Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas Names CertainTeed as Partner of the Year

CertainTeed was recognized as the HCAC “Partner of the Year.” Pictured at the award ceremony are Lissette Velez (left) of the HCAC and Manaya Robertson of CertainTeed Roofing. 

CertainTeed has been recognized by Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) as its “Partner of the Year.” The acknowledgement took place earlier this year during the association’s annual Gala & Brilliance Awards. 

In conjunction with the Gala, the HCAC Brilliance Awards have existed since 2012 to recognize the success of Hispanic and minority contractors and organizations supporting them. The Partner of the Year Award is given to a company or individual that has gone above and beyond to provide opportunities and resources that contribute to the growth and success of Hispanic construction firms and works closely as an active partner with the HCAC to make it happen. 

“CertainTeed has done an incredible job working to meet the needs of Hispanic contractors in the Carolinas and implementing bilingual resources and certifications in Spanish for them,” said HCAC Executive Director Lissette Velez. “Over the five years they have been an HCAC partner, CertainTeed has partnered with us on several initiatives to enable growth and success of Hispanic firms. This includes providing initiatives and training for small businesses, free training to roofing contractors, bilingual business resources for its customers, informational newsletters and free marketing tools. 

“The fact that CertainTeed is committed educating contractors on best practices and providing free certifications, even in Spanish, allows Hispanic contractors to better compete and stand out in the marketplace,” Velez added. “We thank CertainTeed and its team for their support over the years.” 

“It’s an honor and privilege to work with and support our colleagues within the Hispanic community,” said Alex Pecora, director of residential roofing product management for CertainTeed. “We support HCAC’s efforts to celebrate and honor diversity in the construction industry, and we are proud to accept the Partner of the Year Award.” 

To learn more about the HCAC or to become a member, visit www.hcacarolinas.org. For more information about CertainTeed’s community outreach initiatives, visit www.certainteed.com.

On hand for the award presentation were (from left) Jose Benitez and Nelson Benitez, co-owners of NJR Construction, LLC; James Mitchel, Business Development Manager, JE Dunn Construction; Chiquitha Lloyd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Chad Smith, Senior Project Manager, Holder, Edison Foard, RJ Leeper Construction, Joint Venture; Manaya Robertson, Territory Field Sales & Marketing Specialist, CertainTeed Roofing; Juan Carlos Hernandez, owner of Matrix Renovations Corp.; and Celia Cruz and Jose Luis Montoya, owners of NC1 Construction, Inc.

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