Roofing Success Podcast

Episode 128: Tips on Creating a Purpose-Driven Roofing Company with Kent Panovec & JT Ulyatt

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About this Episode

Kent Panovec serves as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Owner at Maven.  Kent has a Bachelors in Marketing and Project Management and spent 15 years leading sales teams in the IT industry before transitioning to Maven.  Kent joined Maven because of the higher purpose and mission that Maven was founded on.  

​Kent has a passion for mentoring and coaching individuals, and pushing them to attain goals they never thought possible.  This often includes pushing folks out of their comfort zone, which he does often.


Kent is married, has a 5 year old son, Lincoln, and 2 year old twins, Waylon and Raelynn.  When not working to scale and grow Maven, he can typically be found trying to (usually failing) wrangle his 5 year old son.

JT is the founder of Maven Advantage, Inc., a roofing and solar firm.The apex of JT’s passion and vision is helping others while transforming some of the negative stereotypes associated with the roofing industry–all while creating strong, reliable “Mavens.” A Maven is defined as: One Who Is Experienced Or Knowledgeable.

Before devoting himself fulltime to Maven, JT graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Aviation and became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. During this period, JT attended flight school, became an F-18 fighter pilot, went on to become a Company Commander, and served on the strategic level as an Operations Officer in the Afghanistan area of operations.  This background has proven invaluable to Maven’s core value system and subsequent existing company culture.  

In addition to guiding and leading this rapidly growing company, JT is a world class competitor in living room wrassling – honing and developing this skill set within this arena on a daily basis with his 3-year-old sparring partner and son, Axel. Welcome to the jungle. He is happiest spending time with his wife, ToniRae, his son, Axel, and his 7-month-old daughter, Savaya.

On this episode we talk about creating a roofing company with a purpose. 


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