National Roofing Contractors Association Releases 2018 Manual Volume and Boxed Set

To provide the roofing industry with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018. The new volume updates the 2014 volume under the same title and serves as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The manual contains information about the design, material and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components and includes 60 construction details. In addition, background information is provided on moisture and air leakage issues in buildings such as ventilation for steep-slope roof assemblies and condensation control for low-slope roof systems.

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018 is best used with other volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems – 2017, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems – 2016; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems – 2015.

The 2018 volume and boxed set can be purchased in hardbound versions or downloaded for free in electronic format to NRCA members at shop.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2018-19 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2018-19 slate of officers and directors at its 131st Annual Convention, held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

Kent Schwickert, senior vice president, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, was elected chairman of the board-elect. Monica Cameron, vice president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas; Scott Kawulok, executive project manager, B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colorado; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois; and Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

  • Randy Adams, chairman/CEO of R. Adams Roofing Inc., Indianapolis
  • Troy Baker, vice president of sales and marketing at SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Tim Blue, president of Blue’s Roofing Co., Milpitas, California
  • Dick Bus, president of ATAS International Inc., Allentown Pennsylvania
  • Mark DeFreitas, vice president and national sales manager at SOPREMA Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio
  • Helen Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, New Jersey
  • Steve Harvey, president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • Gary Howes, COO of The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael Johannes, president of Nations Roof East LLC, Yonkers, New York
  • Jason Lewinski, contractor network leader at Owens Corning Inc., Toledo, Ohio
  • Mark MacDonald, sales/marketing manager at Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating, Cleveland
  • Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Monica Murphy, director of operations at Ray Nolan Roofing Co., Louisville, Kentucky
  • Brian Schaut, senior vice president at F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee
  • Stephen Teal, manager at Flynn Group of Companies, Rockyville, Alberta, Canada
  • Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama
  • David Tilsen, president of Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth Walters, marketing manager at Derbigum Americas Inc, Kansas City, Missouri
  • All 2018-19 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    Robert McNamara Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

    McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

    Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

    F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

    “As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

    “The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

    First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

    For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    NRCA Elects New Chairman of the Board

    Kent Schwickert, senior vice president-national business unit for Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota, has been elected the next chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention, held February 6-8 in New Orleans.

    “Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

    Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13. In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

    Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Schwickert will begin his one-year term as the highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the U.S. June 1, 2018.

    For more information, visit www.NRCA.net.

    RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Call for Abstracts

    RCI, Inc. is excited to announce the first ever RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium. The symposium will take place September 13-14, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, ON.

    We are now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium. Abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be received at RCI headquarters by April 13, 2018. The RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Committee will review abstracts, and authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by April 20, 2018. If accepted, papers should be received by May 25, 2018, for peer review.

    Potential authors should contact Tina Hughes at RCI headquarters for a copy of the Abstract Submittal Form and RCI Guidelines for Presentations, complete directions on formatting, and acceptable formats for abstracts and papers. A topic description must be provided addressing the speaker’s subject knowledge and the level of knowledge that will be presented to the attendee (i.e., beginner, intermediate or advanced). Six RCI CEHs will be granted for an accepted paper. Additionally, presenters will earn triple credit for the length of the program (one presentation hour yields three CEHs).

    Download the 2018 RCI CBES Call for Abstracts PDF for more details.
    Suggested topics include:

    • Innovative Technologies & Practices
    • Façade Systems & Technologies
    • Unique Façade Design Solutions
    • The Building Envelope as a Design Statement
    • Energy Conservation Design
    • Designing Façades That Will Improve Indoor Air Quality
    • Economics & Life Cycle Analysis
    • Panelized Stone or Masonry Systems
    • Sealants – Design & Selection / Appropriate Specifications / Quality Assurance
    • Hygrothermal Analysis in Façade Designs
    • Façades Designed to Achieve Sustainability
    • Unique Detail Design Work
    • Curtainwalls
    • Double-Wall Façades
    • Roofing
    • Brick Masonry
    • Stone Masonry
    • Waterproofing
    • Stucco
    • EIFS
    • Metal Wall Panels
    • Air-Barrier Systems
    • Testing Wall Systems
    • Construction Processes

    For more information, visit http://rci-online.org.

