RICOWI Announces Deployment of Teams to Hurricane Michael

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced deployment of four teams to investigate the damage to roofs from Hurricane Michael in the Panama City, Florida area. This will be the sixth hurricane team deployment. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) teams include wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants.

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds. A report will be generated and made available online at www.ricowi.com.

This program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate all stakeholders and improve products, installation techniques, and safety. They are designed to help reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

RICOWI chairman David Balistreri stated: “RICOWI volunteers will provide factual information on the roof damage, based on wind speed and other data. Clearly, this information will improve the roofing structure, and greatly help the community in the long term.”

Prior to Hurricane Michael, RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane-stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (August 13, 2004), Ivan (September 16, 2004), Katrina (August 29, 2005) Ike (September 13, 2008), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (October 31, 2017).

For additional information about RICOWI, or assisting with sponsorships of this research, contact RICOWI’s Executive Director, Joan Cook, by phone at 330-671-4569 or via email at jcook@ricowi.com.

For more information, visit www.ricowi.com.

 

RICOWI Releases Roofing Investigation Report on Hurricane Irma

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced the release of an investigation report on Hurricane Irma on September 23, 2018. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) Committee deployed volunteer hurricane wind investigators after Hurricane Irma made landfall. Team members for the hurricane wind investigations were wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants. The report may be downloaded at: https://www.ricowi.com/reports/download/9

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds.

This Program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. Buildings will be safer, property losses will be reduced and industry will meet the challenge with clear insight as to needed direction. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate, improve products, installation techniques, safety and reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

“This is an important undertaking by the report writers and team members,” said RICOWI chairman David Balistreri. “As always, the uniqueness of research reports from RICOWI is the ability to produce an unbiased factual report.”

RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (Aug. 13/04), Ivan (Sept. 16/04), Katrina (Aug. 29/05) Ike (Sept. 13/08), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (Oct. 31/17). All research reports are available online as a download at www.ricowi.com.

 

 

SPFA Elects and Announces New Board of Directors for 2018-2020

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 to 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

“Our newly elected Board of Directors includes returning experienced members, new individuals offering fresh energy and ideas, as well as the necessary diversity spanning insulation and roofing contracting, SPF materials manufacturing and equipment, and companies of varying size and geographic location, in alignment with our broader SPFA membership priorities,” said Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “I welcome each of these leaders and look forward to serving with them over the next two years as we work to continue the growth in the industry.”

The SPFA Executive Committee includes: Tiffiny Flaim, President of SPFA and President of BIOFOAM; Bryan Heldreth, Vice President of SPFA and Vice President of RPC Industries; Richard Spiess, Treasurer of SPFA and President of Innovative Insulation Solutions Ltd.; John Achille, Past President of SPFA and Vice President of Coastal Insulation.

Incoming voting members of the SPFA Board of Directors include: John Cunningham, Owner of AGL Sprayfoam; Nick Laudenbach, Vice President of Fencil Urethane Systems;  Bonnie Strickler, President & Owner of PUFF Inc.; Ron Winkle, President of Roof Asset Management; Teri England, Vice President of SmartChoice Insulation & Roofing; Jack Moore, President & CEO of West Roofing Systems; Joe Stockdale, Industry Relations, Spray Foam of Accella Polyurethane Systems (Carlisle); Todd Wishneski, Technical Service Manager of BASF; Will Lorenz, Vice President of Sales of General Coatings;  Nick Pagano, Business Development Manager of Graco; Tyler Fiske, Territory Manager of Icynene-Lapolla; Mitch Clifton, Director of Sales & Marketing of NCFI Polyurethanes.

“Our new Board of Directors enters at a pivotal time for our industry. Construction sectors continue to grow at a strong pace,” said incoming SPFA President, Tiffiny Flaim. “As the use of spray foam expands to meet consumer energy goals, we are faced with challenges including ongoing labor shortages, increasing regulatory actions and intense competition. I am confident that our new board members are the right team to help our membership navigate today’s marketplace with greater ease. I look forward to the time I serve as President and look forward to highlighting the positive attributes of this great industry.”

Notably Ms. Flaim, President of BIOFOAM, Inc., a Chicago based SPF contractor, is the first female to hold the title of Board President for SPFA. The organization is proud of reflecting the construction industry trends benefitting from womens’ leadership and ownership in the industry.

“I know Tiffiny is going to be great, and we have a great overall management team,” added Riesenberg. “Everything SPFA and this board are working on eventually impacts most sprayfoam companies whether they realize it or not, as well as the industry and ultimately the customer. This board takes the reigns in a strong position to continue efforts that improve the lives and work of our members. The representation on this board includes just about every perspective of the various industry sectors and they’re having the discussions that need to be had. That should excite people as we prepare to take new strides to get our members ready for fast-paced growth.”

The current SPFA Board of Directors will be active from July 2018 through June 2020.

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.

RCI Elects Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

RCI has elected its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Members during the RCI 32nd International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif. Board contact information may be accessed online. The following are members of the board:

 

MBMA Elects Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has elected the 2017 Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The 2017 Board members are:
 
Brad Curtis, chairman, Tyler Building Systems
Bill Coleman, vice chairman, NCI Building Systems
Tom Gilligan, ex-officio, Butler Manufacturing
Steve Campbell, CBC Building Systems
Ron Fox, Nucor Building Systems
Chuck Haslebacher, Varco Pruden Buildings
Fred Koetting, Schulte Building Systems
Craig Oberg, CO Building Systems
Tim Kessel, Bay Insulation Co.
Kathleen Tell, Tell Manufacturing
 
“I am pleased to continue as chairman of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association,” says Brad Curtis of Tyler Building Systems, located in Tyler, Texas. “The new year will mark our 61st year in providing research, education and leadership to the metal building systems industry, an achievement realized through the dedication and accomplishments of our members.”
 
