NRCA Partners with Oplign to Support Military and Veteran Hiring in the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association has entered into a partnership with Oplign LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., to enhance and support NRCA members’ efforts to recruit transitioning military personnel and veterans. Oplign is a labor market data analytics company that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to align job applicants with job openings.

NRCA and Oplign will work together to provide workforce recruitment resources, educational tools and training materials to NRCA members identifying how roofing employers can build an effective veteran recruitment and sourcing program. In addition, Oplign will offer discounted subscriptions to NRCA members for its advanced services.

“We see this partnership with Oplign as an invaluable resource for our members,” says Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and workforce development. “We hope this opportunity will help our members recruit, engage, onboard and train transitioning veterans to the roofing industry.”

“Oplign is excited to support NRCA. The veteran labor pool continues to be an untapped source of dedicated and talented workers,” says Mike Grow, Oplign’s CEO. “If we can increase the ability of architects, engineers and roofing professionals to connect with transitioning military personnel and veterans, we will feel like we’ve added tremendous value to both communities.”

For more information, visit nrca.net/workforce-recruitment.

NRCA Partners with “Inside the Blueprint” to Produce Educational Content for the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has entered into a strategic partnership with national TV show “Inside the Blueprint” to produce educational content regarding roofing industry issues, initiatives and innovative solutions. 

NRCA will create broadcast-quality video content specifically addressing roofing industry insight for industry professionals, and the content will be integrated into half-hour episodes. The TV show airs nationally on Fox Business Network and internationally to more than 35 countries on Bloomberg International. NRCA and “Inside the Blueprint” will work together to promote the TV show via digital marketing and on social media platforms leading up to the first airing in 2021.

“NRCA is pleased to partner with ‘Inside the Blueprint,’” said NRCA CEO Reid Ribble. “We appreciate the opportunity to provide content that will connect with a broader audience, promote professionalism and educate those involved in the roofing industry.”

“‘Inside the Blueprint’ shares NRCA’s view that providing educational content specific to the needs of architects, engineers and roofing professionals are keys to helping the industry address challenges related to sustainability, efficiency and resilience,” said Ron Secreto, executive vice president, partnerships, for “Inside the Blueprint.”

For more information about NRCA, visit nrca.net.

For more information about “Inside the Blueprint,” visit insidetheblueprint.com.

NRCA to Hold a Roofing Industry Telephone Town Hall October 13

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold a roofing industry Telephone Town Hall Tuesday, October 13, at 5 p.m. EDT. The roofing industry Telephone Town Hall will feature the leaders of NRCA, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, EPDM Roofing Association, International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association and Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association sharing the latest developments regarding the roofing industry. NRCA CEO Reid Ribble, ARMA Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock, ERA Executive Director Ellen Thorp, IIBEC CEO and Executive Vice President Brian Pallasch, PIMA President Justin Koscher and RCMA Executive Director Dan Quinonez will discuss the state of the roofing industry, conduct interactive surveys with participants and answer participants’ questions.

 To join NRCA’s roofing industry Telephone Town Hall, participants should provide their contact information at nrca.net/townhall, and they will receive a phone call when the Telephone Town Hall is about to begin. Participants who have previously filled out the form or participated in an earlier NRCA Telephone Town Hall do not need to sign up again. Participants who are signing up for the first time will receive a call for all future Telephone Town Halls.

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

Roofing Alliance Grants Clemson University Second Round of Funding

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce that funding was approved for Clemson University’s phase two initiative to develop additional classes for a formal roofing certificate program at the college level. In the second year of development, Clemson University’s Construction Science & Management (CSM) Department program continues to develop valuable resources for the roofing industry.

With the successful completion and implementation of the first three-credit hour course, the second round of funding will be used to develop two new online roofing courses and to convert the first course into an online format. The deliverable will be a formal Roofing Certificate program to attract potential workforce by educating interested university students about the roofing industry and providing a continuing education opportunity to retain corporate level industry professionals. 

