The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018-19 Board of Trustees

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its board of trustees for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected president of the Alliance; Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts, was elected vice president; and Dane Bradford, president of Bradford Roof Management, Billings, Montana, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Additionally, the following were approved to serve on the board:

  • Greg Bloom, chief sales and marketing officer at Allied Building Products Corp., Edmonds, Washington
  • Bob Daly, president of Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Kansas City, Kansas
  • Rudy Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, California
  • Steve Kubicka, regional sales manager for the Northwest region for Polyglass USA., Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Dave Lawlor, North American sales manager for ROCKWOOL Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada
  • George Patterson, president of Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Illinois
  • Jonathan Reader, manager for R&B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas
  • Tom Saeli, chief executive officer of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Michigan
  • Chris Salazar, chief executive officer of Karnak Corp., Clark, New Jersey
  • Kyle Thomas, owner and vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama
  • Daniel Tinker, president and chief executive officer of SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts for King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Tom Walker, executive director of commercial roofing for ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit Wisconsin
  • David Workman, president and chief executive officer of RoofConnect, Sheridan, Arkansas
  • The Alliance’s 2018-19 board of trustees assumed their roles June 1.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    NRCA Names Chief Operating Officer

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced McKay Daniels has joined its staff as chief operations officer. Daniels has nearly 20 years of management experience and most recently served in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff for two members of Congress before joining NRCA in June.

    Daniels has held a variety of management and consulting positions throughout his career, including as executive director for statewide political organizations in California and Nevada, and later serving as senior policy advisor to Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor.

    “McKay is an exceptional leader and is fully on board with NRCA’s mission to set the standard for professionalism in the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “His extensive management background will help us improve and expand the great work we do.”

    Daniels has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Despite being apprehensive about Chicago winters, Daniels, his wife, Rebecca, and their three children are looking forward to making it their home and joining the NRCA family.

    For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    AAMA Releases New Design Guide for Structural Silicone Glazing

    The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to describe proper guidelines and glazing procedures for structural glazing. AAMA SSGDG-1-17, Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines, reviews a glazing that offers a unique appearance and simplicity of construction that often cannot be achieved any other way.

    Prior AAMA publications included TSGG-04, two-sided structural glazing for skylights, and CW-13-85, a structural glazing design guide. However, it was decided to combine them into a single guiding document regarding structural glazing, for both vertical and sloped applications.

    “Combining two documents that discussed structural glazing made learning about the process simpler for those seeking that information,” said Kelly Broker (Dow Performance Silicones), chair of the AAMA Structural Sealant Design Guidelines Task Group. “We feel this makes the knowledge formerly contained in both more accessible.”

    Properly designed and installed, structural silicone has performed well in the presence of UV exposure, adverse weathering conditions and in extremely harsh environments. These qualities allow structural silicone sealants to continue as the only type of sealant approved for structurally adhered glazing applications.

    AAMA SSGDG-1-17, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.

    For more information, visit https://aamanet.org.

    MRA Offers Primer on Solar System Rooftop Installation for Contractors, Installers

    As a resource to the trades, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) now offers an online introductory course for solar rooftop installation that helps define key solar terms, outlines installation considerations, describes compatible roofing material types including various options, and offers design planning basics and other resources.

    According to the MRA, understanding residential solar system installation is more important than ever because the solar market is hot, thanks to growing nationwide interest stemming from California’s recent solar mandate for all new homes beginning in 2020.

    What does solar have to do with roofs? Everything, according to the MRA, because a return on a residential roof-mounted solar investment is only as good as the quality and longevity of the roof where it is installed.

    Contractors and roofing installers can find the primer for solar rooftop installation on MRA’s website, www.metalroofing.com, in addition to information about how to become a MRA member and gain access to other education and training related to a wide variety of metal roofing topics.

    Roofing Technology Think Tank Launches Technology Solutions Directory

    Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced that it has launched a technology solutions directory. The online technology solutions directory is a resource for the roofing industry to share and review software and other technology solutions. Providers are encouraged to visit www.rt3thinktank.com and submit information and recommendations. Users of the solution can leave feedback to help others determine if that technology is appropriate for their business.

