Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is Accepting Nominations for MVP Award

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announces it is accepting nominations for its 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 18th year, the MVP Award Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products.

The MVP Award Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2016.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2017 International Roofing Expo; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

2017 International Roofing Expo Announces Call for Presentations and Proposals

The 2017 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 March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the educational program conference presents the latest trends in the roofing industry designed to help attendees increase their bottom line and expand their technical knowledge.

Seeking expert speakers with proven, dynamic presentation skills and in-depth knowledge, sessions are 90 minutes in length and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.

“We are seeking innovative industry experts who are highly experienced in the most relevant topics and issues facing roofing professionals today,” says Brandi McElhaney, senior Conference Manager. “We encourage professionals who can offer challenging, substantive and original material, to submit a proposal.”

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 educational conference program offers industry experts the opportunity to share their knowledge with a broad range of roofing professionals,” says Bill Good, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “We encourage members, associate members and others involved with the industry to submit their proposals as soon as possible.”

Best New Products Named at IRE

Judges of the recent 2016 International Roofing Expo’s Product Showcase chose three winners out of a selection of 21 new products that were displayed in a 1,500-square-foot pavilion on the show floor.

D.I. Roof Seamers was awarded “Best New Product” for its Curver, a panel radius bender for snap-lock metal roof panels.

Capturing second place was Standing Seam Roof Anchor for its universal-fit fall-protection anchor for standing-seam roofs.

Third place was awarded to Tie Down Engineering for its Penetrator Mobile Fall Protection Cart, a lightweight, fully portable mobile fall-protection device.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized by your industry colleagues; our heartfelt congratulations go out to the three winners,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “We were very impressed by the creative and innovative level of the winning products.”’

John Gooding Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

John Gooding accepts the 2016 J.A. Piper Award from 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention.

John Gooding accepts the 2016 J.A. Piper Award from 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory during NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention.

The National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., has announced John Gooding, chairman of the board of GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa., as the 69th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 129th Annual Convention held Feb. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Gooding, who served as NRCA’s chairman of the board in 2003-04, currently serves on the association’s National Roofing Council. Prior to serving as NRCA chairman of the board, Gooding served as NRCA chairman of the board- elect from 2002-03; vice president from 1997-99; and director from 1989-92, 1994-96 and 1999-2002. In addition, he has served on many committees, including as chairman of the Affiliate Relations, Budget and Finance, Health and Safety, PAC Advisory and Strategic Planning Committees. He also served on the Insurance Advisory Board and the Insurance Board of Governors. GSM Roofing also is a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“He had roofing in his blood,” says fellow former NRCA Chairman of the Board and 2015 J.A. Piper Award Winner Don McCrory, president of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala. “He’s transformed the business his father started into one of the largest and most successful roofing companies today.”

Gooding is surrounded by previous J.A. Piper Award winners.

Gooding is surrounded by previous J.A. Piper Award winners.

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA Chairman of the Board Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

PHOTOS: National Roofing Contractors Association

Reid Ribble in Talks to Become New NRCA CEO

I just returned from what easily could be described as the best International Roofing Expo in recent memory. Attendance at the 2016 IRE, held Feb. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., was up, exhibitors were happy and conversations centered around very positive business conditions.

The show’s energy was not lost on me, especially because I’ve written many editor’s columns since 2010 wondering whether it’s yet the year the construction industry returns to positivity after the housing crisis. Instead of searching for economists to support a rebound this year, every meeting I had at IRE assured me roofing—and construction in general—is on an upswing.

This momentum was further underscored by an announcement made during the show by the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association: Reid Ribble, a U.S. Congressman for Wisconsin’s 8th District, currently is in negotiations to take over for William A. Good, CAE, NRCA’s CEO, who will retire Dec. 31, 2016. Good has faithfully served NRCA and the industry, and he has a very loyal following. I personally am grateful to Good and members of his staff—Ambika Puniani Bailey and Carl Good. They gave me my first job in publishing back in 2000 and were integral in making me the editor I am today. Therefore, I certainly don’t want to take away from what Good has done for roofing, but I can’t help but be excited about the possibilities his successor could bring.

