James Godsil founded Community Roofing & Restoration as “Community Roofing Collective” in 1975 when he left a career in academia as a teacher at Alverno College and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Godsil made the career transition from academics to roofing and restoration contractor in an effort to better support his child and provide for his family.
He founded the roofing company with a vision to “build a network of self-managed artisan shops that worked together freely in collaboration.” His goal was to renew the city of Milwaukee while maintaining the historical significance of older buildings. With that in mind, he developed a highly-qualified team of tradesmen that could do the job right while meeting the necessary standards to uphold historic preservation.
Since starting the Community Roofing business venture all the way back in 1975, Godsil stayed true to his early ambitions of maintaining the historical integrity of Milwaukee. He’s collaborated with thousands of Wisconsin business owners and homeowners and restored numerous historical buildings over several decades.
Godsil eventually handed over the reins to Josh Fraundorf several years ago. Fraundorf is currently the managing owner. He’s been in the roofing industry for more than 25 years himself and, since taking over as the owner, he’s made it a priority to uphold Godsil’s vision by providing roofing services of the highest quality.
Fraundorf met the founder, Godsil, while he was playing soccer at UW-Milwaukee back in 1996. The relationship between Godsil and Fraundorf grew as did the appreciation for the craftsmanship it takes to restore homes in the Milwaukee area. The two continued to work together and grow the business and partnerships until Fraundorf took over in 2014. Godsil is still very much involved in the company as both a salesman and a mentor.