The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress: Committed to Securing the Future Excellence of the Roofing Industry

Get to Know the Alliance

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress
The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Foundation in 1996 to create an endowment fund to serve as a resource for the roofing industry and its customers. Currently, the alliance has 148 active members—108 contractors; 35 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; one service provider; and three individuals who have pledged significant amounts of money to fund projects that help improve the roofing industry.

The alliance is managed by the Alliance Board of Trustees, a 16-member board that oversees existing projects and considers funding for projects addressing critical industry issues. The alliance holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting, which will be held April 14-16 in Naples, Fla., and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

Ken Farrish, president of Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta, is the alliance’s 2015-16 president; James Patterson, senior vice president—procurement of Centimark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., is vice president; and Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing, Abilene, Texas, is secretary/treasurer.

Membership is open to all roofing industry professionals. In 2015, the board of trustees approved two new membership categories to enrich this diverse group of leaders, including a category for service providers and another for local distributors.

The alliance recently welcomed three new members: Dataforma Inc., York, Pa.; Diamond Roofing, Manhattan, Kan.; and Grove Roofing Services Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. A list of all alliance members can be found on the alliance’s website.

For more information about the alliance, contact Bennett Judson, the alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or or visit the alliance’s website.

Get Involved; Give Back

To make the Rosemont, Ill.-based Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress work, member participation is vital, and the alliance is continually seeking new members. The alliance offers different levels of membership to encourage small-, medium- and large-sized firms to join and have a voice in determining the roofing industry’s future.

Commitments to the alliance can be pledged for three- to five-year periods. Public recognition is given in accordance with donors’ wishes and levels of commitment and include national public acknowledgement during the Rosemont-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s annual convention and other special events and programs. Alliance members also are invited to participate on task forces established to guide the alliance’s agenda and are invited to the semiannual meetings and networking events of the full alliance.

In addition, roofing professionals are encouraged to support the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program, which provides financial support for students pursuing careers in the roofing or building construction industries. Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and can be paid during a period of up to and including five years.

The alliance also provides roofing professionals the opportunity to fulfill their philanthropic goals through a variety of planned giving opportunities, including bequests, gifts of real estate or appreciated stock, life insurance policies and retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts.

The roofing industry has a wonderful history of generosity, and for roofing professionals who would like to be involved with giving back to the industry that has given so much to them, the alliance provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

For more information about how you can make a commitment to the alliance and help secure the future of the roofing industry, contact Alison L. LaValley, CAE, NRCA’s vice president of Member Services and Development, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7573, or, or visit the alliance’s website.

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About the Author

Alison L. LaValley, CAE
Alison L. LaValley, CAE, is the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s Associate Executive Director of Member Services.

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