Partner Jamie Little Joins Cotney Construction Law

Cotney Construction Law, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Jamie Little as a partner at their firm. Little brings over ten years of experience as an attorney, primarily focused on construction law. She will be managing Cotney Construction Law’s Nashville office.

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team,” said Little. “Cotney Construction Law is a progressive firm that believes in diversity. The Nashville legal community needs this level of diversity and service. The decision to join was easy. I am excited to help and defend the construction industry in Nashville and throughout Tennessee.”

“Not only does Jamie possess a tremendous work ethic and real world construction knowledge, but her experience in construction law will definitely serve as an asset to our team. We are glad to have her on board, paving the way for our efforts in Tennessee,” said Trent Cotney, CEO.

Jamie Little is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Little worked for a well-known construction law firm, specializing in construction litigation.

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Advanced Roofing Rides to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis for 15th Consecutive Year

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year, completing the trip from Miami to Key Largo and back March 3-4, 2018.

According to Advanced Roofing CEO and President Rob Kornahrens, this year’s team raised $25,160.50 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, bringing the combined total for all 15 years to $590,525. “It was another great year,” Kornahrens said. “The weather was great and the event was well organized from start to finish. The Bacardi rum tent was great as always for those that go extra mile in raising funds. I thank everyone for their support and look forward to our 16th year next year.”

Kornahrens was first motivated to participate when his friend, Mark Speedy, was diagnosed with the disease. “He has gone through quite a struggle. However, I am happy to say after visiting with him recently his health has improved greatly due to the new medicines available through the M.S. research,” he said. “Additionally, since starting our MS Bike Ride team, my two nieces have been diagnosed with M.S., and due to all of your help, I was able to get them in treatment with some excellent doctors.”

Kornahrens urges others to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, noting, “We will continue to ride until M.S. stands for ‘Mystery Solved.’”

For more information regarding Advanced Roofing’s next M.S. Bike Ride, contact Rob Kornahrens’ Executive Assistant Kim Campanile by calling (954) 522-6868 or emailing her at

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The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year

Abstracts for RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Due April 13

RCI Inc. is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium. The symposium will take place September 13-14, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.

Abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be received at RCI headquarters by April 13, 2018. The RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Committee will review abstracts, and authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by April 20, 2018. If accepted, papers should be received by May 25, 2018, for peer review.

Potential authors should contact Tina Hughes at RCI headquarters via email at for a copy of the Abstract Submittal Form and RCI Guidelines for Presentations, complete directions on formatting, and acceptable formats for abstracts and papers. A topic description must be provided addressing the speaker’s subject knowledge and the level of knowledge that will be presented to the attendee (i.e., beginner, intermediate or advanced). Six RCI CEHs will be granted for an accepted paper. Additionally, presenters will earn triple credit for the length of the program (one presentation hour yields three CEHs).

Suggested topics include:

  • Innovative Technologies & Practices
  • Façade Systems & Technologies
  • Unique Façade Design Solutions
  • The Building Envelope as a Design Statement
  • Energy Conservation Design
  • Designing Façades That Will Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Economics & Life Cycle Analysis
  • Panelized Stone or Masonry Systems
  • Sealants – Design & Selection / Appropriate Specifications/Quality Assurance
  • Hygrothermal Analysis in Façade Designs
  • Façades Designed to Achieve Sustainability
  • Unique Detail Design Work
  • Curtainwalls
  • Double-Wall Façades
  • Roofing
  • Brick Masonry
  • Stone Masonry
  • Waterproofing
  • Stucco
  • EIFS
  • Metal Wall Panels
  • Air-Barrier Systems
  • Testing Wall Systems
  • Construction Processes
  • For more information, download the 2018 RCI CBES Call for Abstracts PDF and visit

    ARMA’s Newest eBook Provides Guidance for Installing Three-Tab Asphalt Shingles

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has converted its popular manual, a Good Application Makes A Good Roof Better: A Simplified Guide – Installing Three-Tab Asphalt Shingles For Maximum Life & Weather Protection, into an eBook, making it easier for contractors to access it on the jobsite.

    ARMA’s Good Application Guide serves as a resource for roofing professionals installing three-tab asphalt shingles, including for new-roof construction, reroofing/roof replacement and roof recovery projects.

