April-May 2018 member update

Dear fellow Alliance members,

We are pleased to announce and welcome our newest Alliance Governor member: CYE Enterprises Inc., Erica Jackson, Jacksonville, Fla. Seven new members have joined the Alliance since June 1, 2017. We want to thank our Member Development Team members for all their hard work. We also want to acknowledge and thank Gail Krapf, Macon, Ga. for her additional pledge to the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship fund for a named scholarship in honor of her father, Melvin Kruger.

We once again had record attendance at the April 26-28 Alliance Member Meeting held in Fernandina Beach, Fla. with a total of 110 attendees. There were 28 contractor member firms in attendance, along with 28 from the manufacturing/supplier/distributing community and 54 spouses, guests, staff and speakers. Click here for photos from the April Alliance Meeting.

The meetings were very productive — there was a lot of business to address and updates to share. But, as always, in addition to the meetings there were opportunities for members, spouses and guests to enjoy networking and mingling at the social events. The festivities began Thursday evening with a welcome reception, continued Friday afternoon with the option of playing golf or going on an Amelia Island River Cruise, and concluded Friday evening at Walker’s Landing where members experienced a spectacular sunset.

Friday morning Alliance members conducted member business. They learned how to be “hunters of talent” from career search expert Chris Czarnik during the Friday luncheon. Saturday morning began with a breakfast program with fellow Alliance members sharing how they’ve successfully engaged with their local construction management and vocational technical schools; how they’ve introduced junior high and elementary students to construction as a vocation; the benefits of implementing internship programs; and how members can become more involved as an industry by supporting students’ experiences in the classroom, jobsite visits and job fairs. Click here for a complete copy of the April 27-28 meeting minutes. (PDF)

Operating budgets for the General Alliance and Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship funds (including $55,000 for student scholarships) were approved. (Contact Bennett Judson to request a copy of the approved operating budgets approved for 2018-19.)

A total of $281,870 was approved in committed and new program/project funding:
$11,500 for The Alliance’s Gold Circle Awards Program
$16,000 for employee outreach through the MVP Awards Program
$25,000 was deferred for NRCA’s Silica Objective Data Collection Study
$111,400 for the Construction Management Schools Initiative (including funds earmarked for a demographic research project: A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and its Workforce)
$10,000 for the Colorado State University’s CM Cares program (4th year out of 5-year commitment)
$82,970 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) partnership
$25,000 for one final year of Diamond Sponsorship for National Women in Roofing

The Board of Trustees awarded 11 scholarships for the 2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Nine scholarships were renewed at $5,000 each for students Nicholas Calvert, Christian Cole (Dan Cohen Scholarship), Salvador Flores Garcia (Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship), Jonah Manson, Sophia McGuire (William A. Good Scholarship), Lillian McKenzie (OMG Roofing Products Scholarship), Alyssa Merna (Firestone Scholarship), Drury Poston, and Ivy Rivas (Fred Good Scholarship). Two new scholarships were awarded at $5,000 each: Cameron Tickerhoff (second Firestone Scholarship) and John Paynter.

At the April meeting, Hilary Ward, with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Global Office, Bill Good and Rod Petrick provided an update on the Alliance-RMHC partnership. To date, we’ve connected 90 Alliance and NRCA members with the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses. Vice President Petrick issued a challenge to members to have all 165 houses adopted by the November 2018 Alliance meeting. The RMHC Task Force will be finalizing recommended guidelines and procedures which will be shared with all companies who have currently adopted houses and for any new members coming on board. Staff will be making a concentrated effort this coming year to collect data for each house — the current status of the roofs, any work that is done, work to be done, the value of any services performed, etc.

Heidi Ellsworth reported on behalf of the Branding Task Force and explained that after evaluating the current Alliance branding initiatives, Task Force members agree there are a number of positive things about the Alliance already in place: a strong mission and history, an appealing logo with a meaningful design and the fact The Alliance is valued for its contributions to the industry. So, we don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel. We do need to review what we have, possibly do a little tweaking and fine-tuning and do a better job of telling our story. The Task Force recommends hiring an outside communications/marketing firm to help us ramp up our communications efforts over the next 12 months.

Another exciting outcome from the meetings was the approval to move forward with A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce. The research will quantify the economic impact of the roofing industry and measure the size, age, racial background and gender of the workforce. The study also will identify the number of roofing contractor, manufacturer and distributor companies that exist in the U.S. market and the type of work they do. This comprehensive study will provide much-needed demographic information for us as we plan our future. In addition to providing data, the study provides a next step opportunity in our Construction Management Initiative to engage construction management faculty. Once a researcher has been selected, the goal is to have an interim report ready for our fall meeting and a final report available by next April.

On the Construction Management front, plans are underway for our 2018-19 Construction Management Student Competition. We’re currently seeking a project in the Nashville area. The goal is to have details finalized and sent out to schools before classes begin this fall.

As the 2017-18 year comes to a close, we’d like to thank and recognize some Alliance members for their ongoing work on the Member Development Team to increase membership and funding, including Dane Bradford, Bill Good, Rob McNamara, Rod Patrick, and Rob Therrien Jr., chairman. Through their efforts this year, the Alliance has:

  • Recruited 7 new members generating $300,000 in revenue.
  • Grown to 165 members (115 contractors; 36 associates, six service providers, six individuals; and two supporting members).
  • Identified several new prospective members to follow-up with 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, funding for the Melvin Kruger Scholarship Program and bringing in 5 new planned giving donors.

The Member Development Team have its next quarterly conference call in mid- to late- summer; we encourage members who are interested in participating to contact Bennett Judsonor Alison LaValley.

During the April Alliance meeting, our Founding Legacy Donors were recognized during a special dinner held to thank them for their planned gifts. Honorees included Dane and Sandy Bradford, Trent Cotney, Jason Dark and Bill Good. To date, The Alliance has received $600,000 in gifts from its founding donors who have left charitable bequests, established charitable trusts or used some other form of estate planning to support our planned giving initiative. If you’re interested in leaving a legacy in honor of this great industry that has given so much to you, please click here or give Bennett or Alison a call.

And, if you’re interested in serving on the Alliance’s Planned Giving Steering Committee, please let us know. This assignment is a “light-lifting” role that primarily discusses business by email and conference call, yet serves a very important role within the industry. Contact Bennett and Alison for additional information if you’re interested in learning more.

If you haven’t done so already, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook at “The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress” and follow us on Twitter at “The Alliance,” as well as on LinkedIn. We encourage you to share all three links with your company colleagues and retweet important Alliance news.

We want to thank our retiring Board of Trustees, whose terms expire May 31, 2018, for their service: Jim Barr, Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas; Nelson Braddy, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie; James Patterson, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.; and Chris Schmidt, USG Securock Roofing Systems, Chicago.

As we begin the new 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 we’re trying to fill. (PDF)

In closing, it’s been a privilege serving as your Alliance president this past year. I’ve experienced firsthand how The Alliance is uniting the roofing industry through it scholarships, research, sustainability and philanthropic efforts. The Alliance remains steadfast in its vision to serve as a valuable, effective and influential organization that shapes, improves and advances the future of the roofing industry. The advances we’ve made are testimonials of how successful we can be when everyone within the industry works together. Member involvement is key. We can only continue in our efforts if members remain actively involved every step of the way. I’m excited to see what the new year brings under the leadership of Rod Petrick. I’ve enjoyed working with him this past year. Rod’s passion, energy and drive are contagious. I’m sure he will see to it that we continue to be imaginative, intelligent and bold so that working together we can help The Alliance reach its full potential!

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 any items in this update.

Thank you!

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

Rod Petrick
Alliance Vice President
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
Frankfort, Ill.
Email: Rod@ridgeworthroofing.com