ATAS Participates in Roofing Day in DC

ATAS International was proud to participate in the second annual Roofing Day event in Washington, DC on April 3rd and 4th. This event is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) so that roofing industry professionals from across the country can meet with members of Congress about critical issues facing our industry. In addition to roofing material manufacturers, others in attendance included raw material suppliers, distributors, roof system designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and their employees. Many people from these companies, trade associations, and organizations visited their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns and request their support.

During Roofing Day, we advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs
  • Expanded workforce training incentives
  • A robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation

While in DC, ATAS also attended the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Luncheon and heard presentations by Congresswoman Angie Craig and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. ATAS is a platinum sponsor of this association whose mission is to mentor and empower women in the roofing industry towards excellence in their chosen career. 

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and Director on the Board of the NRCA, stated, “ATAS was pleased to attend NRCA’s Roofing Day event this year, and ask for support on many issues that are affecting the construction and manufacturing industries. It was also great to participate in the NWiR luncheon, and meet many women who are supporting other women working in roofing and related industry careers.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

NRCA Brings Workforce Issues to the White House

National Roofing Contractors Association Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney April 3 during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 to discuss the roofing industry’s workforce needs, including immigration reform and worker training incentives.

During the West Wing meeting—a first for the roofing industry—NRCA leadership explained a chronic shortage of qualified workers is the most significant limitation on the ability of roofing industry employers to grow their businesses. This problem will become even more acute in the future because of an aging workforce, educational trends and ongoing rebuilding efforts resulting from recent hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the U.S.

Although NRCA is pursuing numerous initiatives designed to attract more U.S.-based workers to the roofing industry, providing for sufficient levels of legal immigration to meet economic demand remains vital to addressing the industry’s long-term workforce needs.

NRCA believes the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy. NRCA is asking Congress to establish a visa system, such as the system proposed in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, that meets the workforce needs of roofing and similar industries. This system should be governed by market forces, ensure employers undertake vigorous recruitment to hire U.S. workers first, and enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses.

NRCA supports legislation that allows Temporary Protected Status workers who have a demonstrated track record of working legally in the U.S. with the opportunity to apply for permanent legal resident status. This would allow eligible TPS workers to continue contributing to their communities and increased economic growth.

“I appreciate that the president’s chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation,” Schwickert says. “It’s important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them.”

NRCA looks forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress regarding bipartisan legislation to address visa reform such as that contained in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act and the need to retain the valuable contributions of TPS workers.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., to meet with their elected officials.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Industry Gathers in Washington for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

Roofing industry stakeholders from every region throughout the United States participated in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 April 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“For the second year in a row, more than 400 roofing professionals gathered in Washington, D.C.,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “No one is better equipped than them to communicate how federal policy affects their businesses and families. Democracy requires participation. I appreciate all who attended this important event.”

Since Roofing Day in D.C. launched in 2018, it is among the top industry fly-in advocacy events nationwide. This year, Roofing Day in D.C. participants made more than 250 visits to offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Attendees also were addressed by Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who shared their perspectives regarding the latest political and policy developments on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Stakeholders in attendance visited with members of Congress to advocate for the roofing industry regarding issues on which there is broad consensus: immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs; expanded workforce training incentives; and a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation currently being debated by lawmakers.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces June 2-8 is National Roofing Week

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 2-8.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees—their “roofing family”—and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. 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 play in every community.

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, the first NRCA Giving Day will be held June 7 to raise funds to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. NRCA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to college and vocational-technical school students who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing (title sponsor); ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA Recognizes the First ProCertified Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recognized the first ProCertified installers and ProCertified foreman at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during the 2019 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, launched in 2018 to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge now can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer: Juan Segura, Raincoat Roofing Co., Broadview, Illinois
  • ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer: Rhyan McKinney, Nations Roof, LLC, Villa Park, Illinois
  • ProCertified Roofing Foreman: Nick Zwart, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Indiana

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019 Future Executives Institute Graduates

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s Future Executives Institute has announced its graduates for 2019. Graduates were recognized Feb. 12 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville.

FEI is a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders. The participants gathered in Chicago at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and at NRCA conventions for the past three years.

Following are FEI’s Class 8 graduates:

Donald Bergamy, president of Nations Roof Mid Atlantic, Baltimore

Daniel Boatwright, vice president/general manager of Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Lakeland, Fla.

Rodney Cadorette, vice president and COO of Porter Roofing Contractors Inc., Martinez, Ga.

Ryan Dill, senior project manager for NorthStar Construction Services Corp., Shirley, Mass.

Dominic Dunlap, president of DCG Roofing Solutions Inc., Des Plaines, Ill.

David Elizalde II, project manager for Competition Roofing Inc., Houston

Mike Godfrey, vice president of Godfrey Roofing Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Joseph Guido, operations manager for Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.