    The technology solutions directory was established to support the RT3 mission of supporting and advancing the adoption of technology within the roofing industry. According to its mission statement, “Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), is a consortium of thought leaders exploring emerging technology solutions for the roofing industry, striving to inform contractors by bringing together progressive and disruptive solutions that help build the professionalism and appeal of the roofing industry.”

    “As a forward-thinking, progressive roofing contractor who embraces technology, the directory allows me to provide feedback on what has worked for my business,” stated Ken Kelly, RT3 Board Member and President of Kelly Roofing. “By sharing feedback on the different tech solutions in the directory, we hope to be able to help others in the industry make the right decisions on what technologies will be the right ones to implement in their businesses.”

    For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

    ASTM International Launches Collaboration Platform for Document Development

    ASTM International launched the ASTM SpecBuilderplatform, which is designed to empower organizations to streamline collaboration and document development for internal documents such as specifications, test methods, guidelines, and procedures.

    In an effort to refine the platform, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and others have tested SpecBuilder over the past year. According to PPI’s Debora Bechtloff, member services coordinator, “ASTM SpecBuilder provides a contemporary solution for collaboration, balloting, and publishing. Since adopting SpecBuilder, the number of PPI ballots has increased, member involvement in collaboration and balloting efforts has improved, and PPI publishes documentation more quickly.”

    According to ASTM International, SpecBuilder provides a single platform to ensure organizations’ internal drafts, comments, votes, and supporting documents, are uploaded, acted on, and archived within a single secure tool. Specifically, the tool allows team members to manage changes to documents; revise multiple documents simultaneously; accelerate voting processes; add hyperlinks to standards; streamline communications; and securely store and restart projects.

    For more information or to purchase a subscription, visit www.astm.org/Standard/specbuilder_new or contact sales@astm.org.

    For more information, visit www.astm.org.

    RCI Technical Advisory Committee Offers Position Statement on Cool Roofs

    The RCI Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has released a position statement, which has been published on the RCI website. RCI has previously released position statements for a variety of issues, but this is the first one written by the TAC.

    TAC Chair Doug Stieve led the development of this position statement. As leader, he recruited officemate Kenrick Hartman to provide assistance. Hartman is a member of the RCI Emerging Professionals Committee, which approached the TAC a number of months ago, asking if it could use the assistance of EP Committee members. The TAC gladly accepted the experiment. The purpose of the resulting joint program is to provide young RCI members with a means of gaining professional involvement and experience by contributing to a real-world task that benefits RCI members. According to RCI, Stieve and Hartman’s teamwork was successful and such collaboration between the TAC and the EP Committee is planned to continue as the TAC produces future Technical Advisories or Position Statements.

    Links to Position Statements and Technical Advisories can be found here.

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

    Cotney Construction Law Announces New Partners

    Cotney Construction Law (CCL), a national law firm for construction, specialty trades, and OSHA law, announced that Daniel Auerbach, Virgil Tray Batcher, Hilary Morgan, and Anthony Tilton have been named partners of the firm.

    “Each of these attorneys epitomizes the diverse talent our firm offers,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of CCL. “Not only have they demonstrated superb legal capabilities, but they have also shown that they are committed to both their clients and the construction industry as a whole.”

    Daniel Auerbach’s practice areas encompass construction litigation and various transactional matters. Specifically, Dan focuses on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, bond and lien law, building code violation defense, construction defense litigation, OSHA defense, bid protests, and contractor licensing defense. He currently serves as general counsel for the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association and the Treasure Coast Roofing and Sheet Metal Association.

    Virgil Tray Batcher joined Cotney Construction Law in 2012 and represents clients in all aspects of construction law including lien law, bond law, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, and licensing. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tray worked in the construction industry as an estimator for a multi-million dollar structural contracting company. He currently serves as general counsel for the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

    Hilary Morgan focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law, including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, arbitration, construction defects, contract review and drafting, delay claims, bid protests, design professional liability, corporate law, and administrative law. Hilary serves on Associated Builders and Contractors National Young Professional Committee and is currently general counsel for National Women in Roofing.

