International Roofing Expo Names First Ever Female Keynote Speaker

The International Roofing Expo announced that the 2020 keynote speaker will be Charlotte Jones, the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Stanford University graduate Charlotte Jones, daughter of the Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, oversees all business operations including strategies as they relate to the team’s brand. 

She will be making history as the IRE’s first-ever female keynote speaker and will share insight on building a successful brand. The keynote address will take place February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. 

‘We are gearing up for another incredible IRE next month in Dallas and are thrilled to host Charlotte Jones as the keynote speaker,” said Shelby Snelson, Show Manager. “Jones’ message will resonate with everyone in the audience, and it’s an exciting milestone for the show.”

In addition to a history-making keynote speaker, the IRE is providing multiple opportunities for attendees and exhibitors to grow their businesses, network throughout the industry and give back to the local community. Make plans to join the team a day early to participate in the 11th Annual Community Service Day sponsored primarily by Sika Sarnafil in conjunction with: Carlisle Construction Materials, CentiMark, Innovative Roofing and Flooring Solutions, ICP Building Solutions Group, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing and OMG Roofing products. Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as well as all those looking for the opportunity to give back to the local community.

With education being a top priority at the IRE, there is no shortage of options this year. The IRE conference program features more than 40 sessions covering a large range of topics, including industry trends, best practices, and sales and management skills. NRCA will also present a variety of educational sessions this year including the ProCertification Exams, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition, and more. The Student Competition promotes careers in roofing industry management by challenging students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills.

You will also find tons of free education on the show floor at IRE. GAF will host sessions in their sponsored Education Center that focus helping the entire team build skills, think critically and work smarter. Johns Manville sponsors The Roofing Institute that features small group business training to help you increase profits and streamline processes. You can also experience live product demos and exhibitor presented seminars on the expo hall floor. 

In an effort to continually invest back into the roofing community, National Women in Roofing Day is providing the opportunity to be a part of the discussion focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the roofing industry face. NWiR Day has adapted itself to support women who are just starting out their career all the way to the seasoned roofing professionals. The sessions are designed to bridge the gap between women at all levels by offering the chance to meet, network and gain valuable insight from hundreds of roofing professionals (including technical experts as well as leading marketing and technology providers). 

The International Roofing Expo will take place February 4-6, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. For more information or to register visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Gold Circle Finalists

The Roofing Alliance announced the finalists of the prestigious Gold Circle Awards honoring outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services. Award winners will be recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, during the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas.

The Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged every year to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance. More than 100 winning companies have been recognized for their achievements since the award’s inception. 

Following are the 2020 Gold Circle Award finalists for Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions and Safety Preparedness and Performance:

Company: Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio Project: Temple Beth-El Tile Dome, San Antonio Nominated by: Temple Beth-El

Company: CFE Inc., Elmira, N.Y. Project: Kellogg’s Florence, Phase I, Florence, Ky. Nominated by: Gilchrist Safety Solutions LLC 

Company: Chadwick Technology Pty. Ltd., Killarney Heights, NSW, Australia Project: Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal, United Arab Emirates. Nominated by: NSW Government Australia, Commissioner—Middle East

Company: F.J.A Christiansen Roofing, a Tecta America Company, Milwaukee Project: Hammes Block Office Building and Parking Structure, Milwaukee Nominated by: Lockton Companies Inc.

Company: The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio Project: Steeple Square, Dubuque, Iowa Nominated by: Gronen Restoration

Company: Metalcrafts, a Tecta America Company LLC, Savannah, Ga. Project: Kehoe Iron Works Rehabilitation Center, Savannah, Ga. Nominated by: Lominack Kolman Smith Architects

Company: Scalo Companies, Pittsburgh Project: Allegheny County Courthouse, Phase 1, Pittsburgh . Nominated by: Allegheny County

All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The 2020 Gold Circle Award winners were the projects with the highest-ranking scores. Along with receiving formal recognition at the NRCA Awards Ceremony, Gold Circle Award winners will also receive a Gold Circle trophy, recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, press releases notifying industry trade press and local media and the honor of serving as inspiration to fellow Roofing Alliance members, NRCA members and overall roofing professionals striving for excellence.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) Plans Activities Around the 2020 International Roofing Expo

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) announced activities scheduled for the International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2020.

Dallas, Texas-based RT3 member KPost Roofing & Waterproofing will host members of RT3 at their corporate headquarters. The meetup will allow members to tour the facility of the official roofing partner of the Dallas Cowboys where they will learn about the types of technology that KPost uses in their operations.

RT3 will also host an educational panel on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:45 a.m. The session is titled Contractor to Contractor: Technology Innovation Panel and features five contractors sharing their successes and challenges with implementing technology into sales and marketing, operations, back office, health and safety and recruiting.

The panel will be moderated by RT3 member Heidi Ellsworth, Partner at RoofersCoffeeShop® and attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate what technologies progressive contractors are using to help their business.
  • Identify what challenges came with implementation of technology and how they overcame it.
  • Evaluate how technology can make their business more efficient, streamlined and more profitable.
  • Meet other contractors who you can reach out to after the presentation for support and guidance in selecting technologies to implement in your business.

