IBHS Awards 15,000th FORTIFIED Home Designation

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) recently awarded the 15,000th designation in its FORTIFIED Home program for resilient living to a home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which has a new roof funded by Strengthen Alabama Homes and installed by Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa. FORTIFIED is the national standard for construction that is resilient to severe weather and is part of a rapidly growing trend to build stronger homes across the country. Alabama currently leads the nation in FORTIFIED designated buildings and is home to nearly 80 percent of all FORTIFIED Homes.

“As homeowners across Alabama are keenly aware, severe weather disrupts lives, displaces families and drives financial loss,” said IBHS President and CEO Roy Wright. “For nearly three decades we’ve worked to identify solutions to help property owners prevent avoidable losses. In recent years, we’ve seen our FORTIFIED program and resilient building, in general, pick up momentum. The number of FORTIFIED Homes has more than doubled in the past two years, and Alabama’s Gulf Coast has been at the center of adopting these construction methods. With FORTIFIED now taking hold across the State it is fitting that the 15,000th home be dedicated here today.”

The State of Alabama first recognized IBHS’s building standards in 2009 by passing legislation requiring insurers to provide discounts for homes with a FORTIFIED designation. In 2016, Strengthen Alabama Homes began issuing grants to help homeowners retrofit roofs to the FORTIFIED standard. On Jan. 1, 2020, new state legislation became law ensuring every homeowner in Alabama is offered a FORTIFIED endorsement. Homeowners with this extra protection can now have their roof upgraded to FORTIFIED standards if it is being replaced due to a claim.

“For every home that is FORTIFIED, a family is safer, their lives are less disrupted from the effects of a destructive storm, a damaged roof is not filling up a landfill and the cost of wind insurance is lower,” said Alabama Insurance Commissioner Jim Ridling.  “Fortification keeps workers in their homes and at their jobs, allowing employers to maintain their productivity, thus reducing the storm’s impact on the local economy. Our collaboration with IBHS makes Alabama a safer place to live and work.”

Understanding the importance of helping people make their homes more resilient against severe weather, during the event State Farm announced a $150,000 contribution to support the Strengthen Alabama Homes program. According to State Farm’s counsel for Alabama, Steve Simkins, the company is excited to help Alabama homeowners gain the peace of mind that comes with a FORTIFIED Roof, and they are hopeful the donation will encourage other companies to support the program.

“FORTIFIED provides achievable property protection for any family,” stated Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO of Smart Home America. “Dedicated public-private partnerships between IBHS, State Farm, Smart Home America, Habitat for Humanity, the Department of Insurance, and many others, have allowed FORTIFIED to take root here (Alabama). Across the nation, we are all working to grow and integrate FORTIFIED and resilient construction at the community and state levels.”

Using the FORTIFIED Home standards as a guide, Habitat for Humanity has created its own resilience program for new construction and also partners with Strengthen Alabama Homes to retrofit homes, like the one designated today, to the FORTIFIED standards.

 “All of us at Habitat Tuscaloosa are excited about the opportunity to offer FORTIFIED Roofs to our homeowners,” added Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts. “The additional safety and durability this adds to a home provides families with peace of mind. And, through discounts on their homeowners insurance, it will save them money over the long term.”

The 15,000th home in the FORTIFIED program was dedicated at a special ceremony held at the Tuscaloosa home. Jim Ridling, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Insurance; Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency; Brian Powell, Director, Strengthen Alabama Homes; Steve Simkins, Counsel for Alabama, State Farm; Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO, Smart Home America; Ellen Potts, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, were in attendance.

For more information about the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety or for tips and information about making your home more resilient visit www.disastersafety.org.

For more information, visitwww.fortifiedhome.org.

ARMA Releases Fourth Quarter 2019 Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released its final Quarterly Product Shipment Report for the year 2019. The report covers asphalt roofing product shipments in the United States and Canada in the fourth quarter, as well as year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“ARMA’s shipment report provides relevant, valuable insight into the asphalt roofing industry, and is a valued resource for ARMA members and others interested in the industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock.


Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Shipments (squares) Q4 2019 Q4 2018 % Change YTD 2019 YTD 2018 % Change
Shingles – U.S. (including individual shingles) 28,443,053 29,962,044 -5.1% 146,605,438 143,453,436 2.2%
BUR – U.S. (not including saturated felts) 2,006,975 1,721,593 16.6% 8,046,953 8,143,917 -1.2%
Modified Bitumen – U.S. 7,352,310 7,800,172 -5.7% 34,049,807 35,387,384 -3.8%
Shingles – Canada (including Individual shingles) 1,253,945 1,305,005 -3.9% 12,620,495 14,355,450 -12.1%

Roofing product shipment data is collected from participating manufacturers by an independent third party, Association Research Inc., and aggregated to create this report. Companies that are not members of ARMA may examine the free quarterly summaries, and those ineligible for ARMA membership can subscribe to the full, detailed report on the ARMA website.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the five finalist teams in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had eight schools participate. Based on their written proposals, five finalist teams were selected and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. 

