2018-2019 Most Valuable Player Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards who have been invited to the International Roofing Expo (IRE) where they will be recognizedat the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 19 years ago, 660 employees have been nominated and 242 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

  • Bobby Ainsworth – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place
  • Field worker
  • Venture Construction Group of Florida, Inc.
  • Stuart, Fla.
  • Miguel Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Reese – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Foreman
  • Korellis Roofing Inc.
  • Hammond, Ind.
  • Drew Thomas – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Reliant Roofing, Inc.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Jose de Jesus Zermeno – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Field Supervisor
  • Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Irvine, Ca.

During NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofingmagazine.  “The award recognizes a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner who makes extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry and community,” stated Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG.  “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force evaluates each MVP award winner and tallies points based on MVP award’s criteria, including 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 very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Following is a list of previous Best of the Best Award winners:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., 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, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo.

To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards and how to attend NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony to see the Best of the Best Award presentation, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Online Registration Now Open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that online registration is open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, which will be held April 3-4. The purpose of the event is to bring the roofing industry together to meet with members of Congress and their staffs and deliver the industry’s message with “one voice.”

On March 6-7, 2018, the roofing industry came together in Washington, D.C., for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. The event was a success with more than 400 professionals from all segments of the roofing industry coming together to deliver a unified industry message to Congress. From states as far as Hawaii and Alaska, roofing professionals from all segments of the industry showed up and made a lasting impression on legislators, bringing to their attention our urgent need for regulatory reform, enhanced career and technical educational programs, and immigration reform that meets our workforce needs. 

The NRCA encourages all industry stakeholders to attend and bring employees and crew members to be a part of this unique and exciting event. It’s important for Congress to hear from all segments of the industry. Registration is only $75 for company representatives and $25 for roof system installers. You do not need to be an NRCA member to participate—anyone from the roofing industry is welcome and encouraged to attend.

To learn more about Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 and to register, visit www.nrca.net/roofingday

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Protect Workers from Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities. These resources, which continue the goals of the Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely; provide the right equipment; and train workers to use the equipment safely. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.

The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. 

A series of fall safety videos show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing, and leading edge work.

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide provides a lesson plan for employers including several Toolbox Talks.

Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.

A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program provides valuable services for job creators that are separate from enforcement. OSHA recently published an analysis demonstrating how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. Job creators who implement workplace improvements can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses, improve employee morale, increase productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

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 2019 IRE Contributes to Nashville with 10th Annual Community Service Day

Roofing professionals participating in the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are given the opportunity to give back to the Nashville community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project. 

The 10thAnnual Community Service Day will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers and sponsors will work together to help rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation. This year the group will also perform work on a local Boys and Girls Club. 

“We are going into our 10thyear of the Community Service Day and I can definitely say that this is my favorite part of my job. I love giving back to others and it’s clear that the Roofing Industry feels the same way. I am proud to be part of this industry. Our homeowners are always so grateful for the assistance they receive. We are very thankful for our supporters who make this day possible” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers, made up of construction professionals, perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring, and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers help with set up, cleanup, and other miscellaneous projects. The International Roofing Expo is partnering with Rebuilding Together Nashville, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities.

Community Service Day is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Sika Sarnafil has been the primary sponsor for ten years. 

Additional sponsors include:

  • Safety Equipment: Carlisle Construction Materials
  • Breakfast: ICP Building Solutions Group 
  • Lunch: OMG Roofing Products
  • Shuttle: Damato Enterprises 
  • Roofing Labor and Material: Don Kennedy Roofing Co.
  • Tool Sponsor: Centimark 

Participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. 

The 2019 International Roofing Expo will be held February 11-13, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies looking to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition Finalists. Celebrating its fifth competition, finalist teams will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

This year’s competition has been the largest to date with 11 teams from distinguished universities across the nation competing for 5 finalist positions. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates plus an alternate who are enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  

The finalist schools who will be competing in Nashville are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with team members Jordan Edwards (team captain), Gettys Moore, Nathan Sloan, Jacob Oswalt, Luke Dyson and Faculty Advisor Lauren Redden
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado with Mahoney Bajwa (team captain), Brenden Phelan, Dan Schouten, Code Ade and Faculty Advisor Nick Rubino
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Drew Bennett (team captain), Taylor Sperry, Caleb Burks, Ramon Joseph, Will Dugan and Faculty Advisor Robert Benton
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota with Shola George (team captain), Chase Olson, Hunter Morsching, Hunter Campbell, Jon Harrington and Faculty Advisor Brian Wasserman
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida with Sam Mitchell (team captain), Rob Rogers, Alex Idriss, Camille Rimmer, Tony Centro and Faculty Advisor Jim Sullivan

The judges for this year’s competition are:

  • Chris Baxter, Vice President and senior estimator for Rackley Roofing co., Inc., Carthage, Tenn.
  • John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer for Nations Roof, St. Charles, Ill.
  • Helene Hardy-Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.
  • Scott Kawulok, Vice President, B & M Roofing, Frederick, Colo.
  • Bob Pringle, Vice President, Evans Roofing Company Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • James Williams, Project Manager with Crain Construction, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Scott Wilson, Manufacturer Representative for Carlisle with Apex Group, Nashville, Tenn.

“This has been a unique and encouraging experience, for one who has had a full career in estimating and project management in this industry,” said judge Chris Baxter, V.P., Rackley Roofing Co., Inc.  “Hopefully, some of these young people are going to find their own career paths in roofing.  Some of them are going to do very well.”

