University of Florida Wins Student Construction Management Competition

For the second consecutive year, a team from University of Florida, Gainesville, was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ third student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) 130th Annual Convention held in Las Vegas.

Members of the winning team were Will Foster, Caleb Strauss (team captain), Schaffer Weeks, Forest Wilson and faculty advisor Jim Sullivan.

Six schools of construction management participated in this year’s competition: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; the University of Cincinnati; and M.E. Ringer Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.

The goal of the outreach to the construction management schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 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 had to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Each team submitted written proposals and supporting documents in December 2016, and gave oral presentations at the convention.

Orange County Construction, the University of Florida’s team company had the highest cumulative score. The team had a thorough understanding of the project; a safety plan which included planning, training and execution and a well-prepared presentation. In addition, they were well-prepared to answer judges’ questions.

The University of Florida received a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual prizes that were presented during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

Plans are now underway for the 2017-18 Alliance student competition at NRCA’s 131st annual convention in New Orleans Feb. 6-8, 2018.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

NRCA Introduces 2017-18 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced its 2017-18 slate of officers and directors at its 130th Annual Convention held in Las Vegas.

Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Kent Schwickert, senior vice president—national business unit, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., was elected chairman of the board-elect. David Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W. Va.; Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati; J.J. Smithey, president of Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio; and David Tilsen, president, Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wis., were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

  • Charles Antis, founder and chief executive officer of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
  • Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.
  • Luke Duffy, vice president of Elens and Maichin Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Joliet, Ill.
  • Alex Hernandez, president of Clark Roofing Inc., Broadview, Ill.
  • Erica Jackson, president of CYE Enterprises, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Bryan Karel, project manager/supervisor at Garlock-French Corp., Minneapolis
  • Hunter Merrill, owner of Mountain Roofing Inc., Roanoke, Va.
  • Bob Morgan, chief executive officer of Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
  • Tim Stephens, service department manager at Ben Hill Roofing and Siding Co. Inc., Douglasville, Ga.

All 2017-18 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2017.

Metal Construction Association Honors Champions of the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2016 Triumph Awards, an award created to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year. The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry in six categories.  The 2016 award winners are:

    Industry Champion of the Year Awards:
    Scott Kriner, MCA and Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc.

    With 35 years experience in the metal construction industry, Scott Kriner’s career started with Bethlehem Steel and research on hot dip coatings, which then led to international licensing of Galvalume intellectual property, to pretreatments, to paints, and involvement in multiple trade associations, including MCA. He started his own consulting business in 2006 to catch the green wave, which according to him was the scariest thing he ever did.  For the past thirteen years he has served as technical director for MCA on staff and more recently as consultant.

    During this time he has led or participated on the development of industry papers and studies, including ones that have had an impact on the entire industry.

    Brian Partyka is a 21-year veteran of the metal construction industry, working with Drexel Metals Inc. from its early days. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of MCA. He chairs the Market Development Committee, Statistics Committee, Co-chairs of the Codes and Standards Committee and sits on multiple task groups to help drive and advance growth for the metal construction industry. He is a board member of the Metal Roofing Alliance and sits on NRCA’s Industry Advisory Board (National Roofing Contractors Association) as well as the CEO Advisory Council for the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and multiple board seats for small local businesses. 

    Partyka has published and contributed to technical trade-articles and white papers relating to metal building products.  He teaches about sustainable design and the use of metal to reduce heat gain for industrial, commercial and residential structures. He is the inventor of the Drexmet Paint Pen in 2001, an air-dry Kynar touch up system.

    Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award:
    Shawn Zuver, Bob Fittro, John Garvey of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

    Recognizing both a need and an opportunity for the metal construction industry to increase its visibility to an online audience, three industry media veterans, Bob Fittro, Shawn Zuver and John Garvey, pooled their talents and resources in 2007 to launch a new company, Unlimited Reach Media Inc. , and a new website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

    DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is updated daily to be a current source of metal construction industry news and information for the design community, contractors, metal construction industry professionals, and building owners. The website features over 1,500 projects, showcasing virtually every use for metal construction products, categorized by both building type and design application. Visitors will also find thousands of industry news items, hundreds of columns by leading market segment experts, and a wide range of related resources about metal products.

    In addition to the continually evolving website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is recognized for its weekly newsletter, delivered to nearly 28,000 email inboxes every week, and for its monthly e-zines, which were introduced in 2008.

