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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Kiker Corp. President Receives Award from NRCA

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Don McCrory, president of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala., is the 68th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The J.A. Piper award is a prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

McCrory, who served as NRCA’s president in 2002-03, currently serves on the association’s National Roofing Council.

Prior to serving as NRCA president, McCrory served as NRCA senior vice president from 2001-02; vice president from 1999-2002; officer during 1990-91, 1996-98 and 1999-2000; and director from 1986-89; and 1991-94. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Environmental Task Force and the International Relations Committee, Roofing Awareness Program Task Force, Industry Advisory Board, Budget and Finance Committee, Exhibitor Advisory Committee, Convention Committee, National Roofing Service Corp. (NRSC), Nominating Committee and PAC Advisory Committee.

McCrory also helped develop ROOFPAC, NRCA’s political action committee, and NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Kiker Corp. is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“In the mid-1970s, he decided to start his own business and the rest, as they say, is history,” says fellow former NRCA president and 2014 J.A. Piper Award Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H. “The company has become one of the most respected in its part of the country.”

“I have served with such a great group of people who have been mentors and best friends to me,” McCrory says. “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award. It’s the best honor I’ve had in my life other than my faith.”

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

NRCA Mourns Its Former President

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is saddened by the passing of Mike Promen after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Feb. 2 at the age of 72. Promen was former owner of Broadview, Ill.-based Clark Roofing Co. and served as NRCA president from 2001-02.

“His was a remarkable story: turning a small family business into an innovative company,” says NRCA Executive Vice President Bill Good. “More than that, Mike was a great leader who enjoyed life to the fullest.”

In addition to serving as NRCA’s president, Promen also chaired several committees and task forces during his NRCA tenure, including the Membership Committee; Insurance Board of Governors; Education Operating Committee; Public Relations Committee; Headquarters Building Task Force; Audit, Budget and Finance Committee; Convention Committee and Exhibitor Advisory Committee; Affiliate Relations Committee; Energy and Environment Task Force; and Factory Mutual Contractor Approval Standard Task Force.

He also was the 2010 recipient of the J.A. Piper Award, NRCA’s highest honor.

NRCA offers its condolences to his two daughters, Michele Hernandez (wife of NRCA Director Alex Hernandez) and Jennifer Nielsen; four grandchildren, Christopher, Kara, Patrick and Peter; and former wife Judy Promen.

NRCA Bestows J.A. Piper Award to Robert Therrien

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Robert Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H., is the 67th recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 127th Annual Convention held Feb. 26-28 in Las Vegas. 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.

Therrien, who served as NRCA’s president in 2008-09, currently serves on the association’s National Roofing Council and is a supporter of ROOFPAC, its political action committee.

Prior to serving as NRCA president, Therrien served as NRCA senior vice president from 2007-08; vice president from 1995-96, 2003-04 and 2006-07; and director from 1990-93, 1994-95, 2000, 2001-02 and 2005-06. In addition, he has served on many committees, including the Architectural Sheet Metal, Manual Update, Technical Operations, and Health and Safety committees, as well as the Insurance Board of Governors and NRCA/RCI Task Force Safety Design.

“Rob has served as respected ambassador of our association,” says fellow former NRCA President and 2013 J.A. Piper Award Bob Dalsin, president of John A. Dalsin & Son Inc., Minneapolis.

“They say all your best friends are in this industry, and it’s the truth,” Therrien said while accepting the award. “All I did is learn, and you taught me.”

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