Deadline for IRE Presentation Submissions is Friday, April 26

The 2020 International Roofing Expo is now seeking presentation topics from educators, consultants, technical experts, researchers, and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise at the largest gathering of roofing professionals.

Sessions are 90 minutes and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace and solve challenges that roofing professionals face in their day-to-day work life.

Product pitches or promotional presentations will not be accepted. The deadline to submit a presentation is April 26, 2019.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com/en/home.html.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards who have been invited to the International Roofing Expo (IRE) where they will be recognizedat the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 19 years ago, 660 employees have been nominated and 242 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

  • Bobby Ainsworth – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place
  • Field worker
  • Venture Construction Group of Florida, Inc.
  • Stuart, Fla.
  • Miguel Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Reese – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Foreman
  • Korellis Roofing Inc.
  • Hammond, Ind.
  • Drew Thomas – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Reliant Roofing, Inc.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Jose de Jesus Zermeno – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Field Supervisor
  • Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Irvine, Ca.

During NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofingmagazine.  “The award recognizes a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner who makes extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry and community,” stated Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG.  “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force evaluates each MVP award winner and tallies points based on MVP award’s criteria, including on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Following is a list of previous Best of the Best Award winners:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent Innovative Roofing  Group, Atlanta, Ga.
2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo.

To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards and how to attend NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony to see the Best of the Best Award presentation, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

The 2019 IRE Contributes to Nashville with 10th Annual Community Service Day

Roofing professionals participating in the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are given the opportunity to give back to the Nashville community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project. 

The 10thAnnual Community Service Day will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers and sponsors will work together to help rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation. This year the group will also perform work on a local Boys and Girls Club. 

“We are going into our 10thyear of the Community Service Day and I can definitely say that this is my favorite part of my job. I love giving back to others and it’s clear that the Roofing Industry feels the same way. I am proud to be part of this industry. Our homeowners are always so grateful for the assistance they receive. We are very thankful for our supporters who make this day possible” said Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers, made up of construction professionals, perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring, and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers help with set up, cleanup, and other miscellaneous projects. The International Roofing Expo is partnering with Rebuilding Together Nashville, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities.

Community Service Day is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Sika Sarnafil has been the primary sponsor for ten years. 

Additional sponsors include:

  • Safety Equipment: Carlisle Construction Materials
  • Breakfast: ICP Building Solutions Group 
  • Lunch: OMG Roofing Products
  • Shuttle: Damato Enterprises 
  • Roofing Labor and Material: Don Kennedy Roofing Co.
  • Tool Sponsor: Centimark 

Participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. 

The 2019 International Roofing Expo will be held February 11-13, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies looking to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition Finalists. Celebrating its fifth competition, finalist teams will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

This year’s competition has been the largest to date with 11 teams from distinguished universities across the nation competing for 5 finalist positions. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates plus an alternate who are enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  

The finalist schools who will be competing in Nashville are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with team members Jordan Edwards (team captain), Gettys Moore, Nathan Sloan, Jacob Oswalt, Luke Dyson and Faculty Advisor Lauren Redden
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado with Mahoney Bajwa (team captain), Brenden Phelan, Dan Schouten, Code Ade and Faculty Advisor Nick Rubino
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Drew Bennett (team captain), Taylor Sperry, Caleb Burks, Ramon Joseph, Will Dugan and Faculty Advisor Robert Benton
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota with Shola George (team captain), Chase Olson, Hunter Morsching, Hunter Campbell, Jon Harrington and Faculty Advisor Brian Wasserman
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida with Sam Mitchell (team captain), Rob Rogers, Alex Idriss, Camille Rimmer, Tony Centro and Faculty Advisor Jim Sullivan

The judges for this year’s competition are:

  • Chris Baxter, Vice President and senior estimator for Rackley Roofing co., Inc., Carthage, Tenn.
  • John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer for Nations Roof, St. Charles, Ill.
  • Helene Hardy-Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.
  • Scott Kawulok, Vice President, B & M Roofing, Frederick, Colo.
  • Bob Pringle, Vice President, Evans Roofing Company Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • James Williams, Project Manager with Crain Construction, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Scott Wilson, Manufacturer Representative for Carlisle with Apex Group, Nashville, Tenn.

“This has been a unique and encouraging experience, for one who has had a full career in estimating and project management in this industry,” said judge Chris Baxter, V.P., Rackley Roofing Co., Inc.  “Hopefully, some of these young people are going to find their own career paths in roofing.  Some of them are going to do very well.”

