Roofing Alliance Announces Horch Roofing as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Governor Level member, Horch Roofing, headquartered in Warren, Maine. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Horch Roofing President Peter Horch said the decision to join was easy. “As Horch Roofing continues to grow, I recognized the need for strong partnerships with roofing industry leaders. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA are at the forefront of developing, strengthening and shaping the roofing industry. Joining The Roofing Alliance was the partnership I was looking for to assist in advancing my business and help the industry at the same time,” he explained.

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Roofing Alliance Accepting Nominations for Gold Circle and MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for two of its elite awards programs: the 2020 Gold Circle Awards and Most Valuable Player Awards.

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2020 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA or Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2019, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is October 18. Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas. To obtain a Gold Circle Award nomination form, click here.

The Roofing Alliance is also accepting entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards program. The deadline for entries is November 15. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding roofing workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any roofing field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories.

MVP Award winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention Feb. 2-6, 2020, in Dallas. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2020 International Roofing Expo, two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas. For more information or to obtain MVP entry forms, click here.

For more information, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding, Seeking Projects to Enhance the Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, every year the Roofing Alliance funds critical research, educational and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry. This year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The Roofing Alliance has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 research, educational, technical and philanthropic programs and projects to support high-quality educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues. For 23 years, the Roofing Alliance has been committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, shared that a total of $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019. “Approximately 70 percent of funding dollars were earmarked for continuing initiatives, committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities,” stated Judson.

Ultimately, the Roofing Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 included projects focused on future workforce development. In an ongoing effort to build the professional reputation of roofing while working to increase interest in working in the roofing industry, the Roofing Alliance provided funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA. As part of the funding plan, a joint committee has been formed with NRCA and Roofing Alliance members to focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) outreach with SkillsUSA as a first and integral step for the initiative.

Requests are due by January 1, 2020. For information on specific criteria and the funding review process please visit http://www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

Roofing Alliance Announces Call for MVP Award Entries

The Roofing Alliance has announced a call for entries for its Most Valuable Player Awards Program. The deadline for entries is November 15. MVP Awards formally recognize outstanding roofing workers who achieve work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Workers employed by an NRCA member or nonmember roofing contracting, distributor or supplier firm are eligible. From roofing contracting firms, any roofing field worker, foreman or superintendent can be nominated, and from distributor and supplier firms, any warehouse employee, warehouse foreman, driver or equipment operator can be nominated.

Nominations are based on significant contributions in two categories: outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. Each category is judged separately, and individuals can be nominated for one or both categories.

MVP Award winners will receive two complimentary coach airfare tickets and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention Feb. 2-6, 2020, in Dallas. Each winner also will receive one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2020 International Roofing Expo,® two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception and a $100 American Express gift card. Winners will be formally recognized during the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas.

One MVP Award winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. Co-sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., the recognition will include a special prize and feature article in Professional Roofing.

All MVP Award winners will be recognized in Professional Roofing, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter, the Roofing Alliance Update and on the Roofing Alliance’s website, www.roofingalliance.net. Winners also will be the focus of press releases sent to local and national media and industry trade press.

For more information or to obtain entry forms, click here. You also can contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Now Accepting Gold Circle Nominations

The Roofing Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2020 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes NRCA or Roofing Alliance members for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry. Gold Circle Awards categories include outstanding workmanship/innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2019, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is October 18. Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

For more information or to obtain a Gold Circle Award nomination form, click here or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2019-2020 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients for 2019-20.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

The Roofing Alliance awarded five new Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

Joseph Castellucia – Dan Cohen Scholarship, son of Joseph Castellucia, vice president, Chris Andersen Roofing Co., Hopelawn, N.J.

Davis Edwards, son of Van Edwards, Chief Op Officer, Midsouth Roof Systems, Forest Park, Ga.

Matthew Killgore – OMG Scholarship, son of Charles Killgore, Vice President, Delta Roofing & Sheet Metal, West Memphis, Ark.

Morgan Patterson – OMG 2nd Scholarship, daughter of James Patterson, Vice President Procurement, Centimark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa.

Calvin Raymore, son of Calvin Raymore, Senior Vice President of Safety and Risk, Centimark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa.

In addition, the Roofing Alliance renewed six Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

Salvador Flores Garcia – Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship, attending University of California: Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

Elaina Krumholz – Fred Good Scholarship, attending the University of Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sophia McGuire – William A. Good Scholarship, attending University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alyssa Merna – Firestone Scholarship, attending Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.

John Paynter – Melvin Kruger Scholarship, attending East Carolina University, Greenville, S.C.

