Alliance Offers Planned Giving Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has a formal planned giving program to create a source of long-term support while offering Alliance members and roofing industry professionals the tax benefits of deferred giving.

According to the Alliance, through a planned gift, members and roofing professionals can leave a remembrance to the Alliance that can help fund research and programs to advance the industry for years to come, including cutting-edge education, research and technology that will allow for better training to develop the next generation of roofing professionals; access to new learning models, technology and proven methodologies to understand future trends, benchmarks and technical challenges; and advocacy in the areas of sustainability, scholarships and charitable programs.

Planned gifts can be made in various ways, and the mechanisms can be tailored to accommodate individual situations. In addition, there can be important tax advantages for leaving resources to qualified charities such as the Alliance, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about how to include the Alliance in your will or estate plan, contact Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of member services and development, at alavalley@nrca.net or visit the Alliance website

NRCA to Hold Roofing Industry Regional Summit

NRCA will host a Roofing Industry Regional Summit Nov. 9 in Phoenix, offering roofing professionals an opportunity to engage with their peers and learn about the latest roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from the region are encouraged to participate, regardless of their affiliation with NRCA, and take advantage of this one-day learning experience, which will provide in-depth information about the most critical issues affecting roofing businesses.

According to NRCA, the summit will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from top industry experts about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry. The early bird price for the summit is $99; after Oct. 26, the price will be $149.

For more information or to register online, click here.

RCI Inc. Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

RCI Inc. announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as its new executive vice president and chief executive officer. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of 2017 after nearly 17 years at the helm.

An organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt brings to RCI more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience. He spent the early part of his career as an officer in the South African Air Force and, subsequently, over a decade with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He was most recently President of the Cargo Network Services (CNS) and a member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors.

“Lionel’s management style and leadership skills really stood out among a great group of candidates,” said RCI President Michael L. Williams. “His ability to team with other organizations for the benefit of all will surely lead to RCI being recognized as the group leading the building envelope design and consulting industry.”

Van der Walt’s immediate task will be to enhance the recognition and influence of RCI in the industry. He will further strengthen RCI’s mission through continued improvement of the association’s ongoing education and accreditation programs and its publications, which include RCI Interface technical journal, textbooks, and reference guides. As CEO, he will lead the 2018 33rd RCI International Convention & Trade Show to be held March 22-27, 2018, in Houston.

“I will be doing a great deal of listening to employees, board members, committee heads, and members to better understand what works and where we might have opportunities to improve,” said van der Walt. “I look forward to some honest and frank feedback that will help us to shape the future direction of the organization, with a strong emphasis on helping our members to secure a healthy, profitable, and sustainable future for the building envelope consultants industry globally.”

Formed in 1983, RCI now boasts over 3,500 members across the United States, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit http://rci-online.org.

Basketball Legend Julius Erving to Provide Keynote Address at IRE

Legendary NBA star Julius “Dr. J” Erving will present the keynote address during the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 6-8, in New Orleans. Known as one of the greatest players of all time, Erving will reveal his strategy for overcoming challenges and illustrate how to cultivate a champion’s mindset.

“Not only is Dr. J one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional basketball, he is also a successful businessman who will share his winning philosophy,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “Our attendees and exhibitors will walk away motivated and empowered with a plan for success.”
 
Through triumph and adversity on and off the court, Erving will share what he has learned through his storied 16-year NBA career. Erving played with the Philadelphia ’76ers for 11 years and was named to the NBA All-Star First Team in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. In addition to his athletic honors, Erving has received many civic and community service awards.

Since his retirement, Erving has forged a successful business and basketball executive career. After serving as an in-studio analyst for NBC, Erving joined the Orlando Magic’s front office staff. He also is investments include ownership of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia and cable television stations in New York and New Jersey.

“Julius Erving can offer strong perspectives on success and leadership,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Hearing his unique life experiences will prove both educational and enlightening.”   

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Feb. 6 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The keynote address is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

For more information about the IRE, please click here or call (800) 684-5761.

West Coast Florida Enterprises Names New Officers

West Coast Florida Enterprises (WCFE), a 32-year-old building restoration and roofing company based in Fort Myers, Fla., announced the promotions of six of its employees. Tim Waters, Terrill Brake, Debbie Evans, Harold Martin, Ryan Nicholas, and Scott Otey are all being appointed to new corporate positions in the company’s administration.

Tim Waters, formerly the company’s operations manager, is the new vice president of operations. Waters has been with WCFE since 1999. According to the company, as vice president of operations, he will have decision-making authority with regards to the daily operations in the warehouse, field, and custom ornamental and welded fabrications division.

Terrill Brake, once known as the company’s sales manager overseeing its roofing division, is moving up to vice president of sales. He spent five years with WCFE in the early 2000s and returned to the company in early 2014. As vice president of sales, Brake will have both decision-making authority and the authority to negotiate contracts in all things sales related.

Since January 2014, Debbie Evans has been WCFE’s CPA/controller, organizing and structuring the corporate books as additional divisions of the company have been acquired. Now as chief financial officer (CFO), Evans will have authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the corporation.

In WCFE’s 15th year, Harold Martin joined the company. As its former general manager, Martin has worn many hats, but as the company’s new chief compliance officer, he will have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the company with regard to safety, risk management, compliance, and other legal matters.

Scott Otey, the former vice president, will assume the role of president, taking over the role formerly held by founder and CEO Bruce Nicholas. Otey has been with WCFE since 1990. As president, he will be responsible for the company’s overall day-to-day management. All officers listed above will report to Otey and he will have the last word in all corporate matters.

Assuming role of vice president is Ryan Nicholas. The company’s former commercial roofing superintendent is being groomed to lead the family business in the future, according to WCFE. As vice president, Ryan Nicholas will focus on corporate matters, including financial, legal and contractual concerns.

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.