Diversity Resources Group (DRG) and GAF have launched pulseM, an app that allows contractors to obtain and manage reviews from customers and employees. It is available to GAF Master Elite, Certified, Master, Master Select, and Premium Coating System Contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The technology allows customers to leave reviews via speech or text in a 30- to 45-second mobile phone survey. Positive reviews can be posted to social media channels while negative reviews are sent directly to owners. Additionally, pulseM offers a gamified employee accountability solution, providing companies a real-time window into employee performance. For more information about DRG, visit here. GAF factory-certified contractors can contact their local territory manager for information on accessing pulseM.
TAMKO Building Products Inc. has redesigned TAMKO.com to provide easy access to visualization tools, product photos and useful information. With bold imagery, the site accentuates product charm and appeal for homeowners along with features that enable them to choose roofing shingles by color or style and easily locate a TAMKO Pro Certified Roofing Contractor. The responsive design optimizes the experience on popular devices and platforms, as well as enables visitors to share items across multiple social media channels. The site also includes a space for Team TAMKO, which is dedicated to professionals and builders and contains access to business-building tools. Additionally, application instructions, data sheets and literature are available directly from product pages.
Launched in April 2016, the Accelerate Sweepstakes was created by Owens Corning as a platform to rally Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network members around a year-long initiative designed to increase awareness of the company’s roofing products while boosting contractor network momentum, optimizing efficiency and leveraging distribution channels.
Throughout the Sweepstakes, Owens Corning ran monthly promotions featuring discounts and rebates tied to various roofing products. Contractors submitted invoices to enter for a chance to win quarterly prizes as well as the grand prize. Prizes reflected a racing theme and included racing sunglasses, coolers, tablets, a racing-themed office chair and passes to attend a one-day racing school. The Corvette was parked in the Owens Corning booth during IRE along with signage congratulating Amiot on taking home the Grand Prize.
“As the Accelerate Sweepstakes rallied contractors throughout the U.S., their enthusiasm became contagious,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning Roofing Contract Network Leader. “The 2016 Accelerate Sweepstakes finished with more than 146,000 entries submitted by our contractor members. We are excited to see how the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network will respond to this year’s Accelerate Sweepstakes with new and exciting changes and prizes.”
While 2017 marks the first time Owens Corning has awarded a Corvette at IRE, it is not the first time the Toledo-based roofing manufacturer has used the iconic American car in its marketing and sponsorship activities. In 1968, Owens Corning sponsored two racing Corvettes in the Sports Car Club of America events. After winning the Central Division Championship, Owens Corning leveraged the sponsorship to promote its fiberglass-reinforced composite materials that offered the automotive market the strength of steel without the weight.
“We were thrilled with the participation that Chris Amiot and contractors have demonstrated for the Accelerate Sweepstakes,” said Lewinski. “And we congratulate Chris on winning the 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.”
GE Performance Coatings recently welcomed Fred Wolfe as Applications Development Engineer, Commercial Roofing. This new position renews the commitment and level of service GE offers the roofing industry.
With GE, Wolfe will support the GE Enduris 100 percent silicone roof coating product line
while collaborating with the contractor base in North America and providing on-site project and technical assistance. His role represents an increased investment in this segment of
Wolfe brings more than 20 years of experience in roof coating, manufacturing, installation and consultation. A NACE certified Coating Inspector, he has overseen the specification, development and application of millions of square feet of acrylic, urethane, silicone and other roofing solutions.
“Wolfe is a nationally-recognized roof and protective coating expert, with extensive knowledge of the application and quality control processes,” says Peter Friedli, Marketing Manager at GE. “His invaluable perspective and technical experience will push our products and business further.”
“My career has centered around developing innovative answers that help organizations protect the beauty and performance of their buildings,” says Wolfe. “GE is a proven leader
in this space, and I am eager to begin partnering with our customers. Please get
in touch—I’m here to help you succeed.”
Wolfe’s previous experience includes growing an organization’s roof coating division into
a multimillion dollar business, and principal ownership of a roofing consultancy and installation company.
Wolfe can be reached vie email at Fred.Wolfe@momentive.com or by calling 919-428-8823.
Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC has invited five contractors to join its Platinum Advisory Board. The honor is awarded to contractors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.
The newly announced Platinum Advisory Board members are Will Jones of Yellow Hammer Roofing (Athens, Ala.); Shannon Alberts of Security-Luebke Roofing Inc. (Kaukauna, Wis.); Jack Borba of Straight Line Construction (Shingle Springs, Calif.); Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting Inc. (Corton on Hudson, N.Y.); and Clint Vaughn of Roofscapes Exteriors (Bixby, Okla). With the addition of these new members, the Board is comprised of 14 leading contractors from across the U.S.
