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.

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

Online Registration Now Open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that online registration is open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, which will be held April 3-4. The purpose of the event is to bring the roofing industry together to meet with members of Congress and their staffs and deliver the industry’s message with “one voice.”

On March 6-7, 2018, the roofing industry came together in Washington, D.C., for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. The event was a success with more than 400 professionals from all segments of the roofing industry coming together to deliver a unified industry message to Congress. From states as far as Hawaii and Alaska, roofing professionals from all segments of the industry showed up and made a lasting impression on legislators, bringing to their attention our urgent need for regulatory reform, enhanced career and technical educational programs, and immigration reform that meets our workforce needs. 

The NRCA encourages all industry stakeholders to attend and bring employees and crew members to be a part of this unique and exciting event. It’s important for Congress to hear from all segments of the industry. Registration is only $75 for company representatives and $25 for roof system installers. You do not need to be an NRCA member to participate—anyone from the roofing industry is welcome and encouraged to attend.

To learn more about Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 and to register, visit www.nrca.net/roofingday

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance (formerly The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress) has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal. 

“To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards,” said Rodney Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill. and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “The Roofing Alliance is focused on giving back while also working hard to share the professionalism and opportunities within the roofing trade.  By supporting students who are interested in construction and specifically roofing, we are spreading the word about the potential that is available in our industry.”

“We also encourage the industry to support the scholarship fund,” continued Petrick.  “Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcome, but if you make a commitment of $50,000, you can choose to name the scholarship and participate in the recipient selection process.”

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study directly related to a career in the roofing industry or building construction at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net

The Roofing Alliance Announces Largest Student Competition for Roofing to Date

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

This year’s competition will be the largest to date featuring a total of 12 teams from distinguished universities across the nation. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  Bennett Judson, executive director of the Roofing Alliance, is excited to see the growing interest from universities that the competition continues to draw. “This is the largest number of schools we’ve had participate,” she said. “And, we have a total of six new teams joining us this year.”

The new schools joining the competition are:

  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University, Building Construction Science, Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Corvallis, Oregon
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Construction Management, Monroe, Louisiana

They will be joining the following returning schools:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge
  • Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Construction Management, Cincinnati
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, Gainesville, Florida

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 will review the written proposals, submitted December 10, and select four teams as finalists for the competition. The Roofing Alliance will announce the finalists in January 2019.

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th.  The four 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.

Kyle Thomas, co-chair of the Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, sees this event as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation.  “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have very limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry.  But even for those who go the more traditional route and choose to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

Hannah Redifer, a recent graduate from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama who is now employed in the construction industry, participated in last year’s competition where her team won along with Redifer receiving the Best Individual Presenter Award. Her experience exposed her to the inner workings of the roofing industry, presented her with many networking opportunities and made a positive impact in her new career.

“I definitely left the competition and expo with a huge sense of respect for the roofing industry,” stated Redifer.  “It is a tough job and the industry’s ability to complete these jobs while keeping people safe and happy is really amazing.”

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Fresno, 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 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.

“General Coatings is proud to be a member of NRCA,” says Will Lorenz, vice president of sales for General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the One Voice initiative. As a manufacturer of spray foam roof systems, GCMC supports NRCA’s workforce development and sensible regulatory policies to sustain the roofing industry.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

CertainTeed Corporation Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced building materials manufacturer CertainTeed Corporation, headquartered in Malvern, Pa., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “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 are 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,” said 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.

“For more than 30 years, CertainTeed has been listening and responding to professional roofing contractors on key industry topics,” says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Corporation. “We are pleased to align our efforts with NRCA’s One Voice initiative to support efforts to address the important issues that will impact the future of this profession.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Encourages All Roofing Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day 2019

Taking place April 3-4, 2019, Roofing Day in D.C. is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. It will bring together hundreds of roofing professionals from all segments of the industry to speak with one voice on critical issues before members of Congress. It is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

In its inaugural year, Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states and Puerto Rico taking part. This event made a lasting impression on members of Congress. During the event, participants advocated for a bill to improve career and technical education, and soon after, Congress approved the legislation and President Trump signed it into law.

Participants in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will build on this success to further strengthen the roofing industry’s influence. To make an even greater impact in 2019, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is seeking strong participation from a broad cross-section of the industry, including employers, field employees and others from all sectors of the industry.

As the date of Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 approaches, NRCA will post more about the issues on its website at www.nrca.net/roofingday.

For more information, contact Alison LaValley at (847) 493-7579 or alavalley@nrca.net or Nathan Pick at (202) 546-7584 or npick@nrca.net.