    New MRA Website Helps Installers, Contractors Capitalize on Booming Metal Roofing Market

    Contractors now have a powerful new tool to capitalize on the skyrocketing growth of the metal roofing installation business.

    The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has launched a revamped website that offers member contractors real-time quality lead retrieval, sophisticated marketing benefits and greater membership opportunities all in a mobile-friendly, streamlined and easy-to-use platform.

    The metal roofing industry has captured 14 percent of the overall U.S. re-roofing market, and adoption is continuing to grow rapidly. To help contractors and installers take advantage of the opportunity to increase business, MRA’s new site gives members the ability to showcase their company with detailed profile information, a customizable project portfolio and contact resources. A new, simplified reporting system allows members to find, filter and access leads from anywhere, while a built-in system tracks project status, details and notes about prospective customers. The new site is at www.metalroofing.com.

    With the demand for skilled metal roof installers on the rise, the MRA also is emphasizing online education and training resources for the trade. The MRA website’s popular Ask the Experts forum offers personalized guidance and information to help address some of the most technical questions from highly experienced experts. A growing number of training videos and resources, including answers to frequently-asked customer questions, also are available to members via a simple, mobile-friendly platform. Installers and contractors interested in becoming an MRA member can contact MRA’s Member Liaison at dottie@metalroofing.com to find out more information.

    “Our top priority is to help contractors take better advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the metal roofing industry has to offer,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “This new site is built with the busy installer in mind, providing business-building tools and making it easy for them to find the resources and information they need.”

    Powerful resource for homeowners

    For consumers considering metal roofing, the new image-rich site features an interactive metal roofing visualizer that allows homeowners to “try on” different styles and colors of metal roofs to see how they might look on their own homes. A robust image gallery now provides convenient search filters for different metal roof styles, colors and designs. The search to find a local contractor has also been streamlined, giving consumers quick access to reputable metal roofing installers and the ability to review their experience and work. A handy roofing material comparison tool provides homeowners with detailed information for how an investment in a metal roof stands up to other options on the market.

    “The new site is really built to benefit both sides of the equation—installers and homeowners,” said Ramey. “Homeowners are definitely interested in learning more about metal roofing, and the site is designed to make it easy for them to not only get their questions answered, but get in touch with a qualified installer to take the next step.”

    For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

    Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) Chooses Leadership

    Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry announced that it has chosen Karen Edwards as its communications and engagement leader.

    In this role, Edwards will lead the RT3 membership in engagement activities that drive the group’s technology research, evaluation, testing and thought leadership to continue to promote the adoption of technology into the roofing industry. She will also manage all of RT3’s communication efforts, ensuring that the group’s message and efforts surrounding the adoption of technology are effectively shared with contractors, manufacturers, distributors and industry media.

    “RT3 is very excited to work with Karen on moving the RT3 initiative forward and taking it to the next level,” said RT3 co-founder Dale Tyler. “Her background in the roofing industry combined with her understanding of how to introduce new technologies into the industry from her time spent as a marketing leader at EagleView bring the perfect skill set to RT3.”

    Edwards has been a marketing professional for more than 25 years and has focused the past 15 years on marketing for the technology and construction industries.  She led the contractor marketing program during her tenure at Carlisle SynTec and oversaw the marketing behind the company’s secondary brands including Versico, EcoStar, Insulfoam, Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing and Carlisle Residential before moving on to lead marketing efforts at EagleView Technologies. As president and owner of Casimir Group, Edwards provides strategic marketing consulting for roofing manufacturers and contractors, she is also the editor for RoofersCoffeeShop.com and leads Marcomm activities for the Property Drone Consortium.

    She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and resides in the York, Pennsylvania area. When not working, she enjoys traveling, relaxing on a beach, partaking in good food and wine, taking long walks and yoga.

    For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

     

    National Roofing Partners Hires New Controller

    National Roofing Partners (NRP) announced the addition of Kyrah Coker to the NRP team. Coker has more than 20 years of progressively responsible finance experience directing companies financially from start-up through growth modes.

