Pittsburgh Sports Icons to Make Keynote Presentations at METALCON

METALCON 2019 announced that the event’s keynote speakers will include two Pittsburgh sports icons: Rocky Bleier and Bryan Trottier. The keynote presentations are sponsored by longtime partners’ United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG; both title sponsors are headquartered in Pittsburgh and have been actively involved with METALCON since its inception 29 years ago.

On Wednesday, October 16, U.S. Steel, a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 250 company, is hosting special guest Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his keynote, “Leadership through Teamwork, Perseverance & Hope.”

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, Bleier was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and regained his running back position.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a running back, Bleier will take the audience from his early years through his professional career and talk about the hard lessons he learned early in life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals. Through his story of courage and determination, he defines what it takes to succeed in times of change, how to conquer insurmountable odds and become an extraordinary achiever.

In his keynote, Bleier will discuss why some organizations dominate and some lose, and he will define the ingredients for “real” success. He focuses on winning through perseverance, hope, commitment and trust. Framed through parallels to football and Bleier’s personal journey, he will explore both structural and emotional aspects necessary for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. He will address how successful teams and organizations share four characteristics: leadership, people, vision and a shared belief system.

Furthermore, METALCON is partnering with a charity near and dear to Bleier, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, for this year’s giving back program. Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community. This year’sprogram will raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital supportive services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.

PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials, introduces former professional ice hockey center and seven-time Stanley Cup winner, Bryan Trottier, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. Named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all time, Trottier is ranked 17th all-time in NHL regular-season points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

On Thursday, October 17, Trottier will share his life journey, including the challenges he overcame along the way and life lessons learned in “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity.” He will cover the importance of leadership, the uniqueness of team and how it strengthens an organization, the importance of diversity in an organization–diversity of thought, perspective and experience. He will even share a few ice hockey stories. 

Growing up in the small, remote town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada, with a population of 200 and only one television channel, Trottier lived a simple life on the farm with his family. They had little money but were quite resourceful. They grew their own garden, milked their own cows and threw nothing away. To make extra money, the family formed a band in which Trottier joined as a young boy and performed in local events. He had tremendous support from his parents, despite their simple lifestyle.

Every year when winter would descend, his father, a powerfully built man and descendant from the Cree and Chippewa people, would head out to the creek across the road from their house. Machete in hand, his father would proceed to chop up the dam as if he were hacking up a woodpile, creating a makeshift skating rink. Out on that creek is where Trottier developed his style, skating over the lumps and frozen twigs. He also had to learn to fight, which did not come naturally to him as he was a quiet kid who loved school. At the age of 14, he had to quit school and leave home to pursue his ice hockey career.

Trottier faced bullying on the ice due to his small stature. He also faced discrimination and racism because of his native heritage. He struggled to navigate the path to his dream but sought out people who could help him along the way. He learned the value of being part of a team and found strength in his team. He gained life lessons from sport, music and work ethic. He learned how to lead by inspiration and by example. He’s learned that life is never going to be pretty nor happen the way you plan it. Sometimes you just have to go out to the beaver dam with a machete and start chopping wood.

“We are so excited to have these two local sports icons as our keynote speakers this year,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. “Their very personal stories are sure to inspire attendees.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This three-day eventtakes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com

Roofing Alliance Accepting Nominations for Gold Circle and MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for two of its elite awards programs: the 2020 Gold Circle Awards and Most Valuable Player Awards.

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2020 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA or Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2019, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is October 18. Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas. To obtain a Gold Circle Award nomination form, click here.

The Roofing Alliance is also accepting entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards program. The deadline for entries is November 15. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding roofing workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any roofing field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories.

MVP Award winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention Feb. 2-6, 2020, in Dallas. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2020 International Roofing Expo, two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas. For more information or to obtain MVP entry forms, click here.

For more information, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Wyoming Roofing Named Small Employer of the Year by Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Wyoming Roofing, LLC, an Owens Corning Contractor Network (OCCN) Platinum contractor, was named Small Employer of the Year by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS). The award recognizes small businesses for their hiring and safety practices. 

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is committed to ensuring that all Wyoming businesses are safe places to work. Wyoming Roofing’s mission is to build the best company in the industry by putting their communities and employees first. The company hires most of its candidates from Wyoming Workforce Services, with a preference for hiring veterans. Wyoming Roofing provides safety training, personal development and other education that support its values of “Riding for the Brand, Being a Servant, Being Accountable, and Exhibiting Care, as they serve customers, employees, and communities.”

Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding, Seeking Projects to Enhance the 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, every year the Roofing Alliance funds critical research, educational and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry. This year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The Roofing Alliance has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 research, educational, technical and philanthropic programs and projects to support high-quality educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues. For 23 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. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, shared that a total of $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019. “Approximately 70 percent of funding dollars were earmarked for continuing initiatives, committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities,” stated Judson.

