LEADERSHIP LOWDOWN Shannon Simonson with RENCO Roofing and Mike Donley with Donley Service Center Inc
The Leadership Lowdown was created to share the REAL story behind valley leaders’ rise to the top, and the truth about what it takes to TRULY succeed in life and business. Hear the raw stories of these leaders’ journeys…the pitfalls, the victories, and all of the heartaches and triumphs in between.
Shannon Simonson is the President of RENCO Roofing. He co-founded the company with his brother-in-law Lon Kumpula in 2004. Shannon’s late father joined the ownership team for many years and then sold out before passing away of cancer a few years back. Shannon has served as the President of the company since inception and has had roles in the sales and business development of the company throughout. His time is now spent mostly on company growth, leadership and the culture of the company; these areas are where his passion lies within the company.
RENCO Roofing has grown into a key player in the roofing industry in the Valley of the Sun in recent years. The company has grown consistently since it was started and has great plans to continue its growth. Initially the company started out as a roofing and commercial remodeling company. A few years later, the company chose to focus on what it does best: Roofing! RENCO serves the residential, commercial and multi-family association markets, focusing in re-roofing for all of these markets. The primary roofs that are installed by the company currently are foam, tile, shingle along with maintaining existing flat roofs and walk decks.
Michael Donley is President and CEO of Donley Service Center Inc. He began his career in 1988 in Tucson, Arizona with the Sheraton Hotel Corporation. In April of 1990 Mr. Donley was hired at Donley Service Center and has held a series of leadership positions during his DSC career, including General, Service, and Sales manager. Mr. Donley also played a key role in creating and leading the transition in to the plumbing and solar service business.
Mr. Donley is a Phoenix native and graduate of Sunnyslope high school and Northern Arizona University. Mr. Donley is active in both the service industry and the Phoenix community. Mr. Donley is the past President of the Executive Association of Greater Phoenix and past President of the Electric League of Arizona and a board member for the BBB. He previously held the position of President of the Arizona Family Business Alliance and board member of the Sun Devil Club. Mr. Donley is a member of the Vistage international, the Phoenix Thunderbirds, Camelback Kiwanis, and has volunteered as a football coach at Christ Lutheran School and golf coach at Sunnyslope high school.
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Jodi has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to build a booming business, master a mindset for success, and achieve the lifestyle they desire through heart-fueled leadership.
Through U & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership
development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities.
Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. In 2016, she founded a non-profit arm of the company—the U & Improved Leadership Foundation—that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.
Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. In 2015, she was honored as an “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. She has received both the prestigious “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Sterling Award.” She was also awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was a finalist for the Junior League of Phoenix’s Valley Impact Award. Jodi is a devoted single parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school programs and with organizations such as Angel Mamas, where she’s served on the board for three years.