Nelson Braddy Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Nelson Braddy, founder of King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, is the 74th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented March 5 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony. 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.

Braddy was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 2007 and served several terms, including as an NRCA director from 2007-08 and 2010-11 and vice president from 2008-12. He also served as NRCA senior vice president from 2012-13 and NRCA president from 2013-14. A two-time recipient of NRCA’s Charlie Raymond Award, Braddy demonstrated remarkable commitment to recruiting new members to the association. He has been involved with several NRCA committees, including the Management Education Work Force Committee, Manual Update Committee, PAC Advisory Committee and Retirement Program Committee. Braddy also served on the Roofing Alliance Board of Trustees from 2002-05 and 2014-18 and remains an active volunteer with the organization.

After making a switch from mechanical engineering to construction, Braddy has been in the roofing industry for more than three decades. Starting his roofing career at his father-in-law’s Pennsylvania roofing company, R.W. King, Braddy helped expand the company’s roofing work to projects in Texas during the 1980s. In 1987, R.W. King was liquidated, and Braddy started his own roofing business—King of Texas Roofing—in the Lone Star State. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become one of the largest roofing contractors in the U.S. and specializes in single-ply roof systems. Braddy is passionate about performing community service and promoting continuing education to his employees. He was one of the first industry leaders to commit his company to professional excellence by registering employees for NRCA’s ProCertification program.

“During his more than three decades in the industry, he has been a passionate advocate for NRCA, the industry and its workforce,” said Mark Gaulin, founder of MAGCO Inc., Jessup, Md., and founding member of Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Ill., when presenting the award. “Throughout his roofing career, he has provided educational insight and productive changes in the industry and his community. He is an honest worker, trustworthy colleague, tireless volunteer, acute businessman and innovative leader.”

“Getting involved with the industry seemed to me a natural thing to do, and it was a lot of fun,” Braddy said when accepting the award. “This award is something you think about, but you never know if you’ll get it. Thank you. This is a great honor.”

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

 Since 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association has been the home for generations of entrepreneurial craftsmen and enterprises who shelter and protect America’s families and businesses and each other. Our vision is the recognition of our members as professionals and to unite the industry to that purpose. NRCA is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit nrca.net.

EPDM Roofing Association Names New ERA Chair

Jennifer Ford-Smith, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Roofing Systems at Johns Manville, has been named the new chair of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) by the group’s board of directors. She replaces David Martiny, Director of Product Management at Firestone Building Products, who will remain on the board. 

“The roofing industry has experienced unprecedented challenges during this past year,” said Ford-Smith. “David Martiny has provided outstanding leadership during this critical period.  ERA is perfectly positioned to lead our industry as we create a resilient future for EPDM membranes and the buildings they protect. I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve.”

Ford-Smith has been with Johns Manville for more than a decade introducing innovative marketing strategies and developing customer-driven sales in B2B and B2C environments. Additionally, she has served as a member of the leadership team of National Women in Roofing and on the Board of Directors for the National Roofing Contractors Association.

 “We are fortunate to have Jennifer leading our efforts,” said Ellen Thorp, Executive Director of ERA. “This is a challenging time for the manufacturers of EPDM, and no one is better suited than Jennifer to help us capitalize on what I am sure will be significant opportunities ahead.”  

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is the first trade association solely representing the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing products and their leading suppliers.  ERA provides technical and research support to the public and the construction industry, and communicates the longstanding attributes, consistency and the value proposition of EPDM rubber membrane roofing materials.

For more information about ERA, visit www.epdmroofs.org.