Ultimately, the Roofing Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 included projects focused on future workforce development. In an ongoing effort to build the professional reputation of roofing while working to increase interest in working in the roofing industry, the Roofing Alliance provided funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA. As part of the funding plan, a joint committee has been formed with NRCA and Roofing Alliance members to focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) outreach with SkillsUSA as a first and integral step for the initiative.

Requests are due by January 1, 2020. 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@nrca.net.

Roofing Alliance Announces Call for MVP Award Entries

The Roofing Alliance has announced a call for entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards Program. The deadline for entries is November 15. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding roofing workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any roofing field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories.

MVP Award winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention Feb. 2-6, 2020, in Dallas. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2020 International Roofing Expo,® two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas.

One MVP Award winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. Co-sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., the recognition will include a special prize and feature article in Professional Roofing.

All MVP Award winners will be recognized in Professional Roofing, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter, the Roofing Alliance Update and on the Roofing Alliance’s website, www.roofingalliance.net. Winners also will be the focus of press releases sent to local and national media and industry trade press.

For more information or to obtain entry forms, click here. You also can contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Antis Roofing Announces Two Executive Promotions

Susan DeGrassi, formerly Director of Cause, will take on expanded responsibilities with her promotion to Vice President, Administration and Cause and Aaron Antis, formerly Director of Sales for Antis Roofing has been promoted to Vice President, Sales and Field Operations.  The announcements were made by Charles Antis, Chief Executive Officer, of Orange County-based Antis Roofing and Waterproofing.

Susan DeGrassi, a veteran of the community management industry, spent twenty-seven years with Merit Property Management (now First Service Residential,) the last seven as Executive Vice President. In 2017, she joined Antis as Director of Cause to lead the company’s philanthropic effort, primarily providing no-cost roofing to non-profits with buildings in need of repair. In 2019, Susan was recognized by the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce with its Inaugural Women of Influence award. She currently serves on the Board of National Women in Roofing.

Aaron Antis will continue to lead the Antis Sales Team, and also oversee the Field Operations Team. In this role he has responsibility for all client-facing work, including onsite operations, quality control and project management. Susan DeGrassi, well known in the Orange County Community as Antis’ philanthropy representative, will assume added responsibility for Antis’ internal operations, including customer service and support, HR, IT and other administrative functions.

Aaron Antis, nephew of founder and CEO, Charles Antis, joined the company in 2007 as a trainee roofer and has trained and worked in all the company’s core business departments since then. In 2018, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) selected Aaron as one of thirty-six emerging leaders in the roofing industry to attend Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for the NRCA University’s Future Executive Institute.

“Both Susan and Aaron have proven invaluable players on the Antis team and I am delighted to announce their well-deserved promotion to vice president,” says Charles Antis. “This year Antis is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. With the added bench strength that Aaron and Susan bring to our leadership team, we are well poised for this next decade. Our goal remains to be successful in our business so that we can continue to give back and support some of the wonderful non-profits that work so hard in the communities that have given so much to us.”

For more information, visit www.antisroofing.com

Roofing Alliance Now Accepting Gold Circle Nominations

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2020 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA or Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2019, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is October 18. Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

For more information or to obtain a Gold Circle Award nomination form, click here or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

USGBC Welcomes Four New Board Members and Names New Board Chair

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) welcomes four new members onto its board and announced Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as the new board chair. The new members include Dan McQuade, managing director at Global Infrastructure Solutions; Karen Weigert, vice president of business strategy and regional operations at Slipstream; Doug Woods, co-founder of DPR Construction; and Lakisha Ann Woods, president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

“Dr. Bernstein has been a longtime supporter of USGBC and we’re fortunate to have him step into this new role as our board chair,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Our board plays a pivotal role in guiding USGBC as we look for new ways to shape the future of green building and we’re grateful for their service. The addition of Dan, Karen, Doug and Lakisha Ann provides us with valuable perspectives as we remain committed to elevating the living standard for all through healthier, more sustainable buildings, cities and communities.”