John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer, Nations Roof shares, “I have been so impressed by the poise, knowledge and understanding that these outstanding young women and men have demonstrated in the competition.  In a relatively short period of time they have grasped the challenges we have created for them and come up with sound, feasible solutions for real life scenarios.

The roofing industry is in good hands with the next generation of leaders that are coming out of universities today.  I trust that they will be well rewarded for their efforts and help us all to reach higher levels of accomplishments in quality, safety and productivity.” 

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges reviewed the written proposals, submitted December 10, and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. 

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th. The five finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.  

The oral presentations will be broadcast live via Facebook Live on the Roofing Alliance Facebook page.  The Roofing Alliance is encouraging attendees of the International Roofing Expo® to attend the competition and for those who cannot attend to watch via Facebook.  

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

MRA Names Top 2019 Color Trends for Homeowners

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 is “Living Coral,” a bright, exceedingly perky pinkish shade, but it’s a contrasting story for homeowners this year, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA).

With more color options and styles available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends set the tone for the latest in residential exterior style preferences. Coming off of a seriously challenging 2018, during which U.S. and Canadian homeowners were confronted with climate extremes, severe hurricanes and storms and devastating wildfires, the MRA says the mood is more somber, reflective and nostalgic for 2019.

Instead of bold, bright hues, MRA’s predictions include weathered and “reclaimed” looks, with darker, richer colors such as Aged Bronze and Weathered Zinc to be among the most popular shades for 2019. Some metal roofing manufacturers have gone so far as to introduce designs that mimic a “rusted” appearance, such as the new Infiniti Roadhouse steel roofing style from MRA-member EDCO, which harkens back to vintage barns and farmhouses and belies the material’s underlying high-tech performance features. Natural metal materials that weather and change over time, such as copper that ages naturally into a soft green patina, are also highly-prized.

In general, MRA says homeowners are gravitating toward “lived in” looks, choosing metal roofing color tones that have more depth and contrast.

“Homeowners have gone through significant challenges and changes this past year,” said Renee Ramey. “There’s a longing and desire for things that have a connection to the past and will stand the test of time, and that’s driving the popularity for some of the vintage looks we’re seeing for 2019.”

Whatever the color trends, the lesson of 2018 has driven home that above all, performance matters most. Quality metal roofs are among the most energy efficient, durable, longest-lasting and have Class A fire ratings and the ability to survive F-2 tornado force winds. Ramey emphasizes that quality over color should always be the top consideration when choosing a metal roof that is designed to last 50-plus years and will protect homes against severe weather and climate extremes. Before falling in love with a color choice, MRA offers these tips for how to choose a quality metal roof designed to stand the test of time:

  1. Experience matters: Choose a metal roof from a reputable manufacturer and installer. Do your homework and make sure they are experienced and will stand behind the product and installation.
  2. Pay attention to ratings: Metal gauge and thickness matters. Make sure the material is properly rated and meets or exceeds regional codes for your area.
  3. Be picky about warranties: Get them in writing for both the product and installation and analyze them to determine what they cover, for how long and whether they are transferrable.
  4. Brush up on your metal: Verify what kind of metal is being used, what protective coatings it has and what standards it has been tested against.
  5. Know that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is: Protect yourself against cheap, inferior material by checking on business standings and getting referrals. Short-term savings are never worth the significant long-term costs and damage that can result from poor quality material or installation practices.

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com

Roofing Alliance Looks to Fund Projects for the Betterment of the Roofing 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, education and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry.  This year’s submittal date for funding applications is January 1, 2019.

The Roofing Alliance has allocated more than $5 million to fund 46 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects to support high-quality educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues.  For 22 years, the Roofing Alliance has beencommitted 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.  

“It plays a critical role within the industry,” Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG. “The advances we have made during the past few years are a testament of how successful we can be when everyone within the industry works together. I am convinced the more participation we can get through funding initiatives, programs and membership, the more we will be able to offer unique opportunities that make a difference in shaping the future of the roofing industry.”

Ultimately, the Roofing Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry.  A few of the projects funded to date include: 1) A partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® to adopt the roofs of 165 standalone houses in the U.S.; 2) National Women in Roofing Day sponsorship; 3) Industry demographics survey; 4) NRCA ProCertification support; and 5) Construction Management School yearly competition.  

The Roofing Alliance is composed of 166 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities. These individuals have committed over $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry to current and future workers.

Requests are due by January 1, 2019.  For information on specific criterial and the funding review process please visit www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding.    

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance (formerly The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress) has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal. 

“To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards,” said Rodney Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill. and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “The Roofing Alliance is focused on giving back while also working hard to share the professionalism and opportunities within the roofing trade.  By supporting students who are interested in construction and specifically roofing, we are spreading the word about the potential that is available in our industry.”

“We also encourage the industry to support the scholarship fund,” continued Petrick.  “Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcome, but if you make a commitment of $50,000, you can choose to name the scholarship and participate in the recipient selection process.”

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study directly related to a career in the roofing industry or building construction at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net

NWIR Announces Affiliate Relationships With Other Industry Associations

National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, has announced the establishment of affiliate relationshipswith other industry-related organizations/associations to identify areas of mutual interest, support, and cooperation. RCI, Inc. is the first association to become an affiliate with NWIR.

“As an industry, it is important that we all work together to advance each other’s efforts,” said Shari Carlozzi, NWIR Chair. “Our organizations have very similar goals and objectives – especially surrounding education and advancing the professionalism of the industry as a whole. It just makes sense to leverage each other in accomplishing our respective missions.”

Other industry associations who are interested in establishing an affiliate relationship with NWIR should contact Ellen Thorp at ellen@meridianconsultllc.com.

For more information, visitwww.nationalwomeninroofing.com and www.rci-online.org