally published in BisNow – https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/washington-dc-scene/bricks–mortar-ball-44360) We went to the DC Preservation League’s Bricks & Mortar Ball at the historic Manhattan Laundry building, which we got to see before its rehabilitation for future office or retail use. We snapped Winmar Construction’s Catherine O’Donnell and Jack Mutty with Georgetown U’s Vanessa Schwartz. Guests dressed in creative black tie and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Here, DC Preservation League exec director Rebecca Miller is with Bell Architects’ T. David Bell and Makin’ Whoopie bakery’s Kimberly Robinson. The ball supported Washington’s only citywide nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of DC’s historic and built environment. Here, Wagner Roofing’s Emily Jagusch and Sheila Wagner with Thompson Creek Windows’ Katie Sushko. Click Here for Full BisNow...
Two Weekend Anniversary Parties Highlight Powerful Washington Businesses

Two Weekend Anniversary Parties Highlight Powerful Washington Businesses

Two Weekend Anniversary Parties Highlight Powerful Washington Businesses The Four Seasons Hotel turned 35, and Wagner Roofing turned 100. By Carol Ross Joynt The other honoree this weekend was Wagner Roofing. Who? Take a look at the firm’s list of clients, easily a match for the Four Seasons roster: the White House, the US Naval Academy, the Maryland State House in Annapolis, DC’s Old Post Office Building, Lincoln’s Cottage, the Mormon Temple, the Smithsonian Castles, and the Washington National Cathedral. We could go on, but do we really need to? Chuck and Sheila Wagner hosted a party on Saturday night at Congressional Country Club to mark 100 years since Wagner’s grandfather, Otto, founded the company in Northeast DC. (It is now based in Hyattsville, Maryland.) It’s not often that a Saturday-night country club party also features a display of tools. But this one did, including mallets, hammers, stakes, cleats, and soldering irons. Oh, and cocktails and sushi, too. Sheila and Chuck Wagner, vice president and president of Wagner Roofing Company, at the 100th-anniversary party their company held on Saturday evening at Congressional Country Club. Click here for full...
Students Touch New Steeple at Maryland Church

Students Touch New Steeple at Maryland Church

Students Touch New Steeple at Maryland Church August 25, 2014 marked the culmination of 10 months of Wagner Roofing working closely with the parish of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington MD to replace their steeple. The original 1962 steeple collapsed and fell onto the church roof from the 70’ high bell tower during the devastating derecho storm  of June 29, 2012. Wagner worked with the Church’s insurer to establish an upgraded replacement scope of work. Wagner hired a structural engineer to perform a complete existing condition survey of the bell tower and develop schematic and construction drawings for the project. Copper Craft of Grapevine TX was enlisted as the steeple manufacturer that designed and fabricated the new spire and cross. A local steel erector was subcontracted to install new support steel and set the 34’ main spire and 8’ cross atop the existing bell tower. Coincidentally, the installation happened to coincide with the first day of school for Holy Redeemer’s 430 students and their parents. All children were given the opportunity to touch the new cross as it lay on the lawn prior to being hoisted 100’ into the air to be set atop the steeple where it will retake its position as the neighborhood landmark. Father Mark Hughes said “What a great opportunity for these kids to be able to drive by here years from now and point out to their kids the cross, noting that they touched it before it went all the way up there where no one else will ever touch it.” Wagner will complete installation of a copper standing seam roof tying the...
How I became a family firm’s first non-family president

How I became a family firm’s first non-family president

How I became a family firm’s first non-family president… Wagner Roofing has been around for 100 years, 99 spent under Wagner family leadership, most recently owners Chuck and Sheila Wagner. That changed this year when Dean Jagusch, a nonfamily member and New Zealander, was tapped for the president’s job. Now he plans to build on the company’s century-old groundwork — with touches of his own leadership style. What did you do before Wagner? I spent 11 years with a local operating unit of a large roofing consolidation. I worked there in various roles — estimator, project manager. I became the local operating unit president and then, most recently, was working on the corporate side running a region of 12 offices for them. Why did you choose Wagner? I had an interest in getting back closer to the core business. Chuck Wagner and I had connected, and it was obviously very appealing that he had a 100-year-old, family-owned business that’s been well established in the Washington area. Wagner works on a lot of unique and very interesting buildings, and I definitely had an interest in that side of the business. Since I’ve been here, some of the more significant buildings that we’ve worked on have been the DAR Constitution Hall, the National Shrine, obviously the Cathedral — we’ve done some stuff on there — and the U.S. Naval Academy. Were those unique projects part of the reason you were attracted to Wagner? Absolutely. It’s trying to create your own kind of marketplace or really distinguish yourself from the pack. I think Wagner’s done a tremendous job of that, and obviously...