The five finalist schools who will be presenting in Dallas are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and was originally roofed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, Texas.  The teams researched the project, reviewed the plans and specifications, and assembled a full estimate and qualified bid package proposal that was submitted to a board of Roofing Alliance judges.

The five finalist teams will travel to the IRE in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 starting at 7:45 a.m.  The winning teams will be announced later Wednesday evening at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony.

The Roofing Alliance invites IRE attendees to view these exciting events and support the youth of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition , visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

International Roofing Expo Names First Ever Female Keynote Speaker

The International Roofing Expo announced that the 2020 keynote speaker will be Charlotte Jones, the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Stanford University graduate Charlotte Jones, daughter of the Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, oversees all business operations including strategies as they relate to the team’s brand. 

She will be making history as the IRE’s first-ever female keynote speaker and will share insight on building a successful brand. The keynote address will take place February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. 

‘We are gearing up for another incredible IRE next month in Dallas and are thrilled to host Charlotte Jones as the keynote speaker,” said Shelby Snelson, Show Manager. “Jones’ message will resonate with everyone in the audience, and it’s an exciting milestone for the show.”

In addition to a history-making keynote speaker, the IRE is providing multiple opportunities for attendees and exhibitors to grow their businesses, network throughout the industry and give back to the local community. Make plans to join the team a day early to participate in the 11th Annual Community Service Day sponsored primarily by Sika Sarnafil in conjunction with: Carlisle Construction Materials, CentiMark, Innovative Roofing and Flooring Solutions, ICP Building Solutions Group, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing and OMG Roofing products. Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as well as all those looking for the opportunity to give back to the local community.

With education being a top priority at the IRE, there is no shortage of options this year. The IRE conference program features more than 40 sessions covering a large range of topics, including industry trends, best practices, and sales and management skills. NRCA will also present a variety of educational sessions this year including the ProCertification Exams, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition, and more. The Student Competition promotes careers in roofing industry management by challenging students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills.

You will also find tons of free education on the show floor at IRE. GAF will host sessions in their sponsored Education Center that focus helping the entire team build skills, think critically and work smarter. Johns Manville sponsors The Roofing Institute that features small group business training to help you increase profits and streamline processes. You can also experience live product demos and exhibitor presented seminars on the expo hall floor. 

In an effort to continually invest back into the roofing community, National Women in Roofing Day is providing the opportunity to be a part of the discussion focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the roofing industry face. NWiR Day has adapted itself to support women who are just starting out their career all the way to the seasoned roofing professionals. The sessions are designed to bridge the gap between women at all levels by offering the chance to meet, network and gain valuable insight from hundreds of roofing professionals (including technical experts as well as leading marketing and technology providers). 

The International Roofing Expo will take place February 4-6, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. For more information or to register visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

The Sprayfoam Show Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020 Event

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) kicks off The Sprayfoam Show, its annual convention and expo, February 11 through 14 in Pasadena, California. This year, the largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam will feature two prominent keynote speakers: Stacey Hanke, author, certified speaking professional and leader of Stacey Hanke, Inc; and George Hedley, CSP CPBC, a top construction industry speaker, certified professional business coach, and author. Spanning four full days, The Sprayfoam Show also features education sessions, an annual awards luncheon, professional certification programs and numerous additional attractions.

Stacey Hanke kicks off the main conference event on February 13 with a morning keynote. Stacey Hanke is the author of two books: Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday and Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. She helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery – to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message. 

George Hedley will present his keynote the morning of February 14. The author of Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit! is a recognized authority on best practices for building a growing construction business into a company which consistently produces bottom-line results, profits and loyal high margin customers. He founded and grew his own construction company into a $50 million business in just seven years and has constructed over 500 projects, executed over 10,000 subcontracts and currently owns and manages several office and industrial buildings.

For the first time, this year’s event kicks off with a two-day SPF Street Festival for sprayfoam industry professionals. To be held February 11 and 12, the Street Festival will feature food trucks, carnival games, demonstrations, OSHA information sessions and SPF skills competitions. SPFA Professional Certification Program preparation classes and written examinations will also be held on February 11 and 12.  The annual Golf Tournament is scheduled on February 12. 

February 13 and 14 feature keynotes, numerous education break-out sessions, a 50,000-square- foot exhibition hall, the annual Contractor Excellence Awards luncheon (February 13) and the Contractor Only Working Lunch (February 14). The SPFA Hospitality Suite will host cocktails and networking each night and the anticipated Closing Show Reception and Dinner, featuring a Roaring ’20s theme, will be held February 14.

Demilec is the Platinum Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show. Gold Sponsors include Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, and Thermoseal. Silver Sponsors of the event are Chemours, Conklin and Handi Foam and Bronze Sponsors are BASF and Carlisle Construction Materials. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional magazine (the official publication of the event), Sprayfoam magazine, Building Enclosure magazine, Roofing Contractor magazine, Walls & Ceilings magazine, and CoatingsPro magazine. Additional Media Sponsors include Roofing magazine and PU magazine and Industry Partners include Foam Expo, International Roofing Expo, National Roofing Contractors Association, HPIP, Urethanes Technology and Spray Foam Worldwide. Sponsors of the SPF Street Festival include Demilec, MCC Equipment & Sales, Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation and Thermoseal.

