Get Involved as the Alliance Celebrates 20 Years of Elevating the Roofing Industry

Get Involved; Leave a Legacy

To make the Rosemont, Ill.-based Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress work, member participation is vital, and the Alliance is continually seeking new members. To meet and encourage participation, the Alliance offers varying levels of membership to encourage small-, medium- and large-sized firms to join and have a voice in determining the roofing industry’s future.

Commitments to the Alliance can be pledged for three- to five-year periods. Public recognition is given in accordance with donors’ wishes and levels of commitment and include national public acknowledgement during the Rosemont-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s annual convention and other special events and programs. Alliance members also are invited to participate on committees and task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and are invited to the semiannual meetings and networking events of the full Alliance.

In addition, roofing professionals are encouraged to support the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program, which provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in the roofing or building construction industries. Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and can be paid during a period of up to and including five years.

The Alliance also provides roofing professionals the opportunity to fulfill their philanthropic goals through its formal Planned Giving Program. Planned giving investments, such as bequests, gifts of real estate or appreciated stock, life insurance policies and retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts from individuals will go a long way to fund research and programs that advance and shape the roofing industry for years to come.

The roofing industry has a wonderful history of generosity, and for all roofing professionals who would like to be involved with giving back to the industry that has given so much to them, the Alliance provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

For more information about how you can make a commitment to the Alliance and leave a legacy to help secure the future of the roofing industry, contact Alison L. LaValley, CAE, NRCA’s vice president of Member Services and Development, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7573, or, or visit the Alliance’s website,

Get to Know the Alliance

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, Rosemont, Ill., was established in 1996 within the National Roofing Foundation to create an endowment fund to serve as a resource for the roofing industry and its customers. Currently, the Alliance has 157 active members—113 contractors; 37 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; three service providers; three individuals; and one supporting member—who have pledged significant amounts of money to fund projects that help improve the roofing industry.

The Alliance is managed by the Alliance Board of Trustees, a 16-member board that oversees existing projects and considers funding for projects addressing critical industry issues. The Alliance holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting, which will be held April 20-22, in Coronado, Calif., and another during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings on Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.

James Patterson, senior vice president—procurement for Centimark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., is the Alliance’s 2016-17 president; Thomas Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich., is vice president; and Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing, Abilene, Texas, is secretary/treasurer.

Membership is open to all roofing industry professionals, and the Alliance recently welcomed four new members, including Drexel Metals, Louisville, Ky.; Hy-Tech Products, Broadview Heights, Ohio; Shell Roofing Solutions, Chino, Calif; and Structural Research Inc., Middleton, Wis. A complete list of Alliance members can be found at

For more information about the Alliance, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or, or visit the Alliance’s website,

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About Alison L. LaValley, CAE

Alison L. LaValley, CAE, is the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s Associate Executive Director of Member Services.

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