Roofing Alliance Opens Nomination Period for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), has opened the nomination period for two industry award programs—the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Gold Circle Awards. The two programs spotlight and promote excellence in the industry with the MVP Awards Program recognizing workers committed to excellence on and off the roof and the Gold Circle Awards program recognizing Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding workmanship, innovation and safety in roofing.

MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program recognizes workers who make outstanding contributions to their companies, co-workers and communities.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding On-the-Job Performance/Workmanship – Dedicated, reliable employees are vital to a company’s success and, among those employees, usually one stands out above all others. That’s the employee who 1) Has a strong work ethic, 2) Shows leadership, initiative and resourcefulness, 3) Has earned an outstanding safety record, 4) Shows support for his or her co-workers and 5) Goes above and beyond. 
  • Outstanding Performance/Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace – Outstanding workers not only have a passion for the work they do and a sense of loyalty toward their employers, but they also show compassion for others outside the workplace. They volun­teer their time with their communities, churches, families and friends. They are determined to overcome challenges and obstacles they may face personally or stand by others who need their support. They’re always willing to extend a helping hand. They display exemplary service, leadership, commitment and selfless devotion.

MVPs are role models who demonstrate work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Roofing professionals are encouraged to nominate employees for an MVP award to recog­nize their outstanding contributions through on-the-job performance and workmanship and for their outstanding performance and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace.  In addition, one MVP winner will be chosen to be Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. The person selected as the Best of the Best typically stands out in both categories.  Deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/.

Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s prestigious 2020-21 Gold Circle Awards program recognizes Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding professionalism, innovation, safety and workmanship in roofing. Unique roofing-related jobs (commercial or residential), programs and services completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020, are eligible. Roofing contractors are encouraged to submit their best work for a chance to earn this elite recognition.

Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are nominated for contributions to the roofing industry in two categories:

  • Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions -Outstanding workmanship and innovative solutions applies to projects that exceed standard roofing practic­es.  Submitted projects must be unique, creative and useful.
  • Safety Preparedness and Performance – Safety is integral to a successful roofing project. Completed jobs that exemplified safety preparedness, execution and review  are eligible for nomination.

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.  The deadline for Gold Circle Awards is October 23, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/gold-circle-awards-program/.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance Announces New 2020-2021 Leadership

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced their new Roofing Alliance Board of Trustees for 2020-2021. Leading the Roofing Alliance Board is Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, as the 2020-2021 president.

New Roofing Alliance Officers’ and Trustees’ terms are effective June 1, 2020. The Board of Trustees work throughout the year to ensure the continued success and philanthropy of the foundation.  The Roofing Alliance thanks the following officers and trustees for their commitment to the roofing industry.

The 2020-2021 Roofing Alliance Officers include:

  • Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama – President for 2020-2021
  • Dave Lawlor, ROCKWOOL, Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada – Vice President for 2020-2021; President for 2021-2022
  • Jason Dark, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc., Saginaw, Michigan – Secretary-Treasurer for 2020-2021

The Trustees for 2020-2021 include:

  • Charles Antis, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Irvine, California
  • Greg Bloom, Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Birmingham, Michigan
  • Piers Dormeyer, EagleView Technologies Inc., Kirkland, Washington
  • Rudy Gutierrez, Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, California
  • Stephen Kubicka, Polyglass USA, Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Michelle Lane, Firestone Building Products, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Steve Little, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, Texas
  • George Patterson, Bennett & Brosseau Roofing, Inc., Romeoville, Illinois
  • Stephen Phillips, Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Johnathan Reader, R&B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas
  • Dave Tilsen, Tilsen Roofing Company Inc., Madison, Wisconsin
  • Daniel Tinker, SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Kelly Van Winkle, King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, Texas

For more information on the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance to Celebrate the Adoption of 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs on the 165th Day of the Year

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly celebrates roofing industry partners who have donated their time and expertise to work with Ronald McDonald House programs across the United States. The foundation will be collecting stories of giving in recognition of the 165 roofs that have been adopted through the partnership between the Roofing Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

At the Fall 2018 member meeting, then Roofing Alliance Vice President Rod Petrick, President of Ridgeworth Roofing in Frankfort, Illinois, issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald House programs throughout the country. The initiative to adopt all 165 Ronald McDonald House roofs started in April of 2017. The goal of adopting all 165 roofs was reached by June of 2019. Now on June 13, 2020, the 165th day of 2020, the Roofing Alliance will once again celebrate that accomplishment by having roofing industry partners share their stories.