Ribble is a roofing contractor by trade. He joined his family’s business—Kaukauna, Wis.-based The Ribble Group—in 1975 and became its president in 1980. Ribble served as NRCA president in 2005-06 and NRCA senior vice president from 2004-05, as well as held a number of other leadership roles within the organization. He also was president of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Board of Trustees from 2008-10.

Ribble was elected to Congress in 2010 and has been re-elected twice. It may be a bit difficult to see why I’m excited about a politician taking NRCA’s helm—especially when I would describe our country’s current presidential race as wackadoo. However, I can’t help but focus on the positive traits of (some) politicians and Ribble’s in particular: He obviously is a leader. He is dedicated to public service. He knows how to build a constituency. And, in January, when he announced he would resign from Congress, Ribble noted his commitment to his family. In addition, according to NRCA’s “RoofScoop” blog post, “In Congress, Ribble has earned the reputation of being honest and able to work with representatives from both sides of the aisle.”

I hope he brings these traits to his new role with NRCA. I hope he surrounds himself with construction experts—even those he disagrees with—who will provide new levels of insight about the issues facing the construction industry as a whole: durability, energy efficiency, materials transparency, renewable energy, resilience and sustainability. I think Ribble has a wonderful opportunity to make the roofing industry the leading construction voice on these matters. After all, we know a roof is a building’s first line of defense. Shouldn’t roofing be the first industry called upon to assist in meeting the current and future needs of our buildings?

BlueWater to Showcase Solar-powered Warning Light at IRE

A provider of modular guardrail systems and passive fall protection systems, BlueWater Manufacturing Inc., a Safety Products Group company, will be exhibiting at the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 17-19, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The International Roofing Expo is an annual trade show and educational conference where all segments of the roofing construction and maintenance industry come together for three days of face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

BlueWater will be one of 1,100 booths exhibiting products, services and equipment for the roofing industry, including gutters, coatings/adhesives, built up, fasteners, machinery, metal, modified bitumen, roof pavers, renewable energy, walkways/ballast, shingles, slate, solar, spray polyurethane foam, tile, ventilation, waterproofing and more.

BlueWater will showcase its LumiGuard Solar-Powered Warning Light at IRE for the first time and promises to be an innovative and easy-to-install roofing safety product. The LumiGuard is a solar-powered warning light that can be easily installed onto current rooftop railings, gates, hatches, skylights and surrounding mechanicals.

“Our team is excited to offer this new and innovative product to the marketplace. LumiGuard adds a new dimension to roof safety during nighttime hours that just hasn’t existed until now,” says BlueWater’s vice president of Operations, Greg Kenton. “LumiGuard is easy to use and install for the end-user, and we’re proud to unveil it at IRE.”

For more information about BlueWater Manufacturing Inc. visit the company at booth No. 2407 at the 2016 International Roofing Expo, Feb. 17-19, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

ABC Supply to Host IndyCar Racing Drivers at IRE

ABC Supply will host IndyCar racing drivers Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato for an autograph session on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the ABC Supply booth, No. 1603, at the International Roofing Expo in Orlando.

ABC Supply, a longtime sponsor of A.J. Foyt Racing and supporter of the Verizon IndyCar series, finds a young star in Hawksworth, who is a native of England. In 2014 he received the Tony Renna Rising Star Award as a rookie. In 33 starts, he has earned 10 top-10 finishes, including a career best finish of third at the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston.

Ex-Formula One driver Takuma Sato enters his fourth season with Foyt’s racing team. In 102 IndyCar Series starts, Sato has earned 27 top-10 finishes, including 10 top-five spots and a victory in the prestigious Grand Prix of Long Beach. He has claimed five pole positions for setting the fastest speed in qualifications.

