RCASF More than Doubles Contribution to Make-a-Wish Foundation

With the generous contributions of local roofing contractors and associate members, the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida more than doubled its 2016 contribution to the Make-a-Wish Foundation compared to its 2015 donation.

Through the 37th annual Fishing Tournament, RCASF members were able to raise enough money to make wishes come true for 15 children in south Florida who are struggling with illnesses.

Through the 37th annual Fishing Tournament, RCASF members were able to raise enough money to make wishes come true for 15 children in south Florida who are struggling with illnesses.


Through its 37th annual Fishing Tournament, RCASF members raised $75,000 to make wishes come true for 15 children in south Florida who are struggling with illnesses. Six Signature Sponsors gifted $5,000 each, or “one wish”. These gracious donors included Certified Contracting Group, CL Burks Construction, Earl W. Johnston Roofing, Empire Roofing, Spec Building Supply, and Weather-Tech Roofing & Waterproofing.

Norm Wedderburn, CEO and president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida, says, “We cannot thank the RCASF enough! RCASF has helped us to change many lives and for that we will be eternally grateful.”

Members of RCASF’s Fishing Tournament Committee donate $75,000 to Norm Wedderburn (far left), CEO and president, and Wanda Trouba (second from left), vice president, of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Members of RCASF’s Fishing Tournament Committee donate $75,000 to Norm Wedderburn (far left), CEO and president, and Wanda Trouba (second from left), vice president, of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.


The RCASF Fishing Committee has already begun planning for this year’s tournament, which will take place June 11. The committee hopes the 2017 tournament exceeds the 2016 contributions. Committee members encourage donations of fishing-related items for auction, as well as financial sponsorships. If you would like to contribute, contact Wendy Harvest, RCASF executive director, at (954)558-4982 or admin@rcasf.org.

Photos: Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida

Dan Worstell of Pyramid Roofing Creates Positive Change in His Community

Dan Worstell (right) is pictured with his dad Jerry (center) and his brother Dave (left).

Dan Worstell (right) is pictured with his dad Jerry (center) and his brother Dave (left).

Dan Worstell, president of Pyramid Roofing, which has offices in Newport News, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, Va., believes the biggest changes can be made with small efforts. Worstell lives his belief every day.

For example, after signing up as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Williamsburg, he was quickly paired with 7-year-old Jordan. The plan as to spend a few hours a month with the boy over the course of a year, sharing activities and generally being a positive male role model for Jordan. Recently, the pair celebrated 10 years as “Big” and “Little,” and both their lives have changed for the better as a result of their relationship. Jordan is a smart, popular teen in his senior year of high school. He works after school and on weekends, has his own bank account and buys presents for the Worstell family at Christmas.

Meanwhile Worstell and his family—wife Tammy and sons Derek and Drew—include Jordan in family activities, from holiday celebrations to just hanging out around the house. Worstell also attends Jordan’s sporting events and hangs photos of Jordan along with his own sons on the walls of his office.

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Williamsburg, Wortsell has mentored Jordan for the past 10 years.

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Williamsburg, Wortsell has mentored Jordan for the past 10 years.

Worstell is not only one of the most prominent roofing contractors in the Hampton Roads area, he’s also a stand-up guy who cares about his employees and community.

For example, Worstell roofed the home of a disabled veteran for free and also supplied the labor to install roofing shingles (donated by Atlanta-based Atlas Roofing Corp.) at the Jamestown 4-H Center. On rain and snow days, Worstell keeps his crews working by posting on Facebook that the roofers are available to do odd jobs around the house. All Worstell asks in return is a $15 minimum donation to the Grove Christian Outreach Center.

On rainy mornings, Worstell often can be found in his company truck in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Hampton Roads. He hands his credit card to the cashier and moves to the end of the line, paying for breakfast for everyone originally behind him. Along with the free breakfast, the cashier passes out a chip clip with the Pyramid Roofing name and logo on it. This small investment has led to new business and positive feedback about Pyramid Roofing.

Photos: Atlas Roofing Corp.

Jasper Contractors Donates Roofing Labor to Military Family in Need

Kennesaw, Ga.-based Jasper Contractors Inc. representatives believe it’s important to give back to those who serve in our military. As such, the firm joined the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project. Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning began partnering with Support Our Troops, Daytona Beach, Fla., in March. Via the project, military families in need can apply to have a roof installed at no cost to them by an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor, such as Jasper Contractors.

