Tecta America Arizona Lends a Helping Hand at Teen Challenge of Arizona Facility

Tecta America Arizona recently donated its time to repair the roof on the Teen Challenge of Arizona at Home of Hope (TCAZ) facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. A home of recovery for women and children, the building that provides a safe haven for its residents was in dire need of help after sustaining weather-related damage in 2016. Damage to the roof prevented the use of several rooms within the structure, thus reducing the support TCAZ could provide.

The project was presented by the National Women in Roofing – Arizona (NWiRAZ) chapter as part of its mission of giving back to the local community. National Women in Roofing is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals. Its core values are mentoring, education, networking and recruitment. In keeping with those goals, the Arizona chapter supports those in the local community that are in need of assistance. Rebecca Clements, member of NWiRAZ and Service Manager for Tecta America Arizona, gladly stepped in to help the TCAZ while working with roofing industry affiliates to make it happen. The team at Tecta volunteered their skill and time to repair the 30,000-square-foot roof and the needed material was generously donated by Glendale-based Elite Roofing Supply.

“We are proud to have been part of this project,” commented Clements. “Tecta is committed to playing an active role in supporting the community and when I was made aware of the need, we immediately jumped in to help.”

Since opening its doors in 2003, the Teen Challenge’s center in Casa Grande has helped over 1,100 women lead a life of sobriety and faith. To commemorate 50 years in 2008, Teen Challenge USA produced a book that details the decades of history of the program sharing many success stories of those that have graduated and moved on to better lives.
Center Director of TCAZ, Reverend Teresa Logue, dedicated a copy of that book to the team at Tecta America Arizona saying, “Thank you for the roof repair. I’m sure your team understood how desperate the repairs were needed. Because of you, we can open up another room helping two more moms and their children.”

For more information about Teen Challenge of Arizona’s Home of Hope, visit www.tcaz.org or www.tcazhomeofhope.org.

For more information about Tecta America Arizona, visit http://www.tectaamerica.com/commercial-roofing-phoenix-arizona.

Advanced Roofing Rides to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis for 15th Consecutive Year

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year, completing the trip from Miami to Key Largo and back March 3-4, 2018.

According to Advanced Roofing CEO and President Rob Kornahrens, this year’s team raised $25,160.50 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, bringing the combined total for all 15 years to $590,525. “It was another great year,” Kornahrens said. “The weather was great and the event was well organized from start to finish. The Bacardi rum tent was great as always for those that go extra mile in raising funds. I thank everyone for their support and look forward to our 16th year next year.”

Kornahrens was first motivated to participate when his friend, Mark Speedy, was diagnosed with the disease. “He has gone through quite a struggle. However, I am happy to say after visiting with him recently his health has improved greatly due to the new medicines available through the M.S. research,” he said. “Additionally, since starting our MS Bike Ride team, my two nieces have been diagnosed with M.S., and due to all of your help, I was able to get them in treatment with some excellent doctors.”

Kornahrens urges others to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, noting, “We will continue to ride until M.S. stands for ‘Mystery Solved.’”

For more information regarding Advanced Roofing’s next M.S. Bike Ride, contact Rob Kornahrens’ Executive Assistant Kim Campanile by calling (954) 522-6868 or emailing her at kimc@advancedroofing.com.

For more information or to make a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

For more information about Advanced Roofing, visit www.advancedroofing.com.

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year

Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project Hits Milestone

Roof Deployment ProjectAs November observances celebrate military veterans and giving back, Owens Corning Roofing and members of its Platinum Contractor Network continue to team up with Habitat for Humanity to thank American heroes by donating and installing new roofs. Since launching in 2016, the Roof Deployment Project has donated new roofs to 55 military families in 22 states.

On Nov. 21, Owens Corning Roofing celebrated the completion of the 32nd Roof Deployment Project this year. Working with its partners at Habitat for Humanity and Platinum Contractor Network members, the Roof Deployment Project aims to complete several additional roof installations by year’s end.

The Roof Deployment Project brings together Owens Corning Roofing, members of its independent Platinum Contractor Network, and Habitat for Humanity to identify, honor and protect military veterans and their families. Habitat for Humanity identifies veterans who are in need of roof replacements but cannot afford the costs on their own, Owens Corning donates roofing materials, and independent Platinum Preferred Contractor members donate the installation labor.