    Coker has spent the last 12 years as a director of finance and operations with a private, woman-owned and operated construction business (WBE) in Dallas. She helped grow the company exponentially, securing and maintaining bonded municipal contracts with the City of Dallas and other surrounding cities. Prior to transitioning into construction accounting, Coker spent over a decade as a branch manager in a publicly held Telecom company headquartered in Atlanta. During this time, she developed strong accounting experience and became an Intuit Pro Advisor.

    “Kyrah has the background and focus that NRP needs. Her financial knowledge and talent is not only important in day-to-day operations but is also critical as we continue our aggressive growth and use of technology through all parts of our business,” stated Dale Tyler, president of NRP. “NRP is fully committed to utilizing technology in communications and processes, providing the best experience for national accounts and facility managers. Kyrah is key to supporting our financial technology solutions while working in tandem with our large commercial roofing contractor network.”

    Coker holds a B.A. and M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas where she held active leadership/board roles in SPEAK (Students for Political Education and Knowledge) and Phi Theta Kappa Iota Honor Society. She has served as roll call liaison with local police departments for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is an active member in Women in Film Dallas, in support of her adult son in acting, and a volunteer with Food on the Move’s Summer Program.

    For more information, visit www.nationalroofingpartners.com.

     

    National Women in Roofing Names North American Roofing CEO Kelly Wade as Keynote Speaker

    National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, has announced that Kelly Wade, CEO of Tampa, Florida-based North American Roofing will be the keynote speaker at its networking and mentoring reception.

    The reception is scheduled for February 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall C. Registration is not required.

    “We are thrilled to have Kelly share her story of her career path in the roofing industry that eventually led her to become CEO of this large roofing company,” said Mallory Payne, chair of NWIR’s Mentoring Committee. “Her advice and experience are sure to encourage and inspire everyone attending the event. The NWIR Mentoring Committee works hard to find speakers that are not only influential, but also have powerful stories and passion for this industry.”

    The event will feature an interactive question and answer session with Wade following her presentation. NWIR is encouraging those planning to attend to submit their questions to info@nationalwomeninroofing.org by January 31.

    Wade joined North American Roofing in 2009 as the Director of Marketing, and moved to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing in her first year. She became VP of Strategy, Executive Vice President, and then in 2015, Chief Operating Officer. In August 2017, she became the CEO and is responsible for the strategic vision and overall operations of the company. Since 2009, the company has grown top line revenue by 300 percent.

    Wade grew up in Ohio with a small business entrepreneur father influence, and graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in English Journalism, and built a 20-year plus career of sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning. Wade earned her Green Belt in Six Sigma from Villanova University in 2014 and is currently obtaining her MBA, scheduled for completion in 2018. She has two teenage boys and enjoys running, travelling, hiking, volunteering, sports, food and wine, family, reading, boating and anything outdoors.

    For more information, visit http://nationalwomeninroofing.org.

    The 2018 IRE Opens in New Orleans February 6

    Roofing professionals will be heading to The Big Easy for the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE), which runs February 6-8. Known as one of the most important trade shows of the year for the roofing industry, the show is expected to feature more than 460 exhibiting companies. More than 44 educational sessions and 30+ educational presentations on the show floor will provide information on the latest developments and trends.

    On the 131,000-square-foot show floor, attendees can expect to see, touch, feel and experience the full gamut of products, value-added services and the most innovative ideas in roofing materials and technology, according to show management. From major corporations to innovative new startups, you will find every conceivable segment of the industry in one place, at one time.

    Learning is a vital part of the IRE. The educational conference program offers brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration through 122 education hours and 44 new sessions. The three-day event is packed with sessions led by industry experts covering hot topic areas including emerging technology, metal roofing, drones, labor, safety, roof decks, asphalt shingles, solar, low-slope roofing, profitability, codes/standards, leadership/employment, and more.

    Show Floor Highlights

    Stop by the Business & Technology Pavilion to find new tools and resources that will help you run your business better, faster and safer. Find the latest industry solutions to generate more revenue, including mobile, wireless and web-based programs for insurance, finance, credit, estimating, labor, weather, and more.

