The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Now Accepting Nominations for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for two major awards programs—the 2018-19 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2019 Gold Circle Awards.

MVP Awards

In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship, outstanding performance or other outstanding contributions outside the workplace.

A maximum of 10 outstanding roofing professionals will be honored. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2018.

Gold Circle Awards

The prestigious Gold Circle Awards honor outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services. National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members are encouraged to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.

Entries should include detailed descriptions of the project and examples of what made it challenging, working conditions and materials used. See The Alliance website for complete rules and entry preparation details. Deadline for entries is Oct. 12, 2018.

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.

MVP and Gold Circle Award Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13, 2019, in Nashville.

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RIMA International Celebrates 40 Years

In 1978 Don Roy (Roy & Son’s), Pat Mascari (Infra) and Robert Dittemore (Superior) met in a hotel restaurant in Los Angeles to discuss forming an industry trade association for their products. It was decided to name the association the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association (RIMA).

These original three members were invited to Washington, DC, in 1979 to participate in the DOE/FTC hearings on insulation products. They were joined by RIMA member Raymond Urias of A.I.M. and together represented reflectives at the event. At the completion of the hearings, the Federal Trade Commission published what was to become known as the “R-Value Rule”. This rule still governs the way all insulation products and radiant barriers are packaged, tested, and sold today.

RIMA went international in 2007 when the first international gathering took place in Paris, France.  There were 11 different countries represented at the event where guests were able to share how reflectives were being used and tested, how they were incorporated into building codes and the various hurdles being encountered.  The event was such a success, the International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Conference (I-RIM Conference) was born and is now held every two years in various locations around the world.

RIMA-I members are still very active in ASTM, ASHRAE, ICC and IBC participating in code development/changes and participating in meetings and code hearings throughout the year.  In 2018 the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC – was created to allow companies that are not reflective manufacturers to support and take a more active role in the codes teaming together to have a stronger presence and make a bigger impact within the building codes.

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Cotney Construction Law Adds New Partner

Cotney Construction Law, LLP and OSHA law, is pleased to announce the addition of Derek Kantaskas as a partner at their firm. As a litigator, Derek brings over ten years of experience as an attorney primarily focused on construction law.

Throughout the years, Derek Kantaskas has worked with a wide range of construction clients, including homebuilders, general contractors, developers, condominium associations, subcontractors, heavy construction companies, suppliers, property managers, and disaster remediation contractors. He practices in all aspects of construction law, including complex contract disputes, major condominium defect litigation, project delay claims, lien and bond disputes, construction defect claims, regulatory investigations, and copyright infringements.

“Derek is a skilled attorney who knows the ins and outs of the construction industry both locally and nationally,” said Trent Cotney, CEO. “His addition to our firm reflects our continued growth strategy to keep up with the needs of our clients.”

Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Derek Kantaskas worked for a full-service national law firm, specializing in construction litigation. Locally, Derek has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the past six years, he serves as co-chair of the Construction Law Section for the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and is a graduate of Leadership Tampa (Class of 2017).  Nationally, Derek is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, where he serves on the Division 9 Steering Committee.

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ASTM International Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing Presents Cullen Award

ASTM International’s committee on roofing and waterproofing (D08) announced that the William C. Cullen Award has been presented to Philip Dregger of Technical Roof Services and Pacific Building Consultants Inc. in Concord, California.

Dregger was recognized for his distinguished contributions and personal commitment to the roofing and waterproofing community through his dedication and leadership in the industry, particularly his numerous publications and presentations about condensation, wind damage, and roof drainage problems.

Dregger, president of Technical Roof Services Inc. and vice president of Pacific Building Consultants, has been an ASTM member since 1991. He has held his position since 1991, previously working for Twin City Corporation as a civil engineer, project engineer, roofing department supervisor, construction materials department manager and as the senior engineer for Wiss Janney Elstner Associates. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.

In addition to ASTM, Dregger has served on the boards of directors of RCI Inc., Cool Roof Rating Council, Special Interest Group for Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing Systems, Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, and as a faculty member of the Roof Industry Educational Institute.

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Second Annual Roofing Day in D.C. Is Set for April 3-4, 2019

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will take place April 3-4. Roofing Day is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 in its inaugural year saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 48 states and Puerto Rico taking part. Organizers are encouraging the industry to make 2019 an even larger turnout.

Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the United States, with a goal of having every state represented in Washington, D.C. It will be the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

In preparation for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, NRCA will ask all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry, so the group can go to Washington and present a united front.

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MRA Offers New Marketing Toolkit for Metal Roofing Contractors and Installers

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has unveiled a new digital marketing toolkit for its contractor and installer members to help them promote and grow their residential metal roofing business.

With the popularity of metal roofs increasing among U.S. and Canadian homeowners, the MRA is putting more resources in the hands of contractors and installers to support the growing demand. The new toolkit, available to members at includes table tents, yard signs, literature, infographics, videos and ads. Many of the toolkit assets are customizable and are available in digital formats or as downloads.

“Contractors and installers are top priority when it comes to market adoption and helping homeowners understand the exceptional durability, value and sustainability benefits of metal roofs,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “Making sure our trade members have the right tools to communicate and market their metal roofing business is essential to us.”

The Metal Roofing Alliance also offers training, business development resources and a sophisticated lead-gen platform to help support manufacturers, installers and contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this year, the Alliance unveiled its new website designed to not only educate and inspire homeowners, but to highlight the work of its members and help homeowners connect with qualified metal roofing suppliers and contractors in their area.

For those involved with or who support the metal roofing industry in the U.S. or Canada, MRA offers a variety of partnership and membership opportunities. For more information, visit

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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,, 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.