President Petrick’s Remarks
Let the journey begin! And what better way to begin than by welcoming our newest Governor member, Allan Gillespie, Gillespie Roofing Inc., Walla Walla, Wash. Total membership now stands at 166.
Journeys are important aspects in all our lives. Once a journey begins, you can’t escape it. All journeys, big and small, can be unpredictable and are learning experiences that play an important role in reaching the next destination. As we embark on our next journey, our new fiscal year, we focus on current partnerships and projects and seek new opportunities as we continue to help shape the future of the industry.
2018-19 Board of Trustees
As we begin our journey, we would like to welcome our 2018-19 Board of Trustees whose terms officially began June 1. Click here to see the list of the Alliance 2018-19 Board of Trustees.The board’s first official meeting will take place Nov. 16 during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings in Chicago; however, board members will participate in conference calls and respond to emails as issues arise.
We remain on course with our construction management initiative as we work to advance roofing knowledge and create awareness among faculty and students. Plans are under way for our fifth student design competition. Thanks to Curtis Sutton and Chris Baxter, Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., for helping to find a project in Nashville for the next competition.
While our student competition continues to grow, our next focus is on construction management faculty. At the April member meeting, funding was approved for a faculty research project—”A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce.” The request for proposal went out to more than 70 faculty members of the American Council for Construction Education. Seventeen proposals were submitted from faculty coast to coast. The next step is for our task force to review the proposals and select the most fitting. If you are interested in being on this task force, please contact Bennett Judson.
We continue to work under the guidance of Richard Burt, head of McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn University; Mostafa Khattab, professor and department head, construction management, Colorado State University; and Robert Ries, director of M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, University of Florida. We appreciate our partnerships with these schools and value the support and direction these gentlemen provide.
At the April Alliance meeting, members agreed to continue the partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Members “adopting” their local Ronald McDonald houses are asked to conduct annual roof system inspections, ensure the roofs are properly maintained and perform emergency repairs when needed. Roof system replacements will be managed as individual projects on a project-by-project basis. When appropriate, several contractors may be asked to become involved. In addition, we’ll reach out to manufacturers and/or distributors to assist with donated materials.
During the next few months, staff will reach out to all members who have previously adopted houses as well as new members joining the partnership with guidelines, resources and recognitions. More than 90 of the 165 standalone houses have been adopted. We’d like to connect the remaining 75 houses with our Alliance and NRCA members so all houses are accounted for before our November Alliance meeting. Please let one of us or Bennett Judson know if you would like more information or how you can be involved. We want to thank all our members who have partnered with us on this initiative. Click here to see a list of all members who have adopted houses.
NWIR Diamond Sponsor
At the April member meeting, $25,000 was approved to be a NWIR Diamond sponsor for one year. As a Diamond sponsor, the Alliance will be recognized on the NWIR website, acknowledged at all NWIR events, receive one corporate feature article in the NWIR newsletter or NWIR blog, included in all NWIR audiovisual event signage, collateral and NWIR communications; recognized as a Spanish language sponsor; recognized as a NWIR Careers Section sponsor and one of the exclusive sponsors of NWIR Day held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo.®
Eleven scholarships were approved for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program for the 2018-19 school year— eight renewals and three new scholarships—making the total amount of scholarships awarded to date $790,000 to 125 students.
New 2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients:
|Elaina Krumholz, Sheboygan, Wis., daughter of Erik Krumholz, sales representative, Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio||John Paynter, Hillsborough, N.C., son of Bill Paynter, manufacturer representative, Duro-Last Roofing, Saginaw, Mich.||Cameron Tickerhoff—Firestone Scholarship, Bridgeport, Ohio, son of Joshua Tickerhoff, foreman, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc., Wheeling, W.Va.|
Cameron writes, “Ms. Judson, I would like to thank you and the scholarship committee for selecting me for the Firestone Scholarship. I feel very honored to have received this award. It will definitely make an impact on the cost of my future studies.”
Details for the 2019-20 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program and the application guidelines will be available in September.
Alliance membership stands at 166 members, including 115 contractors; 35 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; six service providers; one local distributor; seven individuals; and two supporting. Bill Good visited four prospective members this month, including M. Potteiger Inc., York, Pa.; F.A. Taylor & Sons Inc., Baltimore, Md.; Gillespie Roofing Inc., Walla Walla, Wash.; and Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill. All the leads look promising!
The Member Development Team held a spring conference call and met again during the April Alliance meeting to review more than 100 prospective members’ names and identified three primary objectives for the 2018-19 fiscal year, including: increasing membership numbers and revenue by $500,000; increasing funding for the Melvin Kruger Scholarship Program; and assisting the Planned Giving Steering Committee by bringing in five new planned giving donors.
Just a reminder, if you are looking for the opportunity to give back to the industry that has given so much to you, please consider fulfilling your philanthropic goal through the Alliance’s Planned Giving Program. The Alliance is pleased to report we have nine Founding Legacy Donors. Our goal is to secure another five to 10 gifts in the year ahead.
Your support of the Alliance will provide current and future generations of roofing professionals access to cutting-edge education, research and technologies allowing for better training and more informed leaders in their field. This access to new learning models, technology and proven methodologies will increase both efficiency and outcomes to improve the future of the roofing industry and its workforce.
“We feel strongly that our planned gift to the Alliance will help advance and shape the future of our industry, and we are proud to be a Founding Donor. Leaving this legacy is important to us both professionally and personally, and we hope it will help fund important research in the years ahead.” ~ Kelly and Lance Van Winkle, Grand Prairie, Texas
Page views for the Alliance Facebook page continue to increase as does engagement on Twitter (The Alliance @AlisonNRCA), as well as LinkedIn. We encourage you to follow us on all three platforms, share links with your company colleagues and retweet important Alliance news.
As important as bringing in new members is, it’s equally important to keep current members engaged and involved. As we begin the fiscal year, we’re still looking for members to serve on several Alliance committees and task forces. Click here to see the list of committees and task forces with a brief description of the objectives and the number of openings. If you’re not currently serving on a committee or task force, we would strongly encourage you to give it a try—commit to the journey.
In closing, we’re looking forward to the new year. Our outlook is positive, focused and proactive. The opportunities are infinite. We’re asking for your endurance to achieve our goals and objectives this year. We’re not here to chart an easy course but to roll up our sleeves and dig in. We’re looking forward to new experiences that will challenge and significantly impact the future of our industry.
Feel free to contact either of us or Bennett Judson if you have questions or comments regarding any of the items in this update. And be sure to check out our upcoming Alliance meetings and events listed on the Alliance website.
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
Alliance Vice President
OMG Roofing Products