    Corporate / Individual Citizen of the Year Award:
    PSMJ, Resources Inc.

    For the last 14 years PSMJ Resources Inc., producers of METALCON, has spent many hours coordinating fund raising before, during and after each METALCON show, as well as donating to local organizations on the behalf of the metal industry.

    Among those organizations:  Homes for Our Troops, Tampa, Baltimore and Las Vegas; Habitat for Humanity, Washington, DC and Chicago; The Journey, 2day Walk for Breast Cancer, Atlanta; Canstruction, Tampa; Carmen House, Foster Home for Kids, Rome, Ga.; The Spring, Tampa; Home for Battered Women in Indiana; and scholarships to  Purdue University, Chicago and Emily Griffith Vocational School, Denver.

    Each contribution allowed METALCON to leave behind an impact in each venue where METALCON was held.

    Young Movers and Shakers Awards:
    Jonathan Rider of D.I. Roof Seamers; Dustin Haddock of S-5!; Josey Parks of Metal Roofs of Texas; Mark Bus of ATAS International Inc.

    Jonathan Rider serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Developmental Industries, the parent company of D.I. Roof Seamers. The third generation of this family-owned business, he plays a role in the metal roofing industry by servicing clients in the areas of engineering, product development and component manufacturing. His experience, collaborative leadership style, and years of working closely within the industry have positioned him for this role.  Rider is active in community organizations and volunteer efforts and currently serves in various roles within the industry, including: MCA Accessories Council Co-Chairman and member of the MBMA Associate Member Advisory Council. He is also the author of multiple industrial publications and travels frequently speaking at events across the United States.

    At the age of 27, Josey Parks is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, owning several companies with different specialties including J Wales Enterprises, which includes Metal Roofs of Texas, J Wales Construction, Designer Glass Specialties, and Think Unlimited. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Inc. 5000 award. He also received an award for unprecedented nationwide sales of Interlock Roofing, a distributor within the state of Texas. Technology plays a role in his strategy. By developing and leveraging software to facilitate smart business growth, he has streamlined the value of his team’s sales efforts.

    Parks serves as an educator of business owners in the Dallas/Fort Worth and as a mentor to employees. He has been featured on television shows like CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaire”, and a guest speaker at national conferences like Corporate Millionaire Minds and Vistage Executive Summit, and is a recurring guest on “One Life Radio”.

    Mark Bus is the national sales manager for ATAS International Inc. Bus has earned the respect of his national sales team as well as his peers and management. He brings his knowledge of industry initiatives and association activities into his daily communication with staff and customers. His next phase of growth will be an increased presence in the industry associations on a national level. Bus’ customer base has realized his value and expertise as evident from the following statement from customer, Allan Brock, Brock Associates LLC: “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional as competent as Mark Bus. As a long term ATAS distributor, I have seen Mark successfully evolve from an inside technical salesperson, to a regional product representative, to management. At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge. He developed many exceptional relationships with architects leading to ATAS specifications generating increased sales for distributors such as myself.”

    Dustin Haddock was 8 years old when he worked his first job, packaging S-5! clamps, one of the few his age with 20 years of experience. During this time he has developed over 40 new products and has filed and secured numerous patents. Haddock has worked for the Metal Roof Innovations division of S-5! since 2006, where he has contributed to International Code and Standard groups to draft test methods to receive German code acceptance. He also has worked with the University of Adelaide in drafting performance test methods for use of standing seam clamps within cyclonic regions of Australia. Further, he has worked with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Roofing Work Group in the United Kingdom to develop standards relating to rooftop mounted PV. Within the US he has worked with the ICC to develop an evaluation for standing seam-clamping systems. Haddock serves on the UL 2703 and 1703 Standard Technical Panels and has developed the first draft of the “PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration”. Haddocks has also served on the Board of Directors 2013-2016, is currently the Chairman of the UL Non-Combustible Roof Group and the Chairman of the Mounting Systems Manufacturers Committee (MSMC) at SEIA.

    Sales Person of The Year Award:
    Donn Couch, SFS intec Inc.

    Donn Couch of SFS intec Inc. has been awarded the sales person of the year award. A seasoned veteran with SFS for 38 years, his customers know him to have a buyer focus, as he has developed personal relationships with many of his customers. Over his tenure with SFS, he has developed an extensive product and application knowledge. He has been the recipient of several awards within the SFS organization over the years, which has included highest sales volume, highest percent increase sales over prior year, and outstanding achievement award. He is respected amongst his peers as well as the metal building industry.
     