As the Roof Deployment Project builds upon Owens Corning Roofing’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity, it has also facilitated introductions to other organizations serving veterans, such as Purple Heart Homes.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Partners With Ronald McDonald House

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its formal partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide regular roof system inspections, repair and replacement for the 184 Ronald McDonald House locations in the United States. The Alliance also will provide a monetary donation to RMHC Global to help fund program services and infrastructure.

RMHC helps families with sick children stay together and close to the medical care and resources their children need, when they need it most. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will provide support to the Ronald McDonald House program that offers much more than a place to stay. The Houses provide meals and the support and resources families need when their child is hospitalized or being treated at a hospital far from home. The House program allows families to focus solely on their child’s health and treatment, while RMHC takes care of the family. 

“This collaboration will ensure the families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses will have a comfortable place to stay while their children are receiving the critical care that they need,” said Bennett Judson, executive director of The Alliance.

This partnership is also a strategic fit with the Charity’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the work they have done to ensure effective management of their Houses. 
One or more members of The Alliance or National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will be identified to partner with local RMHC Chapters to provide needed roof system services at each location. Roof system replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, if necessary, several roofing contractors and manufacturers may be asked to contribute.
The partnership between the two organizations became official April 2017 during The Alliance’s member meeting in Coronado, Calif.

With work already begun with Chicago and Philadelphia area locations, The Alliance is looking forward to providing this critical piece of support to the RMHC System nationwide.

To learn more about this partnership or to connect with local Ronald McDonald Houses, please contact Bennett Judson at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Dallas Roofing Contractor Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Repair and Replace Roofs for Deserving Homeowners

Chris Zazo, CEO of Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, established the non-profit Roof Angels, which repairs and/or replaces up to 30 roofs per year through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program.

Chris Zazo, CEO of Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, established the non-profit Roof Angels, which repairs and/or replaces up to 30 roofs per year through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program.

Chris Zazo is a CEO who sees opportunity everywhere. When he needed a corporate gift idea to give to hail-restoration customers of his commercial roofing business, Dallas-based Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, he established Hailstone Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif., and now makes his own cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

While considering how to differentiate Aspenmark Roofing & Solar from its competitors in a market that has no licensing, Zazo embraced community service. “I wanted to find a way to better our industry and really take the sting off the title of ‘roofing contractor,’” he says. “We were getting asked every year by this charity and that organization to support their causes‚ which we were happy to do. Then we got involved doing the new-build roofs for Dallas Habitat for Humanity and really rallied around that organization.”

To differentiate his firm’s charitable work from its for-profit work, Zazo officially established the non-profit Roof Angels in 2013, but he couldn’t quiet his entrepreneurial spirit. He wondered how he could involve the entire roofing industry in community service. “I really wanted to put together a program for the industry,” he explains. “I wanted to get the manufacturers and distributors involved, get our employees involved and create a model in which if we took it to a national organization it could be replicated anywhere in the United States. I dug a little further and found out Habitat has a program called A Brush with Kindness, which is perfect for this idea.”

Although the homes chosen for restoration are usually small, Zazo says they often have extensive damage and four or five layers of shingles.

Although the homes chosen for restoration are usually small, Zazo says they often have extensive damage and four or five layers of shingles.

A Brush with Kindness is Habitat for Humanity’s home-repair program for owners who are struggling to maintain their homes. The program seeks $10,000 donations to support one family’s home repairs. “When we found out about this program, we jumped in and asked, ‘What if we [Aspenmark Roofing & Solar] took the roof off of your hands?’” Zazo recalls. “The roof is usually about 50 to 70 percent of the budget for the home repairs, so, without it in the budget, A Brush with Kindness could do much more to a deserving family’s home. I reached out to GAF to see if they’d donate the shingles. I called SRS Distribution to see if they’d donate the accessory items and delivery. Then all we had to do was raise money for the labor. We proposed this model to Habitat and they said, ‘We love it. When can you start?’”

