Roofing Companies Form Asphalt Underlayment Council

Four roofing companies—Carlisle, Gardner-Gibson, Maryland Paper and Mid-States Asphalt—have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC), a new industry association developed to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for both residential and commercial structures.

This new group’s Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens Corning, Polyglass USA, Mule-Hide Manufacturing, GMC Roofing & Building Paper, GAP Roofing, Warrior Roofing Manufacturing and GAF

“With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards,” noted AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.

Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC’s inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.

“The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type,” said John Woestman, AUC’s technical director. “The continuous influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a strong knowledge base with deep understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry.”

Bringing regulatory issues to light through educational initiatives and industry outreach will be accomplished through raising awareness and advocacy. AUC will actively assist in the development of building codes to ensure the high performance of roofing systems in the future.

“We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry,” said Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. “Understanding the nuances of underlayment as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined historical experience, AUC is in a prime position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a vibrant website that will be launched soon, growing media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities.”

The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to work to make these important initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council or to ask about membership, email info@aucunderlaymentcouncil.org or call (847) 686-2243.

North American Roofing Services Names New CEO

The board of directors for North American Roofing Services Inc. appointed the company’s former chief operating officer, Kelly Wade, as the company’s chief executive officer. Wade joined the company in 2009 as the director of marketing, moving up to its director of sales and marketing and then to vice president of strategy before being named the executive vice president. She brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and business strategy experience to North American Roofing. Her other experience includes advertising and strategic account development in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

“Kelly is a born leader and has created a culture unique to roofing and in line with some of the most diverse and progressive companies in the U.S.,” said Brian Verble, the former CEO and current president and vice chair of the board who will transition to chairman of the board. “It’s a culture of inclusion, team idea development, accountability and work-life balance that comes naturally to her.”

During Wade’s tenure as chief operating officer, she created a standard process-oriented and data-driven culture across all departments by investing heavily in technology and training, according to the company. Wade also expanded service offerings nationally, established a solid leadership team, implemented customer-first programs, grew the large-scale national customer base and relocated the company headquarters from North Carolina to Tampa, Florida.

“Beyond surpassing the financial and strategic goals of the company, Kelly has proven to have the character and intrinsic qualities the Board wants in its leader,” said Mike Verble, the board chairman. “Most of all, Kelly is fully committed to making North American Roofing the greatest and most profitable company it can be.”

In her new role, Wade will continue to be responsible for the overall operations and financial performance of the company. She will also maintain and grow all banking, insurance, strategic partner, and overall high-level business relationships.

“I’m grateful for the 8-year journey I’ve had at North American Roofing and to the amazing group of people I’m so blessed to work with every day,” said Wade. “I’m committed to leading the team in executing the vision and goals of the board and to continue to build upon our rich 38-year history. The future is beyond exciting for North American Roofing.”

According to Fortune Magazine’s 2017 Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 lists, which ranks major U.S. companies by their fiscal 2016 revenues, a mere 32 of Fortune 500 companies were run by women and only 35 of Fortune 1000 companies had women at the helm. “I’m proud to be added to the number of women leading companies in the U.S., and in the construction industry especially,” said Wade. “I truly hope it inspires other women and young girls to be independent and confident because that would mean more to me. My parents taught me to work harder than the next person–regardless of gender.”

North American Roofing is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please click here.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com Sets Up Hurricane Relief Forum

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is providing contractors and those serving the roofing industry a place to connect with a Hurricane Relief Forum. There has been an outpouring of generosity in the roofing industry, but some contractors and industry professionals outside of the stricken areas do not know how to help. According to RoofersCoffeeShop.com, the forum is a place to communicate about what the needs are in the areas of the country that have been hit hard by hurricanes.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is also offering a free classified ad to contractors in affected areas to help them find crews, materials or other assistance. To receive a promo code for help wanted, equipment needed or storm-related classifieds, please visit the Hurricane Relief Forum. “We want to help the men and women who are roofing first responders in these areas,” stated Vickie Sharples, a RoofersCoffeeShop.com partner. “The idea started with a conversation with one of our customers, Trent Cotney of Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group. We were talking about what we all could do to help after the devastation caused by these hurricanes.”

“We figured that we could do what we do best –help the industry communicate with each other,” continued Sharples. “We created the Hurricane Relief Forum as a place for contractors and others to reach out to the roofing community with their needs or to offer help. We also are offering a free classified ad because it is something we can do. We believe in our contractors and how amazing they are during these times. They need the support of their industry.”

