NRCA Elects New Chairman of the Board

Kent Schwickert, senior vice president-national business unit for Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota, has been elected the next chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention, held February 6-8 in New Orleans.

“Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13. In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Schwickert will begin his one-year term as the highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the U.S. June 1, 2018.

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PIMA Names Chairman of the Organization

During its annual meeting, the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced that Helene Pierce, vice president of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations at GAF, assumed the chairmanship of the organization on Jan. 1, 2016. She succeeds Jim Whitton of Hunter Panels, who has served as the PIMA chairman for the last two years.

“Helene has extensive and deep technical understanding of the polyiso insulation industry and has served the association on numerous task groups and initiatives—she is the perfect choice to lead PIMA,” says Jared Blum, PIMA president. “We look forward to her leadership as the building, architecture and specifying communities continues to embrace and reiterate the value of building thermal performance.”

Pierce has spent more than 34 years in the roofing industry and has been very active in many of the industry’s organizations. She received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow from ASTM Committee D08, the James Q. McCawley award from the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and the title of Fellow of the Institute from the Roof Consultants Institute.

Among the many groups in which she has been active include ARMA; ASTM International; CSI; the RCI Foundation; CEIR; SPRI; RCMA; PIMA; and the CRRC. Pierce has also authored and presented numerous papers for the roofing industry and is a frequent contributor to industry publications.

“PIMA represents North America’s insulation of choice and its diverse membership provides a truly collaborative environment for all of our members,” says Pierce. “Given the importance of energy efficiency in the building envelope, the demand for continuous high-performance insulation for the roof and walls continues to grow. As the voice for polyiso insulation used in the building envelope and through its many initiatives in education, building codes and standards, technical resources, and QualityMark, PIMA’s support of the polyiso industry will certainly continue to grow.”

Attended by more than 100 members—polyiso manufacturers and suppliers to the industry—PIMA’s two-day annual meeting featured an educational session, which presented perspectives on energy infrastructure issues impacting the industry. During the annual meeting, members heard from:

  • Lisa Jacobson, president, Business Counsel for Sustainable Energy
  • Brad Markell, executive director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
  • Amy L. Duvall, senior director, Federal Affairs, American Chemistry Council
  • Sarah Brozena, senior director Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

“Energy efficiency remains a critical issue as illustrated during the recent COP21 meeting, where there was a palpable shift in the attitude of the business community towards energy-efficiency practices and policies,” adds Blum. “Our industry stands ready to support any agreement stemming from the COP21 meeting and our role as a trade association is to ensure our members have access to the resources they need.”