ARMA Elects New President

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the election of Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager for Soprema Inc., as the association’s president for the 2019 term. ARMA represents North American asphalt roofing manufacturers, as well as raw material suppliers, and serves to promote the long-term sustainability of the asphalt roofing industry. An active member with the association since the late 1980s, Kersey brings to the president’s role his rich roofing industry knowledge, proven leadership capabilities and a passion for communicating the benefit of asphalt roofing products to the building industry and the public.

Kersey has served multiple terms as the chairman of ARMA’s Low-Slope Roofing Committee, a role in which he was regularly involved, helping to craft technical publications and codes standards and supporting activities for low-slope asphalt roofing applications. He joined the ARMA board of directors when he joined the SOPREMA executive team in 2012, and he has served on the board ever since. Due to his experience with the organization, Kersey was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee, ARMA’s governing body, and served as the treasurer/secretary for two years. He began his term as president on January 1, 2019.

The ARMA president is responsible for facilitating the board of directors’ activities and setting the agenda for the organization. In 2019, Kersey plans to continue the organization’s momentum in driving awareness of the benefits of asphalt roofing in the residential space while also bolstering communications around the advantages of asphalt roofing in the low-slope/commercial market. Industry members can expect to see expanding interactions between asphalt shingle and low-slope roofing manufacturers, broadening public dissemination of ARMA’s statistical industry reports, more external-facing communications from ARMA and a general emphasis on increasing asphalt roofing representation in industry conversations.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Tim since 2003 when I started with ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “He has a breadth of technical knowledge and executive experience, and he also brings a great combination of fresh perspective and insight into the association’s history that we look forward to engaging further as he takes the reins as president.”

For more information, visit www.asphaltroofing.org

MRA Reports Top 5 Regions Driving Demand for Residential Metal Roofing

According to the latest figures from the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofing is growing in popularity, especially in states that experience severe climate conditions.

The nonprofit organization, which serves to connect thousands of U.S. and Canadian residential homeowners seeking metal roofing with qualified member installers, says the top five states for interest in metal roofing are Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and North Carolina, with Texas close behind.

While these states represent major population hubs, they also have other factors in common: All have experienced increasingly severe weather and extreme climate conditions. From wildfires and hurricanes, to rooftop ice dams caused by polar vortex winter weather, all-season durability and performance have become top priority for homeowners in many states, especially for those looking to repair or rebuild after a climate-related disaster. Because quality metal roofing lasts 50-plus years, carries the highest Class A rating for fire protection and is strong enough to stand up to hurricane winds, hail and heavy snow, it is increasingly popular in regions where better protection against Mother Nature’s unpredictability is essential.

The latest MRA figures also suggest that local demand may be outpacing the supply of qualified metal roofing installers in some regions. In states such as California, New York and North Carolina, the high number of metal roofing leads provided by the MRA are keeping a small handful of member contractors extremely busy.

“It definitely represents a major business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the MRA. “Typically, metal roofing is a more profitable business because these homeowners are interested in durability and ensuring top quality protection versus trying to cut corners or find the lowest price. We are actively recruiting member contractors not only in these regions, but throughout the country who can help meet the growing demand for metal roofing from homeowners.”

The MRA expects metal roofing demand to continue to rise in regions experiencing climate extremes, as well as areas where environmental awareness is high.  These areas are candidates for additional growth, given the advantages metal roofing has for being an energy efficient, recycled/recyclable material and an ideal platform for rooftop solar systems. For these reasons, MRA is forecasting growth in locations such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and a greater swath of southern states. Yet the lack of qualified metal roofing contractors remains an issue when it comes to meeting local demand.

“Frankly, extreme weather and the need for more durable, resilient building materials is an issue that impacts nearly every region,” said Ramey. “That’s driving the need for residential metal roofing into brand new territories. Just as important is making sure there are local contractors ready to meet that demand, which is why the MRA is embarking on a full-court press to recruit more qualified metal roofing contractor members.”

With the popularity of metal increasing, MRA also is helping educate homeowners about how to protect themselves against fly-by-night providers who may use unscrupulous business practices or sub-quality materials to capitalize on the growing demand. This spring, MRA plans to put out a buyers guide for homeowners providing guidance on how to choose a quality metal roof and encouraging homeowners to do their due diligence when selecting a reputable, experienced metal roofing contractor.

“There’s no doubt that choosing a quality metal roof is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your home,” said Ramey. “Our goal is to help homeowners understand the benefits and steps that go into selecting their next roof wisely.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Deadline for IRE Presentation Submissions is Friday, April 26

The 2020 International Roofing Expo is now seeking presentation topics from educators, consultants, technical experts, researchers, and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise at the largest gathering of roofing professionals.

Sessions are 90 minutes and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace and solve challenges that roofing professionals face in their day-to-day work life.

Product pitches or promotional presentations will not be accepted. The deadline to submit a presentation is April 26, 2019.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com/en/home.html.