    Get to know the Equipter, OMG and Soprema teams and their products in-depth and in-person through the Exhibitor Product Clinics held daily on the show floor. You can make better purchasing decisions after seeing a demo and having a Q&A session with product experts about the functionality and capabilities.

    Stay on the cutting-edge of what’s new from leading manufacturers supplying creative and innovative metal products, designs, building concepts, tools and services. If metal is your specialty, you will find exactly what you need in the Metal Marketplace, sponsored by Metal Roofing Magazine.

    To build your business and keep your company thriving into the future, stop by the Product Showcase where you will explore innovation as you see, try and compare a wealth of dynamic products. The unique layout offers a time-saving overview of what’s new on the show floor. It is sponsored by Professional Roofing Magazine.

    Show Floor Educational Opportunities

    Exhibitor-Presented Seminars provide outstanding opportunities to get exciting new information and in-depth analysis presented by our exhibitor community. These 45-minute sessions will provide practical, innovative ideas and solutions to invigorate your business.

    Learn essential content to help you deliver profits and streamline processes by attending The Roofing Institute, sponsored by Johns Manville. You’ll refine your technical skills, learn top marketing and sales strategies to improve your bottom line, and sharpen your leadership skills to lead your team to success.

    The GAF Education Center is dedicated exclusively to roofing industry education, not product pitches. Through a series of 45-minute sessions, expert trainers will help you build skills, think critically and arm you with practical solutions to work smarter.

    Special Events

    Known as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Julius “Dr. J” Erving will share what he has learned through triumph and adversity. As Dr. J reveals his personal tactics for overcoming challenges and cultivating a champion’s mindset, you will walk away from this Keynote Address enlightened and with a deeper understanding of the power of grace, humility, hard work and collaboration on the drive to success. Held February 6 from 9:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m., the Keynote is sponsored by Malarkey.

    Join us at historic Generations Hall for an evening of Louisiana culture, food and drink at the Welcome Party. Network with industry friends and leaders while experiencing delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda. New Orleans-based party band, The Bucktown All-Stars, will provide the live music. The Welcome Party is sponsored by Tremco, and all guests must be 21 years of age with valid ID and IRE name badge.

    Pay it forward and help those less fortunate by participating in the 9th Annual Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project. By volunteering for this heartwarming cause, you will help repair and rebuild the homes of New Orleans families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation. Tax-deductible monetary donations are needed as well as volunteers to perform a variety of construction disciplines. This incredible day is sponsored by Sika Sarnafil. Additional contributors include OMG, Carlisle, CentiMark, Roofing Solutions, ICP Adhesives & Sealants, Inc., CertainTeed and Damato Enterprises.

    Endless amounts of fun and a customized tailgating RV await you outside the show floor in the parking lot of the Riverwalk Outlet Parking Lot. At the SRS Extreme Tailgate, you will network with industry friends and leaders in the sunshine while taking a break from the busy show floor to relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

    Join the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) for a hospitality reception and interactive networking experience. Spend some time getting to know thought leaders, executives and industry experts receive some mentoring advice from those who design, build, operate and support the roofing industry. Open to all roofing professionals.
    For additional pre-show specialty educational opportunities taking place February 4 to 5 from NRCA and NWIR, please visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com.

    Show Hours

    The show floor hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6 and 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    All educational sessions require registration. Space in sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. For more information regarding registration, visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com or call (244) 563-3147 or (866) 860-1970. To register on-site, proceed to the registration counter in Lobby A at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.

    Get Connected

    The mobile app can be used to organize your time, get real-time alerts and connect with colleagues and customers using the “Friends” feature. Search “IRE” in the app stores. The IRE is also featured on various social media sites such as Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RoofingExpo, LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1963938, Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RoofingExpo, Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/RoofingExpo, and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/c/TheRoofingExpo. Twitter users can follow the show using #RoofingExpo or @RoofingExpo.

    2018 International Roofing Expo

    When: February 6-8, 2018
    Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Halls B-D, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Registration: www.TheRoofingExpo.com
    Questions: (800) 684-5761 or (972) 536-6415