RoofersCoffeeShop Announces 2021 Roofing Influencers

RoofersCoffeeShop the 2021 RCS Roofing Influencers. RCS Influencers contribute thoughts and wisdom monthly through interviews, videos and articles on RoofersCoffeeShop concerning pertinent industry and roofing topics. The Influencers represent all facets of the industry including contractors, associations and industry service providers. Their insights 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 four years and have found that they all have expertise in completely different areas of a roofing contractor’s business.  We have been committed to sharing that thought leadership since 2017,” states Heidi J. Ellsworth of RoofersCoffeeShop.  “With our RCS Influencers’ opinions, tips or advice, our readers get a feeling for all sides of a topic. Our Influencers are true thought leaders in the roofing industry and bring diverse and informative perspectives based on their interactions and relationships.”

We are proud to announce the following 2021 RCS Influencers:

1.       Rae July – Chinook Roofing

2.       Tammy Hall – CFS Roofing Services

3.       Pete Harding – Go Green Roofing

4.       Greta Bajrami – Golden Group Roofing

5.       Michelle and Christian Kettering – LTD Exteriors

6.       Danny Kerr – Breakthrough Academy

7.       Julissa Chavez – SRS Distribution, Inc.

8.       Rod Petrick – Ridgeworth Roofing Co Inc

9.       Charles Antis – Antis Roofing & Waterproofing

10.    Michelle Boykin and Curtis Sutton – Rackley Roofing

11.    Trent Cotney – Cotney Construction Law

12.    Thea Dudley – Pocket Protectors, LLC       

13.    Heidi Ellsworth – RoofersCoffeeShop

14.    Rudy Gutierrez – Shell Roofing Solutions

15.    Wendy Marvin – Matrix Roofing and Home Solutions

16.    Mandy McIntyre – 1st Choice Roofing

17.    Mike Pickel – Texas Traditions Roofing

18.    Marty Stout – Go Roof Tune Up

19.    Ashley and Seth Pietsch – Integrity Insurance & Bonding Inc

For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Encourages Industry Employers to join OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it has scheduled the eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction for May 3-7, 2021. OSHA encourages construction employers and other stakeholders to join the event to promote awareness and training to address one of the industry’s most serious dangers.

“Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries from falls and have a devastating impact on families and businesses,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health James Frederick. “This important collaboration with the construction industry encourages employers to learn how to better control fall-related hazards and improve their safety and health programs.”

OSHA developed the fall prevention campaign, as part of the national safety stand-down and in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training. Since 2014, this collaboration has helped train nearly 10 million workers on fall prevention.

OSHA encourages everyone to use #StandDown4Safety to promote the event on social media, and to share feedback after their events and obtain a personalized certificate of participation.

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage offers a wide range of compliance resources in many languages, including Spanish, Polish, Russian and Portuguese.

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 America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2021 Gold Circle Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the finalists of the prestigious 2021 Gold Circle Awards honoring outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services.  Award winners will be announced at NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST. 

The Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged every year to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.  More than 100 winning companies have been recognized for their achievements since the award’s inception. 

Following are the 2021 Gold Circle Award finalists for Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions and Safety Preparedness and Performance:

  • CFE Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
    • Project: International Paper Power Plant, Augusta, Ga.
  • CMR Construction and Roofing, St. Ann, Mo.,
    • Project: Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, Texas
  • Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas
    • Project: Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo.
    • Project: Sie Welcome Center at Denver Art Museum
  • F.J.A Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee
    • Project: St. Stanislaus Bell Tower, Milwaukee
  • Renaissance Roofing Inc., Belvidere, Ill
    • Project: Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis
  • The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio
    • Project: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roanoke, Va.

All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The 2021 Gold Circle Award winners were the projects with the highest-ranking scores. Along with receiving formal recognition at the NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony, Gold Circle Award winners will also receive a Gold Circle trophy, recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, press releases notifying industry trade press and local media and the honor of serving as inspiration to fellow Roofing Alliance members, NRCA members and overall roofing professionals striving for excellence.

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link.  For more information or to learn more about the Gold Circle Awards Program, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director at bjudson@roofingalliance.net. 

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.           

MCA Honors Ed Karper and Karl Hielscher with Service Awards

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award to Ed Karper and Larry A. Swaney Award to Karl Hielscher in appreciation for their service to the association and the metal construction industry. The awards were given on February 3 during MCA’s Winter Meeting which was held virtually.

