Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal Honors Children of Deployed Oklahoma Soldiers, Receives NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its efforts to help children of deployed members of the U.S. military, Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal LLC was presented with the second annual NRCA/ CNA Community Involvement Award, an award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association, CNA and the CNA Foundation. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal was selected for the 2013 award for its involvement with “Horseback Heroes”, an annual event to honor the children of Oklahoma soldiers. The event gives the children the rare opportunity to spend the day on a working farm, taking part in activities that include horseback riding, cattle roping, and tack and grooming.

The event took place on the ranch of Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal President and CEO Gerry Shepherd and was offered free of charge to more than 80 children, between the ages of five and 16, and their families.

The CNA Foundation awarded Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal with $5,000 for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, which co-sponsored Horseback Heroes. The donation enabled Horseback Heroes to accommodate 163 children in 2014, allowing organizers to stick to their goal to never turn a child away from participating. Shepherd and the Oklahoma National Guard are hoping to grow the Horseback Heroes program to accommodate children of deployed soldiers from other states in the coming years.

“Although it requires us to buy and add another bucking dummy and find 20 more horses and two more buggies with teams to pull them, it also requires many more volunteers, more breakfast foods, more drinks and more lunch items,” Shepherd says. “Because of the award we received, we will be able to serve every one of these kids.”

NRCA currently is seeking entries for its NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award. NRCA urges its contractor members to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. One winning charity will receive $5,000. Two honorable mentions each will receive $1,000. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans. For more information, contact me at (847) 493-7548, or visit NRCA’s webpage.

VIEW VIDEOS ABOUT HORSEBACK HEROES
A video highlighting the Horseback Heroes program
Gerry Shepherd, president and CEO of NRCA member Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal, is interviewed in an Oklahoma National Guard video about his work with the third annual Horseback Heroes program, which took place Saturday, Oct. 18, at his Covey Creek Ranch.

NRCA Issues Statement about President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

The following statement is attributable to William Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association:

For many years, NRCA has consistently supported immigration reform that increases border security, improves workplace enforcement without burdening employers, provides an avenue for workers to enter the U.S. legally when our economy needs them, and addresses the problem of the existing illegal workforce in a balanced manner. NRCA believes immigration reform that addresses all these components is needed to fix our broken immigration system, end illegal immigration, protect U.S. workers and meet the economic needs of employers in the 21st century.

NRCA believes that for immigration reform to be successful in meeting the needs of the roofing industry, it is imperative Congress be the deliberative body that addresses this issue. NRCA is disappointed the House did not take up immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress and urges the new 114th Congress to move expeditiously on immigration reform measures in 2015.

NRCA also is disappointed President Obama decided to move forward with unilateral executive action which can, at best, provide only a temporary and partial solution to fixing our broken immigration system. NRCA is further concerned the president’s executive action could cause significant difficulties for employers with respect to employment eligibility verification compliance and will be reviewing the executive order to determine potential effects on employers.

NRCA urges Congress and the Obama administration to work together to pass immigration reform legislation that meets the needs of employers and workers in the roofing industry as soon as possible.

NRCA Releases Statement on 2014 Midterm Elections, Calls for Breakthrough of Partisan Gridlock

The following statement is attributable to William Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association

“We are pleased a vast majority of candidates supported by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and ROOFPAC, our political action committee, prevailed in the 2014 midterm congressional elections on Tuesday. In particular, we are pleased to see a pro-business majority has been elected in the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with returning and new lawmakers in both parties to break through partisan gridlock and advance the policy agenda NRCA has been supporting for years. This includes pro-growth tax policies, relief from burdensome regulations, legislation that addresses the workforce development needs of our industry, and replacement of the so-called Affordable Care Act with market-based reforms to our health care system.

ROOFPAC, the voice of the roofing industry in Washington, D.C., was very active in the 2014 congressional elections, investing more than $300,000 in support of nearly 75 pro-business candidates during the 2013-14 election cycle. NRCA and ROOFPAC will continue to support members of Congress and other candidates who support government policies that enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses.”

Applications Are Being Accepted for 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The merit-based scholarship is available to NRCA contractor or supplier member employees and their families to assist in furthering their education in pursuit of careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

Applicants to the scholarship program must be full-time employees of an NRCA member company or their dependent children or spouses with a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline date. High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year are also eligible.

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.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided the awards are renewed annually and recipients maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Accepting MVP Award Nominations

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2014-15 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 15th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 21, 2014.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2015 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Each person submitting a nomination by the deadline also will be placed in a drawing for an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi. In addition, each candidate will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

NRCA to Hold Semi-annual Regional Conference in Denver

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold its semi-annual regional conference Oct. 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Denver. The conference will highlight roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from across the Midwest and western states are encouraged to participate in this one-day event. The conference will provide in-depth information about the most critical safety, risk management, technical, building code and legislative issues affecting roofing contractors.

Attendees also will hear from fellow roofing professionals about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry.

Members of NRCA as well as non-members are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register online, visit NRCA’s website.

