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

Roofing Alliance President Challenges Industry to Adopt 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs

Roofing Alliance president Rod Petrick has issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members: to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States by November 30. Petrick’s goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most. Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 112 of the roofs.

At 166 members strong, the Roofing Alliance serves as the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association and 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.

In April of 2017, 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. 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 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

“This fall we have been reaching out to our Roofing Alliance and NRCA member to collect data, so we can help the Ronald McDonald Houses with their roof replacement plans,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Illinois. “We’re asking our contractors to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database and establish a baseline of roof conditions, so we can begin helping RMHC develop roof maintenance and replacement plans.”

Alliance members take pride in knowing that their work truly makes a difference. Petrick put his words into action this summer when his company, along with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing of Romeoville, Illinois, collaborated on steep-slope repairs, the reroof of a four-story flat roof section and a skylight restoration at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. “During the experience, I found out that a member of my crew utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick; this really hit home for us,” Petrick added.

Another Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, California, was the member who initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. He is proud of Petrick’s continued work and mission to make the initiative such a success. “Rod envisions comfortable and dry Ronald McDonald Houses available for families with sick children across this country,” Antis stated. “We want to be sure that we get roofing companies connected to all 165 Houses. It is an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

Susan E. Kenny, development director for the Orange County (California) Ronald McDonald House, worked with Antis Roofing and Waterproofing to repair the roof on her location. Kenny said if Antis would not have made the roof repairs, the organization would have never known there was something wrong; she’s very grateful for their work. “What started as a simple conversation about how we could work together to support our Orange County families soon developed into a national partnership to support RMHC families across the country,” Kenny added. “I love how Charles and his team think big! It’s not just about our neighbors; it’s about what they can do to make our world a better place. The engagement of the Roofing Alliance at all levels has created incredible momentum.”

To learn more, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.