SPRI Elects New Directors and Honors Members for Service

SPRI, the trade association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, elected four directors to its board and honored members at the association’s 37th Annual Conference and Business Meeting, held in Tucson, Arizona.

During the meeting, SPRI’s membership elected the following slate of officers and Directors for the association’s 2019-2021 membership years:

Associate Directors include Scott Carpenter, SFS intec; Stan Choiniere, StanCConsulting; Bob LeClare, ATAS International; and Ron Reed, Intertek.

The following officers will continue to serve SPRI for a second year: Zebonie Sukle, Johns Manville, President; Brad Van Dam, Metal-Era Inc., Treasurer; Mike Hubbard, Firestone Building Products Co., LLC, President-elect; and Jim Rubenaker, Sika Sarnafil, Immediate Past President.

Each year, SPRI honors those volunteers who have gone above-and-beyond in devoting their time and talents to the association. Nominations for these honorees are solicited from the membership, and the Member Services Chair and the President of SPRI make the selections.

The first honoree is Mike Darsch of Sika Sarnafil. Darsch, a new participant in SPRI, took on a leadership role chairing a Task Force responsible for the updating and canvassing of SPRI ANSI Standard VR-1, Procedure for Investigating Resistance to Root Penetration on Vegetative Roofs. Working on a canvass requires meticulous attention to detail and significant patience, qualities in which Darsch excels.

The second honoree is David R. Hawn of Dedicated Roof & Hydro Solutions. Hawn was honored for his work on behalf of SPRI in starting the Wetting Curves: Acceptable Roof Material Performance at Elevated Moisture Content Task Forcein 2013This Task Force is in the testing phase of the project. Hawn’s participation on this project and his input on so many others have represented a significant contribution of his time and knowledge.

SPRI veteran Al Janni of Duro-Last Roofing Inc. was presented with SPRI’s President’s Award this year. This award was created to recognize the exemplary service of a volunteer. During more than 15 years at SPRI, Janni chaired many technical task forces, served as chair of the Member Services committee, as a Director, and President. Janni has supported SPRI through his exceptional volunteer efforts, representing the values and priorities of the organization, while fostering the cooperative spirit that helps SPRI achieve its goals.

For more information, visit www.spri.org.

SPRI President Zebonie Sukle of Johns Manville presents Al Janni of Duro-Last Roofing Inc. with SPRI’s President’s Award at its 37th Annual Conference and Business Meeting. (Photo courtesy of SPRI.)

NRCA Recognizes the First ProCertified Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recognized the first ProCertified installers and ProCertified foreman at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during the 2019 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, launched in 2018 to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge now can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer: Juan Segura, Raincoat Roofing Co., Broadview, Illinois
  • ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer: Rhyan McKinney, Nations Roof, LLC, Villa Park, Illinois
  • ProCertified Roofing Foreman: Nick Zwart, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Indiana

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

Minnesota State University, Mankato Wins the 2018-1019 Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held in Nashville, Tennessee.

In its fifth year, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition welcomed five finalist teams to the 2019 International Roofing Expo to give oral presentations as the final segment in the competition. This year, the teams were tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee, a project recently completed by Rackley Roofing Co., Carthage, Tennessee.

Judges reviewed the written proposals and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. At the IRE, six roofing industry experts judged the oral presentations and the Roofing Alliance was proud to announce Minnesota State University, Mankato as the winning school. Tony Centro of University of Florida was named the Best Individual Presenter.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Announces 2019 Future Executives Institute Graduates

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s Future Executives Institute has announced its graduates for 2019. Graduates were recognized Feb. 12 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville.

FEI is a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders. The participants gathered in Chicago at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and at NRCA conventions for the past three years.

Following are FEI’s Class 8 graduates:

Donald Bergamy, president of Nations Roof Mid Atlantic, Baltimore

Daniel Boatwright, vice president/general manager of Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Lakeland, Fla.

Rodney Cadorette, vice president and COO of Porter Roofing Contractors Inc., Martinez, Ga.

Ryan Dill, senior project manager for NorthStar Construction Services Corp., Shirley, Mass.

Dominic Dunlap, president of DCG Roofing Solutions Inc., Des Plaines, Ill.

David Elizalde II, project manager for Competition Roofing Inc., Houston

Mike Godfrey, vice president of Godfrey Roofing Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Joseph Guido, operations manager for Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.

Ronald Heath, vice president of The Roof Depot Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

Will Jawish, director of construction for Gordian Energy Systems, Baltimore

Ileana Kilfian, preconstruction manager for Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.

Michelle Martel, CFO of Function Enterprises Inc., Springfield, Va.

J. David Maxwell, vice president of services, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Patrick McGlynn, project manager for Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc., Collinsville, Ill.

Jeffrey Money Jr., project manager for Ruff Roofers Inc., Baltimore

Kellie Paasch, general manager for Independent Roofing Co., Omaha, Neb.

Matthew Pauley, vice president of Superior Roofing & Construction, San Antonio

Stefan Peters, project manager for Preferred Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kevin Petersen, service manager for Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Racine, Wis.

