The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018-19 Board of Trustees

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its board of trustees for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected president of the Alliance; Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts, was elected vice president; and Dane Bradford, president of Bradford Roof Management, Billings, Montana, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Additionally, the following were approved to serve on the board:

  • Greg Bloom, chief sales and marketing officer at Allied Building Products Corp., Edmonds, Washington
  • Bob Daly, president of Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Kansas City, Kansas
  • Rudy Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, California
  • Steve Kubicka, regional sales manager for the Northwest region for Polyglass USA., Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Dave Lawlor, North American sales manager for ROCKWOOL Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada
  • George Patterson, president of Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Illinois
  • Jonathan Reader, manager for R&B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas
  • Tom Saeli, chief executive officer of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Michigan
  • Chris Salazar, chief executive officer of Karnak Corp., Clark, New Jersey
  • Kyle Thomas, owner and vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama
  • Daniel Tinker, president and chief executive officer of SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts for King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Tom Walker, executive director of commercial roofing for ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit Wisconsin
  • David Workman, president and chief executive officer of RoofConnect, Sheridan, Arkansas
  • The Alliance’s 2018-19 board of trustees assumed their roles June 1.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Advancing its Mission on Multiple Fronts

    As part of The Alliance’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alliance and NRCA members adopt houses in their areas to ensure the roofs are properly maintained. Pictured here is the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    In 1970, the National Roofing Foundation (Foundation) was formed as the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) educational and research foundation. In 1996 the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress (The Alliance) was created within the Foundation as a forum for leaders from all segments of the industry to address current and future issues and to create a permanent endowment fund. The Alliance continues to be a diverse, thoughtful and dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals united to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry.

    The Alliance meets twice a year to conduct member business; hear updates on current projects and programs; analyze and select new projects that are proposed for funding; hear speakers from within and outside the industry; and to network with fellow Alliance members.

    The Alliance currently has 165 members. This group of committed leaders has contributed over $13 million to the Alliance’s endowment fund to help preserve and enhance the U.S. roofing industry’s success by funding industry research, providing timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues, and helping to promote professionalism and increasing awareness about career opportunities within the roofing industry.

    To date, the Alliance has allocated a little over $5.3 million in funding to 46 different projects, programs and studies to help better the industry.

    The Alliance has four areas of focus: philanthropy; education; workforce and training; and technology and research.

    Philanthropy

    The Alliance’s philanthropic efforts include:

    • The Helping Our Own Program, which includes reaching out to the roofing community and its members and helping fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving. Through a nomination process, The Alliance can recognize and

      The Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) Program honors outstanding roofing field workers and warehouse workers who not only excel within their companies but go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. This year’s nomination process begins in September. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

      identify the challenges associated with these life-changing events and help create sustainable solutions for individuals or families in need. Although The Alliance may not be able to solve all the problems rendered during a time of crisis, collectively, we can make a real difference in the lives of families who may fall victim to tragedy.

    • The Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) Program provides an opportunity for companies to nominate their most outstanding roofing field workers or warehouse workers who not only excel within their companies but go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Since the program’s inception, 632 employees have been nominated and 234 winners and finalists have been selected. A maximum of 10 winners are selected by members of the Alliance’s MVP Task Force. The winners receive an expense-paid trip to NRCA’s annual convention and are recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. Details for the 2018-19 MVP Program will be available in September 2018.
    • The Gold Circle Awards program recognizes Alliance and NRCA member firms for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry through outstanding workmanship, innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance. Winners, selected by the Alliance’s Gold Circle Awards Committee, are also recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony.
    • The Alliance’s newest initiative is a partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). RMHC is operated with the support of McDonald’s Corp., headquartered in Chicago. Each of their 165 stand-alone houses is independently owned and operated, and all are established as 501(c)(3) corporations. The core purpose of each house is to provide a home for family members of children who are being treated at a hospital. The houses provide private sleeping rooms, food and pride themselves on offering opportunities for families to interact as they go through their difficult times.

    In addition to providing roof and building maintenance, volunteers help Ronald McDonald House Charities in a variety of ways. Pictured here are volunteers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, Mountain Center, California. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    Alliance and NRCA members adopting houses in their areas are asked to conduct annual roof inspections, ensure the roofs are properly maintained and perform emergency roof repairs when needed. Roof replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, when appropriate, several contractors may be asked to participate. We’ll reach out to our manufacturer and distributor members to see if they can assist with donated products and materials. In addition to providing roof maintenance, there are a number of volunteer opportunities for the members’ employees. Volunteers are welcome to prepare meals, bake special treats, clean, paint, etc.

