New York Exterior Roofing & Restoration Executive Barry Grummer

Serving clients throughout the greater New York City area, Barry Grummer is president of K Restoration & Roofing Corp. (KR&R). His company maintains a roster of 25 active projects and integrates a host of exterior building solutions, undertaking waterproofing, roofing, and masonry. Experienced in façade restoration, Barry Grummer has led his company in numerous projects involving landmark buildings of the prewar and postwar eras.

Mr. Grummer began his studies at Rutgers College with a focus on clinical psychology and transitioned to business. He accepted a position with KR&R predecessor Kay Waterproofing in the late 1970s and helped the firm achieve threefold sales expansion. Barry Grummer currently strives to meets the needs of diverse clients, including major hotels and educational institutions, as well as the owners of well-known residences. He holds certification in construction management from New York University and has completed additional architectural conservation-focused course work through RESTORE Educational Programs.

Post-WWII Unease Gives Way to Economic Boom Years

As president of KR&R restoration and roofing, Barry Grummer guides a well-established northern New Jersey provider of waterproofing, roofing, and masonry solutions. An avid reader, Barry Grummer is particularly interested in biographies and historical nonfiction about World War II and the years preceding and following the conflict.

The surrender of Japan in August 1945 triggered exuberant celebrations across the United States. It also brought a sense of unease, as millions of men came home and confronted a social landscape that had changed dramatically, with 37 percent of women now an integral part of the workforce. There were fears of a 1930s-style depression, as military spending quickly shrank from $75 billion to $43 billion and 12 million uniformed personnel needed to find employment.

The U.S. economy proved unexpectedly resilient, with a short downturn followed by an extended boom spanning industries such as automobiles, electronics, aeronautics, and pharmaceuticals. Industrial knowhow from the war powered technology growth, as did a massive $140 billion in war bonds and bank savings that the American public was now able to spend.

Eric Clapton’s Early Blues Influences

As head of KR&R, Barry Grummer leads a respected roofing, waterproofing, and masonry company serving clients throughout New York and northern New Jersey. A fan of the blues and classic rock, Barry Grummer enjoys artists such as The Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton.

A seminal force in the mid-1960s explosion of Chicago blues-rooted bands in the UK, Eric Clapton got his first guitar, an inexpensive steel-string Hoyer, at age 13.The large guitar proved nearly impossible for him to play, and he gave up after only half a year.

Clapton’s first exposure to the blues was through a popular 1950s children’s radio show, where he was exposed to Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s "Whoopin' the Blues.” Speaking with National Public Radio, he described how he was blown away by the purity of a song that simply featured vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. He found in the music the seriousness that he associated with “classical music or great opera.”

This led to Clapton resuming the guitar and falling under the spell of masters such as Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy. In later years, Waters and Clapton became close friends, and Clapton referred to him as the “father he never had.”

Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Aid Individuals with Autism

Barry Grummer is a construction professional with more than 35 years of experience in the trade. The president of KR&R, a construction company that offers restoration and roofing services, Barry Grummer is also involved with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Young Autism Program organized by the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI).

DDI offers a variety of services and programs to those with autism spectrum disorders and their families. In its programming, the organization often uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to improve the behavioral issues of people with autism.

ABA is the “process of systematically applying interventions that are based on behavior learning theory” to help individuals with disabilities progress socially. ABA seeks to encourage positive change in quality of life by helping people with autism--or other disorders--advance necessary life skills and lessen detrimental actions.

To help people learn new skills, the method employs techniques such as positive reinforcement and task analysis. To reduce behavioral issues, instructors may work to change the triggers that cause this negative conduct, and encourage functionally equivalent replacement behaviors such as coping skills.

The ABA method has been approved by the Surgeon General of the United States, the National Institutes of Health, and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.