From left to right: Bobby Shifteh, Jasper Contractors’ business development manager, and Arielle Dysart, chief operating officer, pose with Paul and Colette Singrossi in front of their newly reroofed home in Winter Springs, Fla.

From left to right: Bobby Shifteh, Jasper Contractors’ business development manager, and Arielle Dysart, chief operating officer, pose with Paul and Colette Singrossi in front of their newly reroofed home in Winter Springs, Fla.

Owens Corning worked with Support Our Troops to locate Paul and Colette Singrossi, who have three children and live within Jasper Contractors’ Florida service area. Paul, an E6 staff sergeant, has served 16 years in the U.S. Army and recently returned home to Winter Springs, Fla., from a deployment in Africa. Paul and Colette both are police officers in their community.

The Singrossis’ existing roof was 11-years old and consisted of a lot of patchwork that was performed to pass inspection when the Singrossis purchased their home. While Paul was in and out of the country, roof repairs were neglected and leaks began appearing and worsening.

The new 2,500-square-foot Owens Corning Oakridge laminated asphalt shingle roof in the color Driftwood was installed in just one day by seven Jasper Contractors crew members.

Carl McNair, president of Jasper Contractors, is happy to help the Singrossi family: “This gave us the opportunity to provide just a small piece of relief to one of our most treasured veterans. Mr. and Mrs. Singrossi have done a wonderful service to our country, so it was a small gesture on our part to provide them with a new roof.”

Jasper Contractors also is committed to hiring veterans. Steven Edwards (left), vice president of Sales, served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Jeff Gonzales (right), regional manager, served eight years in the Marine Corps. “It’s an honor to work for an employer that’s veteran friendly and takes care of veterans in the community,” Gonzales says.

Jasper Contractors also is committed to hiring veterans. Steven Edwards (left), vice president of Sales, served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Jeff Gonzales (right), regional manager, served eight years in the Marine Corps. “It’s an honor to work for an employer that’s veteran friendly and takes care of veterans in the community,” Gonzales says.

The new roof alleviates the Singrossis’ worries. “There was water seeping through [the roof] so it’s really nice to have peace of mind that we don’t have to worry about trying to find the money for that,” Colette says.

Paul adds: “[Service members] have to come back and reintegrate into society, so there’s not a lot of time to look for things that help us out. It’s nice to have the support to know that what we do is actually cared about.”

PHOTOS: JASPER CONTRACTORS INC.

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2016 National Roofing Week Is a Success

As part of National Roofing Week, Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association members celebrated their industry pride in unique ways. The following images were shared via NRCA’s Facebook page:

Straight Line Roofing & Construction Wins 2016 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its efforts to help disadvantaged members of its community meet basic nutritional needs, Straight Line Roofing & Construction, Shingle Springs, Calif., has been presented with the fourth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which is sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., and CNA, Chicago.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

In recognition of its efforts to help disadvantaged members of its community meet basic nutritional needs, Straight Line Roofing & Construction has been presented the fourth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award.

In recognition of its efforts to help disadvantaged members of its community meet basic nutritional needs, Straight Line Roofing & Construction has been presented the fourth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award.

Straight Line Roofing & Construction was selected because of its $16,330 donation to support the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Straight Line Roofing & Construction’s contribution came from hosting its Ninth Annual Thanks & Giving Customer Appreciation Event. During its 10-year involvement with the charity, Straight Line Roofing & Construction has replaced the facility’s roof system and raised more than $70,000 to help feed at-risk individuals.

“I just feel, as contractors, it’s our obligation to thank the customers that have blessed us so much,” said Jack Borba, owner of Straight Line Roofing & Construction, in a video acknowl- edging the award.

CNA awarded Straight Line Roofing & Construction with $5,000 for assisting the food bank, which partners with more than 40 local emergency food response agency sites.

Additionally, this year’s honorable mentions each received $1,000 from CNA; they are 7 Summits Roofing, Colorado Springs, Colo., for hosting the Brandon Schwartz Memorial Tournament; Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, for its non-profit organization Roof Angels; and Jonesboro Roofing Co. Inc., Jonesboro, Ark., for its work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The awards were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention this past February.

John Gooding Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

John Gooding accepts the 2016 J.A. Piper Award from 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention.

John Gooding accepts the 2016 J.A. Piper Award from 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention.

The National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., has announced John Gooding, chairman of the board of GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa., as the 69th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 129th Annual Convention held Feb. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. 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.