Cameron Tickerhoff – Firestone Scholarship, attending Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

“A total of $30,000 was awarded for scholarship renewals,” stated Josh Kelly, current president of the Roofing Alliance.  “We also awarded $25,000 for five new scholarships for a total of $55,000 for the 2019-20 school year.  To date for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program we have awarded a total of 130 students who have received $845,000 in scholarship awards.  We are very honored to give back to the next generation of roofing professionals in this way.”

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. 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.  Details for the 2020-21 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program and the application guidelines will be available in August of 2019.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Josh Kelly of OMG Named New President of the Roofing Alliance

Josh Kelly, vice president of new product development and innovation at OMG Roofing Products in Agawam, Mass., has been named as the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress).

Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals working to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education and technical programs and projects.

In his full-time position at OMG, Josh is responsible for leading product innovation and for managing OMG’s team of project managers, product engineers, and testing technicians.

Josh has over 25 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, and was instrumental in commercializing the RhinoBond induction welding system. He has held several positions at OMG including marketing director, vice president of marketing and vice president/general manager.

In addition to being president of the Roofing Alliance, Josh is a member of the Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) and the National Roofing Contractors Assn (NRCA).

For more information, visit https://omgroofing.com.

Roofing Alliance Asks Roofing Contractors to Participate in Industry Research Survey

The Roofing Alliance has issued a call to all roofing contractors to help make the Roofing Alliance Workforce Survey a success. Understanding even the basics of how many roofing contractors, laborers and roofing professionals work every day can fuel advocacy, funding and investment. With that in mind, the Roofing Alliance funded a study through Arizona State University with the goal to:

  1. Capture a detailed description of the roofing industry workforce, its stakeholders and the work that they do; 
  2. Gather employment and demographic information on the roofing workforce, including an understanding of its challenges, trends and emerging issues; 
  3. Strengthen the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) voice and role in Washington, D.C., by gathering important statistical data that can be shared with regulatory and federal agencies; 
  4. Serve as a member and industry resource by supplying key statistical data as a national association. 

To accomplish these goals, the Roofing Alliance needs participation by roofing contractors to capture the data and demographics that will help both the Roofing Alliance and NRCA put programs in place to attract the next generation of the roofing workforce. The participation of contractors is key to the successful gathering of the data and information needed for this important research.

The survey includes general questions about your company, and your current workforce. The survey takes approximately 7-8 minutesto complete. All individual responses will be confidential and anonymous. Only industry averages will be published in the final report.

To encourage participation, each person completing the survey will have a chance to win prizes including $50 Amazon gift cards (over 20 chances) and Max CN445R3 Superroofer Roofing Coil Nail Guns (3 chances).

Take the Roofing Alliance Workforce Survey

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Roofing Alliance Looks to Fund Projects for the Betterment of the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding.  Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, every year the Roofing Alliance funds critical research, education and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry.  This year’s submittal date for funding applications is January 1, 2019.

The Roofing Alliance has allocated more than $5 million to fund 46 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects to support high-quality educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues.  For 22 years, the Roofing Alliance has beencommitted to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence.  

“It plays a critical role within the industry,” Josh Kelly, incoming president of the Roofing Alliance and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation of OMG. “The advances we have made during the past few years are a testament of how successful we can be when everyone within the industry works together. I am convinced the more participation we can get through funding initiatives, programs and membership, the more we will be able to offer unique opportunities that make a difference in shaping the future of the roofing industry.”

Ultimately, the Roofing Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry.  A few of the projects funded to date include: 1) A partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® to adopt the roofs of 165 standalone houses in the U.S.; 2) National Women in Roofing Day sponsorship; 3) Industry demographics survey; 4) NRCA ProCertification support; and 5) Construction Management School yearly competition.  

The Roofing Alliance is composed of 166 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities. These individuals have committed over $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry to current and future workers.

Requests are due by January 1, 2019.  For information on specific criterial and the funding review process please visit www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding.    

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The 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 2019-20 academic year.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance (formerly The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress) has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. 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. 

“To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards,” said Rodney Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill. and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “The Roofing Alliance is focused on giving back while also working hard to share the professionalism and opportunities within the roofing trade.  By supporting students who are interested in construction and specifically roofing, we are spreading the word about the potential that is available in our industry.”

“We also encourage the industry to support the scholarship fund,” continued Petrick.  “Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcome, but if you make a commitment of $50,000, you can choose to name the scholarship and participate in the recipient selection process.”

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study directly related to a career in the roofing industry or building construction at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net