    The recently updated guide also includes special procedures for both low and steep-slope roofing systems, proper attic ventilation, ice dam protection, correct nailing methods, roof deck preparation, hip and ridge application, and underlayment, drip edge and flashing installation. As with all technical guidance, installers should also follow manufacturer’s recommended installation instructions. View a preview of the guide by clicking here.

    “Three-tab shingles come in a variety of colors, styles and textures, but like with any asphalt roofing system, they have to be properly installed in order to achieve the best performance,” said Tim McQuillen, ARMA’s director of technical services, a 25-year building products industry veteran. “By converting the Good Application Guide: Three-Tab Shingles into an eBook, we can ensure contractors can access expert asphalt roofing installation techniques directly on their smartphone or tablet.”

    The Good Application Guide: Three-Tab Shingles is available for $9.95 as a print-on-demand copy or $8.95 as an eBook from the ARMA Bookstore. It is also sold on other prominent digital platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle Store, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook, Apple’s iBookstore and the Google Play store. To purchase the guide, visit

    ARMA also offers several other technical publications for both residential and commercial asphalt roofing applications. They are available for purchase as print-on-demand and eBooks, and include the Good Application Makes a Good Roof Better – A Simplified Guide: Installing Laminated Asphalt Shingles for Maximum Life & Weather Protection, the Modified Bitumen Design Guide for Building Owners, and the Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual – Design and Application Methods.

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    Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal Names New Vice President and General Manager

    Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal has hired Vijay Shankar as Vice President and General Manager. In this role at the Tualatin-based company since the fall of 2017, Shankar brings extensive systems administration and business re-engineering expertise.

    Shankar has worked in a variety of industries, including government, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, healthcare and construction. His expertise is in business and financial leadership, financial systems implementation and integration, process development, business re-engineering such as successful turnarounds.

    Most recently, Shankar served as a business and financial executive at West Side Electric Co. in Portland. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Pacific in Fiji.

    “I was attracted to Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal because of its focus on cultivating and maintaining a healthy business culture,” Shankar said.

    Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal’s CEO Mark Carpenter, said he is thrilled to have someone of Shankar’s level of professionalism in such a key role inside his company.

    “It’s a privilege to have quality professionals like Vijay join our executive team,” Carpenter said. “Not only is he highly qualified for the VP and GM roles here, but he understands the value of a great company culture. Since he was added to our team, his business processes have enabled us to sustain well managed growth and a very successful year.”

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    NRCA to Launch its ProCertification, Worker Training Initiative in 2018

    To address the great need for skilled workers in the roofing industry, NRCA is launching a national worker certification initiative, ProCertification, later this year. The program will provide those interested in entering the industry with a clear career path based on industry-specific training courses and earned credentials.

    ProCertification is comprised of two separate components: Training and Certifications.


    ProCertification training programs will teach installation skills to roofing field employees in roof system installation, waterproofing, rooftop solar, and repair and maintenance.

    Because every roofing contractor operates his or her company differently and uses different manufacturers’ materials, the purpose of ProCertification is to teach comprehension and skills based on industry standards and best practices presented in The NRCA Roofing Manual. Roof system installers will be directed to follow instructions of their foremen, who are responsible for directing crews to adhere to manufacturers instruction and company practices.

    ProCertification training programs to be released in 2018 are: basic roofing skills; low-slope decks, insulation and flashing concepts; and thermoplastic single-ply roof system installation.

    Trainers throughout the U.S. will be qualified by NRCA and trained to help installers learn and practice skills necessary to successfully complete ProCertification training


    Certification through this program enables experienced roofing professionals to demonstrate they can perform the work to industry standards. Participants will be able to earn certifications in all major roof system, waterproofing and rooftop solar installations, as well as roof system repair and maintenance.

    Hands-on skills of ProCertification participants will be verified by NRCA Qualified Assessors. Online training for assessors will be available summer 2018.

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    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018 MVP Award Winners

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announced the winners of its 18th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Denver; Agawam, Mass.; Apex, N.C.; and Wilmington, N.C. The MVP Awards program honors roofing workers based on their significant contributions in outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace.

