The Roofing Alliance Announces MVP Award Winners at NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the NRCA, announced this year’s winners of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards at NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony held March 5, 2021.

 In the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards’ 21st year, seven winners were recognized for outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. This year’s winners are:

• Heath Baker, superintendent with KPost Roofing and Waterproofing, Dallas, Texas: Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Outstanding Performance and Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace

• Riann Cayaban, foreman with Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii: Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship

• Mike Crawford, foreman with ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company, LLC, Portland, Oregon: Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship.

• Jeffrey Doll, warehouse employee with CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania: Outstanding Performance and Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace

• Tim Hollo, field worker and foreman with 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland, Ohio: Outstanding Performance and Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace

• Arturo Lopez, foreman with Stiles Roofing, Inc., Lebanon, Missouri: Outstanding On-the Job Performance and Workmanship; Outstanding Performance and Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace

• Bakay Omorov, foreman with Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati, Ohio: Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Outstanding Performance and Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace

The MVP Program goes a step further, and one of the MVP winners is chosen as the Best of the Best winner. The Best of the Best award is an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine. This year’s winner was Arturo Lopez, foreman with Stiles Roofing Inc.For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2021 Gold Circle Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the finalists of the prestigious 2021 Gold Circle Awards honoring outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services.  Award winners will be announced at NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST. 

The Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged every year to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship and 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 2021 Gold Circle Award finalists for Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions and Safety Preparedness and Performance:

  • CFE Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
    • Project: International Paper Power Plant, Augusta, Ga.
  • CMR Construction and Roofing, St. Ann, Mo.,
    • Project: Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, Texas
  • Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas
    • Project: Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo.
    • Project: Sie Welcome Center at Denver Art Museum
  • F.J.A Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee
    • Project: St. Stanislaus Bell Tower, Milwaukee
  • Renaissance Roofing Inc., Belvidere, Ill
    • Project: Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis
  • The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio
    • Project: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roanoke, Va.

All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The 2021 Gold Circle Award winners were the projects with the highest-ranking scores. Along with receiving formal recognition at the NRCA Virtual 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.

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link.  For more information or to learn more about the Gold Circle Awards Program, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director at bjudson@roofingalliance.net. 

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2020-2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists Announced

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards finalists. The winners will be announced during the NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST.  

Celebrating its 25th year, the Roofing Alliance continues to honor leadership in the field.  For the MVP Award, roofing contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship, their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace or both.   Since the program’s inception 21 years ago, 708 employees have been nominated and 269 winners and finalists have been recognized.

The 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists include:

· Heath Baker – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, TX

· Riann Cayaban – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Jeffrey Doll – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Mike Crawford – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company, LLC, Portland, OR

· Edgar Daguro – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Tim Hollo – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Field Worker and Foreman, 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland, OH

· Jason Lee – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, The Durable Slate Company, Columbus, OH

· Arturo Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Stiles Roofing, Inc., Lebanon, MO

· Bakay Omorov – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati, OH

· Julian Rola – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Marcos Serrano – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator, OMG, Inc., Agawam, MA

· Rick Stahlman – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Gonzalo Vargas – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Independent Roofing Company, Omaha, NE

· Joshua Zamora – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, D.R. Kidd Company – Kidd Roofing, Austin, TX

On Friday, March 5, during NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, after the MVP winners are announced, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, past Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG explains, “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 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, AL., 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, TX
  • 2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, NY
  • 2014: Ryan Watts, foreman, Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • 2015: Scott Luck, foreman, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, PA
  • 2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, TX
  • 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, CA
  • 2018: Alan Baird, foreman, Core Contractors Inc., Denver, CO
  • 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, IN
  • 2020: Todd Dunlap, superintendent, warehouse foreman and equipment operator, Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, OH

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link. To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Announces Complete Building Maintenance Co. as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced that its newest Governor Level member is Complete Building Maintenance Co., headquartered in Lombard, Illinois. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Tony Freas, President of Complete Building Maintenance Co., said, “We joined because we understand the burdens and struggles in our industry and the need for investing in the future and the purpose.” 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Our members make it possible for us to fund initiatives that support the development and advancement of the roofing industry. Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without their support and leadership. We are pleased to welcome Complete Building Maintenance as our newest member.”

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. 

