JB Barentine

JB Barentine, Pittsburgh roof contractor

JB has been involved in the practice of residential and light commercial new construction, remodeling and restoration for more than thirty years and plays a leadership, operational and business development role for Empire Roofing & More.


JB says “I have fire-in-the-belly and a passion for creating customer/client success, for beating business goals, and for developing partners/employees to the fullest of their capabilities”. His key attributes to success and the creation of winning solutions for clients and customers include: Keen Listening, Engineering Expertise and Effectiveness, Operational Excellence, plus outstanding Multi-Channel Communications. Wherever possible, JB says “I conduct business face-to-face, because I believe it is best for customers and clients, plus it is best for my organizations.”

For his organizations he adds, “Effective communications with clients and customers results in the best opportunity to ensure my organizations understand our clients’ and customers’ needs, wants and desires. My goal is for my organizations to couple effective understanding of the situation with a systems approach for best-value while also creating an ongoing advisor/client relationship.”

He continues, “As former US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, I understand the implementation of ownership of results, the leadership responsibility to meet customer needs and desires, and the associated necessity for attention to detail. Of course, none of this is possible without plain old hard work. I offer full commitment to customers to fulfill the contractual responsibilities and to exceed expectations, where possible and because of mutual partnership with the customer. Our goal is to transition a customer transaction to a client relationship. My partner and I pride ourselves on delivering at both the detail level and the macroscopic level, through thoroughness, accuracy and integrity.”


The career of JB Barentine has taken him around the world several times, both above the clouds and below the water; and eventually “docked” in Pittsburgh, which he now calls home. He lived in Highland Park for more than a decade and now lives in the North Hills.

Peers in various industries have offered that “JB has been described as Catalyst Champion: Catalyst as change agent for positive corporate growth and profit, Champion for the voice of the customer.”

Earning honors through academics and professional studies, he has a broad and deep understanding of many engineering disciplines, having completed undergraduate engineering work at Georgia Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering), and a dual fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that resulted in an MS Degree (Environmental Studies) and post-MS/Professional degree (Systems Engineering).

Following a highly successful career in the US Navy (Submarines and Engineering Duty), JB was selected to executive positions in the AeroSpace/Defense Industry. In a series of diverse positions, he focused on business development and strategic planning, engineering and program management, as well as mentoring the next generation of professionals. Over the course of his military and civilian career, he earned accreditation and designation as a Professional Engineer (PE), a Program Management Professional (PMP), and Defense Acquisition Professional (DAWIA), plus a variety of other executive certifications in leadership, operations and engineering. He has lead and managed organizations from the thousands to the few with equal proficiency, effectiveness and customer focus.

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“Very responsive. Called back promptly. Thorough explanation of damages and repair that was needed. Very professional. Continued correspondence throughout entire process. Estimate was spot on, and work was done in extremely good time. No complaints. Cleaned up all mess, end result looks great.”

—Amy L.

“I have worked with Roman and JB on multiple occasions. They bring a high level of professionalism to their projects. The experience is informative and thorough. You certainly feel more educated about the scope of work, and what to expect after your interaction with them. I highly encourage you to give them a call for your next home improvement project.”

—Howard B.

“Roman was very professional, punctual for all appointments, very much available (phone, email, text) & was in and out as promised. Initially quoted 2 days work, but they were done in one, which was helpful. When an inspector made one comment (I’m selling the house), Roman addressed it immediately. Great guy to work with.”
—Sam R.

“Professional, knowledgeable and friendly, Roman was professional with a friendly easy manner that made him easy to talk to. I wasn’t sure of the color I wanted and he was very helpful to me in making my decision. I would recommend him to others.”
—Gale M.

“Empire replaced my roof last summer. I was very pleased with their promptness, professionalism and their work. My existing skylight developed some leaking last week. Roman came out immediately after I called and fixed the area. He also blew all the leaves off my roof—which was quite a job, being a large ranch house in the woods!
Thank you, Roman!!”