    Currently 90 out of the 165 stand-alone houses have been adopted. Alliance President Rod Petrick issued a challenge to Alliance and NRCA members that he would like to see all 165 houses adopted by the Fall, 2018 Alliance meeting.

    Education

    On the education front, the Alliance partners with Construction Management Schools, provides scholarships and is a Diamond sponsor of National Women in Roofing.

    We’re working with construction management schools across the country to (1) raise awareness of our industry among students and faculty; (2) encourage the schools to integrate more roofing-specific materials into their course curricula; and (3) encourage students to consider our industry as a viable career option.

    The Alliance sponsors design competitions for construction management students. Pictured here is the first-place team from Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Sciences at the. 2018 International Roofing Expo in New Orleans. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    A great way to reach construction management students is through design competitions. We’ve had four so far and we’re currently working on our fifth. The competition challenges the students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, organizational and presentation skills. The finalist teams and faculty come to the convention to give their oral presentations. While there, they also opportunities to meet members and to learn more about our industry by attending the educational sessions and the expo.

    The next step in our partnership with construction management schools is to find ways to connect with faculty. Our plan is to do this through a research project recently approved at the April, 2018 Alliance member meeting, “A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce.” This demographic study will quantify the economic impact of the roofing industry and measure the size, age, racial background and gender of the workforce. It also will identify the number of roof contracting, manufacturing and distribution companies that exist in the U.S. market and the type of work they do. This comprehensive study will provide real data for us as we plan our future.

    The Alliance awards $55,000 annually in scholarship funds through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which is open to employees and family members of NRCA member firms who are pursuing careers in the roofing or building construction industries. Since the program’s inception, a total of $790,000 has been awarded to 125 students.

    The Alliance is also a Diamond sponsor for National Women in Roofing, which is dedicated to educating, mentoring and supporting women in the various roles they fill within the roofing industry.

    Workforce and Training

    The Alliance continues its efforts to elevate the roofing industry under the current leadership team that includes (from left) Alliance Vice President Josh Kelly of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts; Alliance President Rod Petrick of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois; Immediate Former Alliance President Thomas Saeli of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Michigan. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    The Alliance supports several workforce and training initiatives. Previously the Alliance partnered with Bilingual America on a cultural and leadership training program for Alliance-member firms that employee Latino workers. And, more recently, the Alliance provided funding to help with the development of NRCA’s ProCertification Series.

    Technology and Research

    On the technology and research front, the Alliance funded:

    • NRCA’s EnergyWise online calculator. Originally funding was provided to help develop the program; later funding was approved to provide program updates.
    • A study to better understand the moisture release in concrete roof decks. A final report will be available this fall.
    • NRCA’s Silica Objective Data Collection Study.

    Over the next 12 months, The Alliance will be working with an outside marketing and communications firm to ramp up marketing efforts, making the sure the industry knows who The Alliance is and is aware of all that the Alliance is doing. Hopefully as we create more awareness, more project funding requests will be generated. And, of course, we work to continue to grow the Alliance with new members, but equally important — we want to make sure our current members stay actively engaged and involved.

    Member involvement is key. The Alliance can only continue in its efforts if members remain actively involved every step of the way. It will be exciting to see what the new year brings under the leadership of Alliance President Rod Petrick. Rod’s passion, energy and drive are contagious. As president, he will see to it that The Alliance continues to be imaginative, intelligent and bold so that working together we can help The Alliance reach its full potential!

    For more information on The Alliance, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2018 Gold Circle Awards Winners

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has awarded five members of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) with the prestigious Gold Circle Award during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services.

    The 2018 Gold Circle Awards were presented in the following categories:

    Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

    Winner: Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., for AT&T Midtown Center, Atlanta
    Finalist: Nations Roof LLC, Rowlett, Texas, for Tyson® Foods Vienna Processing Facility, Vienna, Ga.

    Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

    Winner: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.
    Honorable Mention: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
    Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y., Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., Carter’s Grove Plantation, Williamsburg, Va.

    Innovative Solutions: New Construction

    Winner: Flynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., for University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
    Honorable Mention: Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., for St. George Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, La.