The panel participants include RT3 contractor members Steve Little, President of KPOST Roofing and Waterproofing; Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing; Gregg Wallick, Best Roofing; Michelle Boykin, COO of Rackley Roofing; and Josey Parks, CEO of J Wales Enterprises.

“The contractors on the panel are completely honest and open about how technology has impacted their businesses and what it took to get where they are today,” stated Karen Edwards, RT3 Director. “They are leading the way in using technology and want to educate and encourage other contractors to join them for the overall advancement of the roofing industry. They will discuss augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, software stacks and more – all technologies that they are using daily in their own businesses.”

For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com

Winner of CertainTeed’s Oh Hail No Sweepstakes Wins Trip to Florida Resort

At the 2019 International Roofing Expo, CertainTeed held its Get Me The Hail Outta Here!contractor contest. The contest helped promote CertainTeed’s NorthGate shingles, a line of SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified shingles that offer Class 4 impact resistance and enhanced weatherability. Tyler Seipp of Seipp Construction & Remodeling from Manchester, Maryland, was the lucky winner. Seipp and a guest received a weekend getaway to the famous Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach, Florida, as well as round-trip airfare and a $500 gift card for expenses.

At IRE 2019, attendees could enter the contest by coming to the CertainTeed booth, watching the new animated Oh Hail No! NorthGate video and receiving a special contest shirt. Any attendees who came back to the booth wearing the shirt were entered into a random drawing for the Florida getaway.

“The contest was a great draw to our booth and gave us plenty of opportunity to talk with folks about NorthGate. We feel that it’s the best-looking and highest-performing impact resistant shingle in the industry, and installers love it because it handles so well in cold temperatures,” said Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “It is important to have major industry events like IRE because they allow us to meet face to face with contractors like Tyler, talk about the latest products, topics and trends, and show them appreciation for their hard work and support.”

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

Deadline for IRE Presentation Submissions is Friday, April 26

The 2020 International Roofing Expo is now seeking presentation topics from educators, consultants, technical experts, researchers, and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise at the largest gathering of roofing professionals.

Sessions are 90 minutes and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace and solve challenges that roofing professionals face in their day-to-day work life.

Product pitches or promotional presentations will not be accepted. The deadline to submit a presentation is April 26, 2019.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com/en/home.html.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards who have been invited to the International Roofing Expo (IRE) where they will be recognizedat the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 19 years ago, 660 employees have been nominated and 242 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

  • Bobby Ainsworth – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place
  • Field worker
  • Venture Construction Group of Florida, Inc.
  • Stuart, Fla.
  • Miguel Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Reese – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Foreman
  • Korellis Roofing Inc.
  • Hammond, Ind.
  • Drew Thomas – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Reliant Roofing, Inc.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Jose de Jesus Zermeno – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Field Supervisor
  • Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Irvine, Ca.

During NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofingmagazine.  “The award recognizes a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner who makes extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry and community,” stated Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG.  “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force evaluates each MVP award winner and tallies points based on MVP award’s criteria, including on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Following is a list of previous Best of the Best Award winners:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent Innovative Roofing  Group, Atlanta, Ga.
2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo.

To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards and how to attend NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony to see the Best of the Best Award presentation, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

The 2019 IRE Contributes to Nashville with 10th Annual Community Service Day

Roofing professionals participating in the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are given the opportunity to give back to the Nashville community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project. 

The 10thAnnual Community Service Day will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers and sponsors will work together to help rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation. This year the group will also perform work on a local Boys and Girls Club. 

“We are going into our 10thyear of the Community Service Day and I can definitely say that this is my favorite part of my job. I love giving back to others and it’s clear that the Roofing Industry feels the same way. I am proud to be part of this industry. Our homeowners are always so grateful for the assistance they receive. We are very thankful for our supporters who make this day possible” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers, made up of construction professionals, perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring, and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers help with set up, cleanup, and other miscellaneous projects. The International Roofing Expo is partnering with Rebuilding Together Nashville, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities.

Community Service Day is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Sika Sarnafil has been the primary sponsor for ten years. 

Additional sponsors include:

  • Safety Equipment: Carlisle Construction Materials
  • Breakfast: ICP Building Solutions Group 
  • Lunch: OMG Roofing Products
  • Shuttle: Damato Enterprises 
  • Roofing Labor and Material: Don Kennedy Roofing Co.
  • Tool Sponsor: Centimark 

Participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. 