John Geary, Chief Marketing Officer, Nations Roof shares, “I have been so impressed by the poise, knowledge and understanding that these outstanding young women and men have demonstrated in the competition.  In a relatively short period of time they have grasped the challenges we have created for them and come up with sound, feasible solutions for real life scenarios.

The roofing industry is in good hands with the next generation of leaders that are coming out of universities today.  I trust that they will be well rewarded for their efforts and help us all to reach higher levels of accomplishments in quality, safety and productivity.” 

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges reviewed the written proposals, submitted December 10, and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. 

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th. The five finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.  

The oral presentations will be broadcast live via Facebook Live on the Roofing Alliance Facebook page.  The Roofing Alliance is encouraging attendees of the International Roofing Expo® to attend the competition and for those who cannot attend to watch via Facebook.  

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Registration Opens for the 2019 International Roofing Expo

Registration has officially opened for the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE), which will be debuting in Nashville, Tennessee. The exposition will be held February 11-13, 2019, at Music City Center. The IRE plans to attract more than 10,500 industry professionals and more that 500 exhibitors, from over 60 countries, for an event spanning more than 138,000 square feet.

“We’re excited to be going to Nashville, which is a new city for us,” commented Tracy Garcia, CEM, Show Director of the IRE Expo. “It is such a fun town, with a great culture, and the convention center is state of the art. The location is central and should make it easy for all to attend.”

Education is the top priority of the IRE. This year there will be 45 brand-new sessions in the conference program. These sessions are designed to cover what is most important to the industry now and include courses in tracks such as Technical, Workplace Safety, General Business, Sales and Service, Money Matters, Green Building, and Legal/HR. In addition, there are additional education opportunities available on the show floor, including The Roofing Institute, sponsored by Johns Manville; GAF Education Center; exhibitor-presented seminars and product clinics.

“We are excited to partner with the IRE to bring educational and networking events for all segments of the roofing industry to the IRE,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association. NRCA events include:

  • CERTA Train-the-Trainer Authorization Program
  • NRCA Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
  • NRCA ROOFPAC Country Music Hall of Fame Extravaganza
  • Roofing Technical Issues- Open Mic Q & A
  • National Roofing Legal Resource Center Luncheon Program (NRLRC)
  • NRCA Alliance Construction Management Student Competition
  • NRCA How to Build Sustainable, High-Performing Workforce: The NRCA ProCertification Program
  • NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception
  • ROOFPAC Reception
  • NRCA For Foremen Only, Level One (English)
  • Union Program (for Union Contractors Only): Working Together to Recruit, Train and Retain
  • The IRE will also be continuing its partnership with National Women in Roofing (NWIR), where women come together to share experience and insight. The NWIR educational program will be taking place Saturday, February 9 and is expected to draw attendees from every facet of the roofing industry.

    Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register. Companies look to exhibit should contact sales@theroofingexpo.com.

    Four Finalist Teams Selected to Compete in The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Construction Management Student Competition

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it will host four finalist teams to compete in the final part of its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

    The four teams presenting in New Orleans are Auburn University — McWhorter School of Building Sciences, Auburn, Ala; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

    The finalists were chosen from seven teams from undergraduate universities across the U.S. who submitted written proposals to competition judges, and will give their oral presentation to a panel of judges in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 8:00 to 10:30 am at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

    In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

    Teams 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. All teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin.

    The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7. The first-place team will receive a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual awards.

    The second-place team will receive a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards.

    The Best Individual Student Presenter will be selected from any of the finalist teams and will receive an iPad.

    All winners will receive recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, among other promotions.

    For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

    NRCA Announces June 4-10 is National Roofing Week

    The roof is an important component of every structure, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls to disrepair. 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 4-10.

    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 a roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the 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 U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and roofing projects with NRCA.

    “Professional roofing contractors play a role in every community, and National Roofing Week provides the roofing industry the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the work we do,” says NRCA Chairman of the Board Dennis Conway. “I look forward to sharing the roofing industry’s stories of professional excellence and charitable giving during National Roofing Week.”

    In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what a roof does by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2017 Children’s Art Contest sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply and the International Roofing Expo (IRE). 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 14.

    International Roofing Expo Is Seeking Presentation Proposals

    The 2018 International Roofing Expo [IRE] is seeking researchers, educators, consultants, technical experts and industry leaders to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program.
     