About Complete Building Maintenance: Complete Building Maintenance was formed in 1962. The firm performed masonry and tuck-pointing services and transitioned into roofing for commercial and industrial buildings in the late ’60s. Complete moved from Chicago to Lombard in the late 1970s. The family owned business is unique in the roofing industry in that many of the same key personnel who joined the firm early on still work at Complete today. Additionally, Complete is transitioning to an employee-owned company of which the first round of stocks is currently being released to the group of new owners. Complete is a premium roofing company that inspects, repairs, replaces and maintains commercial and industrial roofs. They have a long-standing reputation for the highest quality roofing. They specialize in existing buildings and complex projects.

About the Roofing Alliance: The Roofing Alliance is 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. Composed of 174 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $5.9 million to fund 51 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects. Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues. For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Funds Mississippi State Virtual Reality Safety Research

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) celebrating its 25th year, is funding a research program through Mississippi State University (MSU) for virtual reality and safety research. A team from MSU is working with a Roofing Alliance task force to develop a virtual reality training module that will help the roofing industry focus on ladder safety and overall assessment of rooftop safety.

Roofing Alliance task force members have been holding virtual meetings with the Mississippi State University team as the project progresses. The first steps were to identify topics for the virtual reality module(s) being developed. Two main areas were selected: ladder safety and an overall assessment of rooftop safety. The programs are aimed at new hires and entry-level workers with no prior experience. Participants using VR will experience what it feels like to climb a relatively tall ladder and understand some of the key concepts of ladder safety. The task team has also worked with MSU to develop a BIM model strategy for the research and deliverables.

“It’s intended to be part of a new hire’s onboard training before they actually go up on the roof,” stated Josh Kelly, task force chair. “We provided faculty with some elements that are to be included such as assessing the jobsite for best ladder location, selecting which ladder to use based on building height and weight rating, inspecting the ladder, setting it up and securing it.”

The funding request was submitted by Dr. Saeed Rokooei, an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. The proposal named “Evaluating the Efficacy of Virtual Reality Technology for Improving the Roofing Construction Workers’ Safety” was approved for funding in April of 2020.

For more information on how to submit funding requests, current funding projects or the Roofing Alliance 25th Anniversary contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Applications Due by January 28

The Roofing Alliance announced the deadline for Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Applications for the 2021-22 academic year is January 28, 2021. 

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. who is recognized not only as a great industry leader, but also as a person who has devoted much of his life to the cause of education.

A maximum of 10 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; Jim and Suzanne MacKimm; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships). 

In its second year, the Accredited Career Technical Education Scholarship is also available to help 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 Accredited Career Technical Education 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. Reid and DeaNa Ribble provided named scholarships for the Accredited Career Technical Education opportunity.

To learn more about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program or to download the application, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. Applications must be postmarked by 3 p.m. (CST) no later than January 28, 2021. 

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

Roofing Alliance Invites Industry to Submit Funding Requests by January 1, 2021

The Roofing Alliance has issued a Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, the Roofing Alliance funds critical research, educational and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry. This year’s submission deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2021.

Each year, the Roofing Alliance provides funding for research, educational initiatives and technical programs that address current issues and work to secure the future of the roofing industry. Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson shared that in 2020, a total of $272,253 in project funding was approved. “While much of our funding is earmarked for our ongoing initiatives, the Roofing Alliance is always looking to support new programs that can fulfill a need within our industry and contribute toward the betterment of the U.S. roofing industry,” said Judson. 

A notable example of a successful funding request was that of Clemson University, who used the funds to develop a three-credit roofing class for use in construction management programs throughout the country. The Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education. 

For 24 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. Ongoing initiatives include committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities. 

Requests are due by January 1, 2021. 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@roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Invites Industry to Submit MVP Nominations by November 20

The Roofing Alliance has issued a call to all roofing contractors for the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. The program spotlights and promotes excellence in the industry with the MVP Awards Program recognizing workers committed to excellence on and off the roof while applauding workers who make outstanding contributions to their companies, co-workers and communities. MVPs are role models who demonstrate work-related and personal goals to which others in the roofing industry aspire.

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 are always willing to extend a helping hand. They display exemplary service, leadership, commitment and selfless devotion.