Participate in Community Service Day During 2015 International Roofing Expo

Roofing professionals participating in the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to give back to the New Orleans community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Community Service Day will take place on Monday, February 23, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, with volunteers helping rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“This is a great opportunity for the roofing industry to give back to the New Orleans community,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The success of this project is attributed to our wonderful volunteers and their dedication to helping those less fortunate.”

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers will perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers will help with set up, cleanup and other miscellaneous projects.

The International Roofing Expo will partner with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities, as well as NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee.

Community Service Day is sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Corporation – Roofing, a leading manufacturer of single-ply vinyl roofing and waterproofing systems known for superior performance with minimal environmental impact, who will be exhibiting in booth #2233.

“The International Roofing Expo and NRCA are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to help families in need,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this worthwhile cause.”

When registration opens in late September, 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 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held February 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

NRCA Releases Roof Application Training Program

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program. The package provides all the necessary tools for contractors to conduct effective training with their workers, including two DVD programs with two hours of video content, instructors’ guides, student handouts and exams, and 15-minute modules designed to demonstrate effective training skills for program facilitators. The Roof Application Training Program package contains the following training programs:

    • Foundations of Roofing
    • Equipment, Setup and Tear-off

The programs are available in English and Spanish.

The NRCA ProForeman Certificate Program Helps Roofing Contractors Invest in Their Foremen

High Life Speedboats was experiencing a problem with its newest model speedboat engine, which, when hitting top speeds, would frequently cut out. This resulted in boats that were traveling 60 mph to be almost dead in the water within seconds. More than once, someone had been seriously injured by being thrown off balance, crashing into onboard components or being thrown overboard.

Panache Speedboats also was trying to improve its engines. The company had been in business for two decades and was known for building reliable boats. With operations systematized and production running in turnkey mode, company engineers wanted to explore the possibilities of building a higher-performance engine and securing Panache a spot in the elite racing market.

There are two equal and opposite drives for improvement in both of these cases. High Life needs to improve; its product is unreliable and the company will ultimately go out of business—not to mention people may be hurt and killed if steps are not taken. Panache wants to improve; it has a reliable product but it’s not as good as it could be.

So, now you may be asking, “How does this relate to the roofing industry?”

Most reputable roofing contractors are not like High Life. Their roof systems don’t fail outright, causing damage and ruining companies’ reputations. Most roofing contractors are Panache engines. They are reliable and their roof systems serve customers well.

But if you have the itch, like Panache, to increase performance, then you have a drive to improve for the best reason— because you want to be better. You are not panicking. You are planning. You want to see whether you can shape your company to become an elite contracting company, known for its excellence.

Thoughtful contractors will consider what investments will yield the most significant returns for their companies. New equipment? A better facility? Increasing the types of systems they install?

Consider the following statement from Ethan Cowles of Raleigh, N.C.-based management consultant FMI: “World-class contractors all have incredible talent at the foremen level. That is not to say company leadership, business strategy, project management, etc., are not important, but operations without great foremen always struggle to achieve anything but mediocrity.”

HIGH-PERFORMANCE FOREMEN

Cowles’ quote resonates with what the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has heard from its contractor members, as well. Tom Shanahan, NRCA’s associate executive director of risk management, states that after asking hundreds of contractors over the years how much of each dollar flowing through a company is affected directly by foremen, he has safely landed on 85 cents. Eighty-five cents of every dollar.

Foremen drive your trucks, use your equipment, manage your labor, direct quality control, affect insurance rates and often are the face of your company for customers.

EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR.

It makes you want to ensure your foremen are high-performance engines, doesn’t it?

NRCA has been focused for years on providing education for roofing foremen. Recognizing that most foremen are promoted into their positions because of their roofing skills and work ethic, rather than for their leadership prowess, For Foremen Only has provided a venue for training thousands of foremen about leadership and communication during the past 15 years. Now, packaged within this larger ProForeman initiative, the classes provide a cornerstone for a well-rounded experience aimed at helping roofing-contractor operations to achieve world-class excellence.

Foremen need to be leaders, not just crew managers; therefore, they need to understand the whole picture—the process of selling and installing roof systems, their role in keeping employees safe, outside forces that necessitate compliance and more—if they are to understand the importance of their role.

The ProForeman program is designed to help roofing foremen shift their perspectives of their role from being roofing installation managers to company leaders. As leaders, the burden of responsibility is greater and, when understood, frees them to think differently about how to work with their crews and their supervisors.

The ProForeman program comprises six main topics:

    • General education
    • Roofing technology
    • Construction/business practices
    • Leadership
    • Safety
    • Training others

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CNA Makes Donation to Chicago Chapter of Rebuilding Together

In celebration of National Roofing Week, Chicago-based insurer CNA has donated $5,000 to the Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners.

CNA’s donation was presented during NRCA‘s board of directors meeting Thursday, July 10, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The meeting was part of NRCA’s Midyear meetings, which are held concurrently with National Roofing Week.

Taking place July 6-12, National Roofing Week aims to increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors.

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to give back to their communities and charitable organizations during National Roofing Week.

“As part of our commitment to serving our communities and as a proud partner of NRCA for more than 44 years, CNA is excited to support National Roofing Week with a donation to Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated to improving the homes of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods,” says Rhonda Lohmar, CNA’s program director for NRCA.