NRCA Names 2014-15 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2014-15 slate of officers and directors at its 127th Annual Convention held Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas.

Richard Nugent, CEO of Nations Roof LLC, Lithia Springs, Ga., has been elected NRCA president, and Lindy Ryan, president of Tecta America Southeast LLC, Sanford, Fla. was elected senior vice president. Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas; Scott Kawulok, executive project manager at B&M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colo.; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill.; and Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, were elected vice presidents.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

    Bill Baley, president of C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.
    Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas
    Suzan Boyd, vice president of Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.
    Pat Dorsey, project manager at Tecta America Kentucky, Louisville
    John Embow, president of Grove Roofing Services Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
    Steve Harvey, president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Mass.
    David Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Frederick, Md.
    Joseph Lancaster, vice president of Metalcrafts Inc., Savannah, Ga.
    John Miller Jr., president of Acme Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Inc., Dothan, Ala.
    Kyle Redd, project manager at Redd Roofing Co. Inc., Ogden, Utah
    Brad Sutter, executive vice president of Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota
    Jayne Williams, chief financial officer of KPostCompany, Dallas
    Robert Willis, general manager of Tecta America Zero Co. LLC, Dayton, Ohio

Metalforming Names David Prokop Executive Vice President

MetalForming Inc. (MFI) has named David Prokop its new executive vice president.

Prokop brings more than 25 years of experience as a sales, marketing and operations executive in the sheet metal machine industry. For the past 10 years, he has been a co-owner of International Technologies Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., which imports metal folding, forming and welding equipment.

“David will be running both our hardware and business services side,” says MetalForming CEO Geoff Stone. “I’ve known him for 30 years, and without question he is one of the single best machine tool salesmen in North America. He has an enormous amount of expertise. He has broad experience selling European-made high-tech machine tools. He knows everything about our business on the technical side, and he actually began his career as a high precision sheet metal service technician. We’re fortunate to have him.”

MetalForming Inc. is the largest supplier of high-end architectural sheet metal machines in North America. In recent years, the company has also been developing software, communications, training and consulting services that enable customers in the metal roofing industry to network their machines on a factory floor and/or at the job site to reduce waste, increase productivity and respond to “just-in-time” needs of the construction business.

MetalForming’s advancements in lean manufacturing and factory automation are key reasons Prokop was eager to join the MetalForming team.

“What really excites me is the explosion about to take place in this industry to harness technology to combat market pressures and competition,” he says. “Particularly on the software end of the spectrum. Shop floor control, production control, call it what you will, similar software has been around for a long time in other industries. Those industries today could not function without it. But this is just starting to be adopted in our manufacturing world.

“At the same time, I have always been a huge advocate of lean manufacturing. To now be part of bringing these new technologies and solutions to the metal fabrication industry, I don’t know what can be more exciting than that.”

Prokop has been working in the machine tool and metal fabrication industry since 1986, shortly after getting his bachelor’s degree from the College of Industrial Technologies and Engineering at Southern Illinois University.

He says that given the huge opportunities that metal companies have to increase profit and efficiency by embracing new technologies and processes, he expects the adoption rate for new machine technology to pick up a lot of speed.

“Investment will become a natural component of increasing margins, not a cost,” he adds. “I mean, if it costs a billion dollars, but you save $500 million every year, who wouldn’t go out and borrow a billion to invest?”

Prokop says he has long admired what MetalForming has brought to the industry. “I’ve always had great respect for the team that they had built here. But until I became a part of it, I never knew the extent to which each and every person here truly does everything in their power to make things better for each customer they take care of. No one here really talks about this, or has procedures or processes that say ‘take care of our customers,’ they just do it. It is part of MFI DNA. It is commonly referred to here as the MFI family, and this extended family includes, first and foremost, all of the customers we are employed to take care of. That focus is very special.”

MCA Elects Officers and Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal wall and roofing components are used in buildings throughout the world, elected its 2014 officers and board of directors at its Annual Meeting on Jan. 27 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Karl L. Hielscher, president/CEO of Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, was elected chair of the association. Norbert Schneider, president of Umicore Building Products, Raleigh, N.C., was elected vice-chair and Ed Karper, North American coil marketing manager for Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc., Columbus, Ohio, will serve as secretary. Dale Nelson, president of Roof Hugger Inc., Odessa, Fla., was elected treasurer. Todd E. Miller, president of Isaiah Industries Inc., Piqua, Ohio, will serve as past chair. Also serving on the Executive Committee is Bill Croucher, director of engineering for Fabral, Lancaster, Pa., as technical committee chair; Renee Ramey, marketing manager for Steelscape Inc., Kalama, Wash., as market development chair, and Bill Hippard, vice president of sales at Precoat Metals, St. Louis, as president of the Metal Roofing Alliance.

