The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress: Committed to Securing the Future Excellence of the Roofing Industry

Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of career goals and aspirations, and an outside appraisal. Each award is $5,000 and is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The alliance’s second annual Construction Management Student Design Competition was won by a team from the University of Florida, Gainesville (shown here in the alliance’s booth at the 2016 International Roofing Expo).

The alliance’s second annual Construction Management Student Design Competition was won by a team from the University of Florida, Gainesville (shown here in the alliance’s booth at the 2016 International Roofing Expo).

To address the industry’s labor challenges, the alliance continued its work with Bilingual America, Phoenix, to conduct cultural and leadership training programs for companies with Latino workers and for Latino workers employed by non-Latino owners. Fourteen roofing contractor companies were studied during the course of a six-week training program, and the final report was shared with alliance members at its October 2015 member meeting in Washington, D.C. Key findings, best practices and a list of challenges the industry must overcome, in addition to specific recommendations for workplace improvements that are unique to the roofing industry, were shared.


Each year, the alliance sponsors the Roofing Industry’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards Program, which identifies and honors exceptional roofing workers from roofing contracting, distributor and supplier firms who demonstrate excellence, dedication, enthusiasm and teamwork. During IRE, the alliance announced the winners of its 16th annual MVP Awards:

The Best of the Best Award winner also was announced during IRE. Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, won the Best of the Best Award based on his extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry, outstanding on-the-job performance, contributions to a team effort and volunteerism.

“Being recognized as an MVP holds special significance for these dedicated workers,” says William A. Good, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont. “After winning this distinguished title, MVP winners understand they are valued for not only being an outstanding performer on the job, but also in their community. That’s quite an accomplishment.”


With the publication of new, updated energy standards and codes, the alliance committed more than $16,000 to update NRCA’s Energywise Online Calculator. New codes including the International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition; International Green Construction Code, 2015 Edition; ASHRAE 90.1-2013 and ASHRAE 189.1-2014 will be added, making this edition of EnergyWise current through at least 2017.

Work also continues on air retarder testing based on a request from the Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association (CRCA), Ottawa, Ontario. Additional research and testing is necessary to evaluate the impact air barrier placement will have on moisture accumulation within the roof assembly. The alliance has fulfilled its commitment of $50,000 to develop the data necessary to substantiate compliance of non-adhered (seam-fastened, mechanically attached single-ply membrane) roof systems with requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code, 2012 Edition. This project is being jointly funded by the alliance; NRCA; CRCA; and SPRI, Waltham, Mass.


As the alliance continues to advance education, invest in technology and research, and expand its initiatives to include more philanthropic causes, it’s also steadfast in its commitment to secure the future excellence of the roofing industry.

“We have never wavered from our goal of being committed to securing and shaping the future of this fine industry,” says Jim MacKimm, executive vice president of Beacon Roofing Supply, Herndon, Va. “The alliance provides us the opportunity to do just that, and we need more industry leaders involved.”

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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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