The Roofing Certificate program will consist of three, three-credit hour courses (9 credits total). The first course developed and implemented in phase one of this study was a three-credit roofing introductory course specific to the roofing industry. The first course, offered in spring 2020, was a big success with 21 students (both graduate and undergraduate) enrolled, 16 Roofing Alliance member companies participating in the form of in-person guest lectures and 90+ companies involved in donating the material for developing the content for this course.

The Roofing Alliance funds research studies, projects and initiatives every year that address both the current and future needs of the roofing industry. Seeing that the construction industry continues to face the predominant challenge of a declining workforce, Clemson University submitted a second funding request to develop and implement the roofing certificate program. Led by Dr. Dhaval Gajjar, a professor in the CSM department, who is passionate about developing curriculum to help students gain knowledge about roofing including technical insights, industry overview and potential career paths.

 “Along with developing the online certificate program, the study also proposes an analysis on various economic factors such as salary, benefits and career advancement within the roofing industry,” stated Gajjar. “This is due to the important contributing factors that influence the career choice of younger generations. These are the factors the industry needs to better understand if it wishes to attract and maintain a talented workforce.”

For more information on Roofing Alliance funding projects, student competition and overall information about the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Initiatives That Advance the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, the Roofing Alliance is seeking to fund initiatives that will contribute to the advancement and growth of the roofing industry. This year’s deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2021.

 Each year, the Roofing Alliance provides funding for research, educational initiatives and technical programs that address current issues and work to secure the future of the roofing industry. Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson shared that in 2020, a total of $272,253 in project funding was approved. “While much of our funding is earmarked for our ongoing initiatives, the Roofing Alliance is always looking to support new programs that can fulfill a need within our industry and contribute toward the betterment of the U.S. roofing industry,” said Judson. 

A notable example of a successful funding request was that of Clemson University, who used the funds to develop a three-credit roofing class for use in construction management programs throughout the country. The Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education. 

For 24 years, the Roofing Alliance has been committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. Ongoing initiatives include committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities®, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities. 

Requests are due by January 1, 2021. For information on specific criteria and the funding review process please visit http://www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net

NRCA Launches the NRCA Health Care Program to Benefit the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association has launched the NRCA Health Care Program, the first and only health care program tailored specifically to the roofing industry, in partnership with Vault Health Strategies, Bloomington, Illinois.

The NRCA Health Care Program enables NRCA members of all categories and sizes to offer employer-sponsored health care options. The plan is flexible, based on each company’s needs and budget, and can be offered with or without employer contributions. An employer can make available to employees voluntary benefits, such as dental, vision, life, disability and accident insurance, and work with his or her current broker or use an NRCA Health Care Program broker. Coverage includes everything from full-service major medical to supplemental or prescription-only coverage. In addition, the NRCA Health Care Program offers a telehealth option. 
As health care costs continue to rise and the industry struggles to recruit new workers, the new health care program is intended to help NRCA members offer company-sponsored health care plans that benefit roofing professionals and also can be used to bolster employee recruitment and retention. 
“One of the biggest concerns NRCA members tell us they have is workforce issues — it’s really difficult to attract and retain good employees,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As an industry, we must take care of our employees. One important way we can do that is by offering quality benefits such as health insurance.” 
To learn more about the NRCA Health Care Program, go to nrcahealth.com or contact Rich Trewyn, an NRCA director of enterprise risk management, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7575, or rtrewyn@nrca.net
For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Offers Virtual Management Seminar August 19

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will offer “Creating or Improving a Service/Maintenance Center,” a half-day management seminar that will be held virtually August 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT.

