NRCA Announces June 2-8 is National Roofing Week

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 2-8.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees—their “roofing family”—and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. 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.

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, the first NRCA Giving Day will be held June 7 to raise funds to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. NRCA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to college and vocational-technical school students who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing (title sponsor); ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA Recognizes the First ProCertified Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recognized the first ProCertified installers and ProCertified foreman at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during the 2019 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, launched in 2018 to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge now can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer: Juan Segura, Raincoat Roofing Co., Broadview, Illinois
  • ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer: Rhyan McKinney, Nations Roof, LLC, Villa Park, Illinois
  • ProCertified Roofing Foreman: Nick Zwart, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Indiana

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019 Future Executives Institute Graduates

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s Future Executives Institute has announced its graduates for 2019. Graduates were recognized Feb. 12 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville.

FEI is a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders. The participants gathered in Chicago at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and at NRCA conventions for the past three years.

Following are FEI’s Class 8 graduates:

Donald Bergamy, president of Nations Roof Mid Atlantic, Baltimore

Daniel Boatwright, vice president/general manager of Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Lakeland, Fla.

Rodney Cadorette, vice president and COO of Porter Roofing Contractors Inc., Martinez, Ga.

Ryan Dill, senior project manager for NorthStar Construction Services Corp., Shirley, Mass.

Dominic Dunlap, president of DCG Roofing Solutions Inc., Des Plaines, Ill.

David Elizalde II, project manager for Competition Roofing Inc., Houston

Mike Godfrey, vice president of Godfrey Roofing Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Joseph Guido, operations manager for Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.

Ronald Heath, vice president of The Roof Depot Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

Will Jawish, director of construction for Gordian Energy Systems, Baltimore

Ileana Kilfian, preconstruction manager for Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.

Michelle Martel, CFO of Function Enterprises Inc., Springfield, Va.

J. David Maxwell, vice president of services, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Patrick McGlynn, project manager for Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc., Collinsville, Ill.

Jeffrey Money Jr., project manager for Ruff Roofers Inc., Baltimore

Kellie Paasch, general manager for Independent Roofing Co., Omaha, Neb.

Matthew Pauley, vice president of Superior Roofing & Construction, San Antonio

Stefan Peters, project manager for Preferred Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kevin Petersen, service manager for Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Racine, Wis.

Daniel Ritter, commercial division manager for Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.

Ken Schmidt, senior project manager/estimator for Wayne’s Roofing Inc., Sumner, Wash.

Lacey Trokey, vice president of Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Michael Vodika, director of operations for Damschroder Roofing Inc., Fremont, Ohio

Michaelene Winters, RoofGuard manager for United Materials, Denver

John Ziolkowski, vice president of roofing operations for Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.

Additionally, Mickey Childress, president of Triad Roofing Co. Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., was recognized for graduating from FEI Class 7.

For more information about FEI or to apply for the program, visit www.nrca.net/fei.

Eagle Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a “partner member.”

In 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 be 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. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “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.

“We are excited to join NRCA and its One Voice initiative,” said John J. Campbell, Eagle Roofing Products’ vice president of sales and marketing. “We began our support of NRCA through our company’s involvement with the tile roofing industry’s trade association, The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (previously known as the Tile Roofing Institute). Our commitment to align Eagle Roofing Products with NRCA as a partner member further strengthens our commitment to the roofing industry as a whole by engaging all of our team members and working collectively to drive awareness and assist with solutions while fully supporting the continued success of the association.”

For more information visit, www.nrca.net/onevoice.

Helene Hardy Pierce Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, N.J., is the 72nd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 9-13 in Nashville. 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.

Hardy Pierce, the first woman to earn the honor, serves on NRCA’s board of directors and is a member of NRCA’s Residential Contractor Committee, Roofing Day Task Force and Technical Operations Committee. She also has served as a Roofing Alliance student competition judge from 2015-19.

Hardy Pierce has been in the roofing industry for 38 years and has served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Procurement Reform; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president; Roof Consultants Institute Foundation; and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president.

She has been involved with numerous other roofing industry organizations, including the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, ASTM International and SPRI.

“During her nearly four decades in the industry, she has seen an ebb and flow of people who understand what doesn’t change—the result of a lifetime of experience, trial and error and a long institutional memory,” said 2018 J.A. Piper Award winner Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company. “She has been a passionate advocate for our industry, and her contributions are endless—many of us here have benefited from her integrity, cutting-edge research, and valuable technical papers and presentations.”