    Taking place Feb. 6-8, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the educational program conference presents trends in the roofing industry designed to help attendees increase their bottom line and expand their technical knowledge. 
     
    Seeking expert speakers with proven presentation skills and in-depth knowledge, sessions are 90 minutes in length and should contain information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.  
     
    “We are looking for presentations across a variety of roofing topics to fill the three-day program,” says Brandi McElhaney, senior conference manager. “We encourage industry experts to submit a proposal that offers material on relevant topics and issues facing roofing professionals today.”
     
    Topic submissions should focus on applications-oriented, real world, problem-solving topics and be free of promotional materials to sell a product or service. 
     
    The multi-track educational program includes technical and workplace safety classes, as well as business-related sessions including leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.  
     
    The primary audience of the educational conference program includes commercial and residential roofing contractors, architects, designers, consultants, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, suppliers, owners, CEOs, general managers, sales professionals, estimators, superintendents and foremen. 
     
    “The IRE is an opportunity for experts from the roofing industry to share their knowledge of roofing industry trends with fellow roofing professionals,” says Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “NRCA members and other roofing industry experts are urged to take advantage of this opportunity and submit their proposals as soon as possible.”
     
    The deadline for submitting Call for Presentations proposals is April 3, 2017. Session proposals should be submitted via the automated submission form. Questions should be directed to Brandi McElhaney, senior conference manager, at Brandi.McElhaney@informa.com or (972) 536-6392.
     

    GE Performance Coatings & Sealants Roof Solutions Will Be Displayed at IRE

    International Roofing Expo attendees will find roof solutions and product specialists at GE Performance Coatings & Sealants Booth 340. On display during the March 1-3 event in Las Vegas, the 100 percent silicone GE Enduris roof coating is a solution that provides durability.

    “GE Enduris is an answer for roofing protection and restoration,” says Peter Friedli, marketing manager. “For over 50 years, contractors and building owners have trusted us to deliver building products. Our team is looking forward to helping attendees leverage our benefits for themselves.”

    GE Performance Coatings experts will be on-site to consult about the components of GE Enduris, provide technical insight, and explore application possibilities.

    GE Enduris high solids roof coating stops leaks, improves performance, and extends roof life with a single-coat, primerless application. Able to withstand fluctuating conditions and ponding water, GE Enduris can restore most every type of roof substrate.

    For more information on GE Enduris, visit GE Performance Coatings & Sealants’ booth at IRE, or click on this link to visit the website.

    Kemper System Will Showcase Liquid-Applied Protective Solutions at IRE

    Kemper System America Inc. will showcase a range of cold liquid-applied protective solutions for the building envelope at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas, March 1-3, and demonstrate product application at booth 217.

    Kemper System protects surfaces across the globe. Solutions to be featured at IRE include:

    • Two fully reinforced membrane systems that can transform roof decks into reflective cool roofs, or provide monolithic protection for green roofs, blue roofs, and a range of other projects.
    • Two new coatings systems for protecting surfaces prone to heavy wear such as parking garages, balconies and walkways.

    Waterproofing Membrane Systems

    The two reinforced waterproofing membrane systems are cold liquid-applied and ideal for cool roof applications:

    • Kemperol AC Speed FR system is a Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
    • Kemperol Reflect 2K FR is a low-VOC system

    Both are fire rated for Class A assemblies and exceed LEED solar reflective requirements with SRI ratings of 108 and 110, respectively.

    Durable Wear Coatings

    For protecting parking garages, pedestrian decks, and loading docks, the COLEAN Parking System can withstand deterioration caused by natural elements and vehicular traffic. In addition, the COLEAN Balcony System, which is designed to expand and contract with normal structural movements, protects balconies, terraces, walkways, patios, sun decks, and machine rooms from freeze/thaw damage and chemical exposure.

    Kemper System America also offers a way to prolong the life of existing roofs with elastomer-based coating systems, one of four technologies added through the acquisition of STS Coatings Inc. in December.

    “Our building envelope solutions go beyond roof waterproofing to make the building specifier’s job easier. These solutions create opportunities for contractors and value for building owners,” says Richard Doornink, president and managing director of Kemper System America Inc.

    For over 60 years, Kemper System has led in cold-liquid applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents. Today the company offers a range of building envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of public buildings and commercial real estate.

    Visit IRE booth 217 to learn more, or contact Kemper System at inquiry@kempersystem.net, or call 8(800)541-5455.