RoofersCoffeeShop.com has offered a forum for contractors and classified advertising online since 2002. According to the company, tens of thousands of contractors have become members of the free online community. For more information, visit the Hurricane Relief Forum at www.rooferscoffeeshop.com. It is free to sign up and participate.

NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute

NRCA has announced it will begin new sessions for its Executive Management Institute (EMI) beginning Nov. 11. According to the association, EMI is a unique educational experience for seasoned roofing executives that provides high-level concepts to real-world roofing industry problems. EMI consists of two in-person sessions, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s downtown Chicago campus. The first session will be held Nov. 11-14. EMI’s second session will take place April 8-9, 2018.

According to NRCA, executive education allows business leaders to focus on identifying and setting specific goals; encourages self-awareness and leadership development; and provides a platform to facilitate networking and exchange among peers.

EMI sessions will address two topics:
1. EMI leadership through improved communication:
• Develop your leadership persona by examining how others see you, and learn how to make changes to have more impact as a leader in your company.
• Become objective of your message and communication style by learning how others hear you. Learn to tailor your communications to become a more effective business leader.

2. Succession planning, including financial considerations:
• Identify a vision for the future of your company by looking at models for the eventual transfer of it to a family or non-family member.
• Carry out your vision by developing a process for succession, and create a plan for a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

For additional program details and application procedures, click here.

MRA Will Host Seminars for Metal Roofing Contractors at METALCON

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has announced it will be hosting two seminars for metal roofing contractors at METALCON 2017.  Both are designed to help contractors grow their residential metal roofing businesses with advice and ideas that can make an impact. Led by metal roofing expert Frank Farmer, the MRA training sessions will be held on both Oct. 18 and 19, as follows:

Growing Your Residential Metal Roofing Company in the Age of Millennials

Hiring, Training and Turning Millennials into Rock Stars

  • While most companies are struggling with low productivity of a millennial workforce, your company can excel.  Understanding what the millennial generation wants and needs is the key to your growth and profitability. This seminar will share how to turn your company into a magnet that attracts people while developing a profitable company culture that millennials crave.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Increasing your Residential Metal Roof Company’s Profitability

  • Learn how to create value and urgency without being the lowest bid.  Frank will share sales techniques specific to the metal roofing industry, including how to become your customer’s first choice and make the order on the first visit at the price you want.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, and to register for the sessions, contractors can click here to review the conference schedule and choose a session.  MRA is also offering registration for the show floor at this link.   

Alliance Adds Three Members, $150,000 in Funding for Industry Advancement

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the addition of three new members who will add $150,000 in funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

The Alliance’s newest members are:

Trent Cotney, Individual Level
Since 1999, Trent Cotney, a construction lawyer based in Tampa Bay, Fla., has represented contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, suppliers, manufacturers, sales representatives and others in the construction industry on all aspects of construction litigation and arbitration. In addition to being bar licensed in Florida, Cotney also is licensed in Tennessee and Texas. He volunteers and advocates on behalf of a variety charitable organizations that are dedicated to improving his community and bettering the construction industry.

Rackley Roofing, Governor Level
Established in 1974, Rackley Roofing is one of the leading industrial and commercial roofing contractors serving many areas in Tennessee, including Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. As a full-service roofing company, Rackley Roofing prides itself on a reputation for unparalleled service and customer satisfaction, and possesses a rare combination of respect for the traditional craftsmanship of professional roofing contractors and a passion for the latest technological innovations

Bluefin LLC, Service Provider Level
Bluefin LLC is a national roof system, building envelope and pavement consultant serving clients with large facility footprints. Bluefin helps its clients plan, prioritize and manage facility maintenance and upgrades, including roof system inspection and moisture analysis, life-cycle cost analysis and budget recommendations, risk identification and mitigation, roof system maintenance concurrent with assessments, energy and sustainability programs.

Through the generosity of its members, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress commits to engage collaborative industry segments to embrace innovation and use technology; advocate environmentally sustainable design; and enrich the well-being of the roofing community through scholarships, charitable gifts and endowments.

Alliance membership is reserved for those who commit their pledged amount during a three- to five-year period. All members are entitled to participate in the task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and to attend the semiannual meeting of the full Alliance.

North American Roofing Appoints New Director of Service

North American Roofing Services Inc. announced the appointment of Jill Tackett as Director of Service. Tackett joins North American Roofing with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and departments across the commercial roofing, IT and logistics industries.

“We are excited to bring Jill onto our team as our new Director of Service. Now in our 38th year of commercial roofing for national companies, our service division continues to become a larger part of our overall business as our customers need asset management and preventive maintenance services more than ever. With our commitment year over year to maximize the customer experience and their ROI—utilizing technology, people and processes—Jill’s background aligns perfectly with our mission,” said North American Roofing CEO Kelly Wade.

Tackett began her management career in 1991 at Hub Group, where she assisted in the creation of two new divisions: Hub Group Logistics Services (currently known as Unyson) and Hub Highway Services. She was promoted to the role of general manager for Hub Group’s Logistics Services division and helped the company increase its revenue from $300 million in 1991 to more than $1 billion in 1998.

In 2004, Tackett brought her extensive logistics and IT experience to Nations Roof, LLC, a commercial roofing firm headquartered in Atlanta. During her two years as vice president for the company’s Southern division, Tackett managed the Financial Services, Accounting, Payroll, and HR departments.

Tackett was promoted into Nations Roof’s corporate team and led the creation of the company’s National Service Department in 2006. During her nine years as director of National Service Center/Corporate Services, she managed the department’s daily operations, negotiated and executed national commercial roofing service contracts, and had a critical role in the development of the company’s roof asset management program. Tackett’s accomplishments also include the successful implementation and management of various other strategic corporate objectives, including data collection and integrity systems, required client documentation, P&L for subcontractors, work order systems, FCS software, and OSHA/safety projects.

“I am extremely excited to join the North American Roofing team. While my previous experience in the logistics and roofing industries was rewarding, the opportunity to work with a company with the reputation of North American and the unique centrally managed business model is what ultimately attracted me,” said Tackett.

BLUEFIN LLC Announces Acquisition of Roof Consulting Services Company

BLUEFIN LLC has announced the acquisition of CyberCon Consulting Inc. This transaction represents an opportunity to enhance the value both companies can deliver to their customers. CyberCon has a history of providing roof consulting services to a variety of customers such as Prologis, American Honda Motor Co., Southern California Edison, and the Denver International Airport. The entire CyberCon team will join BLUEFIN’s staff, and CyberCon’s owner, Nick Lovato, will become senior vice president of BLUEFIN.
 
“We are excited to welcome CyberCon to BLUEFIN,” says Richard Rast, BLUEFIN’s president. “I have admired CyberCon for many years while working in the industry and living in the community close to their operations. We value their success, and we commit to providing their team of employees the resources they need to grow that success even further. Nick Lovato brings technical expertise to our management team, and I look forward to working closely with him to continue providing service to CyberCon’s customers.”   
 
Nick Lovato comments, “CyberCon is proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 26 years. We view this transaction as an opportunity to continue growing, and we welcome the chance to provide an expanded service offering to our clients. Culturally, this is an excellent fit for us, and we are excited for our future with BLUEFIN.”

RIMA International Calls for Topics for Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Conference

The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference will take place Spring 2018 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  The event will be held May 9-10, at the Marriott Los Suenos Resort right on the Costa Rica coast.  This international event is an opportunity for those in the reflective products industries to learn about the latest research, advancements, new technology and uses of reflective products as well as exchange information on how reflectives are being used in various regions of the world.  
 
At this time, the conference host, RIMA International, is inviting you to submit any papers or educational session you would like to present at this conference.  Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to, recent studies/simulations; new technologies; advancements/uses; research/studies; economic and government challenges/successes; regional uses and updates and building codes and related issues around the world. 
 
The program slots will fill up quickly, so forward your submissions promptly.  Send your outline and topic to RIMA International via e-mail at rima@rima.net and mark your calendars for May 9-10, 2018, in Costa Rica.  

NAWIC Announces Annual Meeting and Education Conference Sponsor

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC), Aug. 16-19, in Anaheim, Calif. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. The NAWIC conference is made possible in part to the support of the association’s sponsors. The major AMEC sponsor this year is UPS.

“Having sponsors participate in our Annual Meeting is an honor for our members and benefit to their employers. This is an affirmation of the relevance of NAWIC and its core purpose,” says NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT. “Sponsoring companies believe in and promote diversity within the industry. NAWIC, along with our partners, continues to promote opportunities for women in the construction industry.”

UPS offers a range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Other NAWIC conference sponsors include Procore, United Rentals, Health Design and Construction, IRMI, PCL Construction, Cornerstone Companies, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Husch Blackwell.

NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. The NAWIC conference is a tool in accomplishing that goal. It features 22 seminars and workshops targeted to women in the construction industry. Aimee Cohen will address AMEC attendees as the event’s keynote speaker. She is a speaker, career coach, and the author of “Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success.”

For more information on the NAWIC conference please visit the website.