Daniel Ritter, commercial division manager for Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.

Ken Schmidt, senior project manager/estimator for Wayne’s Roofing Inc., Sumner, Wash.

Lacey Trokey, vice president of Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Michael Vodika, director of operations for Damschroder Roofing Inc., Fremont, Ohio

Michaelene Winters, RoofGuard manager for United Materials, Denver

John Ziolkowski, vice president of roofing operations for Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.

Additionally, Mickey Childress, president of Triad Roofing Co. Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., was recognized for graduating from FEI Class 7.

For more information about FEI or to apply for the program, visit www.nrca.net/fei.

Eagle Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, 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 be 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.

“We are excited to join NRCA and its One Voice initiative,” said John J. Campbell, Eagle Roofing Products’ vice president of sales and marketing. “We began our support of NRCA through our company’s involvement with the tile roofing industry’s trade association, The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (previously known as the Tile Roofing Institute). Our commitment to align Eagle Roofing Products with NRCA as a partner member further strengthens our commitment to the roofing industry as a whole by engaging all of our team members and working collectively to drive awareness and assist with solutions while fully supporting the continued success of the association.”

For more information visit, www.nrca.net/onevoice.

Showalter Roofing Service Inc. Honored with 2019 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its generosity and service, Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Ill., has been presented with the seventh annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Showalter Roofing Service created A Roof Over Your Head, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps homeowners in need of household repairs, such as exterior decking, porches, stairs, railing repairs and cleaning, fence and gate repairs and more. In 2018, Showalter Roofing Service provided A Roof Over Your Head with material, labor and equipment for 69 projects.

CNA awarded Showalter Roofing Service with $7,500 to be presented to A Roof Over Your Head. In addition, NRCA dedicated the proceeds of its Cyber Monday sale in November 2018 to the winning charity. The sale generated $533, and all the proceeds will be donated to A Roof Over Your Head.

Additionally, second-place winner Legacy Restoration, Plymouth, Minn., received $5,000 for its charitable efforts to Volunteers of America, which included making 100 tie blankets by hand for foster kids and families in transition; packing 150 lunch meals for children lacking a nutritious afterschool snack and individuals experiencing homelessness; and adopting 21 families for Christmas and providing gifts, among other efforts.

Third-place winner, Core Contractors, Roofing Systems, Denver, received $2,500 for its work with The Other Side Academy, a training school that teaches pro-social, vocational and life skills and is available as an alternative for individuals facing long-term incarceration and those seeking change from the life they chose in the past. Core Contractors co-founder Andrew Schmidt spearheaded an effort to raise funds for TOSA Denver.

In addition, Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website, and received $1,500 for its work with Susan G. Komen San Antonio.

The awards were presented Feb. 12 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

RoofersCoffeeShop Announces 2019 RCS Influencers

RoofersCoffeeShop (RCS) business announces the 2019 RCS Influencers. RCS Influencers contribute thoughts and wisdom monthly through interviews, videos and blogs on RoofersCoffeeShop concerning pertinent industry and roofing topics. They represent all facets of the industry including contractors, associations and industry service providers. The blog posts are recognized in a special category on the site called RCS Influencers.  

“We have been asking important questions to diverse groups of RCS Influencers for the last three years and have found that they all have expertise in completely different areas of a roofing contractor’s business. Oftentimes, we see articles written on a subject with one person’s opinion or suggestions, but there are many sides to the coin, and we have been committed to sharing that thought leadership since 2017,” states Vickie Sharples of RoofersCoffeeShop. “With our RCS Influencers opinions, tips or advice, our readers get a feeling for all sides of a topic. Each of them has an interesting perspective based on their interactions with the roofing industry.”

“We believe in empowering the industry and especially contractors to communicate with each other.  We are hearing confirmation every day that RoofersCoffeeShop is where the industry meets. We want it to be the voice of contractors and roofing professionals that continue to build the professionalism and amazing reputation of our industry,” concluded Sharples.

We are proud to announce the following 2019 RCS Influencers:

  1. Charles Antis and Karen Inman, Antis Roofing
  2. Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law
  3. Shelly Duhaime, NFP Property and Casualty Services, Inc.
  4. Heidi J. Ellsworth, RoofersCoffeeShop
  5. Rudy Gutierrez, Shell Roofing Solutions
  6. Mike Hicks, Hicks Industrial Roofing, Inc.
  7. Ken Kelly, Kelly Roofing
  8. Wendy Marvin, Matrix Roofing
  9. Mike Pickel, Texas Traditions Roofing
  10. Ross Riddle, South Coast Shingle
  11. Carla Sims, Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (CRSMCA)
  12. Drew Smith, Brad Smith Roofing
  13. Jon Stantz, Pell Roofing
  14. Jennifer Stone, National Women in Roofing (NWIR) 
  15. Marty Stout, Go Roof Tune Up

For more information, visit https://rooferscoffeeshop.com/rcs-influencers.