    Entrepreneur of The Year Award:
    Oded Shemla, iRoofing

    Oded Shemla  is CEO of Applosophy, the mobile app entrepreneurial enterprise that created iRoofing. iRoofing has developed an all-inclusive suite of technical tools for roofing and siding contractors designed to help increase efficiency, productivity and closing ratios, while reducing costs, and increasing profitability through the use of technology. iRoofing continues to develop tools and capabilities for manufacturers and contractors to grow their business. In the past five years iRoofing has grown from a concept to currently providing an evolving solution for thousands of contractor users and manufacturers of building products across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Shemla has spent 6 years as CEO of Applosophy, located in New York.  Prior to this he was the president and owner of My Roof Tile, a roofing distribution business located in Florida. Shemla gained his technology expertise while serving in the Israeli Air Force.

Nominations for the 2017 MCA Triumph Awards are open to anyone in the metal construction, metal building, metal roofing and metal erection industry. Nominations can be made on the MCA or METALCON websites. Winners for 2017 will be voted on and selected by the MCA members and members of other metal construction related trade groups by popular vote.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas. The event will feature live entertainment and dinner at the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 18, the opening night of the show. Tickets will go on sale when registration opens. Sponsorships are available.

The idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, Vice President of Marketing and Sales from MCA Member Company, S-5!.

“So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” says Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

IRE Trade Show Floor Is Sold Out

The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) trade show floor has completely sold out, topping out over 131,000 square feet and 465 exhibitors.
 
Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the International Roofing Expo is a roofing construction and maintenance event where roofing professionals gather to experience face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.
 
“The commitment from so many industry manufacturers and suppliers demonstrates trust in the International Roofing Expo brand and its ability to deliver qualified buyers from every segment of the industry,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “The IRE has experienced a 41.6 percent growth in net square feet since 2012.”
 
Exhibiting companies will feature products and services spanning 40 categories, including adhesives, built-up roofing, coatings, fasteners, gutters, metal roofing, modified bitumen, roof/ decking materials, roof pavers, shingles, skylights, slate, spray polyurethane foam, tile, vapor retarders, ventilation, walkways/ballast, waterproofing, and much more.
 
“The U.S. roofing industry is in a strong position this year, and that’s reflected in the banner support we see for the IRE in terms of attendance and exhibit space sold,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “NRCA is excited to again hold its annual convention in conjunction with the IRE.”
 
The trade show floor is just one aspect of the three-day event. Other highlights include an educational conference program consisting of 122 education hours and 44 sessions, a variety of special events and show floor education, as well as networking opportunities and more.
 
The show was founded in 1955 by the National Roofing Contractors Association as the NRCA Convention and Trade Show. On May 18, 2004, Hanley Wood Exhibitions acquired the show and rebranded it as the International Roofing Expo [IRE]. The IRE is now owned and produced by Informa Global Exhibitions, who acquired Hanley Wood Exhibitions in December 2014. 

OMG Roofing Will Showcase Upcoming Products at IRE

OMG Roofing Products is offering contractors a sneak peek at some upcoming products at this year’s International Roofing Expo, March 1 – 3, booth 1431 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The sneak peeks will be held at OMG’s Exhibitor Product Clinics scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the first two days of the show, March 1st and 2nd. During these demonstrations, OMG Roofing Products will showcase developments to the RhinoBond Induction Welding System, new drain products as well as updated edge metal products. The demonstrations, which will highlight roof-top productivity and performance benefits, are open to all IRE participants. Stadium seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to the sneak peeks, OMG Roofing Products will also hold a silent auction for a custom painted OMG PaceCart 3, a 15 Gallon Drum Conversion Kit, and two sets (a total of 60 gallons) of OlyBond500 in 15 Gallon Drums. The OlyBond package has an estimated value of over $11,000, and proceeds from the silent auction will benefit OMG’s named scholarship, which is part of the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program offered through the National Roofing Contractors Association.

Headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S.A., OMG Roofing Products is a global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, engineered edge metal systems, roof drains, pipe supports, repair tape as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

NRCA Voices Regulatory Accountability Act Support

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has voiced its support for the Regulatory Accountability Act in a letter sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. NRCA joins 380 associations and chambers of commerce from throughout the U.S. in urging Ryan to make consideration of the legislation an early priority for the 115th Congress. 
 
