NRCA Elects New Chairman of the Board

Kent Schwickert, senior vice president-national business unit for Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota, has been elected the next chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention, held February 6-8 in New Orleans.

“Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13. In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Schwickert will begin his one-year term as the highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the U.S. June 1, 2018.

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NRCA Introduces 2017-18 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced its 2017-18 slate of officers and directors at its 130th Annual Convention held in Las Vegas.

Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Kent Schwickert, senior vice president—national business unit, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., was elected chairman of the board-elect. David Hesse, vice president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W. Va.; Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati; J.J. Smithey, president of Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio; and David Tilsen, president, Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wis., were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

  • Charles Antis, founder and chief executive officer of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.
  • Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.
  • Luke Duffy, vice president of Elens and Maichin Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Joliet, Ill.
  • Alex Hernandez, president of Clark Roofing Inc., Broadview, Ill.
  • Erica Jackson, president of CYE Enterprises, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Bryan Karel, project manager/supervisor at Garlock-French Corp., Minneapolis
  • Hunter Merrill, owner of Mountain Roofing Inc., Roanoke, Va.
  • Bob Morgan, chief executive officer of Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
  • Tim Stephens, service department manager at Ben Hill Roofing and Siding Co. Inc., Douglasville, Ga.

All 2017-18 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2017.