Dr. Aaron Bernstein’s work at Harvard examines the human health effects of global environmental changes, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policymakers and the public. He is the course director for Harvard’s Human Health and Global Environmental Change. Dr Bernstein also created the HarvardX course “The Health Effects of Climate Change,” which has educated thousands of students on how climate change directly impacts their lives, and what they can do to become part of the solution. In 2019, Dr. Bernstein testified before Congress on the child health impacts of climate change, drawing from his personal experience as a pediatrician having to treat children with breathing difficulties, vector-borne diseases, and trauma from natural disasters. He is also a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Dan McQuade is a recognized expert in the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure across a range of market sectors. He is currently managing director at Global Infrastructure Solutions (GIS), a diversified engineering and construction industry enterprise with eight leading construction, program and project management companies. Prior to joining GIS, McQuade was the global president for the $8 billion Construction Services Group of AECOM. Under his leadership, AECOM Construction Services’ gross revenue grew from $1.4 billion in 2012 to $8.24 billion in 2018 through both organic and acquisitive investments. Before joining AECOM as part of the AECOM Tishman acquisition, McQuade served as president of Tishman, where he was appointed in October 2005, and oversaw landmark construction in the United States.

Karen Weigert leads the Chicago office and strategic initiatives for Slipstream, a nonprofit that tests, delivers and scales next-generation energy programs and products. She provides leadership in the areas of strategy development and execution that grows Slipstream’s impacts in decarbonization and resilience. Weigert also served as the first chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago. She led the city’s development and delivery of the Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda; launched the Greencorps Chicago Youth Program; implemented energy benchmarking legislation; led Chicago Solar Express and Solar Chicago; and launched Retrofit Chicago. Prior to her work with the city, Weigert was senior vice president at ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low- to moderate-income urban neighborhoods. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration, focused on global environmental issues and agriculture. Weigert also was a producer and writer on the documentary film, Carbon Nation, which focused on solutions to climate change.

Doug Woods is the “D” of DPR Construction and one of the company’s three co-founders. With more than 40 years in the industry, Woods serves on the board of directors for this forward-thinking contractor specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects. When Woods co-founded DPR in 1990, he had an audacious vision. With an eye toward the future, Woods looks for ways to continuously improve and for new opportunities that move the company and the industry forward. Today, the privately held, employee-owned organization has grown to $6 billion in annual revenue, making it one of the largest general contractors in the United States and a story of entrepreneurial success. He is also part of the advisory board for WND Ventures, an investment company focused on changing the way things are done in the AEC industry.

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, is the president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Woods is responsible for leading the Institute’s dedicated team, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She also leads efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets. Prior to joining NIBS, she was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where she oversaw all marketing and revenue-generating programs, including sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies. Woods also serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is the past chair of ASAE’s Communications Section Council and has spoken at national and international industry events.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Requests Information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1. The agency is also requesting information about other construction equipment and tasks that generate silica that it should consider adding to Table 1, along with information about their associated engineering and work practice control methods.

In addition, OSHA is seeking comments about whether to revise paragraph (a)(3) of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry to broaden the circumstances under which general industry and maritime employers would be permitted to comply with Table 1 of the silica standard for construction.

Information submitted will allow OSHA to consider new developments and enhanced control methods for equipment that generates exposures to silica, and provide additional data on exposures to silica from equipment and tasks using a variety of control methods under different workplace conditions. Expanding Table 1 to include additional engineering and work practice control methods, equipment, and tasks could provide employers with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining protections for employees.

If information submitted in response to this request indicates that revisions to the silica standards are needed, the agency will then publish the proposed revisions in the Federal Register for public comment.

Comments must be submitted by October 14, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Former President Barack Obama to Keynote the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Connect announced that Former President Barack Obama will speak at the Wednesday keynote of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 19-22 in Atlanta, Ga. at the LEED Gold Georgia World Congress Center. Registration is now open.

“USGBC is deeply honored that President Obama has accepted our invitation to speak at Greenbuild 2019,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “President Obama is a global leader and a longtime friend of the green building community. While in office, his administration negotiated the landmark Paris Climate Accords, expanded the impact of our field and helped open the door for energy efficiency investments in both the public and private sectors. I know that when he joins us on the keynote stage in November, he will impart his ideas, passion and vision to our growing global green building family.”

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades – a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. And yet, despite all manner of political obstruction, Obama’s leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the health care system to cover another 20 million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future – all while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history. 

“As the green building movement evolves and continues to permeate our everyday lives, President Obama is a valuable leader to bring that vision to life,” said Andrew Mullins, CEO, Informa Connect. “His commitment to unite humanity in combating a changing climate is a great example to follow. At the 2019 event, our attendees, exhibitors, and all participants of Greenbuild will be celebrating the notion that every human, regardless of circumstances, deserves to live a long and healthy life. There is no better voice or embodiment of that than President Obama.”

Previous Greenbuild keynote speakers have included Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, famed architect Bjarke Ingles, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, human rights activist Amal Clooney, former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore, and many others.

Greenbuild, the largest green building conference and expo in the world, is produced by Informa Connect and presented by USGBC. Greenbuild 2019 features four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, keynote events, and a robust expo floor.

For more information and to register for Greenbuild, visit greenbuildexpo.org.