Ronald Heath, vice president of The Roof Depot Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

Will Jawish, director of construction for Gordian Energy Systems, Baltimore

Ileana Kilfian, preconstruction manager for Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.

Michelle Martel, CFO of Function Enterprises Inc., Springfield, Va.

J. David Maxwell, vice president of services, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Patrick McGlynn, project manager for Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc., Collinsville, Ill.

Jeffrey Money Jr., project manager for Ruff Roofers Inc., Baltimore

Kellie Paasch, general manager for Independent Roofing Co., Omaha, Neb.

Matthew Pauley, vice president of Superior Roofing & Construction, San Antonio

Stefan Peters, project manager for Preferred Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kevin Petersen, service manager for Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Racine, Wis.

Daniel Ritter, commercial division manager for Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.

Ken Schmidt, senior project manager/estimator for Wayne’s Roofing Inc., Sumner, Wash.

Lacey Trokey, vice president of Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Michael Vodika, director of operations for Damschroder Roofing Inc., Fremont, Ohio

Michaelene Winters, RoofGuard manager for United Materials, Denver

John Ziolkowski, vice president of roofing operations for Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.

Additionally, Mickey Childress, president of Triad Roofing Co. Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., was recognized for graduating from FEI Class 7.

For more information about FEI or to apply for the program, visit www.nrca.net/fei.

Eagle Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and be eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“We are excited to join NRCA and its One Voice initiative,” said John J. Campbell, Eagle Roofing Products’ vice president of sales and marketing. “We began our support of NRCA through our company’s involvement with the tile roofing industry’s trade association, The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (previously known as the Tile Roofing Institute). Our commitment to align Eagle Roofing Products with NRCA as a partner member further strengthens our commitment to the roofing industry as a whole by engaging all of our team members and working collectively to drive awareness and assist with solutions while fully supporting the continued success of the association.”

For more information visit, www.nrca.net/onevoice.

Helene Hardy Pierce Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, N.J., is the 72nd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 9-13 in Nashville. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Hardy Pierce, the first woman to earn the honor, serves on NRCA’s board of directors and is a member of NRCA’s Residential Contractor Committee, Roofing Day Task Force and Technical Operations Committee. She also has served as a Roofing Alliance student competition judge from 2015-19.

Hardy Pierce has been in the roofing industry for 38 years and has served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Procurement Reform; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president; Roof Consultants Institute Foundation; and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president.

She has been involved with numerous other roofing industry organizations, including the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, ASTM International and SPRI.

“During her nearly four decades in the industry, she has seen an ebb and flow of people who understand what doesn’t change—the result of a lifetime of experience, trial and error and a long institutional memory,” said 2018 J.A. Piper Award winner Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company. “She has been a passionate advocate for our industry, and her contributions are endless—many of us here have benefited from her integrity, cutting-edge research, and valuable technical papers and presentations.”

“Those of you who know me know I believe we have a very kind industry with people who show up every day and solve problems, and it has only been a joy to be a part of it,” Hardy Pierce said when accepting the award. “Thank you very much, and I am beyond honored to receive this award from contractors who I respect so much.”

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019-20 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2019-20 slate of officers and directors at its 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill., was elected chairman of the board-elect. Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.; Tupac de la Cruz, founder of Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.; Doug Duncan, president of Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.; and Brad Sutter, executive vice president of Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota, Fla., were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Bill Baley, president and CEO of C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Greg Bloom, vice president of national and strategic accounts at Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.
  • Collin DeBuysere, project manager at Roofing Technology Inc., Davenport, Iowa
  • Scott Donnelly, president of Cooper Roofing & Solar LLC, Las Vegas
  • Don Fry, president of Fry Roofing Inc., San Antonio
  • Dave Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Frederick, Md.
  • Scott Kawulok, vice president of B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colo.
  • Kyle King, president of James King Roofing LLC, Lynnwood, Wash.
  • Rob Kornahrens, CEO of Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Richard Lawson, senior vice president of The Lawson Roofing Co. Inc., San Francisco
  • Matt Leonard, vice president of Architectural Sheet Metal Inc., Orlando, Fla.
  • J.J. Smithey, president of Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Ore.
  • All 2019-20 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2019.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Releases Latest Volume of the NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is now availablein the NRCA Bookstore. This volume of the manual provides information about the best industry practices and technical information regarding the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to membrane roof systems used in low-slope applications. It offers roof system configurations with a list of applicable roof components and references on where to find additional information in the manual. It also includes construction details for built-up roof (BUR) membrane, polymer-modified bitumen, liquid-applied, EPDM and other single-ply membrane roof systems. 

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is one of four volumes that comprise The NRCA Roofing Manual. The four-volume series also includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2016The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018.

NRCA also will offer an electronic PDF version of the 2019 volume in the NRCA Bookstore, which is free for members. In addition, the 2019 volume will be available on the NRCA app.

For more information, visit NRCA’s bookstore at www.nrca.net/store.