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 the Best of the Best, sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products. The person selected as the Best of the Best typically stands out in both categories.  The deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at https://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/.

Roofing Alliance Grants Clemson University Second Round of Funding

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce that funding was approved for Clemson University’s phase two initiative to develop additional classes for a formal roofing certificate program at the college level. In the second year of development, Clemson University’s Construction Science & Management (CSM) Department program continues to develop valuable resources for the roofing industry.

With the successful completion and implementation of the first three-credit hour course, the second round of funding will be used to develop two new online roofing courses and to convert the first course into an online format. The deliverable will be a formal Roofing Certificate program to attract potential workforce by educating interested university students about the roofing industry and providing a continuing education opportunity to retain corporate level industry professionals. 

The Roofing Certificate program will consist of three, three-credit hour courses (9 credits total). The first course developed and implemented in phase one of this study was a three-credit roofing introductory course specific to the roofing industry. The first course, offered in spring 2020, was a big success with 21 students (both graduate and undergraduate) enrolled, 16 Roofing Alliance member companies participating in the form of in-person guest lectures and 90+ companies involved in donating the material for developing the content for this course.

The Roofing Alliance funds research studies, projects and initiatives every year that address both the current and future needs of the roofing industry. Seeing that the construction industry continues to face the predominant challenge of a declining workforce, Clemson University submitted a second funding request to develop and implement the roofing certificate program. Led by Dr. Dhaval Gajjar, a professor in the CSM department, who is passionate about developing curriculum to help students gain knowledge about roofing including technical insights, industry overview and potential career paths.

 “Along with developing the online certificate program, the study also proposes an analysis on various economic factors such as salary, benefits and career advancement within the roofing industry,” stated Gajjar. “This is due to the important contributing factors that influence the career choice of younger generations. These are the factors the industry needs to better understand if it wishes to attract and maintain a talented workforce.”

For more information on Roofing Alliance funding projects, student competition and overall information about the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

Roofing Alliance Announces Successful Completion of First Clemson Roofing Class

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce the successful completion of the first three-credit roofing course developed by and offered as part of Clemson University’s Construction Science & Management (CSM) Department. The Roofing Alliance provided funding for the development of the course in response to the growing industry concern over the lack of a qualified workforce. Clemson developed and implemented the college course to introduce construction management students to the basics of the roofing industry and to expose them to potential career paths.

The Roofing Alliance funds research studies, projects and initiatives every year that address both the current and future needs of the roofing industry. Seeing that the construction industry has been facing the predominant challenge of a declining workforce, Clemson University submitted a funding request to support the development and implementation of a roofing course in the spring of 2019. Working hand-in-hand with Roofing Alliance members, Dr. Dhaval Gajjar, a professor in the CSM department developed the curriculum that would bring roofing knowledge to the construction management program.

Once the course was developed and the curriculum, syllabus and testing finalized, Gajjar invited Roofing Alliance members to participate in the class. The roofing professionals shared real-life scenarios and industry-specific knowledge to help students understand the basics of the industry and to expose them to potential career opportunities. Student reviews for the class confirmed the success of both the roofing course and the involvement of the roofing professionals.

“The study was successful with 21 students (both graduate and undergraduate) enrolled in the course for spring 2020,” stated Gajjar. “Sixteen Roofing Alliance member companies participated in the classroom as guest lecturers and 90+ companies donated course material used for developing the content for this course.”

 “The course was remarkably interesting. I got to learn a lot about the different materials used for roofing and also their application procedures. The first half of the course that included lectures from industry experts was extremely exciting and I liked the pattern of the course. I would definitely recommend my friends from the CSM and Civil Engineering department to take this course in the future,” stated one of the Clemson students.

“Clemson also participated in the Roofing Alliance Student Competition at the 2020 International Roofing Expo. The combination of the roofing class and the first-time appearance as a finalist in the student competition show the emerging interest in roofing and hope for continued recruitment of the future generation,” stated Bennett Judson, Executive Director of the Roofing Alliance.

The three-credit roofing class curriculum is now available. Initially, the Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). It will be available for purchase to all others. “I am looking forward to working with other colleges and universities in implementing the course in their Construction Management schools,” stated Gajjar. “As part of this funding project I am available to answer questions and support the expansion of this course in other universities, community colleges or even vocational schools.”

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