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Kirk Duer, President

Kirk Duer founded The Duerson Corporation in 1986 on one simple but important principle: We are in the relationship business first and the roofing business second. That attitude has served him and the company well for over 30 years.

Two years after opening the doors, he became a Dealer/Contractor for Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. Since then, The Duerson Corporation has been a sales volume award winner annually, achieving the Master Roofer designation from the Duro-Last Quality Assurance Department since 1994 and Master Elite Roofer designation every year since category’s inception in 2001.

From 1995 to 1997, Kirk was asked to serve on the Duro-Last Contractor Advisory Board, an honor reserved for contractors who exemplify the highest standards in quality and performance in the industry.

When Kirk is not working he enjoys bowling, golfing and spending time with his family. He and Lori have been married for over 25 years and have four beautiful children together: Jarrett, Tanner, Riley and Sydney. Kirk is also passionately involved with Habitat for Humanity. Since 2005, Kirk has traveled all over the United States with his family to assist with or lead Habitat builds.

Lori Duer, Vice President 

Lori started The Duerson Corporation along with Kirk in 1986. As Vice President of Duerson, Lori runs the day to day operations, as well as the accounting, personnel, and administrative issues.

Lori was born in Arizona and moved to Des Moines, Iowa at a young age. She graduated from East High School. Lori has been married to Kirk for 30 years. Lori finds it very rewarding to travel a couple weeks every year traveling to El Salvador to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Lori spends her time volunteering at church, reading, golfing, vacationing & spending time with her friends and family. She has 4 children: Jarrett, Tanner, Riley & Sydney.

Tanner Duer, Business Development

Tanner Duer - Business Development at Duerson CorporationTanner has worked with The Duerson Corporation since he graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2009, working during the summer and winter breaks while he attended the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from UNI with a double major in Marketing and Spanish. After college, Tanner spent four months living abroad in Oviedo, Spain to further his knowledge of Spanish. Upon returning from Spain, Tanner spent two years working in radio advertising before returning to Duerson full-time.

Tanner’s position with The Duerson Corporation is to develop new business with companies in Iowa, as well as maintaining relationships with existing clients. He handles the marketing side of Duerson, running the Facebook page, and he writes and records the radio and television commercials. Tanner also oversees jobs in progress to ensure the projects go smoothly and efficiently.

Tanner recently married to Brodi Applegate in May of 2016, and they spent two weeks traveling around Ireland on their honeymoon. Tanner is an avid soccer fan, and loves to play in his free time. He also plays slow pitch softball with his brother and father. Tanner and Brodi live in Altoona, and they love to travel and spend time with friends and family in their spare time.

Danelle, Office ManagerDanielle - Office Manager at The Duerson Corporation

Danelle has been employed with Duerson Corporation since October 2010. She has proven to be a great asset to the company with her organizational skills in the office. Danelle provides great customer care as well as making sure the day to day operations runs efficiently.

Danelle and Ryan were married in January 2007. They have one son, Logan, born in November 2012, who is the joy of their life. Any spare time they can find is spent camping or just enjoying the outdoors. Ryan has served in the Iowa Air Guard since 2006; he has had one deployment to the Middle East.


Jake Viggers, Safety Coordinator

Jake - Duerson Corporation Safety Coordinator

Jake joined the Duerson Corporation in November 2013. Jake’s focus is to oversee all aspects of providing a safe working environment on our jobsites. Jake has completed several OSHA safety trainings classes and is establishing the safety-first approach with all of Duerson’s team. Jake has also joined our sales team focusing on re-roof applications.

Jake and Maggie were married in October 2012. Jake received his bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, IA. While at Central Jake was the starting kicker on the football team all four years. When not at work Jake enjoys working out at Crossfit and enjoying the outdoors.

Nick Myers, Field Operations Manager 


Nick has been employed by the Duerson Corporation since February 2010. Nick’s job duties include training, performance monitoring, planning, and more general administrative duties to ensure that employees are working effectively and efficiently. Nick came to Duerson with three years of previous Duro-Last experience. His first 5 years with Duerson, Nick was leading a crew as a job site foreman. Since that time, he has moved into the role of field operations manager.

While away from work, Nick and Theresa – his wife since 2012 – enjoy spending time with family and friends. They have one son, Cameron, who was born in May 2016.

Riley Duer, Office Assistant

Riley is the newest member of the Duerson team, working as an office assistant. One thing she loves about working for Duerson is learning something new everyday while working alongside family.

In her free time, she loves to play with her newly adopted pup, Oliver, playing slow pitch softball, going to movies, and traveling. She’s been to 27 states and four countries, with many more on the list to visit. Her life is pretty jam-packed with events all the time but she’s always sure to make time to relax and enjoy life.

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