In addition to the officers, those serving on the 2014 MCA Board of Directors include the following: Jim Bush, ATAS International, Allentown, Pa.; Bill Croucher; Jerry Hatley Jr., International Metals Processing LLC, Indianapolis; Bill Hippard; Laurel McLallen, Flexospan Inc., Sandy Lake, Pa.; Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc., Ivyland, Pa.; Renee Ramey; Roger Sieja, Wismarq Corp., Inverness, Ill.; Vlad Sobot, Sobotec Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; David Stermer, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky.; Don Switzer, Steel Dynamics, Butler, Ind.; Jim Tuschall, Tuschall Engineering, Burr Ridge, Ill.; and Bob Zabcik, MBCI, Houston.

Laurel McLallen, David Stermer and Bob Zabcik are all new additions to the board this year. “MCA welcomes the insight and input from our new board members,” says Karl Hielscher, MCA chair. “We look forward to the contributions from this talented group of metal construction industry professionals.”

Four Tips for Great Leadership

In the past three and a half years, Saratoga Roofing & Construction of Oklahoma City has grown from $6.5 million in annual revenue and four employees to a company earning $50 million with 265 employees. To what do we attribute this phenomenal growth? Great leadership.

It has been said: “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Being a great leader takes commitment, confidence and clarity. The old-school method of employing scare tactics—“If you don’t do what I tell you to do, then there’s the door!”—doesn’t cut it anymore in today’s business world. Besides, if you still subscribe to the “It’s my way or the highway” way of thinking, you’re going to alienate everyone who works in your company or organization and nothing will be accomplished. During my career, I have experienced owners and/or leaders who used authoritarian leadership and, in my opinion, they will not make it during the next decade.

Denver Green, Saratoga Roofing & Construction’s president, shares four reasons why Saratoga will continue to be a successful company during the next decade:

1) We continuously work to set a clear direction for our teams. Clarity will always lead to desired results. If you aren’t clear about where you’re going, do you think your team will be? As a leader, my role is to be the visionary who paints the picture for them to follow. If our leaders aren’t clear about the necessary steps our staff needs to accomplish goal, then a lot of time is going to be wasted running around in circles. Our consultant, Masterthink, ensures every company executive has a clear goal with action plans tied to dates and people who are accountable for executing the goal. If needed, we draw a roadmap on paper outlining the full process, starting with the objective and detailing what each person is responsible to complete. The better your directions are, the easier it will be to meet the goal.

2) I work hard to make sure my actions match my intentions and visions. As the leader, I always need to know what I envision being the final outcome of the project/task we’re asking our employees to execute. Do you want to “wow” a client with an exceptional product presentation? Can you see the final project completed? What does it look like to you? Are you excited about this task? The level of my commitment and enthusiasm needs to come across loud and clear to our team. If I’m “ho hum” about the outcome, then guess what? That’s the attitude that will be adopted by members of my team. Some of us are “big picture” thinkers. We forget about all the details that lead to the big picture, but as the leader of Saratoga, I can’t allow myself to let those last-minute details slide. If I do, then the final outcome will definitely not be to our liking.

3) Creating a cohesive team has been a real key to our success but also a big challenge. I must have confidence in my team and their abilities. Knowing who fits in where on our team is crucial to creating success. We know it is critical to assign the “right” people to the “right” tasks. If one of our employees doesn’t like dispatching but loves to work on data entry, then we assign him or her that job. Knowing the strengths of each member of our team is crucial in achieving a successful end result. Forcing someone to take on duties he or she absolutely hates creates resentment, and resentment slows down the entire project or leads to poor performance. Our company utilizes the online assessment tool StrengthsFinder as a means to understand
the strengths of our employees so we can maximize their abilities and strengths to the fullest extent.

4) Work smarter, not harder. I know we have heard this phrase a million times, but it bears repeating. Learning to delegate the workload to the right person will lift some of the weight of turning in a top-notch end result off your own shoulders. My role is to be the visionary—not the micro-manager. I model what it means to be a leader and a follower and, in turn, I take great pride in inspiring and creating great leaders for the future.

As a member of the Saratoga Roofing & Construction team, I can truly say this is the “Saratoga Difference”.

Mule-Hide Products Names New President

Jonathan Shepard has been named president of Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of low-slope roofing products and systems. He succeeds Daniel Piché, who was recently named vice president of national business development for ABC Supply Co. Inc.

Shepard comes to Mule-Hide Products from ABC Supply, where he had been low-slope business manager in the company’s Southwest Region. In that role, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of ABC Supply’s top-tier commercial roofing strategy in that region.

Previously he had been regional manager for the Southwest Region of Bradco Supply Inc. before Bradco was acquired by ABC Supply in 2010. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Shepard has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial distribution.