To register for The Sprayfoam Show, visit https://bit.ly/39Xfmyl. To inquire about attending or sponsoring the 2020 event, please contact Mickey Riesenberg at Michele@sprayfoam.org. For more information, visit www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

Don’t Miss the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition at the 2020 IRE

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. The finalist teams will be selected and announced in January and will give their oral presentations (the final component in the competition) on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. The winning team will be recognized on February 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

The student competition is part of the overall Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative, which is focused on the mentorship of young construction management students, sharing with them the opportunities and challenges of a roofing career.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into the competition with the selection of the project, and then working with the universities, students, mentors and judges. The competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. For 2020, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The project was originally roofed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, who has been working with the Roofing Alliance to prepare documents for the competition.

The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. They submit proposal packages which in turn are reviewed by the team of judges. The finalist teams then travel to the IRE, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project.

The construction management initiative was the brainchild of Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc. in Las Vegas. Now under the leadership of Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., in Mobile, Alabama, and Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, the current co-chairmen of the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, the competition is more visible than ever before among construction management students and faculty. Understanding the long-term goal to expose construction management students and faculty to the roofing industry, Roofing Alliance members work to enhance the overall roofing knowledge of faculty and students in hopes of encouraging students to consider the roofing industry as a viable career option.

Thomas sees the competition as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation. “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry. But even for those that go the more traditional route and go to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

According to Nick Rubino, faculty coach for the Colorado State University team, “We have been involved with the Roofing Alliance Student Competition from the beginning and it is a very popular construction management competition amongst our students. Every year, the students come back from the competition very happy they participated. They love the focus on roofing in the competition and the fact that they get to attend the convention and see what the industry is like up close. The opportunity to interact with senior management level people in the roofing industry is a great benefit.”

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate). Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden. Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford. Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Illinois.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith. Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Mahoney Bajwa (alternate). Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia, with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt. Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Georgia.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota, with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson. Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Langer, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans. Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance invites you to attend these exciting events and support the future workforce of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition and how to attend, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. To register for the 2020 International Roofing Expo visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA Opens Registration for Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and National Women in Roofing (NWIR) announce the inaugural Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020. Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020 will be held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 21, preceding Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, which will be held April 21-22. The forum will help attendees identify ways to engage underrepresented groups, develop resources to increase cultural competency, and explore why supporting diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion is a business imperative to strengthen the workforce. 

During the event, dynamic industry leaders and stakeholders will discuss sustainable strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow roofing and industry professionals from across the U.S. who are striving to achieve inclusive, culturally diverse and competent workforces.

To view the schedule and register for Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020, visit http://nrca.net/diversity-inclusion.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released Training for Roof Application Careers. TRAC blends online and hands-on training companies can use to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers. TRAC, which includes English and Spanish content, is designed to provide inexperienced employees with “conversational competence.” 

NRCA currently offers the TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package and TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package. The TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Low-slope Core; and Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

The TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Steep-slope Core; and Asphalt Shingle Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

A one-time TRAC purchase includes unlimited use of the training materials so employers can train an unlimited number of employees all at a pace and time that works for them.For more information about TRAC, visit www.nrca.net/trac.

Roofing Alliance Announces North American Roofers Insurance as Newest Service Provider Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Service Provider Level member, North American Roofers Insurance (NARI), headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry.

“As a national risk management and insurance program for commercial roofing contractors that is owned and controlled by its members, NARI is committed to the advancement of both its member and the industry overall,” said Tom Furey, a founder member of NARI. “Becoming a member of the Roofing Alliance aligns with our goals and supports their efforts to ensure the continued excellence of the industry.”

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs.

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall.

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Will Open Registration for Future Executives Institute Class-10

The National Roofing Contractors Association will accept applications for its next Future Executives Institute class beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

FEI is a comprehensive and powerful learning experience focusing on leading and managing a thriving roofing business. This three-year program, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, offers participants an in-depth look at management theory and practice and a unique industry networking opportunity while developing their leadership and communication skills.

FEI is a leadership-focused program built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations: leadership, management, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, marketing, roofing industry issues, risk management, family relationships/succession and personal-development skills.

“I am a better roofing professional, employee and business professional following this program,” says FEI-8 graduate Daniel Ritter, Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo. “The learning opportunities provided by the FEI program have had immediate applicability and I believe will continue to do so. Even better, the friendships and business connections with my counterparts in the industry have been spectacular. I walk away with increased knowledge, diverse experiences and solid friendships.”

Class size reflects qualified candidate applications and can vary but is limited to 40 participants. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria designed to ensure a candidate has a background that allows for sharing and learning from others’ experiences and has prepared him or her for the course work.

The application deadline is March 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at nrca.net/fei/requirements.

For more information, visit nrca.net/education/fei.