    Anthony Tilton practices in all areas of construction law. He works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense. This includes the management and development of safety and health strategies. Anthony is also a Certified Building Contractor and has been involved in the industry his whole life; he has done framing, floor installation, remodels, site supervision, and served as safety officer for various construction companies. Anthony is general counsel for the Tile Roofing Institute.

    For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

    U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week August 13

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages Americans to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018.

    More than 200 organizations and businesses are partnering with OSHA to promote the importance of safety and health programs. Implementing a safety and health program is one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and illnesses, and improve business. Effective programs can increase worker satisfaction, improve productivity, and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries.

    Establishing a safety and health program is simple. Some steps to get started include worker training, hazard identification, and seeking worker input to maintaining safety on the job.

    Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety can participate. Start by visiting www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek for more information, resources, and tools to help plan and promote safety events.

    For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

    SPFA Elects and Announces New Board of Directors for 2018-2020

    The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 to 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

    “Our newly elected Board of Directors includes returning experienced members, new individuals offering fresh energy and ideas, as well as the necessary diversity spanning insulation and roofing contracting, SPF materials manufacturing and equipment, and companies of varying size and geographic location, in alignment with our broader SPFA membership priorities,” said Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “I welcome each of these leaders and look forward to serving with them over the next two years as we work to continue the growth in the industry.”

    The SPFA Executive Committee includes: Tiffiny Flaim, President of SPFA and President of BIOFOAM; Bryan Heldreth, Vice President of SPFA and Vice President of RPC Industries; Richard Spiess, Treasurer of SPFA and President of Innovative Insulation Solutions Ltd.; John Achille, Past President of SPFA and Vice President of Coastal Insulation.

    Incoming voting members of the SPFA Board of Directors include: John Cunningham, Owner of AGL Sprayfoam; Nick Laudenbach, Vice President of Fencil Urethane Systems;  Bonnie Strickler, President & Owner of PUFF Inc.; Ron Winkle, President of Roof Asset Management; Teri England, Vice President of SmartChoice Insulation & Roofing; Jack Moore, President & CEO of West Roofing Systems; Joe Stockdale, Industry Relations, Spray Foam of Accella Polyurethane Systems (Carlisle); Todd Wishneski, Technical Service Manager of BASF; Will Lorenz, Vice President of Sales of General Coatings;  Nick Pagano, Business Development Manager of Graco; Tyler Fiske, Territory Manager of Icynene-Lapolla; Mitch Clifton, Director of Sales & Marketing of NCFI Polyurethanes.

    “Our new Board of Directors enters at a pivotal time for our industry. Construction sectors continue to grow at a strong pace,” said incoming SPFA President, Tiffiny Flaim. “As the use of spray foam expands to meet consumer energy goals, we are faced with challenges including ongoing labor shortages, increasing regulatory actions and intense competition. I am confident that our new board members are the right team to help our membership navigate today’s marketplace with greater ease. I look forward to the time I serve as President and look forward to highlighting the positive attributes of this great industry.”

    Notably Ms. Flaim, President of BIOFOAM, Inc., a Chicago based SPF contractor, is the first female to hold the title of Board President for SPFA. The organization is proud of reflecting the construction industry trends benefitting from womens’ leadership and ownership in the industry.

    “I know Tiffiny is going to be great, and we have a great overall management team,” added Riesenberg. “Everything SPFA and this board are working on eventually impacts most sprayfoam companies whether they realize it or not, as well as the industry and ultimately the customer. This board takes the reigns in a strong position to continue efforts that improve the lives and work of our members. The representation on this board includes just about every perspective of the various industry sectors and they’re having the discussions that need to be had. That should excite people as we prepare to take new strides to get our members ready for fast-paced growth.”

    The current SPFA Board of Directors will be active from July 2018 through June 2020.

    For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.