Best of Edmond
You might’ve noticed the bright yellow billboards, fleet of trucks and television commercials around town with the well-known “Salazar Roofing” logo. Mike Salazar, owner of Salazar Roofing, goes the extra mile with his advertising, and it shows.
He’s been in the roofing industry for over 25 years and decided to open his own business in 2004. “God gave me a vision,” Salazar says. “I saw thousands of yard signs with the name ‘Salazar’ on them. I started working on it and my vision came true. We’ve done thousands of roofs throughout the state.”
When Salazar first told his wife he wanted to start a roofing business named “Salazar Roofing” she told him no one would call. She advised him to use an American name, but he had a vision in mind. “I’m a man of God. I truly believe everything comes from Heaven. God is good. As long as your faith is strong, God will take care of the rest.”
Salazar was 16 years old when he moved to the US to pursue new opportunities. “Anyone who works hard can do anything here,” he says. “The state of Oklahoma has been great to us. Some of the best people in the world are here, and I put that up on my billboards.”
They stand out from the competition by offering additional services like gutter, siding, windows and paint. They have also begun to place offices all around the Oklahoma City area.
Salazar and his family recently visited his hometown in Mexico and took food and toys to the residents. “We had a great time. Now that we’re in a position to give to others, we’re going to do that. My wife and I will continue to make those trips to Mexico.”
Family is important to Salazar and the company is truly a family business. His daughter, Brandy, is the manager; one of his sons, Michael, is a salesman in the commercial department; and another son, Eric, is a salesman in the residential department.
What started with a dream became a reality. Mike Salazar never lost sight of his vision and his passion for roofing. “I’m in love with my work,” he proudly says. “You have to love what you do to make your business grow.”
When it comes to roofing, Salazar Roofing has got you covered. Visit their new Edmond location at 711 S. Broadway.
Working with children is a joy for Sharon Tanner, owner of Primrose School in Edmond. “There are days when something might not be going the way I would like and all I have to do is look at all those faces and my day brightens,” she says.
An Oklahoma native, Tanner started her career in education when her husband’s company transferred their family to Taiwan. She taught at the American school where her children attended. Her students were mostly Chinese three-year-olds who spoke very little English.
When they moved back home to Oklahoma, the family visited her husband’s brother in Houston and toured the local Primrose School. “I felt I had found my calling,” she says. “I have always had a passion for children and education. I knew I wanted to be a part of the Primrose franchise after that first visit.”
The school offers many unique benefits, including SACS-CASI accredited curriculums which are duplicated throughout the country. “Structure and consistency is one key to our success,” says Tanner. “Our parents and children know what to expect at all times.” Primrose also offers a before and after school program for school age children up to sixth grade, which extends into summer.
Each day can be a new adventure in a school and Tanner recounts an experience she had with an unwelcome visitor. A snake was accidentally let in by the overnight cleaning crew. “I don’t particularly care for snakes but decided if anyone should search, that person should be me.” She found a small grass snake curled up under a rug and placed the snake inside a plastic container. “This became a wonderful science project for the day. Unfortunately, no other staff member wanted to show and tell the snake.”
“Even though owning and running a business takes a lot of hard work, this is not a job to me,” says Tanner. “I am one of the very few, fortunate people I know who has fulfilled a life-long dream. Not only do I get to be a positive part of children’s lives, I get to use our resources to give back to our community. This is an important lesson we teach the children. I am blessed to be a part of an organization that promotes educating children and teaching them to be
For more information about Primrose School in Edmond, call 285-6787.