2013 Founders & Visionaries Series, Hawaii Business Magazine


When Guy Akasaki started Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii (CRW) in 1993 with a 3-man crew, he strived to be the island’s leader for new roofs and repairs for Hawaii’s commercial buildings. 20 years later, the roofing industry has undergone drastic changes with technologically-advanced roofing applications and environmental initiatives that step beyond simply keeping out the elements. Through Akasaki’s foresight and determination, CRW was able to develop a comprehensive energy solution for their customers with a holistic approach to pre-positioned roofing assemblies and photovoltaic systems that transform roofs into an additional floor of income.

“I think what makes CRW different is that we stick very closely to the core values articulated in our mission statement to be a unified team, taking our experience and expertise to be on the cutting edge of our construction technology and in the end – exceeding our client’s expectations,” said Akasaki. With the convergence of roofing and energy technologies, Akasaki quickly identified the merging of ‘known’ and ‘new’ technologies that inevitably exposed a gap in the integration and developed a working model that provided an accountable solution to renewable energy tax credits and subsidies, asset valuation, long-term warranty assurances and cost accounting strategies.

With 80+ of employees and headquarters in Waipahu powered 100% from renewable energy, CRW doesn’t take their 2013 Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii Awards, Inc. 5000 designation, and other accolades for granted. CRW actively initiates the intimate profit, expense, and growth process for their clients, earning nearly 20% of Hawaii’s roofing industry in 2012.

With satellite offices in Guam and the Philippines, Akasaki has more than one roof covering his head. His extended grasp includes strategic partnerships with Allied Pacific Builders in Hawaii and Guam, SESR for composite building systems and Honolulu Roofing. His strong belief in sustainable initiatives led to strategic alliances with SunForce Solutions and Greenpath Technologies, a leading NHO 8(a) energy firm who opened Hawaii’s only non-glass PV facility for product development and low-threshold manufacturing of portable power solutions to support commercial markets, U.S. military, and HADR resilience and sustainability initiatives locally and globally.

“As I reflect on how we reached our 20th anniversary, I’m grateful for our committed team, and the relationships developed over the years. Nobody thought that 20 years ago – roofing would have had its divergent reaches, and looking forward – we will continue provide our customers with the very best in professional resources, skill and product – all with a personal touch!

Watch the Video segment that was aired on the Founders & Visionaries Series earlier this year in June on KHON2.

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