FUNDRAISING

A Brush with Kindness’ representatives asked Roof Angels and its partners, Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF and McKinney, Texas-based SRS Distribution, to repair and/or replace up to 30 roofs per year. In the beginning, Zazo hadn’t thought through the fundraising part of Roof Angels, so he was often paying his crews for these roof installations out of his own pocket. He started holding Happy Hours and other small events in which he could quickly raise a few thousand dollars.

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Life Choices

I have a younger brother who makes choices I don’t always understand. I’m quite a bit older than he is, so I like to share my experiences in the hopes of guiding him toward more productive options. Meanwhile, I wondered why my parents weren’t doing more to steer their youngest child and, in a moment of exasperation, I asked them. My mom responded that she and my dad believe we need to figure our lives out on our own. If we ask for help, they are willing to give it but they don’t want to micromanage our lives and decisions.

I started thinking about what she said in relation to my own life choices. I remember when I decided to double major in English and history in college, my dad asked: “What are you going to do with that? Teach?” I said: “No. I’m going to write.” I knew, based on the look on his face, he was certain I’d never find gainful employment but he never said another word about it—not even on graduation day when I didn’t have a job or a place to live.

It was the roofing industry that gave me my first opportunity. After applying for a job I found online, I moved from my home state of Iowa to the Chicago suburbs to begin writing for Professional Roofing magazine in late 2000. Writing about roofing wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I dreamt of my career but, here I am, almost 17 years later and couldn’t be more grateful to this industry for all it has given me.

Unfortunately, at this point in my career, I’m faced with another life choice. Those of you who have worked directly with me probably have noticed I rarely return phone calls or emails the same week, much less the same day! During the past five years, I’ve not only edited Roofing but also have been editing retrofit, a nationally circulated trade publication that focuses on the renovation of existing commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Within the past year, both magazines have grown so much (a fantastic problem) that I’ve been having trouble keeping up.

To make matters worse, I never have time to think through new ideas or accomplish the aspirations on my list that I know would make the magazines better. I suddenly realized I was doing a disservice to these magazines and to you, the readers. (Not to mention, having recently gotten married, I’m trying to establish a better work-life balance than I had while I was building my career.)

Therefore, this is my last issue as editor in chief of Roofing. I’m thrilled my successor is Christopher K. King, a well-known writer in this industry who previously served as editor of Roofing Contractor magazine and has been writing articles for Roofing since 2015. (Read his “Special Report”, page 58, about how a community came together at the prompting of a roofing contractor to help a deserving couple restore their home.) I know Chris will do an excellent job taking Roofing to the next level and giving it the undivided attention it deserves.

Again, I’m so thankful for the opportunities the roofing industry has given me. Consequently, I’ve decided to dedicate my final issue to the wonderful people and initiatives that make this industry so special. Enjoy!

Roofing Contractor Brings Community Together to Help Homeowners in Need

Gwen Maechling

Gwen Maechling of Professional Restoration and APEX Home Solutions rallied members of the greater St. Louis community to help a family in desperate need of a new roof.

There is an old saying that goes, “A good deed is its own reward.” Sometimes one good deed can lead to another with amazing results. This is one of those stories. In the end, members of the greater St. Louis community came together to achieve something that once looked almost impossible: helping neighbors restore their home.

The community service project was spearheaded by Gwen Maechling. Maechling has been passionate about construction since her first project, a custom home she helped build in the St. Louis area when she was just 20 years old. “I was out there every single second during construction,” she recalls. “It was so exciting. It was different than any job I’d ever done. It just lit a fire in me. I’d been searching for that passion, and I found it.”

She later moved to Florida, earned her real-estate license and worked on several residential development projects. When she returned to the St. Louis area, she took a job selling residential roofing, siding and gutters for a company specializing in storm restoration work. She now manages production and sales training for another storm restoration company, Professional Restoration in St. Charles, Mo. She also is the owner and founder of St. Louis-based APEX Home Solutions, which handles residential roofing and remodeling projects.

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

Maechling has overseen so many roofing projects in Glendale, Mo., that one realtor jokingly refers to it as “Gwendale.” In February 2014, she was working on a roofing project there and saw an elderly couple taking advantage of a break in the winter weather to rake leaves. She noticed the gutters were overflowing with leaves and debris, and she brought over a ladder and offered to clean the gutters out.

AFTER: Professional Restoration donated the labor to install the new roofing and siding.

