IRE Seeks Volunteers for Community Service Day

The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) is seeking volunteers for Community Service Day, a home renovation and revitalization project being held Feb. 28 in Las Vegas. IRE will partner with Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada and NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee to host the event.

Sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Sarnafil Inc., Community Service Day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will involve renovating homes of families that include elderly individuals, disabled individuals or individuals who are financially unable to support the renovation.

Skilled volunteers are needed from various construction disciplines to help with the renovations, which include roofing, painting and flooring. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and will be asked to sign a waiver of liability form.

Attendees and exhibitors will be able to register for this event and/or make a monetary donation when they register to attend IRE. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks.

The 2017 IRE will be held March 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information or to register, visit here or call (972)536-6415 or (800)684-5761.

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.

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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.”

IRE Draws Largest Crowd Since 2000

Industry professionals full of energy and excitement filled the halls of the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans to take part in three days of education, networking and a bustling trade-show floor at the 2015 International Roofing Expo. Taking place from Feb. 24-26, the annual trade show and conference drew a total attendance of 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

The International Roofing Expo, which took place in New Orleans in February, drew 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

The International Roofing Expo, which took place in New Orleans in February, drew 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

“The trade show floor was the largest since the 2000 show,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “Exhibitors enjoyed steady traffic as they introduced hundreds of new and innovative products to high-caliber decision-makers.”

Attendees represented all 50 states with the bulk of attendees from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The largest number of international attendees came from Canada; Mexico; and Seoul, Korea.

First-time registrants made up 42 percent of all attendees. “We had an awesome first year at the IRE. There were a lot of great vendors, great products and great people,” notes Cody Taylor of SupplyHog. “This is an exciting time to be in the industry, and we look forward to coming back next year!”

“This was my seventh year attending and I feel the IRE continues to improve yearly,” adds Robert Andreu of Hunter Warfield. “The location, vendors and show management each exceeded my expectations.”

EXHIBIT HALL

The trade-show floor was comprised of 1,178 booths, a 13 percent increase compared to the 2014 show. New, value-added services and innovative ideas in roofing materials and related products were displayed on the show floor, including metal, shingles, coatings/sealants/adhesives, flashing, waterproofing, underlayment, modified bitumen, bitumen/asphalt, gutters/roof drains and fasteners.

Exhibitors were pleased with the number of leads and inquiries generated during the show. “The IRE is the most important show of the year for us to engage our customers in person and showcase our new products and technologies,” observes Karen Edwards of EagleView Technologies. “We expect to see a great return on investment.”

Of the 465 exhibiting companies, 87 companies were first-time exhibitors. “We have attended many construction trade shows in the past and by far the IRE has been the most productive in terms of high attendance, which has generated a great source of leads to grow future business,” says Eric Velliquette of Lakeside Construction Fasteners. “If you haven’t attended or exhibited at the IRE, you should!”

“Business is strong within the roofing industry,” notes Bill Good, executive vice president of the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor, which had an 800-square-foot booth at the event. “The enthusiasm was evident throughout the buying and selling activity on the show floor.”

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

In addition to the show floor’s buying and selling activity, the show’s educational conference offered 44 educational sessions addressing a variety of industry issues. Educational tracks included 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.

“I come to the IRE each year to reconnect with friends in the industry while getting the best roofing-specific education from an extensive list of seminars offered each morning,” states Rob Therrien of The Melanson Co. “Each afternoon, I visit the show floor to see the latest new innovations to come into our industry, from materials to safety, to help our team and our customers.”

“The IRE show is extremely valuable to our company because the seminars are packed full of useful information that we can apply immediately and improve our bottom line in 2015,” adds Steve Pike of White Stone 1998. “We are very busy with our business, but this is time well spent; with what we learned, we are positioned to become a market leader.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

On the show floor, attendees found new products and ideas at the Metal Marketplace that featured 70 booths; the Business & Technology Pavilion with 49 booths; and Exhibitor Product Clinics from OMG, Equipter and Tremco.

Education was available on the show floor through The Roofing Institute. Sponsored by Johns Manville, these condensed classes covered topics from business strategies and leadership to increasing profits and more.

At the Product Showcase, attendees were able to see, try and compare the latest products in the following categories: new, sustainable and Made in the USA. Based on innovation, productivity and cost-effectiveness, a panel of industry experts awarded Leister Technologies’ UNIROOF E 40 MM – 120V/15A as “Best New Product,” while Tie Down Engineering’s Roof Zone – RZ Guardrail was awarded “Best Sustainable Product.”

Attendees had the opportunity to find new products and meet new exhibitors by playing the Treasure Quest game. Wesley Stienecker of Nitro Roofing & Construction was the winner of $2,000 after his name was drawn from a pool of attendees who visited each of the 10 participating Treasure Quest sponsors.

Giving back to the New Orleans community, a pre-show Community Service Day took place on Feb. 23, where 50 attendees and exhibitors enthusiastically volunteered to help renovate the homes of two families in need.

The show’s opening day featured a motivating Keynote Address by Ken Schmidt, the former brand visionary at Harley-Davidson, who shared his expertise on brand-building, corporate positioning and customer relations.

Attendees and exhibitors networked while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the opening night Welcome Party on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Generations Hall.

The 2016 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Housing reservations can be made online beginning in May 2015 and online attendee registration will open in September. For more information, visit the expo’s website or call (800) 684-5761.