Roofing Alliance President Challenges Industry to Adopt 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs

Roofing Alliance president Rod Petrick has issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members: to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States by November 30. Petrick’s goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most. Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 112 of the roofs.

At 166 members strong, the Roofing Alliance serves as the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association and is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities.

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

“This fall we have been reaching out to our Roofing Alliance and NRCA member to collect data, so we can help the Ronald McDonald Houses with their roof replacement plans,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Illinois. “We’re asking our contractors to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database and establish a baseline of roof conditions, so we can begin helping RMHC develop roof maintenance and replacement plans.”

Alliance members take pride in knowing that their work truly makes a difference. Petrick put his words into action this summer when his company, along with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing of Romeoville, Illinois, collaborated on steep-slope repairs, the reroof of a four-story flat roof section and a skylight restoration at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. “During the experience, I found out that a member of my crew utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick; this really hit home for us,” Petrick added.

Another Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, California, was the member who initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. He is proud of Petrick’s continued work and mission to make the initiative such a success. “Rod envisions comfortable and dry Ronald McDonald Houses available for families with sick children across this country,” Antis stated. “We want to be sure that we get roofing companies connected to all 165 Houses. It is an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

Susan E. Kenny, development director for the Orange County (California) Ronald McDonald House, worked with Antis Roofing and Waterproofing to repair the roof on her location. Kenny said if Antis would not have made the roof repairs, the organization would have never known there was something wrong; she’s very grateful for their work. “What started as a simple conversation about how we could work together to support our Orange County families soon developed into a national partnership to support RMHC families across the country,” Kenny added. “I love how Charles and his team think big! It’s not just about our neighbors; it’s about what they can do to make our world a better place. The engagement of the Roofing Alliance at all levels has created incredible momentum.”

To learn more, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018-19 Board of Trustees

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its board of trustees for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected president of the Alliance; Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts, was elected vice president; and Dane Bradford, president of Bradford Roof Management, Billings, Montana, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Additionally, the following were approved to serve on the board:

  • Greg Bloom, chief sales and marketing officer at Allied Building Products Corp., Edmonds, Washington
  • Bob Daly, president of Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Kansas City, Kansas
  • Rudy Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, California
  • Steve Kubicka, regional sales manager for the Northwest region for Polyglass USA., Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Dave Lawlor, North American sales manager for ROCKWOOL Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada
  • George Patterson, president of Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Illinois
  • Jonathan Reader, manager for R&B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas
  • Tom Saeli, chief executive officer of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Michigan
  • Chris Salazar, chief executive officer of Karnak Corp., Clark, New Jersey
  • Kyle Thomas, owner and vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama
  • Daniel Tinker, president and chief executive officer of SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts for King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Tom Walker, executive director of commercial roofing for ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit Wisconsin
  • David Workman, president and chief executive officer of RoofConnect, Sheridan, Arkansas
  • The Alliance’s 2018-19 board of trustees assumed their roles June 1.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Alliance Awards $55,000 in Scholarships Through Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2018 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of eight scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

    The Alliance awarded new general scholarships to Elaina Krumholz, daughter of Erik Krumholz, sales representative for Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio’ and John Paynter, son of Bill Paynter, manufacturer representative for Duro-Last Roofing, Saginaw, Michigan.

    A new Firestone Scholarship also was awarded to Cameron Tickerhoff, son of Joshua Tickerhoff, foreman for Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, West Virginia.

    The Alliance also renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including two general scholarships to Nicolas Calvert, who attends West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Jonah Manson, who attends Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

    In addition, a Firestone Scholarship was renewed for Alyssa Merna, who attends Olivette Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. A Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship was renewed for Salvador Flores Garcia, who attends University of California Berkley, Berkley, California. An OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship was renewed for Lillian McKenzie, who attends Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. A Dan Cohen Scholarship was renewed for Christian Cole, who attends Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. A Fred Good Scholarship also was renewed for Ivy Rivas, who attends University of California Davis, Davis, California. A William A. Good Scholarship was renewed for Sophie McGuire, who attends University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. 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 (or the equivalent).

    A total of $55,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2018-19 school year — $40,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    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 bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Auburn University Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Fourth Student Competition

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the team from the McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., was selected as the first-place winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ fourth annual student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

    Members of the winning team were Jordan Edwards, Alexander Gomez, Jason McCay (team captain), Hannah Redifer and faculty advisor Lauren Redden.

    Redifer also was selected as the recipient of the competition’s first Best Individual Presenter from among all the finalist teams and received an iPad.

    The competition was part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management around the U.S. The four finalist teams selected to present in New Orleans were McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

    The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

    Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate the team was prepared to undertake the project.

    Oral presentations were given at the convention Feb. 7.

    Auburn had the highest cumulative score for their presentation as Summit Roofing. The team had a thorough understanding of site logistics and schedule; exhibited a strong safety plan that included planning, training and execution; and spent a great deal of time preparing the presentation.

    The team from Colorado State University was awarded second place in the competition. Team members were Majoney Bajwa, Kyle Bloesser, Sam Hughes (team captain), Ben Jacobs and faculty advisor Nick Rubino.

    Auburn University received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school. The team trophy and individual awards were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

    Colorado State University received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for its school and individual awards.

    For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.