The Owens Corning Platinum Advisory Board represents a group of contractors who share their market, product and technical expertise with the roofing manufacturer. Members bring a contractor’s perspective to studying and evaluating products and offering suggestions that support continuous improvement.
“We are excited to have these leaders’ voices and experience on our Advisory Board and we are honored they’ve committed to represent their fellow Owens Corning Platinum Contractors,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning contractor network leader. “Every Platinum Advisory Board member has demonstrated market leadership and a commitment to achieving and sustaining high levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction. There is no substitute for the perspective and insights of our contractors.”
Johns Manville recently announced that Tommy Knappich, Vice President of Sales for Roofing Systems, has been promoted to General Manager of Building Insulation in JM’s Insulation Systems business. The company named Jennifer Ford-Smith as its new Director of Sales for Roofing Systems.
“While Tommy’s contributions to Roofing Systems are too numerous to list, and he will be missed, I think we all agree that his promotion is a great and well-deserved opportunity,” says Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roofing Systems. “In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Ford-Smith is our new Director of Sales, Roofing Systems. Jennifer will lead the Contractor and Distributor channels for the business. The National Account and Specifier Services organization will continue to be led by Brad Burdic.”
According to the company, Ford-Smith joined JM 13 years ago, and she became Director of Marketing and Single Ply Product Management for Roofing Systems in 2012. Prior to joining JM, she held various marketing positions with Hunter Douglas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Marketing and Communications.
“We look forward to her continued contributions to the roofing business,” Smith notes. “Jennifer and I worked closely together for many years in Roofing Systems before 2012 to strengthen our single-ply offering while protecting our bituminous heritage. We expect to build on the current momentum and look forward to a great 2017.”
ATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, and connection, just to name a few. Engaged employees are known to drive productivity and results at work, which benefit the organization’s own team members, as well as their customers.
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s important to them is a belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together”. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
ATAS International is honored to once again receive this award. Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees. Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:
- “Employees are kept informed on how well the company is performing.”
- “There is a high level of commitment and respect that each employee shows to one another.”
- “ATAS is fully invested in our training and personal growth.”
- “I appreciate the honesty and integrity of the company and the employees.”
- “ATAS values all of their employees, and it shows.”
Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.
Anne Hicks, executive assistant at ATAS International, who facilitated ATAS’ involvement in the Top Workplaces employee survey says, “I’m excited that ATAS has earned this award again in 2017. Our company is growing and we are always evaluating how we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. Without our dynamic team of engaged employees, we would not be able to achieve our goals. We are excited about the future of ATAS as we continue to expand and develop, and I am proud to be part of this team.”
Morin, A Kingspan Group Company, has hired Alec Schumacher as the Regional Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Based in Baltimore, Schumacher will be responsible for covering Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.
Schumacher brings experience working with architectural firms in the region, representing commercial window and door manufacturers. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Morin manufactures single-element metal wall and roof panel systems in its production facilities in Bristol, Conn.; Deland, Fla.; and Fontana, Calif. According to the company, Morin has a combined production capacity of over 50 million square feet, fabricating metal panels in more than 75 different profiles. MORIN Single Element panels are 100 percent recyclable and meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
IKO recently launched a redesigned commercial website to provide digital access to its full suite of commercial roofing, building envelope, and bridge, deck and waterproofing systems. The site, hosted at www.iko.com/comm, is specifically designed around the needs of architects, specifiers and roofing consultants. To learn what these industry professionals desired in a site layout, IKO surveyed them about website usability and accessibility. Participants shared that they wanted product and technical information that could easily be found in just a few clicks. They also wanted the ability to access the site across multiple devices, including desktop, tablet or mobile.
“Commercial roofing professionals and consultants need to be able to find information on roofing systems quickly — whether on the job site or at the office,” says Jeff Williams, brand director, IKO North America. “We know their time is valuable, and we wanted to create a design that would not only be visually appealing, but also easy to navigate and function to fit their needs.”
The revamped commercial website serves as a hub for all of IKO’s asphalt low slope roofing systems and accessories, including built-up roofing (BUR), cold applied, heat welded, self adhered and more. Users can also find information on IKO’s building envelope and bridge deck and waterproofing membrane systems and accessories, along with wall insulation and air/vapour barrier systems.
“One of the differentiating qualities of IKO’s commercial roofing program is that we provide a systems solution with a full suite of roofing and building envelope products engineered to work together, not just individual components,” says Akif Amin, VP of Commercial Division, IKO North America. “We have architects, consultants and specifiers covered with site design that makes it easy to find, navigate and spec commercial roof system and building envelope solutions.”
In addition to details on all IKO commercial systems, website visitors can also access technical information like application guides, draft specifications and product data sheets, as well as training and education opportunities, among others.
For more information and to see the new commercial website, visit www.iko.com/comm.