The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the five finalist teams in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had eight schools participate. Based on their written proposals, five finalist teams were selected and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. 

The five finalist schools who will be presenting in Dallas 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, Alabama.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 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, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, 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, Colorado.
  • Texas A&M University, 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, Florida, 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, Florida.

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, and was originally roofed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, Texas.  The teams researched the project, reviewed the plans and specifications, and assembled a full estimate and qualified bid package proposal that was submitted to a board of Roofing Alliance judges.

The five finalist teams will travel to the IRE 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 starting at 7:45 a.m.  The winning teams will be announced later Wednesday evening at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony.

The Roofing Alliance invites IRE attendees to view these exciting events and support the youth of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition , visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Don’t Miss the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition at the 2020 IRE

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. The finalist teams will be selected and announced in January and will give their oral presentations (the final component in the competition) on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. The winning team will be recognized on February 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

The student competition is part of the overall Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative, which is focused on the mentorship of young construction management students, sharing with them the opportunities and challenges of a roofing career.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into the competition with the selection of the project, and then working with the universities, students, mentors and judges. The competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. For 2020, 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 project was originally roofed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, who has been working with the Roofing Alliance to prepare documents for the competition.

The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. They submit proposal packages which in turn are reviewed by the team of judges. The finalist teams then travel to the IRE, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project.

The construction management initiative was the brainchild of Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc. in Las Vegas. Now under the leadership of Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., in Mobile, Alabama, and Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, the current co-chairmen of the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, the competition is more visible than ever before among construction management students and faculty. Understanding the long-term goal to expose construction management students and faculty to the roofing industry, Roofing Alliance members work to enhance the overall roofing knowledge of faculty and students in hopes of encouraging students to consider the roofing industry as a viable career option.

Thomas sees the competition as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation. “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry. But even for those that go the more traditional route and go to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

According to Nick Rubino, faculty coach for the Colorado State University team, “We have been involved with the Roofing Alliance Student Competition from the beginning and it is a very popular construction management competition amongst our students. Every year, the students come back from the competition very happy they participated. They love the focus on roofing in the competition and the fact that they get to attend the convention and see what the industry is like up close. The opportunity to interact with senior management level people in the roofing industry is a great benefit.”

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, Alabama.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 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, Illinois.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 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, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Mahoney Bajwa (alternate). Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia, 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, Georgia.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota, 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, Minnesota.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Langer, 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, 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, Florida, 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, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance invites you to attend these exciting events and support the future workforce of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition and how to attend, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. To register for the 2020 International Roofing Expo visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

Roofing Alliance Announces North American Roofers Insurance as Newest Service Provider Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Service Provider Level member, North American Roofers Insurance (NARI), headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry.

“As a national risk management and insurance program for commercial roofing contractors that is owned and controlled by its members, NARI is committed to the advancement of both its member and the industry overall,” said Tom Furey, a founder member of NARI. “Becoming a member of the Roofing Alliance aligns with our goals and supports their efforts to ensure the continued excellence of the industry.”

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.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Gold Circle Finalists

The Roofing Alliance announced the finalists of the prestigious Gold Circle Awards honoring outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services. Award winners will be recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, during the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas.

The Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged every year to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance. More than 100 winning companies have been recognized for their achievements since the award’s inception. 

Following are the 2020 Gold Circle Award finalists for Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions and Safety Preparedness and Performance:

Company: Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio Project: Temple Beth-El Tile Dome, San Antonio Nominated by: Temple Beth-El

Company: CFE Inc., Elmira, N.Y. Project: Kellogg’s Florence, Phase I, Florence, Ky. Nominated by: Gilchrist Safety Solutions LLC 

Company: Chadwick Technology Pty. Ltd., Killarney Heights, NSW, Australia Project: Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal, United Arab Emirates. Nominated by: NSW Government Australia, Commissioner—Middle East

Company: F.J.A Christiansen Roofing, a Tecta America Company, Milwaukee Project: Hammes Block Office Building and Parking Structure, Milwaukee Nominated by: Lockton Companies Inc.

Company: The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio Project: Steeple Square, Dubuque, Iowa Nominated by: Gronen Restoration

Company: Metalcrafts, a Tecta America Company LLC, Savannah, Ga. Project: Kehoe Iron Works Rehabilitation Center, Savannah, Ga. Nominated by: Lominack Kolman Smith Architects

Company: Scalo Companies, Pittsburgh Project: Allegheny County Courthouse, Phase 1, Pittsburgh . Nominated by: Allegheny County

All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The 2020 Gold Circle Award winners were the projects with the highest-ranking scores. Along with receiving formal recognition at the NRCA Awards Ceremony, Gold Circle Award winners will also receive a Gold Circle trophy, recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, press releases notifying industry trade press and local media and the honor of serving as inspiration to fellow Roofing Alliance members, NRCA members and overall roofing professionals striving for excellence.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Upstate Roofing and Painting and the Roofing Alliance Team Up to Help Ronald McDonald House Charities

CEO Bob Morgan challenged his team to raise enough money to have a room named after the entire Upstate team. They succeeded, and raised enough money to name a second room in memory of Bob’s parents, Robert and Deanna Morgan. Photo: Upstate Roofing and Painting

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance, with the focused efforts of Roofing Alliance members, NRCA members and staff, began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to create a partnership that would connect the roofing industry with the standalone Ronald McDonald Houses to provide ongoing roof maintenance. The Roofing Alliance is the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and at 169 members strong, it is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals. These roofing men and women promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help shape the future of the industry.