    Innovative Solutions: Reroofing

    Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
    Honorable Mention: American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc., Louisville, Ky., and Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Louisville, for Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

    Safety Preparedness and Performance

    Winner: Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., for Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.
    Finalists: Charles F. Evans Co. Inc. Elmira, N.Y., for Bradford County Courthouse-Phase 1, Towanda, Pa. Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo., for Colorado State Capitol, Denver

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Auburn University Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Fourth Student Competition

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the team from the McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., was selected as the first-place winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ fourth annual student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

    Members of the winning team were Jordan Edwards, Alexander Gomez, Jason McCay (team captain), Hannah Redifer and faculty advisor Lauren Redden.

    Redifer also was selected as the recipient of the competition’s first Best Individual Presenter from among all the finalist teams and received an iPad.

    The competition was part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management around the U.S. The four finalist teams selected to present in New Orleans were McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

    The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

    Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate the team was prepared to undertake the project.

    Oral presentations were given at the convention Feb. 7.

    Auburn had the highest cumulative score for their presentation as Summit Roofing. The team had a thorough understanding of site logistics and schedule; exhibited a strong safety plan that included planning, training and execution; and spent a great deal of time preparing the presentation.

    The team from Colorado State University was awarded second place in the competition. Team members were Majoney Bajwa, Kyle Bloesser, Sam Hughes (team captain), Ben Jacobs and faculty advisor Nick Rubino.

    Auburn University received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school. The team trophy and individual awards were presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

    Colorado State University received a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for its school and individual awards.

    For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces MVP Award Winners

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 17th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing roofing workers from Irvine, Calif.; Commerce City, Colo.; Lakeland, Fla.; Cumming, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; LaGrange, Ohio; and Houston.

    The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their contributions in one or more of the following areas: on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions.

    The 2017 MVP Award winners are:

    • Narciso Alarcon, superintendent at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for community service and volunteerism and other noteworthy contributions and activities.
    • Justin Cooper, foreman at Flynn, Commerce City, Colo., for outstanding on-the- job performance.
    • Manuel Cortez, foreman at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for contributions to a team effort.
    • Robert Detweiler, foreman at Centimark Corp., Lakeland, Fla., for community service and volunteerism.
    • Don Gautier, superintendent at Chamberlain Roofing & Waterproofing, Houston, for outstanding on the job performance and on-the-job safety performance.
    • Roy Jones, superintendent at Rike Roofing Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C., for other noteworthy contributions and activities.
    • Mearl Kline, foreman at West Roofing Services Inc., LaGrange, Ohio, for on-the- job safety performance.
    • Clifton Mead, field worker at Tecta America Southeast LLC, Atlanta, for contributions to a team effort.

    Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

    The Alliance also named Alarcon as a finalist for on-the-job performance and contributions to a team effort, Cooper for other contributions and activities, Gautier for contributions to a team effort, and Kline for contributions to a team effort.

    For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Get Involved as the Alliance Celebrates 20 Years of Elevating the Roofing Industry

    As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress remains steadfast in its mission. Its goals include supporting high-quality education programs, ensuring forward-thinking responses to major economic and technological issues, and enhancing the long-term viability and attractiveness of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

    As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress remains steadfast in its mission. Its goals include supporting high-quality education programs, ensuring forward-thinking responses to major economic and technological issues, and enhancing the long-term viability and attractiveness of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

    “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” This simple statement by Steve Jobs reflects the sentiments of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ diverse and dedicated forum of members, who have united to carry out the Alliance’s vision to influence, shape and advance the future of the U.S. roofing industry.

    At 157 members strong, including 10 new members within the last year, the Rosemont, Ill.-based Alliance is in a unique position to unite roofing contractors, material manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals. To date, the group has committed more than $12.4 million to its endowment fund to help preserve and enhance the U.S. roofing industry’s success and performance.

    As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Alliance remains steadfast in its mission and vision to serve as a valuable, effective and influential organization focused on three primary objectives:
    1. Supporting high-quality education programs.
    2. Ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues.
    3. Enhancing the long-term viability and attractiveness of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

    PARTNERING WITH SCHOOLS

    With a keen focus on enhancing college students’ experiences by exposing them academically and experientially to roofing as a career choice, the Alliance Board of Trustees approved ongoing project funding to continue advancing educational initiatives with three of the most well-known construction management schools in the United States: the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

    The Alliance is focused on fostering its relationships with construction management schools by developing a faculty research program that includes identifying topics of interest and direct benefit to the roofing industry, as well as a systematic approach for connecting member companies with construction management schools nationwide.

