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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    NRCA Announces National Roofing Week Will Take Place June 3-9

    To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 3-9.

    Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

    National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

    NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the country are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

    In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what roofing professionals do by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2018 Children’s Art Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 16.

    National Roofing Week 2018 is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Chem Link; Duro-Last; FlashCo; GAF; Insulfoam; International Roofing Expo (IRE); National Women in Roofing; KM Coatings; Polyglass; and Soprema.

    Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018 Gold Circle Awards Winners

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has awarded five members of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) with the prestigious Gold Circle Award during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services.

    The 2018 Gold Circle Awards were presented in the following categories:

    Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

    Winner: Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., for AT&T Midtown Center, Atlanta
    Finalist: Nations Roof LLC, Rowlett, Texas, for Tyson® Foods Vienna Processing Facility, Vienna, Ga.

    Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

    Winner: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.
    Honorable Mention: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
    Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y., Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., Carter’s Grove Plantation, Williamsburg, Va.

    Innovative Solutions: New Construction

    Winner: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
    Honorable Mention: Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., for St. George Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, La.

    Innovative Solutions: Reroofing

    Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
    Honorable Mention: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

    Safety Preparedness and Performance

    Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
    Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc. Elmira, N.Y., for Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo., for Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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    MRA Predicts Major Demand for U.S. Metal Roofing Installers this Spring

    With a hot U.S. housing market and still-favorable interest rates, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is predicting a heavier than usual demand for qualified metal roofing installers and contractors for spring 2018.

    For homeowners planning improvement projects this season, that means the time to swing into action is now, says MRA’s Executive Director Renee Ramey. That’s especially true for metal roofing, which is booming in popularity thanks to its durability and exceptional performance in severe weather.

    “Not only are we seeing greater demand in general, we’re also coming off a tough winter which leads to the need for more qualified re-roofing contractors,” said Ramey. “In many cases, homeowners should be aware that these factors can significantly increase the competition and the timeframe for being able to complete re-roofing projects.”

    Even with the flurry of activity predicted for this spring, MRA is cautioning homeowners to take their time and do their homework to vet contractors thoroughly before embarking on any re-roofing job. Inexperienced installers may prey on homeowners’ impatience and the high market demand, using it as a means to overcharge or push sub-quality services and materials. Inadvertently or not, rushed contractors under pressure or anxious to get to their next job may cut corners or overlook key details, so it’s up to homeowners to make sure the job is done to their satisfaction each step of the way.

    “No matter what the material, a new roof is a major investment, so homeowners will want to take the necessary steps now to ensure their home is protected, comfortable and will perform reliably for many years to come,” said Ramey.

    MRA is reinforcing these tips for homeowners seeking quality metal roofing installers this year:

    1. Don’t assume all roofers are equally skilled

    Some contractors push homeowners towards a certain roofing material, not because it’s the best or most appropriate for their home, but because it may simply be the option the installer is most familiar with.  Make sure your installer is properly trained, experienced and skilled in installing metal roofing. Ideally, look for a roofer that has been in business for at least five years; roofers who don’t do quality work usually don’t last that long.

    1. Get referrals

    Reputable installers are typically involved in the industry and are committed to keeping abreast of the latest trends and techniques. Check to see if the prospective installer is a member of MRA and other reputable trade alliances. Be sure to ask for and contact recent references. When contacting references, ask if they were satisfied with the work, if the process went smoothly, if the installers were careful and courteous and they did what they promised, including sticking to the estimate and change orders.  Also, ask the installer to provide you with a few recent job locations so you can drive by and check out the work. While pictures may be helpful, there’s nothing like seeing how a roof looks first-hand.

    1. Do your own homework

    With metal roofing alone, there are hundreds of different options, material types, finishes and installation techniques. Request the highest-rated, longest lasting material you can afford and always do your own research for whatever product recommendation your installer suggests, verifying it’s what you want for your home. For resources about metal roofing materials, styles and options, check out or visit the manufacturer’s website directly.