A Roofing Alliance member since 2014, Bob Morgan, C.E.O. of Upstate Roofing and Painting, was very intrigued by the partnership with RMHC and was one of the first roofing companies in the country to adopt their local House, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY Inc. In fact, the roofing industry as a whole has enthusiastically embraced the efforts of RMHC to help families with critically ill or injured children stay together, near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 standalone Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States, the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance and repairs.

After signing up in October of 2017, Morgan shared the initiative with his company’s team. Upstate’s roof inspectors went out to look at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY Inc. roof and performed an assessment. The House was broken up into several sections with steep sloped roofs that featured asphalt shingles. On their initial visit they performed a thorough inspection and provided a detailed report. (All contractors who adopt Houses share their inspection reports, maintenance work and any re-roofing with the Roofing Alliance, which maintains a national database with information on all of the Houses.) After the assessment, the Upstate team performed some pro-bono maintenance to ensure that there were no leaks.

Now knowing that the roof was in good shape, Morgan and his team started looking around for other opportunities to help the House. Upstate, founded in 1974, added commercial painting services for their clients in 2006 so they offered to “freshen up” a few rooms with a new coat of paint from time to time if needed.

With the help of Sherwin-Williams material donations, the Upstate team ended up re-painting the entire interior of the House. The combination of material and labor saved their Ronald McDonald House about $15,000 while providing a fresh look for all the rooms and common areas. Upstate was so committed that not only did they offer to donate the labor, they paid their painting team for their normal 40-hour week. Upstate’s teammates saw this and really took Morgan’s gift of giving back to heart.

Meeting a Challenge

Every March, Upstate Roofing and Painting has their annual kickoff for the upcoming season of work. It is a full day of safety training, award presentations, guest speakers and is capped off with a profit-sharing celebration. Morgan always recaps which charities the company donated to in the previous year. He lets the team know that it’s not just the company writing a check. It’s a result of everyone’s hard work that allows Upstate to be able to make those donations. At the spring 2018 meeting, Morgan really wanted to share the excitement he and many of his team had for their latest philanthropic effort with their local Ronald McDonald House. He reached out to fellow Roofing Alliance member, Charles Antis of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing out of Orange County, California, to talk about what his company had been doing with their philanthropic programs. Antis made a video of his team thanking the Upstate team for all their work and donations. The video was played on the big screen for all to see during the meeting. It was the inspiration that really got the Upstate team rocking.

Upstate Roofing and Painting adopted Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY Inc. as part of the Roofing Alliance’s effort to create partnerships between the roofing industry and standalone Ronald McDonald Houses to provide ongoing maintenance. Photo: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Upstate was already working with the United Way on an annual basis and remains very proud of the nonprofit, which was founded in Rochester by George Eastman, founder of Kodak. In 2018, when the Upstate employees found out that they could donate directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY Inc. through United Way, a challenge was initiated.

In 2019, representatives from R.M.H.C. and the United Way visited the Upstate employees and thanked them for all the work they had done and the pledges they had made to the House through United Way. After the guests departed, Morgan issued a challenge to his teammates that he and his wife Kim would personally match every dollar that they donated to the RMHC during the campaign. The goal was to raise $5,000 and have a room named after the entire Upstate team. The enthusiasm from everyone showed right away. Some even donated a second time to help increase the matched dollar amount. In total, over $13,000 was raised.

Morgan was amazed at the generosity of his team, but he was not surprised. “Our team has one of the toughest jobs on earth,” stated Morgan. “They work extremely hard, often in less than desirable conditions on a daily basis. For them to give their hard-earned dollars to a local charity speaks volumes to the character of our team.”

Because the naming rights for a room was set at $5,000, the House later named a second room in memory of Bob Morgan’s parents: Robert and Deanna Morgan. Deanna had passed away the day after Morgan challenged his team to donate.

Morgan’s dad owned a painting company at the time of his death after a battle with cancer 13 years ago (2006). Upstate hired a few key people from the painting company immediately in an effort to start offering painting services. Morgan’s brother Don was one of the hires in 2006 and serves an important role today in the business. “In construction we see the strength of family, and this is a beautiful example of how family continues to be the strength behind many companies,” said Morgan.

As a result of those hires in 2006, today Upstate is one of the most respected painting companies in the Rochester market with 35 painting teammates and growing. They offer commercial services for both interior and exterior painting, high-end office spaces, multi-family residences, hospitals and commercial roof coatings. Many of their contracts are a combination of roofing and painting working with general contractors. With all the success of their business, the true success is apparent in the culture of the company and the enthusiasm of all teammates. They know that the greatest strength of the company is the people who work there. They really care about what they do, and it shows.

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance and RHMC partnership, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

About the Author:Heidi J. Ellsworth is partner and owner of RoofersCoffeeShop and HJE Consulting where she provides marketing and business strategies, initiatives for sales success and overall content development for companies and associations within the roofing industry. Along with Karen L Edwards, she has co-authored two books: “Sales and Marketing for Roofing Contractors” and “Building a Marketing Plan for Roofing Contractors.”

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. 

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.

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.