“Those of you who know me know I believe we have a very kind industry with people who show up every day and solve problems, and it has only been a joy to be a part of it,” Hardy Pierce said when accepting the award. “Thank you very much, and I am beyond honored to receive this award from contractors who I respect so much.”

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.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019-20 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2019-20 slate of officers and directors at its 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill., was elected chairman of the board-elect. Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.; Tupac de la Cruz, founder of Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.; Doug Duncan, president of Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.; and Brad Sutter, executive vice president of Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota, Fla., were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Bill Baley, president and CEO of C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Greg Bloom, vice president of national and strategic accounts at Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.
  • Collin DeBuysere, project manager at Roofing Technology Inc., Davenport, Iowa
  • Scott Donnelly, president of Cooper Roofing & Solar LLC, Las Vegas
  • Don Fry, president of Fry Roofing Inc., San Antonio
  • Dave Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Frederick, Md.
  • Scott Kawulok, vice president of B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colo.
  • Kyle King, president of James King Roofing LLC, Lynnwood, Wash.
  • Rob Kornahrens, CEO of Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Richard Lawson, senior vice president of The Lawson Roofing Co. Inc., San Francisco
  • Matt Leonard, vice president of Architectural Sheet Metal Inc., Orlando, Fla.
  • J.J. Smithey, president of Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Ore.
  • All 2019-20 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2019.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Releases Latest Volume of the NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is now availablein the NRCA Bookstore. This volume of the manual provides information about the best industry practices and technical information regarding the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to membrane roof systems used in low-slope applications. It offers roof system configurations with a list of applicable roof components and references on where to find additional information in the manual. It also includes construction details for built-up roof (BUR) membrane, polymer-modified bitumen, liquid-applied, EPDM and other single-ply membrane roof systems. 

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is one of four volumes that comprise The NRCA Roofing Manual. The four-volume series also includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2016The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018.

NRCA also will offer an electronic PDF version of the 2019 volume in the NRCA Bookstore, which is free for members. In addition, the 2019 volume will be available on the NRCA app.

For more information, visit NRCA’s bookstore at www.nrca.net/store.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards who have been invited to the International Roofing Expo (IRE) where they will be recognizedat the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 19 years ago, 660 employees have been nominated and 242 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2018-2019 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

  • Bobby Ainsworth – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place
  • Field worker
  • Venture Construction Group of Florida, Inc.
  • Stuart, Fla.
  • Miguel Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Houston, Texas
  • Brandon Reese – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Foreman
  • Korellis Roofing Inc.
  • Hammond, Ind.
  • Drew Thomas – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Superintendent
  • Reliant Roofing, Inc.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Jose de Jesus Zermeno – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship
  • Field Supervisor
  • Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Irvine, Ca.

During NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofingmagazine.  “The award recognizes a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner who makes extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry and community,” stated Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG.  “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force evaluates each MVP award winner and tallies points based on MVP award’s criteria, including on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Following is a list of previous Best of the Best Award winners:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent Innovative Roofing  Group, Atlanta, Ga.
2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo.

To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards and how to attend NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony to see the Best of the Best Award presentation, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Online Registration Now Open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that online registration is open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, which will be held April 3-4. The purpose of the event is to bring the roofing industry together to meet with members of Congress and their staffs and deliver the industry’s message with “one voice.”

On March 6-7, 2018, the roofing industry came together in Washington, D.C., for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. The event was a success with more than 400 professionals from all segments of the roofing industry coming together to deliver a unified industry message to Congress. From states as far as Hawaii and Alaska, roofing professionals from all segments of the industry showed up and made a lasting impression on legislators, bringing to their attention our urgent need for regulatory reform, enhanced career and technical educational programs, and immigration reform that meets our workforce needs. 

The NRCA encourages all industry stakeholders to attend and bring employees and crew members to be a part of this unique and exciting event. It’s important for Congress to hear from all segments of the industry. Registration is only $75 for company representatives and $25 for roof system installers. You do not need to be an NRCA member to participate—anyone from the roofing industry is welcome and encouraged to attend.

To learn more about Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 and to register, visit www.nrca.net/roofingday

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.