Associations joining NRCA in signing the letter come from 47 states and the District of Columbia and represent a multitude of sectors including agriculture, energy, transportation and manufacturing.
 
“We believe federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while still implementing Congressional intent,” the groups wrote in the letter to Ryan. “The Regulatory Accountability Act builds on established principles of fair regulatory process and review that have been embodied in bipartisan executive orders dating to at least the Clinton administration.”
 
“Our members, nearly all of whom are family-owned businesses, tell us they simply can’t cope with the layers of regulations they must contend with,” says William Good, CEO of NRCA.  “Too often, regulations are not based on good science and are difficult to understand.”
 
The Regulatory Accountability Act would reduce the burden of regulations on employers and economic growth by requiring agencies to invest more effort earlier in the rulemaking process to gather data, evaluate alternatives, and receive public input about the costs and benefits of its rules.

Project Profiles: Historic Preservation

CATHEDRAL OF ST. PAUL, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Team

ROOFING CONTRACTOR: Midland Engineering Co., South
Bend, Ind.
ARCHITECT: ArchitectureWorks LLP, Birmingham
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Hoar Construction LLC, Birmingham,
MASONRY CONTRACTOR: Ziolkowski Construction Inc., South Bend

The cathedral’s intricate slate tile patterns incorporated three slate colors and square and deep bevel cut tiles.

The cathedral’s intricate slate tile patterns incorporated three slate colors and square and deep bevel cut tiles.

Roof Materials

The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham required the cathedral’s new roof system be a historically accurate reproduction of the original in materials, design and craftsmanship. The cathedral’s intricate slate tile patterns incorporated three slate colors and square and deep bevel cut tiles. Six large slate crosses and multiple accent patterns, barely visible on the faded original roof, required exacting measurements prior to tear-off and a high level of precision to recreate and maintain over such a large field and on octagonal steeples.

Because of metal thinning brought on by their advanced age, every copper architectural and functional feature in the existing roof system had to be carefully removed and shipped to Midland Engineering’s South Bend facility to be historically replicated in its metal shop. This included seven ornate crosses (up to 17-feet tall), finials, turret caps and more. There were more than four dozen components, for which no original prints existed, as well as over 500 feet each of custom copper cornices and radius gutters with matching straps. More than 20,000 square feet of 16- and 20-ounce copper was utilized for fabrication of architectural elements and flashing.

Midland Engineering was asked to make improvements to the original roof system to improve attic ventilation while maintaining the Gothic Revival period look. To accomplish this, the crew integrated bronze screen (invisible from the ground) into the original copper cornice and eave design to provide improved cold air intake while new louvered copper dormers replaced the original painted roof ventilator.

An updated lightning protection system was incorporated into the new roof design, hidden within many of the new copper crosses and other architectural elements. The system was fabricated in Midland Engineering’s shop to maintain the Gothic Revival look.

The metal shop also clad 10 previously painted windows and mullions in copper, effectively eliminating frequent and costly maintenance. These windows, reachable only by crane at considerable expense, formerly required painting and other maintenance every five to seven years.

About 6,500 square feet of lead-coated copper, which patinas to a limestone color, was utilized to cap all limestone exposed to weather, reducing ongoing maintenance of limestone joints.

Extensive termite damage to structural framing required repair prior to installation of the new roofing system. Upon removal of the original slate roof and completion of the structural repairs, the new roof was dried-in and installation of the new slate roof began. The historically accurate replacements of the original copper architectural features were installed according to schedule.

SLATE SUPPLIER: North Country Slate
COPPER SUPPLIER: Hussey Copper

Roof Report

The Cathedral of St. Paul is the centerpiece of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. Completed in 1893 at a cost of $90,000, the cathedral is widely considered to be a handsome example of the American Neo-Gothic variant of the Gothic Revival style. The cathedral measures 96-feet wide by 140-feet long and encompasses more than 60,000 square feet. It features twin octagonal steeples, rising 183-feet high.

Work schedules on this project were a challenge. The contract required parishioner and clergy access to the church must be maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the eight-month duration of the project. Further, because of the noise inherent in roof construction, work schedules had to be planned around regular church services and events and rescheduled several times a month for funerals and other unscheduled events.

