In Memory

A natural leader with a generous personality and a heart to match, William Scott Howard, 63, passed away in December 2020. Howard was a third-generation roofer/contractor whose family business, Howard Roofing, started in the Las Vegas, Nevada, valley in 1959. The family sold the company in 1986, and Howard stayed on with successor Universal Roofing/Bryant Universal, where he was a project manager, a unit manager for Las Vegas, a regional manager, and eventually general manager. In 1996, he and Dennis Conway bought the assets of NRC Universal and renamed it Commercial Roofers Inc.

Howard’s life was marked by a service for others that was paired with endless generosity. He was a trustee with the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business and was later acknowledged as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Howard was board treasurer for Convoy of Hope, and he was so inspired and touched by their work that he committed his time and energy to traveling worldwide impacting countless lives through his service with the organization.

Among his industry involvement throughout his lifetime, Howard was an active member of the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, National Roofing Contractors Association, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Roofing Contractors Association, and Nevada Contractors Association. He was a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program, chairman of the Las Vegas City Impact Foundation, treasurer of the Las Vegas Ferrari Club, served in various capacities for the Desert Southwest chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a was a trustee of the Las Vegas Metro Police Neighborhood Watch.

Howard loved the adventure of traveling with his family, had a passion for fast cars, and loved being active. His greatest life accomplishment was his amazing family, including his beautiful wife, children, and grandchildren. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Howard, please consider donating to City Impact Center, at, and Convoy of Hope, at

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