Gooding, who served as NRCA’s chairman of the board in 2003-04, currently serves on the association’s National Roofing Council. Prior to serving as NRCA chairman of the board, Gooding served as NRCA chairman of the board- elect from 2002-03; vice president from 1997-99; and director from 1989-92, 1994-96 and 1999-2002. In addition, he has served on many committees, including as chairman of the Affiliate Relations, Budget and Finance, Health and Safety, PAC Advisory and Strategic Planning Committees. He also served on the Insurance Advisory Board and the Insurance Board of Governors. GSM Roofing also is a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“He had roofing in his blood,” says fellow former NRCA Chairman of the Board and 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory, president of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala. “He’s transformed the business his father started into one of the largest and most successful roofing companies today.”

Gooding is surrounded by previous J.A. Piper Award winners.

Gooding is surrounded by previous J.A. Piper Award winners.

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

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Union Corrugating Sends ‘Hugs For Soldiers’ During Holidays

During the recent holiday season, Fayetteville, N.C.-based Union Corrugating, a manufacturer and distributor of metal roofing and siding products, teamed up with the Duluth, Ga.-based Hugs For Soldiers organization by providing care packages to deployed soldiers around the world. The packages reached the troops by Christmas Day.

Founded in 2003, Hugs for Soldiers, which supports all branches of the service, is a ministry of Duluth First United Methodist Church. The organization’s efforts resulted in 2015 Christmas care packages shipped to troops in 11 countries. Boxes were filled with snacks, holiday candy, personal-care items, Christmas stockings, hand-knitted caps, socks and hot chocolate. Heartwarming messages from caring citizens filled holiday cards and letters, assuring the troops citizens are thinking about and supporting them as they serve away from family and friends.

This was the first year Union Corrugating participated; the effort was organized at the Union Corrugating headquarters. “Our participation in this great program was our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have clearly sacrificed their safety for the safety of our families,” explains Jason Thornton, vice president, Sales and Marketing.

Union Corrugating hopes to expand participation next year. Mel Acosta, corporate fleet and logistics manager, helped coordinate the efforts. “We’re already looking to involve the other plants next year, so we can make a bigger impact,” he says. “It’s such a good feeling to provide a touch of home to our troops.”

Metal Construction Industry Supports Veterans

During its 25th annual trade show and conference recently held in Tampa, Fla., METALCON International partnered with America’s Fund, a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

At the 2006 METALCON, Show Director Claire Kilcoyne presented a new steel-framed ADA-compliant home to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla. Marek’s parents, Paul and Rose Marek, were there to help him accept the home.

At the 2006 METALCON, Show Director Claire Kilcoyne presented a new steel-framed ADA-compliant home to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla. Marek’s parents, Paul and Rose Marek, were there to help him accept the home.


The partnership builds on a donation made during the 2006 METALCON in Tampa. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Russell Marek of Satellite Beach, Fla., was awarded a new, ADA-compliant accessible home through METALCON’s annual giving-back program. Marek who was severely injured in 2005 while serving in Iraq spent more than a year recuperating at Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, which opened its Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in 2014.

The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, which is this year’s recipient of METALCON’s annual giving-back program, is one of five facilities in the U.S. designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and service members who have experienced severe injuries.

“Going forward, we want to ensure METALCON’s giving-back efforts benefit those brave individuals who’ve put their futures on the line to make all of us safer and able to enjoy all of the freedoms we have,” says METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne. “By affiliating with America’s Fund, we open the door for more recipients and donations on an ongoing basis, not just at our annual event.”

Diane Layman (left), voluntary services specialist for the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, and Debra Jordan, East Coast case manager for America’s Fund, are ecstatic to receive a $10,000 check from METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne. Funds were raised at the 2015 METALCON through contributions from exhibitors, attendees, show management, show vendors and staff.

Diane Layman (left), voluntary services specialist for the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, and Debra Jordan, East Coast case manager for America’s Fund, are ecstatic to receive a $10,000 check from METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne. Funds were raised at the 2015 METALCON through contributions from exhibitors, attendees, show management, show vendors and staff.


Donations can be made to America’s Fund throughout the year and can be applied to specific programs or veterans upon request.

“We are honored to be chosen as the official charity of METALCON; their support will make a difference in the lives of so many service members and their loved ones,” says Karen Guenther, CEO and president, Semper Fi Fund of which America’s Fund is a self-funded program.

Contributions to America’s Fund were made in the exhibit hall during the trade show and can continue to be made through the METALCON website.

