2019-20 Construction Management Student Competition

We are excited to announce the 2019-20 Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition is underway! We have nine teams participating this year—three are new to the competition.

The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University

From left to right: Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Rachel Nemecek (team captain) and Davis Hambrick. Not pictured: Walker Lott (alternate). The faculty advisor is Lauren Redden and the team mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.

Bradley University

From left to right: Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford. The faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour, and the team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill.

Clemson University—NEW

From left to right: David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers, Hendrix Smith and Brad Smith (team captain). The faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar, and the team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.

The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University

From left to right: Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Brendan Phelan (team captain). Not pictured: Mahoney Bajwa (alternate). The faculty advisor is Nick Rubino, and the team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.

Kennesaw State University

From left to right: Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner, Jazzmin Evans (team captain) and Biancha Clarritt. The faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar, and the team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga.

Minnesota State University—Mankato

From left to right: Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson. Not pictured: Hunter Koesters (team captain). The faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman, and the team mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn.

Ohio State University—NEW

From left to right: Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko, David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Langer and Kin Sanders-Evans. The faculty advisor is Michael Brown, and the team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote Inc., Dublin, Ohio.

Texas A&M University—NEW

From left to right: Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Tyler Stivers (team captain), Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. The faculty advisor is Lance Simms, and the team mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.

The M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida

From left to right: Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins, Tony Centro (team captain) and Collin Galinas (alternate). The faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan, and the team mentor is Rob Springer, Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

Thank you to all the Roofing Alliance and NRCA members who are serving as team mentors. Mentors serve as a resource guiding the students and faculty through the project/process, answering questions and educating the students about the different elements of the project, products, systems, etc., to help them formulate their own proposals and on-site presentations. Mentors have one or two face-to-face meetings with the team and faculty. If possible—but not required—mentors invite the team to their offices to meet their estimators and project managers, and to a job site to give them perspective of a typical workday.

Written proposals are due Dec. 9. The judges will review the written proposals and select up to five finalist teams to travel to Dallas to give oral presentations. We wish all the teams good luck!

We would encourage all Roofing Alliance members to plan to attend the oral presentations Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2020. As you register for the International Roofing Expo® in Dallas, be sure to register for the student competition. The teams will be presenting between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. When the finalist teams arrive in Dallas, they will select their presenting times. As soon as they do, we will post on social media which teams will be presenting at which times so you can support your favorite team.