AFTER: Professional Restoration donated the labor to install the new roofing and siding.

As she spoke with the couple, Charles and Jennie Blank, she realized they were both hearing impaired. At first, communicating was a bit difficult, but Maechling realized they could read lips very well, and they indicated they did not want any help. Maechling persisted, and while cleaning the gutters she noticed the home was in need of several repairs. The roof was old and leaking in several places, and the soffits, fascia board and window sills were rotting. The old three-tab shingles and siding showed evidence of extensive hail damage. “It was one of the worst homes I’ve seen,” she remembers.

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EDCO Products Celebrates 70th Anniversary, Partners with ICA Food Shelf

EDCO Partners with ICA Food Shelf

EDCO Products announced a partnership with ICA Food Shelf to commemorate EDCO’s 70th anniversary. Pictured are Chris Doucet, EDCO’s director of sales, and Peg Keenan of ICA Food Shelf.

In conjunction with the company’s 70th anniversary, EDCO Products Inc. announced a long-term partnership with ICA Food Shelf that will provide financial support, as well as additional employee involvement with future ICA initiatives. EDCO Products, a manufacturer of residential and commercial exterior building products, is located in Hopkins, Minn. The company’s current commitment with Minnetonka, Minn.-based ICA Food Shelf runs through 2020, with the potential to expand and/or extend the partnership into the future.

“Philanthropy and community involvement have been hallmarks at EDCO since the company was founded back in 1946,” said Eric Lindquist, EDCO president and CEO.  “Having been located in Hopkins since our company began, we wanted to find a meaningful way to give back to the community that has been so good to us.  We are honored to be partnering with the ICA Food Shelf and to support the vital services they provide within Hopkins and the surrounding communities.”

“EDCO’s commitment to our food shelf will provide significant resources that will allow us to better serve the more than 2400 individuals who currently depend on ICA on a monthly basis,” said Peg Keenan, ICA Food Shelf Executive Director.  “We are delighted to have EDCO join our team and look forward to their support for many years to come.”

According to the company, EDCO officially incorporated in 1946 and began a 70-year journey with a laser-focused commitment to innovation, quality and service. The entrepreneurial spirit of Arthur Edwards Sr. and his son, Arthur Edwards Jr., led to the creation of an award-winning residential and commercial building products manufacturer which established its headquarters in Hopkins, where the company’s main offices and manufacturing still exist today.  Arthur Edwards, Jr. continued to work at EDCO each day until his passing in 2012 at the age of 92.  His inspirational legacy lives on today through his two daughters, Jan Edwards and Danae Kasbi, as well as his grandson Kavon Kasbi, who are now the third- and fourth-generation owners of the company, respectively.

In 2015, the company appointed a new President and CEO, Eric Lindquist, to lead EDCO into the future.  “I am honored to have been chosen to lead this incredible company and look forward to expanding on the rich tradition of innovation, quality, and service we are renowned for while at the same time capitalizing on the significant growth opportunities we see before us,” said Lindquist.  “We are confident that the next 70 years will be just as impressive as the first 70.”

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is Accepting Nominations for MVP Award

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announces it is accepting nominations for its 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 18th year, the MVP Award Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products.

The MVP Award Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor 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.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

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. 18, 2016.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2017 International Roofing Expo; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

National Roofing Week: July 6-12

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business across the U.S., promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces National Roofing Week will take place July 6-12.

The roof is one of the most important components of a home or business’ structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors plan in every community.

“Professional roofing contractors provide a vital service to their communities. Many NRCA members donate resources and time to charitable events and support organizations in cities and towns across America,” says NRCA President Nelson R. Braddy Jr. “National Roofing Week will enable NRCA members to highlight their community involvement and educate consumers regarding the importance of hiring a professional roofing contractor when a roofing need arises.”

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to promote the importance of having a roof to children by having them participate in the “Everybody Needs a Roof” Children’s Art Contest. The contest is part of National Roofing Week and is open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA contractor members or their employees. Entries are now being accepted.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all 2014 National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2015 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

In addition, NRCA will host a community service day during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago, where members will volunteer their services on a roof system repair in the Chicago area. Contractor members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to give back to their communities in a similar way during National Roofing Week.