EagleView became a sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester Adopt-A-Family program, and employees also volunteered for RMHCR’s The Fall Sale event.

Tommy Bullough of Wagner Roofing Company, Bethesda, Maryland, shared his giving story saying, “While purse strings are tight for everyone, we realize how big of an impact giving back can have for Ronald McDonald House programs. We reached out to our House in the Greater D.C. area and learned they have an Amazon Wishlist. We purchased as much as we could off of their Amazon Wishlist to help in a small, but hopefully impactful way. The initiative has been embraced and grown larger due to our roofing contractor, manufacturer and distributor partners not only watching and maintaining Ronald McDonald House roofs but looking beyond for other ways to help. The initiative has had ripple effects with roofing companies and individuals taking an even closer look at how they can help their local Houses.”

“To be honest, up until now, I was unaware that they even had an Amazon Wishlist set up,” continued Bullough. “They update the list weekly with grocery needs. And until I’d dug around, I also hadn’t realized that without being able to utilize volunteers who typically come in to help prep meals, they are now also feeling the extra burden from having to purchase all of their daily meals for the guests in their houses, somewhere in the ballpark of $250/day, depending on the size of the House and the number of families being served. So, as you can imagine, every bit helps.”

The Roofing Alliance will be gathering stories like the Wagner Roofing Company story to share through traditional and social media. These stories will add to the rich history of this initiative of how the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. The roofing industry saw the unique opportunity to support Ronald McDonald House programs which provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact with one another as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald House programs in the United States, the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies including contractors, manufacturers, distributors, media and service providers who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and/or replacements while also volunteering and donating financially.

Durable Slate employees Susan Willis and Don Turner made dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Falls Church, Virginia.

At 172 members strong, the Roofing Alliance, the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association, is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities. 

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif., who is both a Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. “Together we envisioned that roofing contractors across the country would help keep Ronald McDonald House roofs safe and dry for families with sick children,” Antis stated. “We are thrilled to help celebrate by sharing our stories and encouraging others to also share the amazing impact this initiative has had on their company and employees. We also want to show the pride of the roofing trade and how through this amazing network of roofing contractors, distributors and manufacturers we are helping protect the roofs of 165 Ronald McDonald House programs.  This continues to be an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

To share your RMHC roofing story, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net .

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Rob McNamara and his staff from F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America Company, Milwaukee, helped stock the “Magic Room” at the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin with toys for the holidays.

The Roofing Alliance Announces Release of Two Leading Industry Reports

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the release of two new reports: A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce andMoisture in New Concrete Roof Decks. Both reports were funded by the Roofing Alliance in their ongoing commitment to the improvement of the roofing industry.

An aging population of workers, scarcity of skilled workers and an overall need to understand the demographics of the roofing industry were the motivations for the research project A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its WorkforceThe Roofing Alliance funded the study to capture workforce demographics in support of programs to attract the next generation of the roofing workforce and to strengthen NRCA’s voice and role in Washington, D.C., with statistical data that can be shared with regulatory and federal agencies.

“The industry has been ill-equipped to fully understand the magnitude of the challenges because of a lack of comprehensive workforce data and a detailed examination,” notes the study’s executive statement. “To help fill this information gap, The Roofing Alliance commissioned Arizona State University in 2019 to study current roofing workforce demographics, types of work, skilled and unskilled labor shortages, and effects of labor shortages at national and regional scales, as well as industry challenges and potential solutions. A comprehensive survey methodology was adopted to collect data from roofing contractors throughout the U.S.”

The study comprehensively examines the demographics of the U.S. roofing workforce, including the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and design communities; explores types of operations; and analyzes industry challenges, trends and emerging issues. The final report summarizes that the labor shortage in the roofing industry is more severe than previously recognized. The study showed 90% of U.S. roofing contractors faced labor shortages during the past year with the west being the most severely affected by a lack of skilled workers. 

A second but more long-term report, Moisture in New Concrete Roof Decks, was conducted between 2016 and 2019 with engineering researchers who conducted multiple experiments, measurements and computer simulations on new concrete roof test decks and roof systems installed over test decks. The results of this research has shown that with current roofing materials, the use of a vapor retarder or other concrete moisture mitigation techniques, such as venting, are needed when placing a roof system over a new concrete roof deck. 