Patrick R. Bush Award

This award recognizes an MCA member who recently made significant volunteer contributions to the Metal Construction Association. It was established to honor Pat Bush, an influential long-time MCA board member.

The 2021 recipient, Ed Karper, has held many volunteer leadership roles on behalf of MCA. Among the positions Karper has held are chairman, vice chairman, treasurer/finance committee chair, METALCON liaison chair, and program committee vice-chair. Karper is also an original member of the Metal Initiative team, and also a member of the original certification committee. He also was a member of the Ohio congressional lobbying group on behalf of the MCA for Energy Star® federal tax credits program and the MCA representative to the Washington State Roofing Task Force for rainwater runoff.

“To say that Ed has been a major contributor to MCA and the entire metal industry is an understatement,” says James Bush, MCA’s executive committee chairman. “The list of his roles might be long but it’s nothing compared to his accomplishments. This recognition is well deserved!”

Larry A. Swaney Award

Named for one of MCA’s founders and its first president, this award has been bestowed upon outstanding industry professionals for their contributions to the success of the association and the betterment of the metal construction industry. This year’s award goes to Karl Hielscher.

Elected to MCA’s board in 2009, Hielscher served through many board positions before serving as chair in 2014 and 2015. His service to MCA is unique, because he moved beyond the volunteer leadership position to become MCA’s executive director from 2016 until his retirement in 2020.

James Bush commented, “Karl always put the association and its work first, and when it was time to buckle down, he really got things done. In addition to his own work ethic, Karl helped others make progress on MCA matters by helping everyone find common ground, even when there were disagreements. MCA and the metal industry have benefited enormously from Karl’s dedication and commitment.”

For more information, visit metalconstruction.org.

Sign Up for IRE’s Virtual Event Kicking Off March 2

The International Roofing Expo’s (IRE) first virtual event is kicking on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. EST and will run through March 4 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The virtual platform will remain open through April 2 to allow attendees and exhibitors to get the most out of the event.

Registration is open for the IRE Virtual Edition event and includes a two-for-one deal. Those who purchase a pass to the virtual event will automatically receive an Expo Pass for the live edition. The live event is taking place August 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The IRE Virtual Edition features both live and on-demand educational sessions, an exhibitor directory, a product directory, and a networking platform where attendees and exhibitors can engage with each other via video chat and more.

“This is not just another webinar,” said Ray Giovine, group director for International Roofing Expo / Informa Markets. “It’s a way for attendees to access bonus education and virtually meet with vendors.”
Each day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. During this time, attendees have several options: taking their pre-scheduled meetings with vendors, exploring the live and on-demand education, booking drop-in meetings or poking around the product directory. There are also special events for attendees to participate in, including a poker night sponsored by National Women in Roofing and a whiskey and cigar pairing event sponsored by SRS Distribution and Versico.

Event highlights include:  

  • Virtual Exhibitor Directory: Attendees can meet the manufacturers, suppliers, and technology vendors that can propel their business forward.
  • Live and On-demand Education: Sessions will cover a variety of topics organized by tracks that include Business, Technical, Legal/HR, Workplace Safety, Windows & Siding, and Exhibitor Presented Seminars.
  • Products: Attendees may find the latest products and services for the roofing, window, and siding industries. They can browse the full directory or search by product categories.
  • Matchmaking: Attendees can get matched to exhibitors who have the products they need. 
  • Windows & Siding Community: Attendees currently involved in or looking to expand into windows and siding segments can find education, exhibitors, and products for these categories located all in one place on the platform.

“Each year, we are inspired and impressed by our attendees, who leave the event and apply lessons learned and new tools discovered at the event,” said Giovine. “Although we aren’t meeting in person until later in the year, attendees will still have the resources to move through 2021 with the newest resources. And this being a virtual event, it’s possible during the event to devour the education, have some meetings, and still go into the field on the same day.”

