Star City Six – Frantz Antoine
Xcel Roofing (loveourroof.com) provides the community with quality products and services for residential and commercial properties, including replacement and repair of roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Frantz Antoine is a project manager for Xcel Roofing.
Tell us a little about your business.
At Xcel Roofing, we know that the communities we live and work in are the heart and soul of our company. Along with the quality exterior restoration work we do, we also support our neighbors through volunteerism, leadership, and service. Xcel Roofing recently achieved the Integrity Award by the Better Business Bureau for customer service and performance!
How did you get started in the business?
I was recruited by my long-time close friend Matt Preister, owner of Xcel Roofing.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
When I first got into this industry I didn’t know anything about roofs or construction. Gaining the confidence of customers in those beginning stages was a huge hurdle, but with the support of the team, I got through it.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have a wife, three beautiful stepdaughters, and a baby on the way! I’m also a proud step-grandfather! When I’m not working, they are the ones I spend the majority of my time with.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
I’ve had many—from living in a different state to marriage and changing careers—but the biggest point at this time is finding out I’m going to be a dad!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I’m a huge “foodie” so anything from going out to eat or grilling at the house, to watching chef Gordon Ramsay on TV.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
In the professional world, most people don’t know that I love to dance, and I’m pretty good at it too!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“If you believe you can or you believe you can’t, either way you’re right.” I keep that in mind every day.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Everyday I’m Hustlin’” by Rick Ross!
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Well, for as much as I’m on roofs, my super power would be to fly.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I think it’d be cool to be a famous actor!
What is your favorite TV show?
I watch Hell’s Kitchen a lot, and I’m really enjoying the new season of The Walking Dead.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Xcel Roofing has donated several roofs to Habitat for Humanity in every city we have an office in: Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Des Moines, and Grand Island. We’re currently fixing a house for a veteran who is unable to use his hands anymore. His story is moving.
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