“ABC Supply is proud to be partnering with Foyt Racing for another year, especially with Takuma and Jack leading our team,” says Keith Rozolis, president and CEO of ABC Supply Co. Inc. “We look forward to everyone at IRE having the chance to meet these drivers.”

Register for 2016 IRE; Dr. Beck Weathers to Keynote

Online registration is now open for the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“By registering early for the International Roofing Expo, attendees receive discounted registration rates and a better chance at securing availability in their preferred conference sessions,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE’s director. “In addition, attendees save time by not having to wait in long onsite registration lines.”

The Super Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party at Cuba Libre.

The Day Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday only, Thursday only or Friday only, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party.

The Spouse Pass includes conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the expo, keynote and welcome party.

The Expo Only option includes expo admission on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as admission to the keynote. Admission to the welcome party may be purchased separately in advance.

Taking place prior to the show, additional educational opportunities are available from NRCA. Details and prices can be found on IRE’s website.

Serving as keynote speaker is Dr. Beck Weathers, survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. The keynote address will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m.; it is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products, exhibiting in booth 1537.

The accomplished pathologist and amateur mountain climber will share how he was one of more than 30 climbers descending from Mount Everest’s summit in May 1996 when a violent storm hit the mountain with heavy snow, subzero temperatures and hurricane-force winds.

Universal Pictures has turned Weathers’ story into a biographical disaster drama and adventure thriller film, “Everest”, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley.

“Dr. Beck Weathers’ incredible story of survival has all the elements of a great adventure: heroism, bravery, human struggle against the forces of nature, physical and psychological challenges, and a triumph of the human spirit,” says Bill Good, CEO of the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors will be so inspired by his harrowing tale of survival.”

The keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages but advance registration is required.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Accepting Entries for Its Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is accepting entries for its second annual Construction Management Student Competition, a hallmark competition that promotes careers in roofing industry management that will culminate with presentations at the 2016 International Roofing Expo.

Teams from undergraduate colleges and universities wishing to participate in the competition must submit an Intent to Compete form and additional documentation via email by Nov. 13, 2015.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the alliance’s 2016 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 from each competing school will be presented with a problem statement—they will be asked to bid on installing a roof system on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. Each team must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to a qualified bid package.

A roofing contractor company will be assigned to each team to serve as an industry mentor.

Oral presentations will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. at NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention and the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) at the Orange County Convention Center.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for the winning school, a team trophy and individual awards; and recognition in a press release, in Professional Roofing magazine and on the alliance’s website.

IRE Housing Is Open for Booking

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) can now make housing and travel reservations through the official hotel vendor, IRE Housing, powered by onPeak. Offering hotel, airline and car rental discounts through a variety of companies, IRE Housing offers the biggest savings and most valuable perks.

Taking place Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

“We negotiated the lowest rates at the most popular and convenient hotels to the convention center,” says Tracy Garcia, Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to book early as rates will increase as the show approaches.”

The Rosen Centre will serve as the headquarter hotel and will host most NRCA meetings and events.

The 12 hotels within the International Roofing Expo block include:

  • Rosen Centre – Headquarter Hotel
  • Avanti Resort Orlando
  • Castle Hotel
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Sea World
  • Embassy Suites Orlando – I-Drive/Convention Center
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando I-Drive
  • Hyatt Place Orlando Convention Center
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
  • Rosen Plaza
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
  • Vista Cay Orlando Resort by Millennium
  • Westin Orlando Universal Blvd

As the only official housing provider for the International Roofing Expo, onPeak (formerly known as Travel Planners) is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing block. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other housing providers to secure rooms.

To secure the best rates, show participants must book through onPeak’s IRE Housing online reservation system. Reservations may be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling (855) 992-3353 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

“With the mix of convenience, accessibility and value, reserving rooms early is a breeze,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors will be pleased with the ease and simplicity of the online reservation system.”