PHOTOS: METALCON INTERNATIONAL

Roofing Professionals Give Back During National Roofing Week

In honor of National Roofing Week—July 5-11—King of Texas Roofing Co. L.P., Grand Prairie; H&E Equipment, Dallas; Rmax, Dallas; Jim Whitten Roof Consultants, Austin; and the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association, along with other industry partners, donated labor, materials, expertise and additional necessities to repair the roof system at Momentous Institute, Dallas. The institute helps build and repair social and emotional health for more than 6,000 children and family members every year through educational and therapeutic programs. It is owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a service organization of more than 600 business and community leaders committed to transforming kids’ lives.

In honor of National Roofing Week—July 5-11— King of Texas Roofing Co. L.P., H&E Equipment, Rmax, Jim Whitten Roof Consultants and NRCA, along with other industry partners, donated labor, materials, expertise and additional necessities to repair the roof system at Momentous Institute, Dallas.

In honor of National Roofing Week—July 5-11— King of Texas Roofing Co. L.P., H&E Equipment, Rmax, Jim Whitten Roof Consultants and NRCA, along with other industry partners, donated labor, materials, expertise and additional necessities to repair the roof system at Momentous Institute, Dallas.

The project, which replaced 26,000 square feet of the nearly 20-year-old roof on the campus at 106 E. 10th Street enables Momentous Institute to prioritize its funding for operations instead of capital investments.

“As professional roofing contractors, it’s our duty to give back to the communities we work and live in by serving those in need,” says Nelson Braddy, president of King of Texas Roofing. “National Roofing Week is important for recognizing the importance of every roof system, the value of the professional roofing contractor and also for encouraging roofing companies to give back to those who provide services to our communities.”

“This new roof is a huge undertaking for NRCA, King of Texas and the many sponsors who helped make it a reality,” adds Michelle Kinder, Momentous Institute’s executive director. “We are grateful to be part of National Roofing Week. The new roof will enable us to redirect funds to invest in those we serve.”

National Roofing Week increases recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business in the U.S., promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and emphasizes the value of professional roofing contractors. Learn more on NRCA’s website.

Proudly Installed by a Roofing Professional

As part of National Roofing Week, the National Roofing Contractors Association asked its members to share photos of their projects while holding a card that said, “Proudly installed by a roofing professional”. See the overwhelming response on NRCA’s Facebook page.

PHOTOS: NATIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

This article first appeared on NRCA’s RoofScoop blog.

Venture Construction Group: Helping People in Times of Great Need

Steven Shanton (left), CEO and founder of Venture Construction Group, is recognized by John Carr, president of JRC Charitable Foundation, during a golf tournament that benefitted SafeSpace, a nonprofit helping victims of domestic violence.

Steve Shanton (left), CEO and founder of Venture Construction Group, is recognized by John Carr, president of JRC Charitable
Foundation, during a golf tournament that benefitted SafeSpace, a nonprofit helping victims of domestic violence.

Burke, Va.-based Venture Construction Group specializes in residential and commercial construction and roofing, insurance restoration and 24/7 emergency services. Helping people in times of great need has become the life’s work of Steve Shanton, CEO and founder. “I love the storm-repair and insurance-restoration business because it allows me to help people rebuild after disaster strikes,” he says. “I have the same passion for life and my business. Work with passion, give with passion and always take the time to help others.”

Based on Shanton’s mantra, giving back to philanthropic charities is an integral part of the company’s mission. During its 2015 annual-giving campaign, Venture Construction Group supported the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Susan G. Komen and more.

“Our company mission is to help people in need. Philanthropic giving is an absolute must,” Shanton notes. “My dad passed away from ALS in 2012. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and always instilled in me the importance of giving back.”

Shanton’s charity work began in 1998 and the memory of his father is a huge motivator. In fact, earlier this year, Venture Construction Group sponsored Luke’s Wings 4th Annual Heroes Gala in Washington, D.C. In addition to the corporate event sponsorship, Shanton paid for a veteran and guest to attend the gala. The annual fundraiser raises money to provide complimentary travel services for wounded service members and their loved ones.

Venture Construction Group’s Chris Polino, Shanton and Mike Geary (left to right) sponsored the Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged of Martin County Fishing Tournament in Stuart, Fla. The event raised money for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Venture Construction Group’s Chris Polino, Shanton and Mike Geary (left to right) sponsored the Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged of Martin County Fishing Tournament in Stuart, Fla. The event raised money for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Venture Construction Group continues to help thousands of homeowners, commercial property owners, and property management companies recover from natural disasters throughout the East Coast, greater Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast and Midwest. While it fulfills this important mission, Shanton and his team will carry on touching the lives of people in need through numerous charities throughout the country.