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Founded in 1999 by John Herrmann, Bain Associates, Inc., began representing roofing manufacturers in Oregon and Southwest Washington in January of 2000. Though Siplast remains the cornerstone, the product line has evolved and will continue to do so, as we diversify within our areas of expertise and continue to work towards our commitment to high quality, high performing products. Today, we work in a range of divisions with expertise in roofing, green roofs, waterproofing, daylighting, moisture resistant gypsum for walls, leak detection and more.

Bain Associates has enjoyed steady growth every year since its inception. On January 1, 2005, Jeff Elkins joined the company as a partner, bringing 18 years of experience in the roofing business as a rep and supplier. Bill Thordarson came on board in 2014 to give Bain a consistent, experienced presence in the Seattle Market. Owen Elkins then joined in 2017 to help support the existing lines and grow Bain’s presence with the residential and lumberyard markets. Bain Associates now boasts over 100 years of combined experience in roofing, waterproofing and related products.

Bain Associate succeeds by doing the work! We don’t sit back and wait. We get right into the thick of it. Our policy is to work with the best manufacturers in the industry; the leaders or developers of the products they produce. We aim to represent the best manufacturers, to learn their products and competing products, and to make accurate and reliable representations for the products we represent. Our ethical standards require that we have a very sound technical understanding of materials, specifications and details. As we introduce new products, we make every effort to work with architects and specifiers so they feel as confident about our products as we do. Our experience helps minimize risk in the most risky part of the construction business.

Our future goals are to expand to have offices in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho, and grow as a company to meet your needs. We’re committed to being the most productive and respected representatives firm in the Pacific Northwest.

John Herrmann, Founder and President of Bain Associates, Inc., has been a leader in the commercial roofing industry since 1985. An innovative thinker and devout tinkerer, John began his career in the Pacific Northwest as an independent manufacturer’s rep, developing and introducing a “systems approach” for selling commercial roofing products in 1989. The ability to address customer’s needs form start to finish, from fasteners and insulation to coverboard and coatings, set Bain Associates apart and continues to distinguish us from the competition. In addition to leading Bain Associates, Inc., John is active in many civic and community organizations and coaches youth sports. John is married, has two sons and lives in Portland, OR.

Jeff Elkins, Vice President of Bain Associates, Inc., is a Portland native. Jeff graduated from Jesuit High School and attended the University of Oregon. He has been in the roofing industry since 1986. He entered the business as an independent manufacturer’s representative, shortly thereafter going to work in roofing distribution. He has experience with many different manufacturers, types of building materials and components. In 2005 Jeff joined John Herrmann and has been an active partner in Bain Associates, Inc., since. He has been married since 1983. He has three children who all live in the Portland area and six grandchildren.

Bill Thordarson, born and raised in Seattle, WA Bill grew up on the mean streets of Ballard. After attending Ballard high school Bill went on to graduate from Central Washington University in 1987. During college he worked at a metal fabrication company building art sculptures and architectural works. Bill has worked in all facets of the industry from exporting building materials to Asia, to managing general contracting companies and building supply chains. Bill has spent the last 15 years as an architectural representative and territory manager for Mutual Materials and the last four years at Bain Associates Inc. Bill lives in the Puget Sound area and spends time with his wife and three kids.  

Owen Elkins, grew up in Portland and has always called Oregon home. After attending Southern Oregon and Portland State, he worked in retail management before entering the building materials industry in 2008. Since that time, he has worked for roofing distribution and directly for manufacturer’s in sales and territory/region management. As an ambitious man, he realized that climbing a corporate ladder meant increasingly more time away from home with his family and the possibility of being asked to move. His dedication to the NW, his family and his experience brought him to Bain. He married his high school sweetheart in 2008 and has 3 young children at home.

Bain Associates employs its large network of consultants, architects, contractors and contacts to bring its customers the highest level of expertise and service in the building envelope industry.