The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program began in 1986 to fund education for employees, their spouses and their dependent children of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries. The program is named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga.

A maximum of 11 recipients will each receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study if they meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

The named $5,000 scholarships awarded through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program are: Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.; Dan Cohen; Firestone Building Products (two scholarships); Fred Good; William A. Good; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships).

The new scholarship category is the Reid and DeaNa Ribble/Career Technical Education Scholarship which helps fund students pursuing an education at a vocational or technical trade school. It is designed to help those who are seeking a professional career inside the roofing industry including but not limited to roof system and sheet metal installers/fabricators, crane and equipment operators, foremen and superintendents, warehouse and inventory specialists, and other roofing trade specialties. This CTE scholarship is not designed for those careers that require a four-year undergraduate degree. There will be a maximum of five recipients who will be eligible to receive a $1,000 award that is not renewable, but winners are eligible to apply again the following year.

“Since the program began, 130 students have received $845,000 in scholarship awards,” said Josh Kelly, VP of Product Development & Innovation, OMG Roofing Products and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “Supporting students who are interested in careers in the roofing industry ensures that the future of the industry remains strong.  Contributions to the program are always encouraged,” continued Kelly. 

To learn more about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program or download the application, please visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

Polyset Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Andover, Mass.-based ICP Building Solutions Group’s Polyset brand has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a partner member.

PolysetIn 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“ICP Building Solutions Group’s Polyset roofing adhesive brand decided to participate at the One Voice membership level for many reasons,” says Max Miller, vice president of Polyset. “First and foremost, we trust in its leadership and direction. In my opinion, actions speak louder than words. NRCA over the last couple of years has been a loud voice for us all. The Polyset brand has been an advocate of training workforce and governmental bodies for over 20 years and has created one of the most trusted and sought-after Qualified Applicator credentials in the industry. Without continual training and education of our current and future workforce, as well as the politicians that govern and make our laws, we and our industry are so very vulnerable. Together, we as One Voice are stronger, more professional and have the unique opportunity to leave the industry better equipped to succeed in the future.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Opens Registration for LegalCon 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association Legal Resource Center announces its newest conference, LegalCon 2020. LegalCon 2020 will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. The conference will focus on three topics — contract law, employment law and technical issues — to increase legal knowledge, improve work processes and offer effective business tools.

“We encourage CEOs, owners, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers to attend and learn from some of the best and brightest legal and technical experts in the roofing industry,” said Alison LaValley, a vice president of NRCA.

To ensure participants benefit from interaction and a small group setting, attendance is limited to 40. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at nrca.net/legalcon.

For more information about LegalCon 2020, visit nrca.net/legalcon.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released Training for Roof Application Careers. TRAC blends online and hands-on training companies can use to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers. TRAC, which includes English and Spanish content, is designed to provide inexperienced employees with “conversational competence.”

NRCA currently offers the TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package and TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package.

The TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Low-slope Core; and Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

The TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Steep-slope Core; and Asphalt Shingle Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

A one-time TRAC purchase includes unlimited use of the training materials so employers can train an unlimited number of employees at a pace and time that works for them.

For more information about TRAC, visit www.nrca.net/trac.

OMG Roofing Products to Host NRCA Qualified Trainer Conference

OMG Roofing Products will host a two-day NRCA Qualified Trainer Conference on December 10-11, 2019. This ‘train the trainer’ conference is designed to develop NRCA Qualified Trainers to help new roofing contractor employees to become productive and contributing members of the team as quickly as possible.

It’s clear that there is a huge need in the market for roofing contractors to attract new workers into the industry. However, many coming into the industry have little skill or knowledge about roofing or roof installation. At the Qualified Trainer Conference, NRCA will offer a variety of training techniques, and provide participants with a variety of training tools they can take back to their company and use whenever a new hire walks through the door. 

“OMG Roofing Products is honored to be hosting this important industry conference,” said Josh Kelly, vice president of product development & innovation for OMG, and current president of the Roofing Alliance. “Finding and retaining quality workers continues to be a significant issue for our industry, so we are very pleased that NRCA is driving this important industry initiative.” 

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both December 10 and December 11 in Agawam, Massachusetts. Participants will learn how to:

  • Give interesting and engaging presentations
  • Ask the right type of questions to foster learning
  • Create a simple and effective hands-on training environment on jobsites
  • Conduct positive one-on-one training sessions
  • Implement NRCA’s Training for Roof Application Careers program for onboarding new hires
  • Write training objectives and stick to them
  • Keep trainees engaged
  • Conduct practical training exercises to get a new hire productive quickly

For additional information and to register, please visit: http://nrca.net/education/course-calendar/qt-conference-agawam.

For more information about OMG Roofing Products, visit https://omgroofing.com/.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Participants

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. Five finalist teams will be announced December 9, 2019 and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas.

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill.
  • Clemson University (NEW), Clemson, S.C. with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colo. with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga. with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt.  Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minn. with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson.  Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn.
  • Ohio State University (NEW), Columbus, Ohio with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Lange, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans.  Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University (NEW), College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Fla.  with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package.

The teams will submit their proposal packages by December 9, 2019 to be reviewed by the team of judges. A maximum of five finalist teams will be selected to travel to the International Roofing Expo in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Finalists will be named on January 6, 2020.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Offers Detailed FAQs for NRCA ProCertification

For those curious about NRCA ProCertification, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers detailed FAQs addressing many topics related to the program. Employers, installers or foremen will benefit from the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, which cover various topics and answer questions regarding the program and how it works.

To view the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, go to http://www.nrca.net/procertification/faqs.

For more information of NRCA ProCertification, visit nrca.net/procertification.

Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Projects For Betterment of the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance is committed to promoting and supporting the advancement of the roofing industry and funds critical research, educational, technical and philanthropic projects to serve that purpose. The Roofing Alliance recently announced its annual call for funding requests; this year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The foundation has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 programs and projects to support educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues.

Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, notes $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019 with about 70 percent of funding dollars earmarked for continuing projects and programs, such as the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities.

The Roofing Alliance seeks projects that enhance the performance of the U.S roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 focused on future workforce development, including providing funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA to help build the professional reputation of roofing while increasing interest in roofing industry careers.

For information about specific criteria and the funding review process, visit www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Encourages Industry to Come Together for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) invites all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2020 will take place April 21-22. All roofing professionals are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“Help us demonstrate the depth of talent and diversity in our great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As 2020 is an election year, it is especially important for roofing professionals to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2020.”

Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the country to voice the industry’s priorities to Capitol Hill. It is crucial members of Congress see roofing professionals and hear about the critical issues facing the roofing industry.

For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or visit www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.

NRCA Encourages Members to Submit Charitable Projects for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the eighth year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have co-sponsored the 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is December 1.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place—$7,500
  • 2nd Place—$5,000
  • 3rd Place—$2,500
  • People’s Choice Award—$1,500

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

NRCA awarded the 2019 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award to Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois, at the International Roofing Expo in February for its charitable work in 2018.

“We strongly believe in ‘prosperity with a purpose,’” said CJ Martin, president and CEO of Showalter Roofing Service. “For us, that purpose is seeing to the basic human need for shelter, warmth and a safe place to call home, and winning this award has helped us do just that. Thank you, CNA and NRCA!”

For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/about/NRCA-awards/cna-nrca-community-involvement.