Home > Our Founders

Our Founders

Bob Rentz founder of Rentz Roofing

Business Experience
1927: Started working for Joe Cook Roofing.
1940: Bought and built the current location, and went into business as Rentz Roofing.
1960: Became Tampa Roofing Company in same location with Morris Swope, Son-in Law of Bob Rentz as its President.

  • Started roofing in 1928
  • Founder of Rentz Roofing in 1936
  • Built building in current location in 1937


Morris Swope founder of Tampa Roofing

Services to the Roofing Industry

  • City of Tampa Roofing Code Committee, 1962
  • Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRSA) Technical Committee, Chairman, 1967-70
  • FRSA Board of Directors, 1968-93
  • FRSA Membership Committee, 1973-98
  • Florida Board of Building Codes and Standards, 1976-79
  • Wrote original draft for the present SBCCI Roofing Standard, 1976
  • FRSA Self-Insurers Fund, Trustee, 1983-85
  • Ad-hoc Committee to revise the SBCCI Roofing Standard, 1985 & 1998
  • National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Code Chairman, 1987-88
  • FRSA, Vice President, 1987-88
  • NRCA Building Codes Committee, Chairman, 1987-90
  • FRSA, President, 1988-89
  • NRCA, Director, 1988-90, 1992-95, 1997
  • NRCA, Vice President, 1990-92
  • NRCA Steering Committee 10th Conference for Roofing Technology by NRCA/National Institute for Science & Technology, Chairman

Business Experience

  • Rentz Roofing Company, Apprentice
  • Tampa Roofing Company, President 1950- 86
  • Swope & Associates, Inc., Roofing Consultants, President, 1976-Present
  • Tampa Roofing Company, Vice President, 1986-2004
  • Licensed Certified Building Contractor

Trade Recognition and Awards

  • Certified Professional Roofing Contractor (CPRC) through the FRSA, one of the five original contractors to receive this recognition.
  • First roofing contractor to become certified by the state of Florida Construction Licensing Board
  • FRSA Campanella Award, 1975
  • Building Officials of Florida Award for Outstanding Service to the Certification Board, 1981
  • President's Award, Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), 1982


Current Officers

Keith Swope, President

Services to the Roofing Industry

  • CPRC Committee, Chairman, 1993-94
  • West Coast Roofers Association (WCRA) Board, 1993-94
  • FRSA Board of Directors, 1994- Present
  • FRSA Code Committee, 1994-1997
  • Florida Forum Roofing Magazine, Chairman, 1995-96
  • Florida Forum Roofing Magazine Committee, 1996- Present
  • FRSA Roof Tile Committee, 1999-Present
  • FRSA, Secretary Treasurer, 2006
  • FRSA, Vice President, 2007
  • FRSA, President Elect, 2008
  • FRSA, President, 2009
  • FRSA, Immediate Past President, 2010
  • NRCA Hurricane Committee, 1997-98
  • NRCA Low Sloped Technology Committee, 1997-98
  • NRCA PAC Fund Committee, 1997-2004
  • NRCA Board of Directors, 2000-Present
  • NRCA Residential Committee, 2006-08
  • NRCA Safety Committee, 2010-Present
  • NRCA Disaster Relief Committee, 2010-Present

Business Experience

  • Tampa Roofing Company, Full-Time Employee, 1971-86
  • Tampa Roofing Company, President, 1986-Present

Trade Recognition and Awards

    Certified Professional Roofing Contractor (CPRC) through the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association

Brian Swope, Vice President

Services to the Roofing Industry

  • FRSA Board of Directors, 2007-Present
  • FRSA Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee, 2007-Present, Chair 2009-present
  • FRSA Insurance Committee, 2007-2012
  • FRSA Governmental Affairs Committee, 2007-Present
  • FRSA Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2010-2012
  • FRSA Membership Committee, 2007-2009
  • Certainteed Advisory Council, 2010-2011
  • Code Committee 2009-2012

Business Experience

  • Tampa Roofing Company, Full-Time Employee, 2002-Present
  • Licensed Certified Building Contractor, CBC1257505

Certifications:   Certainteed Master Shingle Applicator

Appointed to represent rooofing industry to Florida Building Commission by Governor Rick Scott, 2012-current Chairman, Roofing TAC, Florida Building Commission





Tampa Roofing Company is a four-generation, family-owned business, located in the same location for over 60 years.

Bob Rentz, the family patriarch started Rentz Roofing in 1936, and in 1950 Bob's Son-in-Law, Morris Swope changed the name to Tampa Roofing Company. Keith Swope, who worked full-time for the company since 1971 has been running the company since 1985 as its President and is the current President of the industry's state trade association, the FRSA. Brian Swope, Bob's Great-Grandson is the current Vice President.

Although Morris Swope (Lic#CCC008191), is now retired from Tampa Roofing Company, he stays active in the industry as a consultant. Both he and Keith (Lic #CCC032492), are State Certified Roofing Contractors Certified Professional Roofing Contractors through the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRSA). That's good to know because FRSA Certification requires the contractor to meet criteria above and beyond the State of Florida's requirements…and periodically update their certification.

As a matter of fact, Morris Swope was the first person who successfully passed the State of Florida's licensing test, making him the first roofing contractor to be certified by the State of Florida. Both Morris and Brian Swope are also Certified Building Contractors.

Tampa Roofing Company has roofed all kinds of buildings: residential homes, commercial warehouses, high-rise office buildings, shopping centers and executive complexes. We even performed the roof work for Walt Disney World's Main Street USA, and it doesn't matter what type of roof you require. New roof or problem roof, Tampa Roofing Company knows and understands your needs. Whether it's shingle or tile, flat or pitched, residential or commercial, we have the experience and know-how to get the job done right.

…and our customers will agree. Tampa Roofing Company has a reputation that proves caring about quality coupled with experience is a winning combination. This is so important here in Florida. The climate is extreme and high humidity, long UV exposure, wind, rain and extremes in temperature require special attention to building construction. We specialize in long-term commercial warranties and maintenance agreements, too.