2019 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Conference Pays Tribute to America’s Defenders

Nearly 600 contractors and their guests came together in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2019 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Conference, March 25-27, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Featuring the theme “Next Level,” the conference included intensive educational sessions, panel discussions,an awards ceremony, networking opportunities and inspiring keynote presentations.

Highlighting an expanded educational track, the 2019 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Conference delivered a breadth of learning sessions led by contractors as well as content masters in areas such as scaling operations, marketing and systems to help drive business performance and profitability. “Supporting the technical and business knowledge of contractors is fundamental to Owens Corning’s relationship with our Platinum roofing contractors,” said Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network Leader. “Contractor education and business development continue to lie at the heart of the Platinum Conference.”

Beyond education, conference highlights included presentations from celebrities, leaders and design authorities, including award winning actor Gary Sinise, decorated retired Navy Seal veteran Jocko Willink and HGTV Good Bones personality Karen E. Laine.

Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, spoke about his gratitude to America’s defenders and shared how his foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program is helping injured and disabled service members and their families through the gift of a mortgage-free home. In an interview following his remarks, Sinise reflected on how small businesses – including roofing contractors – play a role in his Foundation’s mission. “Without their skilled labor, knowledge of the local market, and passion for donating their services, we wouldn’t be able to scale the program the way that we have,” Sinise stated. Remarking on the partners who support the R.I.S.E. program, Sinise added, “Owens Corning understands the importance of serving and honoring the needs of these special individuals. I am one ‘grateful American’ as we work each day to restore independence and support the empowerment of our defenders.”

The hard work and commitment of roofing contractors was also recognized by retired Navy SEAL, author and podcaster Jocko Willink during remarks at the conference. Willink drew on lessons gleaned from the battlefield as well as his work coaching teams, companies and organizations. In an interview following his Platinum Conference remarks, Jocko remarked on the parallels between being a roofing contractor and a Navy SEAL, noting, “It is hard work, but you have to get the mission done.” In a tough labor market, he spoke about the importance of teamwork and relationship building. “If everyone on the team is looking out for one another and putting the team ahead of themselves, the team will be strong and that attitude starts at the top,” he said.

Continuing Owens Corning’s commitment to the Shingle Color of the Year initiative, Karen E. Laine of HGTV’s “Good Bones” and co-owner of Indianapolis-based Two Chicks and a Hammer shared her passion for color with Platinum conference attendees. She offered insights and tips for having the “color conversation” with homeowners including Owens Corning’s online resources for homeowners and noting that Owens Corning shingles have topped off roofs on her guest house as well as her clients’ homes.

While learning and networking dominated the Platinum Conference agenda, contractors and their guests also participated in recreational activities which facilitated networking and the strengthening the bond between this exclusive group of roofers. Jason Lewinski said the Platinum Conference continues to grow as a venue for contractors to exchange best practices, discuss challenges and elevate their business. “The 2019 theme ‘Next Level’ really speaks to the continual improvement and passion for excellence that is at the heart of how Platinum contractors engage with their teams, customers and communities,” he said. “Our goal in planning this year’s conference was to celebrate and honor the work ethic and passion for excellence lived out by Platinum contractors every day.”

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Actor Gary Sinise shares how his foundation’s R.I.S.E. program is partnering with organizations such as Owens Corning to support America’s defenders.

PetersenDean Joins Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network

PetesenDean Roofing & Solar announced that it has been hand-selected by Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC to join their Platinum Preferred Contractor Network of top tier roofing professionals based upon its commitment to service, reliability and outstanding craftsmanship.

Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractors is considered an exclusive contractor network; less than one percent of Owens Corning Contractors have Platinum Preferred status. To be accepted into the network, PetersenDean was required to meet the following eligibility requirements including passing an installation workmanship inspection, carry at least $1 million in general liability insurance, and be screened for financial stability and customer service.

“As a roofing company with 33 years of industry experience serving Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas, PetersenDean is honored to become a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Program,” said Tim Ramage, vice president of consumer sales, PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Corporate Division. “We will launch our partnership with Owens Corning in California and then extend our services into other states.

“Wherever we are consulting with prospective customers, we are aware that purchasing a new roof is a significant decision. We are proud to have Owens Corning Roofing supporting the commitment to excellence that we bring to every project,” Ramage noted. “Additionally, we place value in the fact the Owens Corning roofing products are made in the USA and have a reputation for superior material advancements leading to long term performance.”

Ramage said the Owens Corning roofing products that will be used by PetersenDean will be manufactured in the company’s Compton, Ca., plant and he estimates that PetersenDean will use about 6.5 million square feet of shingles and roofing accessories annually. “We will primarily be installing Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration and Owens Corning Woodcrest shingles,” he added.

“Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network members are chosen based on their proven market and industry leadership,” said Bill Mabry, Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network leader. “This network underscores Owens Corning Roofing’s commitment to providing value within the building materials industry and ensuring our roofing contractors have the tools and business solutions they need to grow their business.”

Through the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network, PetersenDean is able to provide peace of mind to its customers, including extended system limited warranties that also offer a limited lifetime workmanship coverage.

Owens Corning Has Chosen Professional Building Services as a Platinum Contractor

Professional Building Services announced that it has been selected as a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network. Owens Corning and Asphalt LLC invited Professional Building Services to join this premier network of top tier roofing professionals based upon its commitment to service, reliability and craftsmanship.

Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractors represent less than one half percent of the roofing contractors in the industry. To be accepted into the network, Professional Building Services met high standards including a minimum of three years experience, a clean profile with the Better Business Bureau, $1 million in general liability insurance, endorsements from distributors as well as all required state and local licenses.

“As a roofing company with decades of industry experience serving New England, Professional Building Services is honored to become a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Program,” says Pete Ciaraldi, manager of Professional Building Services. “We appreciate that purchasing a new roof is a significant decision and are proud to have Owens Corning Roofing backing the commitment to excellence we bring to our customers.”

“Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor network members are chosen based on their proven market and industry leadership,” says Matt Lawver, contractor services leader, Owens Corning. “This network underscores Owens Corning Roofing’s commitment to providing value within the building materials industry and ensuring our roofing contractors have the tools and business solutions they need to grow their business.”

Through the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network, Professional Building Services is able to provide exclusive benefits and peace of mind to its customers, including extended system warranties that offer lifetime workmanship coverage. Professional Building Services is also a multi-year recipient of the Owens Corning Guild Quality Outstanding Customer Excellence Award.