    The 2018 MVP Award winners are:

  • Alan Baird, foreman at Core Contractors Inc., Denver, for outstanding on-the-job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities—Best of the Best
  • Roman Graham, foreman at Baker Roofing Co., Wilmington, N.C., for other noteworthy contributions and activities
  • Bryan Howard, superintendent at CentiMark Corp., Apex, N.C., for outstanding on-the-job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities
  • Douglas Woods, driver at OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass., for outstanding on-the-job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities
  • Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

  • Glenn Coleman, foreman at CFE Inc., Apex, N.C.
  • Kenneth Keaton, superintendent at Tecta America Oklahoma, Muskogee, Okla.
  • For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or

    RCMA Announces Speakers for 2018 International Roof Coatings Conference

    The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has recently confirmed 12 topics for its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC), which will be held July 23-25 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago. The 2018 IRCC will feature the following speakers and topics selected by the RCMA IRCC Working Group:

  • “Chicago Energy Code & Rooftop Reflectivity Code Requirements,” Bill McHugh, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association
  • “Three Things Every Roof Coatings Manufacturer Needs to Know about the New TSCA Law,” Martha Marrapese, Wiley Rein LLP
  • “OSHA Inspection & Citation Process,” Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law, LLP
  • “Urban Heat Islands and Cooler Infrastructure: An Experimental High-Albedo Roof Coating Study,” Thomas Taylor, GAF
  • “Coating Transparency: Environmental Product Declarations and Harvested Rainwater Quality,” Jason Carlson, Underwriters Laboratory
  • “Exploring Primers for Silicone Roof Coatings over TPO Membranes,” Hans Haas, AB Specialty Silicones
  • “Formulating Roof Coatings for Adhesion and Asphalt Bleed-Through Resistance,” Brent Crenshaw, EPS Materials
  • “Effect of Silane Modification of Styrene Acrylic polymers for Construction Application,” Tamer Tezel, Organik Kimya
  • “Dirt Pickup Resistance: The Influence of Testing Parameters and formulation Variables on Performance,” Joseph Rokowski, Astec Reply Roofing
  • “Establishing ASTM D7281 “Standard Test Method for Determining Water Migration Through Roof Membranes as Appropriate for Roof Coatings,” Ed Buczek, Henry Company
  • “Waterborne Roof Coatings Meet European Waterproofing Standards,” Jouko Byorykka, Dow Europe
  • “Accelerating Film Formation of Acrylic Roof Coatings,” Sridhar Iyer, BASF
  • The conference will begin on July 23 and will continue through noon on July 25. Following the IRCC programming, the RCMA Summer Meeting, open to both RCMA members and non-members, will continue through the morning of July 26.

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    The Tile Roofing Institute Names Anthony Tilton General Counsel

    Anthony Tilton of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named general counsel of the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). As general counsel, Tilton will provide key legal guidance on corporate structure and bylaws, the board of directors, operations, regulatory compliance, and governance policies.

    “The Tile Roofing Institute is one of the leading experts in the roofing industry,” said Anthony Tilton. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the industry and provide the necessary legal guidance to this association.”

    Tilton specializes in all aspects of construction law and works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense, specifically litigation and the appeals process for citations involving catastrophic construction or industry related accidents. Tilton also manages and develops safety and health strategies for construction contractors and industrial facilities across the United States.

    “We are thrilled that Anthony will be working with the Tile Roofing Institute,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, “This position further cements Cotney Construction Law as the leading expert in roofing law.”

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    National Roofing Partners Hires Jay Wilbanks as Director of Project Management

    National Roofing Partners (NRP) is proud to announce the addition of Jay Wilbanks as Director of Project Management to the NRP team. Wilbanks has a strong history in construction with executive level program management where he specialized in large-scale, retail development.

    “We continue to build out our projects team,” stated Steve Little, CEO of NRP. “We have a high level of commitment to the projects that our network completes for our national accounts. We continually find that working together on a national and local level delivers our customers the best roofing systems along with consistent, long-term maintenance. Strong project management is the key to our success and we believe Jay will continue and grow our reputation for excellence in the re-roofing sector.”

    Most recently, Wilbanks worked for Icon Identity Solutions as a senior program manager where his responsibilities included business development, preconstruction, estimation and project management. He has a well-established record of achievement and demonstrated success at the senior project management level working for UCS Construction and with his own family-owned business, Wilbanks Construction.

    Wilbanks holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also active with the Knox-Corinthian Masonic Lodge #851, and Pentagon Lodge #1080 where he was raised to Master on May 12, 2012. He has served in various officer positions in Pentagon Lodge #1080 and Knox-Corinthian Lodge #851.

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