The research shows that the moisture content of a concrete roof slab may not drop to a level conservative enough to install a roof system over it in any reasonable amount of time after pouring concrete, or ever, without a vapor retarder or other moisture mitigation technique. This comprehensive report offers detailed information on why architects, engineers, contractors and especially roofing contractors should understand how to install roofing systems properly over new concrete roof decks.

Other industry associations and organizations that supported the study along with the Roofing Alliance include Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Chicagoland Roofing Council, National Roofing Contractors Association, GAF, Soprema Inc., Johns Manville and the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association.

Both reports are available in the NRCA bookstore. The report: A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce is available in electronic format only and the Moisture inNew Concrete Roof Decks is available as a hard copy only. (Due to a stay-at-home mandate issued for Illinois regarding COVID-19, NRCA is unable to ship hardcopy reports from its bookstore until further notice.)

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Helping Make a Little Girl’s Dream Come True

Isabella Tadlock recently received a Hero Arm, a lightweight bionic hand. Through the Helping Our Own Program, the Roofing Alliance donated $5,000 to the Tadlock family to help with expenses that were not covered by insurance.

A $5,000 donation to the Tadlock family will help their daughter get the second hand she needs to climb the monkey bars and ride a bike.

This past holiday season, the Roofing Alliance helped to make a little girl’s dream come true. They donated $5,000 to the Tadlock family to help pay for their daughter’s new Hero Arm and related medical expenses.

Dale Tadlock, the president of Tadlock Roofing in Tallahassee, Florida, wrote in an email about his daughter’s unique story and her holiday wish. He starts with, “I would like to tell you a story. It is about a special little girl. It didn’t start out to be happy ever after, but it will be.” Isabella came into the world eleven years ago with multiple birth defects. Her birth parents were unable to care for her, so they gave her to the Children’s Home Society.

“This tiny baby would have a lot to overcome because she had a gaping cleft in her lip and palate. Her tiny right leg was turned in; the doctors called it clubbed. And then there was the problem with her hands. Her left arm was shorter than her right with a little nub on the end. And her right hand, well, it didn’t have any fingers at all,” Dale explains.

He and his wife had been wanting to adopt a girl for five years. When they heard about Isabella, they knew she was the special little girl they had been waiting for. Dale shares, “We brought her home to three sisters and two brothers who couldn’t wait to shower her with love and show her how special she really is.”

Throughout her eleven years, Isabella has had ten surgeries and nine casts. The Tadlocks were able to find a doctor who created fingers on her right hand by taking bones out of her toes. These bones were placed in her right hand, as well as pins and rods that had to be turned and cleaned three times a day. She now has three fingers and a thumb on her right hand. While the fingers don’t look or bend like her brothers and sisters do, they work!

However, Isabella became self-conscious about her hands and began to hide them because they weren’t like her friends. Dale says, “It is heartbreaking to watch a school production when all the other children wave their hands in the air, but never Isabella.”

To be more like her friends and do the things she’s been dreaming of, Isabella needs a second hand. This hand will give her the ability to ride a bike, tie her shoes, hold a brush while she dries her hair, and most importantly, climb on the monkey bars, which is “something that she has always wanted to do,” according to Dale.

Luckily, they found a solution. Isabella was approved for a Hero Arm, which is a lightweight bionic hand with a posable wrist and thumb. It has customizable plates to fit each person’s unique style and personality. While it is the most affordable bionic hand available, it still costs approximately $20,000. The Tadlock’s insurance agreed to cover $8,900 of the hand, but they still needed $11,100 to pay for the rest.

Tadlock Roofing gives so much to the community in Tallahassee and the roofing community as a whole. Earlier this year, Tadlock was recognized by Leon County Schools for donating $2,000 and 2,000 food items to the high school’s food bank. The company also helped facilitate free roof replacements for those in dire need, such as an Army veteran whose numerous medical bills inhibited him from replacing his 20-year-old roof.

Tadlock Roofing is the first privately owned business to join with Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and the Children’s Home Society to support the first Leon County Schools Community Partnership program in Tallahassee. In 2018, Tadlock was the title sponsor for Children’s Home Society Gala helping raise over $80,000 for that organization. During “Giving Tuesday,” Tadlock Roofing committed matching funds up to $10,000 each year for the last three years for Boystown, an organization that provides healing and hope to children and families who find themselves facing adversity. Tadlock Roofing has adopted the roof of the Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee.