“We could not have been more pleased with the work accomplished by the team from Midland Engineering,” says Very Rev. Kevin M. Bazzel, V.G., J.C.L., rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul. “It is a marvel to us to be able to see the church in its original glory, and all of this thanks to Midland!”

The National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill., awarded Midland Engineering the prestigious Gold Circle Award in 2016. Midland was recognized in the Outstanding Workmanship—Steep-slope Category.

Photo: Rob Culpepper

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National Roofing Contractors Association CEO Releases 2016 Elections Statement

William Good, CEO, National Roofing Contractors Association, has released a statement about the 2016 elections.

We are pleased a majority of candidates supported by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and ROOFPAC, our political action committee, prevailed in the 2016 elections. We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and all winning candidates on their victories and look forward to working with the incoming Trump administration and new and returning lawmakers to advance NRCA’s policy agenda. This includes pro-growth tax policies, relief from some regulations, legislation that addresses the workforce needs of our industry, and replacement of the Affordable Care Act with market-based reforms to our health care system.

ROOFPAC, the voice of the roofing industry in Washington, D.C., actively supported pro-growth candidates in the elections. ROOFPAC invested more than $340,000 in support of 67 candidates during the 2015-16 election cycle and achieved a winning percentage of nearly 90 percent of candidates supported.

NRCA and ROOFPAC will continue to support members of Congress and other candidates who support government policies that enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses.

NRCA Releases 2015-16 Market Survey

NRCA has released its 2015-16 market survey, providing information about overall sales-volume trends in the roofing industry, roofing experiences, material usage and regional breakdowns. It is an important tool to measure the scope of the U.S. roofing industry, and the data provides a glimpse into which roof systems are trending in the low- and steep-slope roofing markets.

This year’s survey reports sales volumes for 2015 and 2016 projections averaged between $8 million and almost $9 million, respectively, and revealed a near-steady ratio of low- to steep-slope sales of 74 percent to 26 percent.

For low-slope roofs, TPO remains the market leader with a 40 percent share of the new construction market and 30 percent of the reroofing market for 2015. Asphalt shingles continue to dominate the steep-slope roofing market with a 47 percent market share for new construction and a 59 percent share for reroofing.

Polyisocyanurate insulation continues to lead its sector of the market with 80 percent of new construction and 73 percent of reroofing work. In addition, roof cover board installation for 2015 was reported as 22 percent in new construction, 42 percent in reroofing tear-offs and 36 percent in re-cover projects.

NRCA’s market survey enables roofing contractors to compare their material usage with contractors in other regions and provides manufacturers and distributors with data to analyze, which can affect future business decisions.

NRCA members may download a free electronic copy of the 2016 survey.

NRCA’s ProForeman Certificate Program Helps Field Leaders Become Excellent Foremen

Brian Draper completes the ProForeman Certificate Program.

Brian Draper completes the ProForeman Certificate Program.

When the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) debuted its ProForeman Certificate Program in 2014, Brian Draper, Superintendent at Queen City Roofing, Springfield, Mo., was the first to apply for the program.

Because he was the only participant from Queen City Roofing, Draper navigated the elements of the program completely on his own. He enjoyed the support of his boss, the company owner, Larry Stock, who is a big believer in training and education. It was no small undertaking for either of them.

The ProForeman Certificate Program is a robust, multi-faceted program aimed at helping field leaders become excellent foremen. It also enables them to become company ambassadors, as well as well-rounded and knowledgeable employees within the roofing industry as a whole. The six areas of emphasis are general education, roofing technology, construction/business practices, leadership, safety and training others.

Roofing Technology

The roofing technology portion of the certificate program required Draper to complete two programs about codes, write a recent job report and watch a technical issues webinar conducted by Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services. The purpose of the codes programs is to expose field managers to their complexity and purpose rather than for participants to learn all the codes that affect roofing. Similarly the technical webinar is a snapshot of issues roofing contractors have to deal with every day. Each of these three programs help turn field managers, like Draper, into better-educated employees who can appreciate the complexities of their industry and, therefore, be better representatives of their companies and more understanding team members.

Draper’s recent job report discussed aspects of a TPO installation. He was required to anticipate methods, safety concerns and common problems, as well as share specific concerns for one job. Because he is a more experienced field manager, he was able to accurately demonstrate his knowledge and experience.

