The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to a variety of programs and initiatives designed to advance the roofing industry as a whole. One such program is the Construction Management Student Competition. This hallmark competition was created in 2014 to serve as a roofing professional development project and an educational tool to teach construction management program students several important aspects of roofing, including:
Along with providing students with education and experience, the Construction Management Student Competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to see roofing as a viable career path. The competition provides students with a roofing education and gives them the opportunity to learn many of the facets of roofing through this competition.
In this editorial, we will provide you with an overview of all nine teams participating in this year’s competition. If you are interested in getting involved with a membership-based program that is committed to funding and supporting a variety of initiatives within the roofing industry, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website.
With nine schools vying for the final five spots to compete at the 2020 International Roofing Expo® in Dallas, Texas, this year’s competition should be one of the most competitive to date. Let’s quickly break down each construction management program competing and provide you with a brief overview of each school’s history in the competition.
This year offers three new universities:
Three returning schools that are ready for their second year of the competition:
And three that have competed since the inception of the competition:
There are three new teams competing in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Although this is each team’s first experience taking on many of the challenges of the competition, they can look for inspiration from last year’s winner, Minnesota State University. To date, the 2019 Construction Management Student Competition remains the only year that a new team earned the title. Will a similar story unfold in 2020?
Here is some more information on each of the new teams competing this year:
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
The Team: Brad Smith (team captain), Hallie Bowers, David Compton, Hendrix Smith, and Patrick McLeod (alternate)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar
Team Mentor: Nicholas Hotze of Guy Roofing Inc. in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Location: Columbus, Ohio
The Team: David Swain (team captain), Matt Korzenko, Mackenzie Lange, Kin Sanders-Evans, and Brady Jackson (alternate)
Faculty Advisor: Michael Brown
Team Mentor: Joseph Sanderlin of Chemcote, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio
Location: College Station, Texas
The Team: Tyler Stivers (team captain), Kyler Hardison, Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser, and Austin Davis (alternate),
Faculty Advisor: Lance Simms
Team Mentor: Mark Standifer of King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, in Grand Prairie, Texas
Three teams are returning for their second time participating in the event. Kennesaw State University (participated in 2018) and Bradley University (2019) both look to earn their way past the written proposal phase and into the finals this year. Whereas, last year’s winner, Minnesota State University, is eager to defend their title in this year’s competition. Last year, Minnesota State’s team provided an excellent presentation segment and impressed judges with their proposed safety plans, poise, and their ability to answer a variety of questions related to their proposal.
Here is some more information on each of these teams:
Location: Marietta, Georgia
The Team: Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Biancha Clarritt, Maxim Downs, and Cynia Gardner.
Faculty Advisor: Ali Keyvanfar
Team Mentor: Candace Klein of Klein Contracting Corp. in Doraville, Georgia
Location: Peoria, Illinois
The Team: Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Caden Lansford, and Benjamim Maust.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Souhail Elhour.
Team Mentor: Laurie Moore of Kreiling Roofing Co. in Peoria, Illinois
Location: Mankato, Minnesota
The Team: Hunter Koesters (team captain), Cory Erickson, Seth Hander, Benjamin Meyer, and Dylan Keck (alternate)
Faculty Advisor: Brian Wasserman
Team Mentor: Kevin Palmer of Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, in Mankato, Minnesota
In this sixth year of competition, the Roofing Alliance is proud to have the three teams that participated in the inaugural competition of 2014/2015 still competing today. Here’s a brief history of each of these three outstanding construction management programs:
Here is some more information on each school’s team this year:
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
The Team: Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Jake Peckham, and Christopher Vargas
Faculty Advisor: Nick Rubino
Team Mentor: Kent Nelson of Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, in Greeley, Colorado
Location: Auburn, Alabama
The Team: Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Davis Hambrick, Oliver Reinwald, Samuel Short, and Walker Lott (alternate)
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Redden
Team Mentor: Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc. in Mobile, Alabama
Location: Gainesville, Florida
The Team: Tony Centro (team captain), Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins, Ricardo Madero, and Collin Galinas (alternate)
Faculty Advisor: Jim Sullivan
Team Mentor: Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. in Eaton Park, Florida
The Roofing Alliance is committed to partnering with construction management schools to enhance student experiences, provide educational insight into roofing initiatives, and to provide roofing professional development opportunities. This includes integrating information related to roofing education into university curriculum, developing roofing programs, and providing scholarships to students and faculty. If you are interested in getting involved in an organization committed to the future of roofing, please visit our website.
Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.