Notable Office and Operations Managers: Mike Zell

Class of 2022

Mike Zell, operations and logistics manager for Germantown-based Great Lakes Roofing Corp. oversees the company’s material handling function, estimating and ordering all materials and loading and unloading of every roofing project. 

He is responsible for Great Lakes’ fleet of cranes and tractor trailers, keeping them in working order and DOT certified.

Zell and the material handling division is tasked with making sure the company does not run out of materials, and the past 18 months have been challenging with pandemic-related supply chain issues. However, the division has not had to turn down a single job due to a lack of materials, according to colleague Kris Moran.

“Mike has great foresight and is able to see logjams ahead so that we can prepare for them,” said David Carpenter, regional operations manager. “He ordered materials before shortages hit our market. When suppliers cringed at a lack of materials, he was counting inventory at overflowing warehouses.” 

“He is someone that has always come through when there is a change in schedule, scope, material etc., and he always contributes to solutions for our customers,” said Carpenter. 

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