Construction/Business Practices

This segment of the certificate program is designed specifically to help field managers appreciate the roles and concerns of management. Draper reported aspects of these segments to be helpful to him and some others in the office. Three elements comprise this section—a webinar about customer service, a webinar about foreman daily planning and a company-based activity during which participants shadow several key management employees—from which participants learn the responsibilities and concerns of many office employees. For instance, a “daily huddles” webinar helps field managers appreciate the financial picture of the company, seen through the lenses of a job. It explains the impact a field manager’s leadership can have on a job and the company’s bottom line.

Leadership

ProForeman leadership components are the heart of the program. They are comprised of two day-long, in-person programs and two follow-up webinars. Each of these elements is aimed at teaching leadership awareness and skills.

NRCA’s premise is that most field managers already are excellent managers. They know what it takes to successfully install a roof system and are drive to achieve goals. Where roofing industry field managers often lack awareness is how to effectively influence the people who work for them.

Queen City Roofing is lightyears ahead of many companies. According to Draper, Stock is committed to creating an atmosphere in which people enjoy their jobs and want to come to work, and he wants people to be committed to customer service. To that end, being part of the ProForeman Certificate Program was not Draper’s first exposure to leadership concepts. He has been talking to the foremen at Queen City Roofing about concepts like this for some time. NRCA’s For Foremen Only programs, which are part of the certificate program under the leadership section, helped provide Draper with additional material to discuss with the company’s field leaders. Draper notes that over time he has seen foremen come to treat their crews differently, and he reports that hardly anyone manages by yelling anymore.

Safety

It was the position of NRCA legal counsel that no one should be able to earn the ProForeman certificate without having expertise in safety. To that end, there are more requirements in this section than any other. When the program first debuted, NRCA required a roofing-specific OSHA 10-hour card, which could be substituted by a non-specific 30-hour card. There was lots of confusion over the way this was worded, so the requirement was changed to simply require an OSHA 30-hour card. Although a roofing-specific 10-hour can still satisfy, the idea is that ProForeman certificate holders be “above and beyond” when it comes to safety.

Other elements in this section include a webinar about what it means to be a competent person, a fall-protection video and assessment, job-site inspections of current jobs and a full-day NRCA program about fall protection: Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z.

Draper successfully completed all the requirements. In a conversation with him, he stated that Queen City Roofing experienced a transformation in its safety culture four to five years ago. Since that time, leadership and safety have taken a front seat. Draper has embraced learning and training as a way to keep these things in front of the employees at Queen City Roofing.

Training Others

The final section of the certificate program focuses on helping field managers to become excellent trainers for their employees. Not many companies have someone skilled in being a trainer, though all foremen fill this role to some extent. The intent behind these elements is to help foremen be more comfortable in their role as teachers, which is a huge advantage to the individual and the company.

The three items Draper was required to complete in this section were the following:

  • Watch an online module about what it means to be an excellent trainer.
  • Record a video of himself doing a teaching demonstration, such as part of a safety talk (a participant who is a current authorized CERTA trainer does not need to do this exercise).
  • Teach an actual classroom training session.

The classroom training exercise is an opportunity to train new (or newer) field employees on the basics of roofing. The session includes classroom time, demonstration and hands-on activities. NRCA recognizes roofing involves a lot of on-the-job training but does not believe sending new employees up on to the roof right away to learn everything is the best approach. It often frustrates busy foremen, slows down crews that need to work around what they perceive to be dead weight, and tends to weed out workers who might be highly successful if they were provided with a more structured or methodical way of learning a new skill.

Draper reported this classroom training experience to be positive for him and those who participated in the class. Queen City Roofing celebrated participants’ completion by awarding certificates and making a splash of their successes. The company is committed to using this program with future new employees.

First of Many

Draper was the first person to complete the NRCA ProForeman Certificate Program and it helped solidify and improve his skills in many existing Queen City Roofing initiatives. In many ways, Draper was ahead of the curve, coming from a company with an existing commitment to leadership development and a thriving safety culture. It was NRCA’s pleasure to award the jointly held certificate to Draper and Queen City Roofing. NRCA mailed the certificate and, with it, some award items to Draper, such as a Carhartt vest and Thermos mug with the ProForeman logo. NRCA does not expect certificate holders to attend the International Roofing Expo, but finishers are recognized at the award ceremony by name and company.

Learn More
To learn more about the ProForeman certificate program, email Janice Davis at jdavis@nrca.netor Amy Staska at astaska@nrca.net.