Michael Sullivan followed his father Harold into the commercial roofing business, and later started his own firm, Starcraft Roof Services (DBA the Sullivan Group), in 1985. Michael took pride in serving building owners, landlords, and property managers with high quality roofing solutions. He was the first commercial roofer in the Bay Area to offer preventive maintenance services. When Michael later became a construction lawyer, he continued in the roofing business as well.
A partnership develops
Current owner Adrian Villanueva joined the Sullivan Group in 1995 at age 21, just five years after arriving in the U.S. from Mexico. Michael recruited Adrian to work for the Sullivan Group when he observed how hard Adrian worked as he helped build an addition to the Sullivan family home. Adrian began at the bottom, doing much of the heavy lifting and debris removal for his crew, while he learned the trade—and the English language. Over time, Adrian developed solid roofing skills and learned the business side as well, including inspections, consultations, bids, and roofing materials. In 2005, his wife Claudia joined the office staff.
The Sullivan Group successfully competes against some of the largest roofing companies in the Bay Area by continuing to provide quality products and services, honest communication, and sound values in all their business dealings.
New ownership, enduring values
In the 18 years that Adrian worked with Michael, he became a trusted employee, project superintendant, and a close Sullivan family friend. During the two years before he fell ill with cancer, Michael trained and mentored Adrian to become his right-hand man. After Michael‘s unexpected death in 2013, Adrian earned his specialized C-39 commercial roofing license, and he and Claudia made an offer to purchase the business from Michael’s heirs.
The legacy continues
Today, Adrian and Claudia are thrilled to carry on Michael Sullivan’s legacy in the commercial roofing business. The Sullivan Group successfully competes against some of the largest roofing companies in the Bay Area by continuing to provide quality products and services, honest communication, and sound values in all their business dealings.