Garland Receives Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service

Garland was recently honored with a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for its annual tradition of supporting non-profit organizations through fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising. Garland’s philanthropic initiative called Spirit Week began in 2010 with Garland employees helping raise more than $400,000 for charities in northeast Ohio and across the country over the last nine years. The company was honored at an event Thursday, December 6 along with seven other 2018 Pillar Award honorees.

Garland’s Spirit Week initially began as a weeklong fundraising event, but has since transformed into a several months long initiative that kicks off well before the official date in May. Garland has supported a variety of charities throughout the years, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, Ohio Cancer Research and most recently, the Achievement Centers for Children. In addition to providing Garland employees with a way to give back to the community, Spirit Week has also served as a way for employees to support their fellow partners through cancer diagnoses.

In 2013, Garland supported the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, an organization that funds lung cancer research and advocacy. The organization was providing help, support and comfort to the wife of a California-based Garland sales rep after she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 28 years old. One of Garland’s own board members was also battling the disease.

Three years later, two more Garland family members received cancer diagnoses. Once again, Garland’s employees rallied behind their colleagues not only by offering support personally and professionally, but also by raising money for Ohio Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding aggressive cancer research.

“Garland’s employees truly have embraced the goal of Spirit Week, which has always been to support non-profit organizations who are doing so much good in our local community and also across the country,” said Chuck Ripepi, Garland’s CFO. “To see the impact we’ve had over the years through our fundraising and volunteerism is what keeps us going year after year. Spirit Week has become part of who we are as an organization.”

Garland’s 2019 Spirit Week charity is Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, a completely volunteer-run organization that brings the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families all throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

TAMKO and Mayberry Construction Join Forces to Provide a New Roof in Time for Giving Tuesday

TAMKO Building Products, Mayberry Construction and dozens of generous individuals all played a part in easing the burdens of a hardworking single mother by providing the materials and labor to install a new roof.

The roof was in desperate need of repairs and the estimated cost to replace the shingles was $15,000. The homeowner was looking for a second job to pay for the repair costs when a community effort to replace her roof took off.

“No one person could do it all, but we all did what we could, and together it made a world of difference to her,” said Jeff Koch, a member of Christ’s Community Methodist Church where the Joplin mother attends, and the person who started the effort to get her a new roof.

TAMKO, headquartered in Joplin for nearly 75 years, donated the roofing for the project, and Mayberry Construction, a well-known local builder, donated the installation. Dozens of community and church members donated toward the rest of the project costs and the roof was completed just in time for the homeowner to celebrate Thanksgiving with her children in their newly-repaired home.

“We’ve been in Joplin for nearly 75 years – the people here are our neighbors, co-workers and friends,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO President and CEO. “When we see a need in our community, we love to help out where we can.”

Jake Mayberry of Mayberry Construction agreed, saying there’s something special about getting to meet a need in your own community: “This is our community, and we feel, both as individuals and as a business, that it is important to help each other out.”

The need was brought to Mayberry and TAMKO’s attention through a local nonprofit organization that described the recipient as a “Single mom trying her best to be a provider. She is the kind of person that we love to take care of. She is not a person that expects to get something for nothing.”

Created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is meant to kick off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In 2018, #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on November 27. Get more information at www.givingtuesday.org.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

TAMKO Donates Roof For Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Project

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog – all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products Inc.

The new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the two-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before returning home. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

This is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Patriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

For more information about Patriot PAWS, visit http://patriotpaws.org/.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Atlas Roofing Partners with Veterans Community Project for Phase Two of Veterans Housing Village

Atlas Roofing Corporation, in partnership with the Veterans Community Project (VCP), will begin Phase Two construction for the Veterans Housing Village in Kansas City, Missouri. The Veterans Community Project’s housing village is a specialized community of 50 tiny homes that provide transitional housing and address the underlying cause of veteran homelessness.

Phase Two of the project officially begins with the Atlas Build Day on August 8. Atlas employees, contracting partners and VCP leaders will be on the site to begin the construction of more than 13 tiny homes, which will be added to the existing neighborhood of finished homes, a community center and resource facility of full-time staff of case managers to assist the veterans. The addition of Phase Two will make more room for homeless veterans, where they can seek rehabilitation, job assistance services, and support from their peers in a safe environment.

“Our partnership with Atlas Roofing has been instrumental in the successful completion of our first veteran village development,” said Brandonn Mixon, co-founder and Chief Project Officer at Veterans Community Project. “Thanks to the high-performance value that the Atlas products offer, I am confident that our residents will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer while we keep our energy costs low.”

Atlas is collaborating with key partners and volunteers to provide specialized services and on-site contractor support. Partners, including ABC Supply Company and JR Roofing, will be donating time and/or services for the construction. The Build Day event will focus on the installation of Atlas EnergyShield, a foil faced polyiso continuous insulation for residential and commercial exterior walls. Meeting all building standards, the EnergyShield product allows for short term savings and long-term energy efficiencies.

Phase Two of the Veterans Village will consist of 13 tiny homes that will house homeless veterans and assist in their mission to end veteran homelessness. VCP has set a goal to complete Phase Two by Veterans Day 2018 and will rely on the support of the community, donors and volunteers to make this goal a reality. The VCP will work with volunteers on a majority of the hands-on building process so the whole community can get involved. Trade partners will complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing work as needed. During the build process, VCP will also be planning and coordinating Phase Three and Four to complete all 49 homes and the community center in a timely fashion.

For more information, visit www.AtlasRoofing.com and www.VeteransCommunityProject.org.

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!