Applications Are Being Accepted for 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The merit-based scholarship is available to NRCA contractor or supplier member employees and their families to assist in furthering their education in pursuit of careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

Applicants to the scholarship program must be full-time employees of an NRCA member company or their dependent children or spouses with a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline date. High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year are also eligible.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of 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.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided the awards are renewed annually and recipients maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Accepting MVP Award Nominations

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2014-15 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 15th year, the MVP 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, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP 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. 21, 2014.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2015 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA 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.

Each person submitting a nomination by the deadline also will be placed in a drawing for an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi. In addition, each candidate will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

NRCA to Hold Semi-annual Regional Conference in Denver

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold its semi-annual regional conference Oct. 15 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Denver. The conference will highlight roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from across the Midwest and western states are encouraged to participate in this one-day event. The conference will provide in-depth information about the most critical safety, risk management, technical, building code and legislative issues affecting roofing contractors.

Attendees also will hear from fellow roofing professionals about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry.

Members of NRCA as well as non-members are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register online, visit NRCA’s website.

Participate in Community Service Day During 2015 International Roofing Expo

Roofing professionals participating in the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to give back to the New Orleans community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Community Service Day will take place on Monday, February 23, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, with volunteers helping rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“This is a great opportunity for the roofing industry to give back to the New Orleans community,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The success of this project is attributed to our wonderful volunteers and their dedication to helping those less fortunate.”

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers will perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers will help with set up, cleanup and other miscellaneous projects.

The International Roofing Expo will partner with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities, as well as NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee.

Community Service Day is sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Corporation – Roofing, a leading manufacturer of single-ply vinyl roofing and waterproofing systems known for superior performance with minimal environmental impact, who will be exhibiting in booth #2233.

“The International Roofing Expo and NRCA are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to help families in need,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this worthwhile cause.”

When registration opens in late September, participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration.

The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held February 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

NRCA Releases Roof Application Training Program

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program.

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released its Roof Application Training Program. The package provides all the necessary tools for contractors to conduct effective training with their workers, including two DVD programs with two hours of video content, instructors’ guides, student handouts and exams, and 15-minute modules designed to demonstrate effective training skills for program facilitators. The Roof Application Training Program package contains the following training programs:

    • Foundations of Roofing
    • Equipment, Setup and Tear-off

The programs are available in English and Spanish.

The NRCA ProForeman Certificate Program Helps Roofing Contractors Invest in Their Foremen

High Life Speedboats was experiencing a problem with its newest model speedboat engine, which, when hitting top speeds, would frequently cut out. This resulted in boats that were traveling 60 mph to be almost dead in the water within seconds. More than once, someone had been seriously injured by being thrown off balance, crashing into onboard components or being thrown overboard.

Panache Speedboats also was trying to improve its engines. The company had been in business for two decades and was known for building reliable boats. With operations systematized and production running in turnkey mode, company engineers wanted to explore the possibilities of building a higher-performance engine and securing Panache a spot in the elite racing market.

There are two equal and opposite drives for improvement in both of these cases. High Life needs to improve; its product is unreliable and the company will ultimately go out of business—not to mention people may be hurt and killed if steps are not taken. Panache wants to improve; it has a reliable product but it’s not as good as it could be.

So, now you may be asking, “How does this relate to the roofing industry?”

Most reputable roofing contractors are not like High Life. Their roof systems don’t fail outright, causing damage and ruining companies’ reputations. Most roofing contractors are Panache engines. They are reliable and their roof systems serve customers well.

But if you have the itch, like Panache, to increase performance, then you have a drive to improve for the best reason— because you want to be better. You are not panicking. You are planning. You want to see whether you can shape your company to become an elite contracting company, known for its excellence.

Thoughtful contractors will consider what investments will yield the most significant returns for their companies. New equipment? A better facility? Increasing the types of systems they install?

Consider the following statement from Ethan Cowles of Raleigh, N.C.-based management consultant FMI: “World-class contractors all have incredible talent at the foremen level. That is not to say company leadership, business strategy, project management, etc., are not important, but operations without great foremen always struggle to achieve anything but mediocrity.”

HIGH-PERFORMANCE FOREMEN

Cowles’ quote resonates with what the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has heard from its contractor members, as well. Tom Shanahan, NRCA’s associate executive director of risk management, states that after asking hundreds of contractors over the years how much of each dollar flowing through a company is affected directly by foremen, he has safely landed on 85 cents. Eighty-five cents of every dollar.

Foremen drive your trucks, use your equipment, manage your labor, direct quality control, affect insurance rates and often are the face of your company for customers.

EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR.

It makes you want to ensure your foremen are high-performance engines, doesn’t it?

NRCA has been focused for years on providing education for roofing foremen. Recognizing that most foremen are promoted into their positions because of their roofing skills and work ethic, rather than for their leadership prowess, For Foremen Only has provided a venue for training thousands of foremen about leadership and communication during the past 15 years. Now, packaged within this larger ProForeman initiative, the classes provide a cornerstone for a well-rounded experience aimed at helping roofing-contractor operations to achieve world-class excellence.

