Tim is 100% Native American from the Diné (Navajo) Tribe. His path toward entrepreneurship and business ownership begin when he witnessed the struggles of reservation life, especially of his friends, family, and loved ones. He always wanted better and was a hard worker, but finding a quality job on the reservation was nearly impossible, so he found work off the reservation when he graduated from high school. It was there and during this point of his life where he found his passion for roofing and construction services.
Tim’s career grew from humble beginnings. He was a roofing and construction labor worker and learned the ins and outs of the construction business industry and was soon given the opportunity to run his own crew. Because of his successes through training and working with staff, he became the Branch Manager and remained in leadership positions for many years. An opportunity arose to run his own company and Tim took all his knowledge, hard work, and determination and jumped into it wholeheartedly and continued to provide training and employment for members of his community. ASTA Roofing & Construction grew from having two (2) employees to employing 27 employees, most of which are Native American from the reservation. ASTA Construction & Roofing also established trust with their bonding company, and now has a single-level $3M bond and $5M aggregate bond; an amazing accomplishment for a small business enterprise. Because of the exponential growth and excelled performance of their work, ASTA Roofing & Construction holds multiple certifications, including certified as a Native American-Owned Business, 8(a) Business Development Program, and holds an Arizona Gaming License.
ASTA has also gained the trust of General Contractors and has built strong relationships with the Navajo Nation and other Native American Communities in Arizona and New Mexico. Tim is always looking to better offer assistance to the Native American tribes with whatever it may be, whether it’s the quality of his workmanship, assisting with training, and/or just to offer his consulting and advice when needed. ASTA Roofing & Construction also works closely with TERO offices in Arizona and New Mexico to talk about the work they do, including their “train-to-hire” program, which has allowed ASTA Roofing & Construction to continue providing skills and professional development for members of different tribes the opportunity to train and work for ASTA Roofing & Construction.
ASTA has built a foundation of trust and performance from public (government) and private entities. They have worked on Border Stations in Arizona, awarded a five (5) year federal contract at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and were also awarded a nine (9) year contract with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command in Washington, D.C. The testimony of a success story would be that, though the COVID-19 pandemic, ASTA was able to keep the doors open without interruption, while keeping staff employed.
Being in business for nine (9) years is a success in itself, but to add that the owner is from a small town on the Navajo Nation with very little resources and overcoming obstacles to live day-by-day is the real success story. Tim and Tanya have leveraged the resources from NABEDC and has worked with many staff, including Peter Schwartz, Roxanna Montoya, and Kaaren-Lyn Graves.
NABEDC and our partners are honored to work with Tim, Tanya, and their team, and look forward to seeing them grow even stronger in the coming days.