According to Dan Walker, associate general manager of MBMA, “2016 will be remembered as a productive year, filled with new initiatives and resources to enhance the reputation of metal buildings in the low-rise, non-residential commercial construction market. In 2017, MBMA will continue its efforts to further strengthen the industry.”
 
MBMA members contribute hours of service each year to help make metal building systems the choice for low-rise commercial buildings. MBMA’s established committees lead this effort and ensure quality and excellence in a variety of areas, including technical, energy, fire protection, safety and sustainability. MBMA is also a partner with the International Accreditation Service (IAS) on the industry’s AC472 quality assurance program.  

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Announces Board of Directors

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announces its newly elected board of directors. Representing senior leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sectors, the fifteen member board includes an executive committee and twelve additional voting members.
 
“Our Board of Directors represents top leaders in the spray polyurethane foam industry,” said Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of SPFA. “With contractors and manufacturers each represented, as well as both insulation and roofing, the SPFA is equipped to take the best course of action for our members and industry.”
 
The SPFA executive committee includes: John Achille, president of SPFA and vice president of Coastal Insulation Corp.; Tiffiny Flaim, vice president of SPFA and president of Biofoam; Richard Spiess, treasurer of SPFA and president of Innovative Insulation Solutions Ltd.
 
Incoming voting members of the SPFA Board of Directors include: Larry Ash, vice president of United Thermal Systems; Teri England, vice president of SmartChoice Insulation & Roofing; Tyler Fiske, spray foam manager of Anchor Insulation; Bryan Heldreth, vice president of RPC Industries; Bonnie Strickler, president and owner of PUFF Inc.; Ron Winkle, president of Roof Asset Management; Mitch Clifton, director of sales and marketing of NCFI Polyurethanes; Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla Industries Inc.; Nick Pagano, business development manager of Graco; Thomas Sojak, vice president of sales, GacoWallFoam Division of Gaco Western; Joe Stockdale, industry relations manager and commercial manager of Covestro; Ridge Stockdale, national accounts manager of Accella Performance Materials.
 
“This is an exciting time for our industry as we are faced with a multitude of opportunities and challenges,” said incoming SPFA President, John Achille. “Marketshare is growing and demand for the SPF product is up. But we still face difficulties in our sector. I am confident that our new board is more than qualified to lead our organization during this vibrant phase in our industry.”

The current SPFA Board of Directors will be active for the 2016-2018 duration.

MCA Elects Officers and Directors

The Chicago-based Metal Construction Association elected its 2016 officers and board of directors at its annual meeting, Feb. 2, in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Dale Nelson, president of Roof Hugger Inc., was elected chair of the association. Ed Karper, account manager for Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc., was elected vice-chair, and Jim Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS International Inc., will serve as treasurer. Norbert Schneider, general manager Asia Pacific & Americas of Umicore Building Products USA Inc., was elected secretary. Also serving on the executive committee is Bill Croucher, director of engineering for Fabral, as technical committee chair; Brian Partyka, president of Drexel Metals Inc., as market development chair; Dick Bus, president of ATAS International, as president of the Metal Roofing Alliance; and Karl Hielscher, president of Metl-Span, as past chair.

In addition to the officers, those serving on the 2016 board of directors are Randy Allen, Triangle Fastener Corp.; Bill Hartford, Valspar Corp.; John Paul Lawrence, Modern Trade Communications; Keith Lipps, S-5!; Laurel McLallen, Flexospan Inc.; Scott Moffatt, PPG Industries Inc.; Jonathan Rider, D.I. Roof Seamers; Tom Seitz, 3AComposites USA Inc.; David Stermer, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.; Jim Tuschall, Tuschall Engineering Co. Inc.; Jeff Vellines, Precoat Metals; and Bob Zabcik, MBCI

RCI Elects Board of Directors

RCI elected its 2015-16 board of directors at the Annual Meeting of Members during the RCI 30th International Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio.

The following are members of the board:

  • President: Jean-Guy Levaque, RRC, RRO, Halsall Associates, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • First vice president: Robért Hinojosa, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO, PE, CDT; RJH and Associates Inc., Miramar Beach, Fla.
  • Second vice president: Michael L. Williams, RRC, RWC, RRO; Building Envelope Consulting LLC, Leesburg, Va.
  • Secretary/treasurer: Michael E. Clark, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO, PE, CSRP; Michael E. Clark & Associates Inc., Macon, Ga.
  • Immediate past president: Sidney I. Hankins, III, RRC, AIA, Roof Design and Consulting Services Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Executive vice president and CEO: James R. Birdsong, RCI, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Region I director: Markian Duma, Mtn View Corp., Pine Island, N.Y.
  • Region II director: Scott M. Hinesley, RRC, PE; REI Engineers, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Region III director: Raymond A. Makiejus, RRC, RRO, Flood Testing Laboratories Inc., Chicago, Ill.
  • Region IV director: Steven C. Drennan, Conley Group Inc., Irving, Texas
  • Region V director: Michael Gardner, RRC, RRO; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Lakewood, Colo.
  • Region VI director: Paul Kompauer, PEng, Calysta Consulting, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
  • Region VII director: Edward A. Sheridan, RRC, REWC, RWC, RBEC, PEng; Fishburn/Sheridan & Associates Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada