April/May 2017 Member Update

Meeting Location: Coronado, Calif.

Meeting Date: 2017-04-20

Dear fellow Alliance members,

We are pleased to announce and welcome our two newest Alliance members: FCS Roofing Software, Chicago, Nick Serelis (Service Provider Level) and Peterson Roofing Inc., Mount Prospect, Ill., Jim Peterson (Silver Supporting Level). A total of 11 new members have joined the Alliance since June 1, 2016. We want to thank our Member Development Team members for all their hard work.

We had a record attendance at the April 20-21 Alliance Member Meeting in Coronado, Calif. with a total of 109 attendees. There were 25 contractor member firms, 22 from the manufacturing/supplier community, and 62 spouses, guests, staff and speakers. Click here for photos from the April Alliance Meeting.

In addition to productive meetings, Alliance members, spouses and guests enjoyed networking and mingling over cocktails Thursday and Friday evenings. Both events were held outside so members could enjoy the warm, balmy southern California breezes and sunsets filled with a kaleidoscope of colors.

Friday morning, Alliance members conducted member business. They attended an inspiring lunch with the Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales, the 80th attorney general of the U.S. Gonzales shared his journey from being the son of a contractor to the office of the attorney general and some of his experiences from his time in office.

After lunch, Howard Wasdin, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, shared how some of his experiences can be applied to businesses and the day-to-day challenges of labor shortages, maintaining employee morale and learning to apply best practices even if they are gleaned from the competition.

The meeting concluded with breakout discussions facilitated by Karen Cates, executive coach and management consultant. The outcome of these discussions and proposed next steps will be shared in the near future.

Operating budgets for the General Alliance fund and Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship fund (including $55,000 for student scholarships) were approved as presented. Click here for a complete copy of the April 21 meeting minutes and a copy of the approved operating budgets for 2017-18.

A total of $320,000 in new project funding was approved:
$50,000—to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities (renewable on an annual basis subject to review)
$100,000—additional funding for NRCA ProCertification Series
$50,000— NRCA Silica Objective Data Collection Project
$105,000— Moisture Release in Concrete Roof Decks Study
$15,000—Gold Circle Awards Program

Click on the title of the new funding requests to view the details from the presentations.

The Board of Trustees awarded 11 scholarships for the 2017-18 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. There were six renewals at $5,000 each: Christian Cole (Dan Cohen Scholarship); Jaclyn Harris (Firestone Building Scholarship); and Josiah Martin, Dannelly McKenzie, Drury Poston and Ivy Rivas (Fred Good Scholarship). There were five new scholarships at $5,000 each: Alyssa Merna (second Firestone Building Scholarship), Salvador Flores Garcia (Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship), Sophia McGuire and Lillian McKenzie (OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship) and Nicholas Calvert .

The April meeting notebooks contained a detailed report regarding the status of RoofPoint. As March 31, all RoofPoint data, the app, emails and websites are now in the possession of the Alliance. Everything is currently archived (inactive), and there are no plans to activate, update or train. A webpage has been created stating RoofPoint is no longer active and directing questions to the Alliance office. Both the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees asked that the RoofPoint Task Force have a discussion about whether there might be an organization or school that could salvage the RoofPoint information and put it to good use.

On the Construction Management front, NRCA Senior Advisor Bill Good; Mostafa Khattab, Ph.D., Construction Management Department head at Colorado State University’s College of Health & Human Sciences; and Robert Ries, Ph.D., director of the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker, Sr., School of Construction Management, reported on the construction management initiative and partnership at the April member meeting. Both Khattab and Ries said their schools (faculty and students) value their relationships with the Alliance. They feel we’ve made good progress to date and want to encourage Alliance members to continue to be persistent and patient. There is a future for the roofing industry and an opportunity to recruit talent from the construction management field.

We want to thank Kyle Thomas, CEO of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Ala., for representing the Alliance and attending Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Science Annual Awards Banquet April 20.


Thomas with Will Givens, who is in his first year of the construction management program in the School of Building Science at Auburn University

We were advised by the University of Florida that the 2016-17 Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Scholarship funds were awarded to three students in the M.E. Rinker, Sr., School of Construction Management: Aaron Cobb, Josh Fry and Aida Rangel. Click here to read acknowledgement letters from the three students.

Plans are already underway for The Alliance’s fourth Construction Management Student Competition. Thanks to Tupac De La Cruz, operations manager and partner at Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., we already have a project identified in New Orleans. The Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee will meet in July to finalize details for the competition, continue conversations on a faculty research program and discuss ways we can connect Alliance members with the construction management schools in their areas.

In the May issue of Professional Roofing magazine, Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services, wrote an article titled “Keeping out the air: A new NRCA document provides design guidance for air retarders.” Click here to read the full article. As a result of the “Air Movement Impact on Roofing Systems Testing” (partially funded by the Alliance), NRCA published Guidelines for Air Retarders in Roof Assemblies. This new document provides an overview of the energy code’s air barrier requirements, industry-conducted research and NRCA’s recommendations for designers about air retarders in roof assemblies. Click here to download your (free to Alliance/NRCA members) copy.

As the 2016-17 fiscal year draws to a close . . .

We’d like to thank and recognize the following Alliance members for their ongoing work on the Member Development Team to increase membership and funding, including Rob Therrien Jr., president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H.; Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill.; and Dane Bradford, president of Bradford Roof Management Inc., Billings, Mont. Through their efforts, the Alliance has:

  • Recruited 11 new members in 2016-17, generating $560,000 in revenue
  • Grown to 160 members, including 113 contractors; 37 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; four service providers; four individuals; and two supporting members
  • Identified several new prospective members with whom to follow up from NRCA’s leadership, IRE attendees and exhibitors, and other sources
  • Dedicated the next year to increasing membership numbers and revenue by welcoming at least 10 new members, providing significant funding for the Melvin Kruger Scholarship Program and bringing in five to 10 new planned giving donors

We’re pleased to announce that Bill Good will work for the Alliance on a consulting basis. He will focus on three areas: fundraising (member development, the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Campaign and planned giving), the construction management initiative and the Ronald McDonald House Charities partnership.

Last month during the Alliance meeting in Coronado, our founding legacy donors were recognized during a dinner to thank them for their planned gift. Honorees included Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas; John Gooding, chairman of the board of GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.; and Kelly and Lance Van Winkle, vice president — contracts and project manager, respectively, King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie. And during the meeting, we received two additional verbal commitments from Bill Good and Dane Bradford, both of whom expressed a desire to leave a lasting legacy in honor of this great industry that has given so much to them.

If you haven’t already checked us out on social media, please do so. You can “like” us on Facebook at The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress (@RoofingAlliance) and follow us on Twitter at The Alliance (@AlisonNRCA), as well as on LinkedIn. Also, we encourage you to share all three profiles with your company colleagues and retweet important Alliance news.

We also want to thank the following retiring trustees for their time and effort serving this past year: Bob Bechtholdt, owner of Douglass Colony Group, Commerce City, Colo.; Naomi Dupre, president of Kirby Fiberglass Inc., Pueblo West, Colo.; Ken Farrish, president of Atlas Roofing, Atlanta; and Paul Mitchell, Strategic Alliances, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, Beachwood, Ohio.

As we begin the new fiscal year, we’re still looking for members to serve on several Alliance committeesClick here to see the current list of committees and task forces with a brief description of the committee objectives and the number of openings we’re trying to fill.

And finally, it’s been a pleasure serving as your Alliance president this past year. What a whirlwind of activity this year has been . . . and a great way to end our first 20 years!

  • A total of 11 new members joined The Alliance.
  • Our Planned Giving program took off.
  • We had strong attendance at both our fall and spring member meetings.
  • We doubled the number of schools participating in our third Construction Management Student Competition.
  • We increased the number of workers nominated for the Most Valuable Player Awards program.
  • The projects and programs we’ve funded are steadily progressing: National Women in Roofing and NRCA’s ProCertification Series are just two examples.

Under the new leadership of President Thomas Saeli, CEO, Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich. and Vice President Rod Petrick, president, Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill., and with the continued support and involvement of all members, the Alliance’s momentum will not only continue but will become a force to be reckoned with as we embark on our 21st year.

One more note . . .

NRCA is asking Alliance members to help support National Roofing Week through its Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap is an online platform that allows people to Tweet or post a Facebook message on the same day at the same time to rise above the noise on social media. Think of it as an online flash mob in support of the roofing industry! On June 4, the first day of National Roofing Week, everyone who signed up will have the same message automatically posted on their social media accounts: “It’s National Roofing Week! Share if you’re thankful for the roof over your head! #NationalRoofingWeek.”

Thunderclap is safe, free and will post only one message on your behalf. Signing up for NRCA’s Thunderclap will take five seconds—just click here and choose “Support with Twitter,” “Support with Facebook,” “Support with Tumblr” or all three.

The goal is to reach 100 supporters. NRCA already has achieved 81 percent of this goal and currently has the potential to reach almost 50,000 people on social media—and that reach will only grow as we receive more support!

Feel free to contact either of us or Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net if you have questions or comments regarding the items in this update.

Thank you!

James Patterson
Alliance President
CentiMark Corp.
Canonsburg, Pa.
Email: James.Patterson@centimark.com

Thomas Saeli
Alliance Vice President
Duro-Last Roofing Inc.
Saginaw, Mich.
Email: tsaeli@duro-last.com

Next Meeting:

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Joint Alliance Board of Trustee and full Alliance Member Meeting
Loews Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C.