    “When a school needs a roofing expert to meet with students either in the classroom or on a job site, we want the Alliance to serve as that resource,” says Dennis Conway, NRCA chairman of the board and principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas. “Talking with students one-on-one about roofing fundamentals and career opportunities, in addition to exposing them to all the different roofing products, materials and systems, is invaluable.”

    Former Alliance President Jim MacKimm, president of Beacon Roofing Supply, Peabody, Mass., says such partnerships are invaluable. “These partnerships are crucial for the roofing industry,” he says. “We know we need to do a much better job telling students about career opportunities in roofing and making sure they understand the importance of roofing even if they pursue other construction-related careers.”

    During the International Roofing Expo in March, the Alliance also sponsored its third Construction Management Student Competition, a hallmark competition to promote careers in roofing industry management. In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the six-team competition fostered camaraderie, dialogue and team spirit among the students as they met the challenges of demonstrating their roofing knowledge of estimating, project management, safety and related areas for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Teams represented were from the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; University of Cincinnati; and the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida.

    “As technology advances, government regulation grows, sustainability increases in importance and roof systems become more complex, it is imperative for us to attract professional, knowledgeable students to the roofing industry,” says Suzan Boyd, vice president of Academy Roofing, Colorado Springs, Colo. “The exposure our industry receives through our construction management school partnerships is invaluable because the future of our workforce is at stake.”

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    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Hosts Construction Management Student Competition at IRE

    Teams from six undergraduate universities are scheduled to compete in the third annual Construction Management Student Competition, hosted by The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. This marks the largest group to compete in the competition, which promotes careers in construction management. This year’s event will culminate with presentations at NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention and the 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas.

    According to the Alliance, the competition is part of an educational partnership with six schools of construction management: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Teams participating in the 2017 Construction Management Student Competition were presented with a challenging problem: create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble an estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. Goals included finding a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable profit margin. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge, and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

    Oral presentations are scheduled to take place March 2 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (North Hall) Islander I. The winning team will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held on March 2 and will receive a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school. Members of the winning team also receive individual awards and recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, among other promotions.

    For more information about the student competition, call Bennett Judson, the executive director of the Alliance, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or email him at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Reid Ribble Succeeds Bill Good as NRCA CEO

    Former NRCA member and chairman of the board, Reid Ribble, is serving as NRCA CEO.

    Former NRCA member and chairman of the board, Reid Ribble, is serving as NRCA CEO.

    Bill Good retired from NRCA Dec. 31, 2016, after 28 years as the organization’s CEO and 41 years of service. Former NRCA member and chairman of the board Reid Ribble officially succeeded Good as CEO Jan. 3.

    A roofing contractor by trade, Ribble joined Kaukauna, Wis.-based The Ribble Group Inc., a family business, in 1975 and became company president in 1980. Ribble served as NRCA chairman of the board from 2005-06 and NRCA’s senior vice chairman from 2004-05. He also was president of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Board of Trustees from 2008-10. Ribble also has served as a member or chairman of several NRCA committees.

    In 2010, Ribble was elected to the U.S. Congress serving Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District and was re-elected twice. Ribble earned the reputation of being honest and able to work with representatives from both sides of the aisle.

    “I am looking forward to service and representing those who set the standard for professionalism in the roofing industry and working with NRCA’s staff on initiatives that will help add even more to that value,” Ribble says.

    Good will remain with NRCA in a part-time capacity during a five month transition period. He officially will retire May 31.

    Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Adds Three Members

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the addition of three members at the Governor level during 2016’s third quarter, adding $150,000 in funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

    The alliance’s newest members are:

    Through the generosity of its members, the alliance commits to the following:

    • Education and training—Develop programs and projects addressing current and future workplace issues, ensuring a qualified and trained workforce for the roofing industry.
    • Technology—Engage collaborative industry segments to embrace innovation and use technology.
    • Sustainability—Advocate environmentally sustainable design.
    • Philanthropy—Enrich the well-being of the roofing community through scholarships, charitable gifts and endowments.

    Alliance membership is reserved to those who commit their pledged amount during a three- to five-year period. All members are entitled to participate in the task forces established to guide the alliance’s agenda and attend the semiannual meeting of the full alliance.

    Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is Accepting Nominations for MVP Award

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announces it is accepting nominations for its 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 18th year, the MVP Award Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products.

    The MVP Award Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

    Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

    Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2016.

    MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2017 International Roofing Expo; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.