The Roofing Alliance recognizes everything Tadlock Roofing has done and wanted to help. Through the Helping Our Own Program, The Roofing Alliance donated $5,000 to the Tadlock family for Isabella’s arm. While the Roofing Alliance originally worked to help advance the roofing industry by funding technical, educational, and safety-related studies, it has since expanded its outreach to encompass so much more. The Roofing Alliance’s outreach also helps “fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.” The Roofing Alliance recognizes that sometimes there are circumstances outside of people’s control that impact them significantly, and they want to do what they can to take care of their own by easing the financial burden.

Through this generous donation, the Tadlock family is so much closer to raising all the money they need for Isabella’s Hero Arm. Soon Isabella will be climbing on the monkey bars and waving her hands in the next school production.

For more information about the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

About the author: Lauren White is a reporter for RoofersCoffeeShop and a freelance writer covering the roofing industry.

Roofing Alliance Announces Deer Park Roofing, Inc. as its Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced its newest Governor Level member, Deer Park Roofing, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry.

Nick Sabino, President of Deer Park Roofing, Inc. and current Chairman of the Board for the NRCA, said, “The roofing industry has been great to the Deer Park Roofing family and our membership is our way of giving back.” 

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. 

Roofing 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 Roofing 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 about Deer Park Roofing, Inc., visit www.deerparkroofing.com.

For more information about the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance Announces Texas A&M as Winning Team in Student Competition

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, as this year’s winner of the Construction Management Student Competition. The team consisted of Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. The faculty advisor was Lance Simms and team mentor was Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Team mentor Mark Standifer, expressing his pride for the team and the school, said, “As a graduate of Texas A&M, I know this educational experience prepared me to become a manager at King of Texas Roofing. I feel I owe this great institution a lot for my success and I wanted to give back something to the current students. The construction industry, and roofing, needs the intelligence and discipline of young men and women who have completed a college degree. These students will be the leaders of the future for our industry.”

Standifer also thanked his company, King of Texas Roofing, for their support and encouragement of his mentorship of the students. “I want to thank my employer for allowing me to make that weekly trip over to College Station (three hours there and three hours back) to train these students,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without my company’s support and encouragement.”

The Texas A&M students competed against four other finalist teams, giving oral presentations as the final stage of the sixth annual Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition. The teams presented their proposals for installing a new roof system on the Ford Center, the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys, which was originally installed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, to a panel of roofing industry experts. The oral presentation scores were combined with the teams’ written proposal scores to determine the winning team. 

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson at bjudson@nrca.net.

2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the winners of the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. The winners are invited to the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas, where they will be recognized at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating its 20th year, the MVP Awards program honors leadership in the field. Contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  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 workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 20 years ago, 674 employees have been nominated and 255 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

Chris Bower – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Jimmy “Lefty” Cobb – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Graham Roofing Incorporated West Point, MS

Todd Dunlap – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Warehouse Foreman, Equipment Operator Frost Roofing, Inc. Wapakoneta, OH

Piotr Lis – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent KPost Company Dallas, TX

Corey Morris – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman Spann Roofing and Sheet Metal Conway, SC

Heriberto Rodriguez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Michael Ryan – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator OMG, Inc. Agawam, MA

On Wednesday, February 5, during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG stated, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as 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.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

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. 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman at Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Ind.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

TruFast Becomes Newest Regent Member of the Roofing Alliance

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces Bryan, Ohio-based TruFast as its newest Regent Level member. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future 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 support the highest quality programs for the industry; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; initiate programs of outstanding benefit to the industry; and enhance the long-term viability of the industry. 

Roofing Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Their Roofing Alliance membership provides them with a meaningful voice in the industry as they meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Roofing Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Our members are investing in the Roofing Alliance because of their commitment to securing the future strength and excellence of one of this country’s key industries. Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members.”

Founded in 1981 in Bryan, Ohio, the TruFast Corporation began manufacturing and distributing unique and better performing fastening solutions for the commercial roofing industry. As its product offering grew to include other engineered fastening solutions and accessories, the TruFast brand developed a reputation for high-quality products and outstanding customer service. The company was acquired by Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US, Inc., in 2005 and remains a strong brand in the ABC US organization.

For more information about TruFast, visit  www.trufast.com

For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

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.