The 2019 International Roofing Expo will be held February 11-13, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies looking to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition Finalists. Celebrating its fifth competition, finalist teams will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

This year’s competition has been the largest to date with 11 teams from distinguished universities across the nation competing for 5 finalist positions. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates plus an alternate who are enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  

The finalist schools who will be competing in Nashville are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with team members Jordan Edwards (team captain), Gettys Moore, Nathan Sloan, Jacob Oswalt, Luke Dyson and Faculty Advisor Lauren Redden
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado with Mahoney Bajwa (team captain), Brenden Phelan, Dan Schouten, Code Ade and Faculty Advisor Nick Rubino
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Drew Bennett (team captain), Taylor Sperry, Caleb Burks, Ramon Joseph, Will Dugan and Faculty Advisor Robert Benton
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota with Shola George (team captain), Chase Olson, Hunter Morsching, Hunter Campbell, Jon Harrington and Faculty Advisor Brian Wasserman
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida with Sam Mitchell (team captain), Rob Rogers, Alex Idriss, Camille Rimmer, Tony Centro and Faculty Advisor Jim Sullivan

The judges for this year’s competition are:

  • Chris Baxter, Vice President and senior estimator for Rackley Roofing co., Inc., Carthage, Tenn.
  • John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer for Nations Roof, St. Charles, Ill.
  • Helene Hardy-Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.
  • Scott Kawulok, Vice President, B & M Roofing, Frederick, Colo.
  • Bob Pringle, Vice President, Evans Roofing Company Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • James Williams, Project Manager with Crain Construction, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Scott Wilson, Manufacturer Representative for Carlisle with Apex Group, Nashville, Tenn.

“This has been a unique and encouraging experience, for one who has had a full career in estimating and project management in this industry,” said judge Chris Baxter, V.P., Rackley Roofing Co., Inc.  “Hopefully, some of these young people are going to find their own career paths in roofing.  Some of them are going to do very well.”

John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer, Nations Roof shares, “I have been so impressed by the poise, knowledge and understanding that these outstanding young women and men have demonstrated in the competition.  In a relatively short period of time they have grasped the challenges we have created for them and come up with sound, feasible solutions for real life scenarios.

The roofing industry is in good hands with the next generation of leaders that are coming out of universities today.  I trust that they will be well rewarded for their efforts and help us all to reach higher levels of accomplishments in quality, safety and productivity.” 

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges reviewed the written proposals, submitted December 10, and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. 

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th. The five finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.  

The oral presentations will be broadcast live via Facebook Live on the Roofing Alliance Facebook page.  The Roofing Alliance is encouraging attendees of the International Roofing Expo® to attend the competition and for those who cannot attend to watch via Facebook.  

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Registration Opens for the 2019 International Roofing Expo

Registration has officially opened for the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE), which will be debuting in Nashville, Tennessee. The exposition will be held February 11-13, 2019, at Music City Center. The IRE plans to attract more than 10,500 industry professionals and more that 500 exhibitors, from over 60 countries, for an event spanning more than 138,000 square feet.

“We’re excited to be going to Nashville, which is a new city for us,” commented Tracy Garcia, CEM, Show Director of the IRE Expo. “It is such a fun town, with a great culture, and the convention center is state of the art. The location is central and should make it easy for all to attend.”

Education is the top priority of the IRE. This year there will be 45 brand-new sessions in the conference program. These sessions are designed to cover what is most important to the industry now and include courses in tracks such as Technical, Workplace Safety, General Business, Sales and Service, Money Matters, Green Building, and Legal/HR. In addition, there are additional education opportunities available on the show floor, including The Roofing Institute, sponsored by Johns Manville; GAF Education Center; exhibitor-presented seminars and product clinics.

“We are excited to partner with the IRE to bring educational and networking events for all segments of the roofing industry to the IRE,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association. NRCA events include:

  • CERTA Train-the-Trainer Authorization Program
  • NRCA Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
  • NRCA ROOFPAC Country Music Hall of Fame Extravaganza
  • Roofing Technical Issues- Open Mic Q & A
  • National Roofing Legal Resource Center Luncheon Program (NRLRC)
  • NRCA Alliance Construction Management Student Competition
  • NRCA How to Build Sustainable, High-Performing Workforce: The NRCA ProCertification Program
  • NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception
  • ROOFPAC Reception
  • NRCA For Foremen Only, Level One (English)
  • Union Program (for Union Contractors Only): Working Together to Recruit, Train and Retain
  • The IRE will also be continuing its partnership with National Women in Roofing (NWIR), where women come together to share experience and insight. The NWIR educational program will be taking place Saturday, February 9 and is expected to draw attendees from every facet of the roofing industry.

    Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies look to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com.

    Four Finalist Teams Selected to Compete in The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Construction Management Student Competition

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it will host four finalist teams to compete in the final part of its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

    The four teams presenting in New Orleans are Auburn University — McWhorter School of Building Sciences, Auburn, Ala; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

    The finalists were chosen from seven teams from undergraduate universities across the U.S. who submitted written proposals to competition judges, and will give their oral presentation to a panel of judges in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 8:00 to 10:30 am at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

    In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

    Teams were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin.

    The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7. The first-place team will receive a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual awards.

    The second-place team will receive a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards.

    The Best Individual Student Presenter will be selected from any of the finalist teams and will receive an iPad.

    All winners will receive recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, among other promotions.

    For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.