Service/maintenance centers can generate significant profit for companies, yet they often are missed opportunities for roofing contractors. NRCA’s program provides contractors with information and tools to build or improve their service/maintenance centers within their businesses. It addresses administration and management, sales and marketing, and operations and finance issues affecting a successful service/maintenance center.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.nrca.net/education/course-calendar/creating-or-Improving-a-service-maintenance-center.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020-2021 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the 2020-21 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Award recipients. For over 30 years, the Roofing Alliance has invested time and funds to help educate the roofing industry and the industry’s youth. This has been made possible through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which was named for Melvin Kruger, a former president of NRCA, a former president of the Roofing Alliance and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Georgia. NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees are all eligible to partake in this program as long as they intend to pursue a career in the roofing or construction industries.

The Roofing Alliance awarded one new $5,000 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship to:

Jacob James, stepson of Raymond Orman, quality assurance and field trainer, Schwickerts Tecta America, Mankato, Minnesota.

In addition, the Roofing Alliance renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

  • Davis Edwards – Dan Cohen Scholarship, attending Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Salvador Flores Garcia – Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship, attending University of California: Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
  • Matthew Killgore – OMG Scholarship, attending Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Elaina Krumholz – Fred Good Scholarship, attending the University of Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Morgan Patterson – OMG 2nd scholarship, attending DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
  • John Paynter – Melvin Kruger Scholarship, attending East Carolina University, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Calvin Raymore – William Good Scholarship, attending the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
  • Cameron Tickerhoff – Firestone Scholarship, attending Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

“A total of $40,000 was awarded for scholarship renewals,” stated Kyle Thomas, current president of the Roofing Alliance. “We also awarded $5,000 for one new scholarship for a total of $45,000 for the 2020-21 school year. To date, the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program has awarded 131 students a total of $890,000 in scholarship awards. We are very honored to give back to the next generation of roofing professionals in this way.”

Each scholarship recipient is awarded $5,000 and eligible for renewal for up to three years of undergraduate study. This is a merit-based scholarship, and recipients are selected based on their 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 recommendation. Details for the 2021-22 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program and the application guidelines will be available in late August, early September of 2020.

For more information on the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, atbjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Reschedules 134th Annual Convention to Coincide With 2021 IRE

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has rescheduled its 134th annual convention to coincide with Irving, Texas-based Informa’s 2021 International Roofing Expo, which was rescheduled from February to April amid the COVID-19 crisis. NRCA’s convention will be held April 12-16, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 IRE at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

NRCA expressed its full support as Informa decided to reschedule the 2021 IRE. Informa and NRCA believe rescheduling the dates was the right choice to ensure a safe, productive and relaxed environment for attendees. Informa has announced exhibiting companies and attendees do not need to take any action regarding the new dates; everything automatically will transfer to April. 

For more information about NRCA’s 134th Annual Convention, visit nrca.net/convention, or contact Bennett Judson, NRCA’s vice president of meeting services, at (847) 493-7513 or bjudson@nrca.net.

NRCA Opens Registration for Virtual Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting roofing industry professionals to register for its virtual legal conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, which will be held October 13-15.

During the legal conference, NRCA will provide nine legal, technical and business education programs—three sessions per day. Attendees can take advantage of discounted prices with a conference bundle that offers 45 percent savings. 

NRCA member and nonmember CEOs, owners, chief operating officers, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers are encouraged to attend. With a variety of sessions, participants will hear from the industry’s brightest experts and thought leaders, including Tray Batcher, partner at Cotney Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law and NRCA general counsel; Jacqueline Feliciano, managing attorney at Cotney Construction Law; Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services; Roscoe Green, partner at Cotney Construction Law; Stephen Phillips, senior partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C., Atlanta; and Philip Siegel, partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, in an interactive platform that is cost-effective and convenient to access from any device. 

Sessions can be purchased individually at $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers, or attendees can bundle all nine sessions at $195 for members and $295 for nonmembers. 

For more information about NRCA’s virtual legal conference, visit nrca.net/legal/education/conference, or contact Alison LaValley at alavalley@nrca.net or Anne Schroeder at aschroeder@nrca.net.