Foremen need to be leaders, not just crew managers; therefore, they need to understand the whole picture—the process of selling and installing roof systems, their role in keeping employees safe, outside forces that necessitate compliance and more—if they are to understand the importance of their role.

The ProForeman program is designed to help roofing foremen shift their perspectives of their role from being roofing installation managers to company leaders. As leaders, the burden of responsibility is greater and, when understood, frees them to think differently about how to work with their crews and their supervisors.

The ProForeman program comprises six main topics:

    • General education
    • Roofing technology
    • Construction/business practices
    • Leadership
    • Safety
    • Training others

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CNA Makes Donation to Chicago Chapter of Rebuilding Together

In celebration of National Roofing Week, Chicago-based insurer CNA has donated $5,000 to the Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners.

CNA’s donation was presented during NRCA‘s board of directors meeting Thursday, July 10, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The meeting was part of NRCA’s Midyear meetings, which are held concurrently with National Roofing Week.

Taking place July 6-12, National Roofing Week aims to increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors.

NRCA contractor members are encouraged to give back to their communities and charitable organizations during National Roofing Week.

“As part of our commitment to serving our communities and as a proud partner of NRCA for more than 44 years, CNA is excited to support National Roofing Week with a donation to Rebuilding Together, an organization dedicated to improving the homes of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods,” says Rhonda Lohmar, CNA’s program director for NRCA.

NRCA Recognizes National Roofing Week

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and stress the value of professional roofing contractors, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place July 6-12.

The roof is one of the most important components of a structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

In honor of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host a community service day during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago, where members will volunteer their services to repair the roof of Chicago-based Lydia Home, an organization dedicated to helping troubled children and their families.

NRCA contractors participating in the Lydia Home repairs are Nations Roof, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill.; and Waukegan Roofing, Waukegan, Ill. Karnak Corp., Clark, N.J., donated materials for the project.

NRCA also will be hosting a fundraising effort on behalf of Lydia Home during National Roofing Week.

Contractor members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to give back to their communities in a similar way during National Roofing Week.

In addition, NRCA will be recognizing the winners of the “Everybody Needs a Roof” Children’s Art Contest, which was open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA members or their employees.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all 2014 National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2015 International Roofing Expo® and NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

NRCA Applauds Supreme Court Ruling NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointments Were Unconstitutional

NRCA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unconstitutional. The decision comes in response to litigation supported by NRCA and other employer groups that challenged the constitutionality of the appointments in court. In the case of NLRB v. Noel Canning, the court ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the Constitution’s Recess Appointment Clause when he made the recess appointments to the NLRB.

On Jan. 4, 2012, President Obama appointed three new members to the NLRB as recess appointments, bypassing the normal Senate confirmation process for president nominees to executive branch positions. The Constitution allows the president to make such appointments without a Senate vote of approval when Congress is in recess. However, Congress was in pro-forma session at the time of the appointments. In making the appointments, President Obama argued they were valid because Congress does little work during pro-forma sessions. However, the Supreme Court disagreed, ruling (9-0 on the judgment, 5-4 on the reasoning) that Constitution empowers the president to fill executive branch vacancies only during recesses of sufficient length, and affirmed that pro-forma sessions are valid sessions of Congress.

NRCA supported the litigation challenging the recess appointments because of concerns over the NLRB’s activist regulatory agenda that could adversely effects employers and workers. It is imperative NLRB appointments and appointments to other government agencies be subject to the normal Senate confirmation process whenever possible. NRCA represents union and open-shop contractors and supports policies that maintain an equitable balance in labor-management relations.

It is unclear what immediate impact this ruling will have on the NLRB’s operations and regulatory agenda. However, it likely calls into question the validity of past NLRB decisions that involved board members appointed via recess appointments, and such rulings could be overturned as a result. Additionally, the decision may significantly constrain the agency’s agenda moving forward given the legal confusion it will create concerning past recess appointments and related rulings.

NRCA is pleased with this major legal victory and will continue working to represent roofing industry employers from intrusive government regulation in the legislative, regulatory and legal arenas.

NRCA Launches Web Resource for Homeowners, Business Owners, Building Managers and Consumers

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has launched www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, a website that is a comprehensive resource for homeowners, business owners, building managers and consumers.

With a roof system being one of the most crucial components of every structure purchasing a new roof system or repairing an existing one is one of the most important investments a consumer can make.

www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, which launched June 23, provides the public with helpful information regarding roofing, common roof system maintenance, what to do following major weather events and natural disasters, and assistance finding an NRCA roofing professional to ensure the proper repair or replacement of a roof system.

“Buying a roof is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make, and consumers have a lot of choices,” says NRCA Executive Vice President William Good. “NRCA wants to ensure homeowners are able to make the best, most informed decision possible and believe this new website will be an important and useful tool for finding the best roofing contractors and roof systems.”