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.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress: Committed to Securing the Future Excellence of the Roofing Industry

Margaret Mead was quoted as saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
And years later, her words ring true for the members of the Rosemont, Ill.-based Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

This diverse, thoughtful and dedicated forum of 148 roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and industry professionals have united together to change the course of the roofing industry by committing more than $12.3 million to help preserve and enhance the U.S. roofing industry’s success.

On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, the alliance is growing at a rapid pace in members and projects and proving itself to be stronger than ever. Since its inception in 1996, the alliance continues to unite leaders throughout the roofing industry while funding high-quality re- search, providing forward-thinking responses to major economic and techno- logical issues, and advancing education and training to enhance the long-term viability of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

“The advances the alliance has made, particularly in the last few years, are a testimonial to how successful we can be when everyone commits to work together to improve and shape this great industry,” says Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company based in Milwaukee. “We have made some remarkable progress, and I encourage those who are not a part of the alliance to seriously consider getting involved.”

EFFECTING CHANGE

With a keen focus on raising awareness about careers in the roofing industry, the alliance approved substantial project funding to advance ongoing educational initiatives with three well-known construction management schools in the U.S.: The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

In February, the alliance also sponsored its second annual Construction Management Student Design Competition, a hallmark competition to promote careers in roofing industry management. The competition featured teams from Auburn University; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and the University of Florida. In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fostered camaraderie, dialogue among the students and team spirit. Students were challenged to demonstrate their roofing knowledge in the areas of estimating, project management, safety and related areas for their project on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, which also was the site for the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE).

Their final portion of the project, an oral presentation, was judged by a panel of five roofing professionals during IRE. The winning team from the University of Florida, which included members Eddie San Juan, Nick Loewenthal, Caleb Strauss and Drew Winant, received a school trophy and individual trophies during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on Feb. 18.

The alliance also awarded its second Construction Management Faculty Scholarship to James Sullivan, director of undergraduate programs, M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. With the $15,000 scholarship, Sullivan developed a detailed intern program guide- line that can be customized to meet the requirements of various construction management schools and fulfill students required credits. A pilot program is expected to be launched by the summer of 2017.

“It’s important we are visible as an organization, as well as an industry, and in front of as many students as possible,” says Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas. “We all need good, well-trained people and this exposure is invaluable.”

ADVANCING EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The alliance continued to support educational efforts and offer students financial aid through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program by approving funding to renew five scholar- ships totaling $25,000, as well as five new ones at $5,000 each. The new 2015-16 recipients included Brittany Beldon, San Antonio; Christian Bole, Dallas, Ga.; Jonah Manson, Solon, Iowa; Ivy Rivas, Tujunga, Calif.; and Adam Stackpole, Saginaw, Mich.

Named for Melvin Kruger, NRCA former president and chief executive officer of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the alliance’s first scholarship was awarded in 1986. Since its inception, the program has distributed $630,000 in scholarship funds to 115 students. The program is open to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing industry or building construction.

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CentiMark’s Scott Luck: A Leader on the Roof

CentiMark Corp. is proud of its 2,500-plus crewmembers, foremen and superintendents. Their jobs are unique: to install quality roof systems, maintain a safe work environment, communicate with customers and co-workers, and meet and exceed customers’ expectations for their reroofing projects.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety. At the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s 128th Annual Convention in February, Luck was one of four winners of the 15th Annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards by The Roofing Industry Alliance For Progress and the Best-of-the-Best Award winner sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass. (CentiMark’s Pedro Arguelles, foreman, Denver, and Edgar Ramirez, foreman, Lakeland, Fla., were recognized as Roofing MVP Awards finalists.)

“I am proud to have Scott represent CentiMark in the national roofing industry,” says Timothy M. Dunlap, CentiMark’s president and chief operating officer. “He has always been a hard worker, quick learner and dedicated to the job. He’s a good family man and an active volunteer in CentiMark’s charitable projects in the community.”

After starting as a laborer on the roof, Luck’s career advanced to production laborer, service assistant, service foreman and, currently, production foreman. He has an extensive technical knowledge of roofing, roofing materials and roof safety. His Canonsburg-based crews have not had a workplace injury in nine consecutive years.

Luck is trained in first aid and safety practices through CentiMark and has medical training from his previous career as a certified nursing assistant.

Utilizing those skills, Luck has saved the lives of two of his crewmembers from medical emergencies on the roof. One crewmember had a heart attack; the other had a heart attack and stroke. A quick-thinking Luck attended to them and called the local fire department for a ladder truck to help them off the roof. Both men were able to return to work after they recovered from their medical emergencies.

“I have great respect for my crewmembers. My job is to keep them safe and train them to succeed and advance at CentiMark,” Luck states. “We work well together as a team and take care of each other.”

Luck takes his crewmembers’ safety seriously. He adds: “I train new crewmembers myself because I want them to be safe on the roof and be the best they can be. I am responsible for their safety and their knowledge of roofing.”

PHOTO: CentiMark Corp.