Registration for the IRE Virtual Edition is now open and includes:

  • Access to the IRE Virtual Edition online platform
  • Access to the IRE virtual conference live and on-demand sessions
  • Access to the virtual exhibitor profiles
  • Access to the virtual product directory
  • Access to the matchmaking technology
  • Video chat meetings & business card drop options
  • Online access to the platform for on-demand viewing until April 2
  • Free Expo Hall Pass to IRE 2021 Live in Las Vegas on August 10-12 ($65 value)

The live, in-person version of IRE will adapt Informa AllSecure, an approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness, and quality for operating events. In addition to AllSecure, the show will follow all local government guidelines and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center guidelines. 

The International Roofing Expo is sponsored by NRCA. GAF is the title sponsor of the IRE Virtual Edition.

For more information about the International Roofing Expo and the events, visit www.theroofingexpo.com

To register for the IRE Virtual Edition, visit www.theroofingexpo.com/register.

For more information about exhibiting with International Roofing Expo, visit  www.theroofingexpo.com/exhibit.

SPRI Announces Plans to Recanvass Two ANSI Standards

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that it is reviewing two documents for reapproval as American National Standards.

SPRI is reviewing ANSI/SPRI FX-1, “Standard Field Test Procedure for Determining the Withdrawal Resistance of Roofing Fasteners” and plans to canvass the document for reaffirmation as an American National Standard in the coming months. SPRI developed this standard for measuring the pullout resistance of roofing fasteners in field conditions. It was first published in 1996 and, in accordance with ANSI requirements, has been recanvassed every five years. It was last updated and approved by ANSI in 2016. 

Likewise, ANSI/SPRI GT-1, “Test Standard for Gutter Systems” is being reviewed and prepared for canvass. ANSI/SPRI GT-1 provides designers, contractors, consultants and building code officials with structural design for gutters used with low-slope roofing. It is included in the International Building Code (IBC). This standard was first developed as GD-1, “Structural Design Standard for Gutter Systems Used with Low-Slope Roofs” in 2010. It was revised and approved as test procedure GT-1 in 2016.

Those wishing to participate in the canvass process should contact SPRI at info@spri.org.

For more information, visit https://www.spri.org.

2020-2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists Announced

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards finalists. The winners will be announced during the NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST.  

Celebrating its 25th year, the Roofing Alliance continues to honor leadership in the field.  For the MVP Award, roofing contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship, their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace or both.   Since the program’s inception 21 years ago, 708 employees have been nominated and 269 winners and finalists have been recognized.

The 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists include:

· Heath Baker – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, TX

· Riann Cayaban – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Jeffrey Doll – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Mike Crawford – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company, LLC, Portland, OR

· Edgar Daguro – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Tim Hollo – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Field Worker and Foreman, 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland, OH

· Jason Lee – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, The Durable Slate Company, Columbus, OH

· Arturo Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Stiles Roofing, Inc., Lebanon, MO

· Bakay Omorov – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati, OH

· Julian Rola – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Marcos Serrano – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator, OMG, Inc., Agawam, MA

· Rick Stahlman – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Gonzalo Vargas – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Independent Roofing Company, Omaha, NE

· Joshua Zamora – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, D.R. Kidd Company – Kidd Roofing, Austin, TX

On Friday, March 5, during NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, after the MVP winners are announced, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, past Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG explains, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

  • 2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, AL., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent, Innovative Roofing Group, Atlanta, GA
  • 2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, TX
  • 2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, NY
  • 2014: Ryan Watts, foreman, Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • 2015: Scott Luck, foreman, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, PA
  • 2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, TX
  • 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, CA
  • 2018: Alan Baird, foreman, Core Contractors Inc., Denver, CO
  • 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, IN
  • 2020: Todd Dunlap, superintendent, warehouse foreman and equipment operator, Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, OH

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link. To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.