BILLY STANICK OVERCAME THE ODDS
The story of his success and love of
Billy Stanick is more than just a
champion; he’s an honest one. Over
thirty years ago, he put together $300
cash and a modest paycheck, rented a
W.W. II barracks and went into the
roofing business. He’s a man who is
accustomed to staying on top of things.
Stanick Sheet Metal & Roofing has been
in business since 1971. It is located at
5539 Old Bush River Road in Columbia.
Stanick’s building credits are too
numerous to list here but they are the
result of remarkable people doing
Billy Stanick’s father was recognized
with the Silver Star and the Bronze Star
for his service in World War II. He
didn’t return to continue life where he
left off, but he did leave an enduring
message for his son, Billy. Being a hero
is an accomplishment; fighting for what
you believe is strength of character.
Young Billy, five years old at the time,
has carried his dad’s meaning to this
Stanick’s grandmother, Cora Craft Scali,
took him in as is the finest of southern
tradition. But arthritis struck and Cora
was unable to continue the tedious work
she did. Says Stanick, “I remember her
crying, wondering if and how she would
be able to continue to provide for us
and pay the bills.” But when adversity
strikes, God often opens new windows of
“Cora found a way,” Billy recalls.
Resourceful, Cora rented two houses in
Columbia. She cleaned and managed both
of them. “I adopted my work ethic from
my grandmother. She found a way to
continue providing for us; she never
quit or gave up,” he says.
As the early years slipped away,
continued success was built on an honest
day’s work and quality workmanship. He
recalls days when a rush job required
his crew to start before the kettle that
prepared the roofing tar was ready. Rain
was forecast for the next day so they
took turns all night, with flashlights
to light their work area, so they could
finish the job before the storm. “It did
rain that day,” Stanick says with a
chuckle. The experienced roofing crew
worked together to do what had to be
As of this writing, there is not one
member of his work crew who has been
with him for less than fifteen years.
Experience and a willingness to see the
job done correctly has ensured more and
more work. Looking back to his first
years in business, there were times that
Billy Stanick took home less than his
employees. Now the company has over $2.5
million in sales annually and employs
fifty. “In my opinion,” Billy said
sincerely, “the company’s continued
success rests squarely on the shoulders
of the men who know their work has to be
done right.” It’s easy to see how that
can lead to greater things.
There is another side to this story.
According to Edith Wilson, employed
since August 1978, Billy makes it his
daily duty to treat employees like
family. His warmth, generosity and
caring are wrapped up in a legion of
stories. Not isolated cases, but real
people in real trouble.
Billy kept Ed Iriel on the payroll
following a severe heart attack. As
recovery progressed, he brought Ed into
the office and trained him as an
estimator. Physical disability would not
allow him to do his old job, but as
Stanick explains it, Ed is now one of
the top estimators in the business.
There are many others he has helped,
including ones no longer in his employ.
“He is the most unique, compassionate,
honest individual I have ever met,” Ms.
Wilson says. “He takes personal interest
in all of his employees. He will
personally go out, buy a birthday cake
and card for an employee, then load his
camera and take pictures at the party.”
In a meeting recently, Billy Stanick
looked trim and fit for a man of his
accomplishments. Managing a bout with
cancer, Billy Stanick came out a
Winning ‘bouts’ is in Stanick’s profile.
Once an amateur Golden Gloves boxer, he
has trained several well-known South
Carolina Champions. Mike English, with
him for many years and a South Carolina
Golden Gloves Champion, now trains
The Stanick warehouse building in White
Rock, South Carolina has been converted
to a gymnasium with spectator space, a
boxing ring and sponsor advertising.
Exhibition bouts and competitions are
held there regularly. Interest in the
sport has been sparked by Billy Stanick
and carried by Mike English.
As is so often the case, looking back to
humble beginnings, we find Billy Stanick
enjoying the support of long term
associates. Herbert Sanders has been
with him from the start. There are many
others. Billy, with his trademark
friendly chuckle, reminds any-and-all
that what he has achieved began with
that $300 so long ago in 1971.
That’s like breaking the bank at Las
Written by Paul Truman, Team Writer,
2020 Columbia, June 2004