    1. Protect yourself

    Make sure that installers are licensed, insured and carry workers’ compensation coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof-of-insurance certificates and the insurance agent’s name. A reputable installer won’t hesitate to provide you with that information. Don’t pay the full amount of a job upfront; ideally, pay one-third upfront for materials, and the remainder when roofing and clean up are completed to your satisfaction. It goes without saying that evaluating warranties is essential: make sure it covers not only materials and finishes, but leaks, flashing failures and other labor-related defects.

    1. Be thorough

    Putting on a new roof is only part of the equation. Replacing eaves flashing, pipe boots and roof jacks is less complicated when reroofing, so consider having it done at the same time if needed. Be sure to have your contractor or HVAC provider verify proper attic ventilation. Poor ventilation can cause significant damage, high utility bills and worse case, can lead to serious safety issues.

    “Metal roofs are one of the best and most reliable ways to protect a home for the long run,” said Ramey. “We’re encouraging homeowners to invest some time and effort upfront before their re-roofing project begins, and it will pay off with many years of loving their home’s roof.”

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    National Roofing Partners Hires David Adams as Vice President of Revenue

    National Roofing Partners announced the addition of David Adams as Vice President of Revenue to the NRP team. Adams who has a record of achievement of 28 years and has demonstrated success leading numerous successful companies in facilities and construction related businesses will lead the NRP sales team.

    Adams has a long history of working on the national account level including work with Tremco, CentiMark, RoofConnect, Facilities Solutions in his own consulting group as a Business Management Consultant. He has been extremely successful working with national accounts including multiple nationwide and regional companies along with lobbying at the state level. In his position as Vice President of Revenue, he now reports directly to the president of National Roofing Partners, Dale Tyler. He will be responsible for the company’s growth and revenue plans along with additional sales team recruitment, training and expansion into new sales verticals.

    “The growth of National Roofing Partners has accelerated to a place where we need to bring in sales leadership that is focused on building revenue and driving sales strategy,” stated Steve Little, CEO of NRP. “With our focus on NRP as a technology company, the market continues to embrace the concept of a national network of contractors who are accessible with one call or click. This has created huge demand for our sales team as they continue to grow the company by double digits resulting in the overall need for additional senior sales management.”

    Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Kenyon College, Gambier, OH where he had a double major in economics and psychology. He continues to be involved on the national level as the current industry chair for the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence, a non-profit organization serving to educate and share best practices for the most utilized construction project delivery method.

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    NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced the update of Roof Wind Designer, an online wind-load calculator intended to provide roofing professionals with an easy way to determine a roof system’s design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types subject to code compliance.

    The free web-based application has been updated to reflect the significant changes made to ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.” Changes include basic wind map changes; new roof zone layouts; and updates to pressure coefficients.

    Roof Wind Designer also added the ability to perform wind load calculations for the 2016 version of ASCE 7 and enables users to choose between three versions of the standard: ASCE 7-05, ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.

    The 2016 version of the application can also be used on flat buildings up to 160 feet using the standard’s Chapter 30 Part 4: Buildings with 60ft < h ≤ 160ft (Simplified), giving users a wider range of buildings that can be calculated. Design wind loads for other applicable buildings are calculated pursuant to simplified low-rise procedures for each standard. Roof Wind Designer initially was developed in cooperation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and North/East Roofing Contractors Association. For more information visit

    Core Contractors Inc.’s Alan Baird Awarded The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ 2018 Best of the Best Award

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced Alan Baird, foreman of Core Contractors Inc., Denver, as the recipient of the Best of the Best Award. Baird was announced as the award winner at the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) 131th Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

    The Best of the Best Award, which is co-sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., is awarded each year to one of the recipients of the Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions.

    Baird also was a 2018 MVP Award winner for outstanding on the job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

    “He is a shining example of what the true bar of excellence is within his company and within his community,” said Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, when announcing Baird as Best of the Best. “He constantly impresses his managers and peers through self-driven educational training, hard work, a positive attitude, public service, and a heart of pure gold.”

    As the 2017-18 Best of the Best Award winner, Baird will be featured in Professional Roofing’s April 2018 issue.

    For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at