October 2018 member update

The energy level is rising! There are a lot of good things happening right now—our branding efforts are progressing; we’ve had a great response to our student competition and Gold Circle Awards program; we’re busy connecting members with Ronald McDonald Houses; and staff has been receiving numerous inquiries for our Most Valuable Player Awards and Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship programs! All positive and exciting!

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Partnership

My challenge still stands to those who have not yet adopted your local Ronald McDonald House roof—please consider doing so. The gap is closing, but we’re not there yet! As of this update, 112 roofs have been adopted—only 53 to go before the end of November! Click here to see the list of available houses or reach out to Bill Good or Bennett Judson. Sheila Musolino, RMHC CEO, will be joining us at our Nov. 16 meeting. It would be great to be able to share the good news with her that the roofs of all 165 standalone Ronald McDonald houses in the U.S. have been adopted.

As much as we’re pushing to get the remaining roofs adopted, we want to make sure to thank our members who have stepped up and partnered with houses. We would like to give a special shout-out to our members who have adopted multiple houses—Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Empire Roofing, The Melanson Co. Inc., Tecta America and The Mountain Companies,as well as to our manufacturer and supplier partners who are donating materials for numerous projects—ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beacon Roofing Supply, Carlisle Construction Materials, GAF and SRS Distribution Inc. Click here to see the list of members who have adopted Ronald McDonald House roofs.

We’d like to share the following email we received from RMHC Global: “Because of your significant contribution to RMHC, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the Ray Kroc Heritage Society at the Corporate Donor and Product Donors & Gifts In-Kind level. Your generosity continues the legacy of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s Corporation and children’s advocate, in whose memory this prestigious giving circle was founded. “One of the highlights of our new RMHC Global building in Chicago is our interactive donor wall featuring members of the Ray Kroc Heritage Society. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress name will be displayed on the wall.”

RMHC has invited us to join in support of its RMHC #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign. RMHC Global will have a customized #GIVINGTUESDAY page promoting their campaign and corporate partners. The goal is to raise $100,000, which will help provide an additional 1,250 overnight stays for families in their Ronald McDonald houses and family rooms. Stay tuned for more details regarding how to get involved!

Construction Management Schools Initiative

The response to our invitation sent to 82 construction management schools has been amazing! Our goal to increase awareness of our industry among construction management students and faculty is working! Twelve teams will be competing in our 2018-19 Construction Management Student Competition—six of which are new schools. Staff is working to lock in mentors for each team.

The teams’ written proposals are due Dec. 10. Our judges will review the proposals and select four finalist teams who will be invited to NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention and the 2019 International Roofing Expo® in Nashville, Tenn., where they will give their oral presentations Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. The first- and second-place teams—along with the Best Individual Presenter—will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Tuesday night. We hope you’ll attend both events!

Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Ala.

Team members (front, left to right): Luke Dyson (alternate), Jordan Edwards (team captain), Gettys Moore (back, left to right): Nathan Sloan and Jacob Oswalt
Faculty advisor: Lauren Redden

Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. — new

Team members (left to right): Tyler Thompson, Jacob Settles, Lillian Lawrin (team captain), David Montengro and Caden Lansford (alternate)
Faculty advisor: Dr. Souhall Elhouar

Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colo.

Team members (left to right): Brenden Phelan, Dan Schouten, Code Ade and Mahoney Bajwa (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Nick Rubino

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio — new

Team members (left to right): Zach Williams (alternate), Jake Bouley (team captain), T’Aundre Perkins, Travis Gordon and Jake Myers
Faculty advisor: Anthony Mirando

Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge, La.

Team members (left to right): Will Dugan (alternate), Drew Bennett (team captain), Taylor Sperry and Caleb Burks (Not pictured — Romon Joseph)
Faculty advisor: Robert Benton

Minnesota State University — Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minn. — new

Team members (left to right): Chase Olson, Hunter Morsching (alternate), Hunter Campbell, Jon Harrington and Shola George (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Brian Wasserman

Mississippi State University, Building Construction Science, Mississippi State, Miss. — new

Team members (left to right): Steve Dragoo, Tori Thompson (team captain), Blake Guthrie and Jonathan Burton (Not pictured — Jalyn Wallin, alternate)
Faculty advisor: Saeed Rokooei

Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Corvallis, Ore. — new

Team members (left to right): Antonio Ortiz, Tristan Mitchell, Miguel Leon, Ryan Linder (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Catarina Pestana

Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee, Ala.

Team members (front, left to right): DeAndre Howard (team captain), Tajh Silas (back, left to right): Simone Obleton, Maya Little (alternate) and Iman Clark
Faculty advisor: Rogers Hunt

University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Construction Management, Cincinnati

Team members (left to right): Garrett Doherty, Mitchell Rice, Austin Horne and Chase Muhlbaier (team captain) (Not pictured — Emily Shauen, alternate)
Faculty advisor: Amanda Albrecht

University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Fla.

Team members (left to right): Rob Rogers, Sam Mitchell (team captain), Alex Idriss, Camille Rimmer and Tony Centro (alternate)
Faculty advisor: Jim Sullivan

University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Construction Management, Monroe, La. — new

Team members (left to right): Dalton Gray, Jacob Hay, Donovan Stewart (team captain) and Chandler Neal
Faculty advisor: Nick Hardy

The Alliance 2019 Gold Circle Awards program is closed. The deadline for entries was Oct. 12. The program recognizes member excellence in the roofing industry for projects completed between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2018, in three categories—Outstanding Workmanship, Innovative Solutions, and Safety Preparedness and Performance. We received a total of 33 nominations. Our Gold Circle Award judges will meet in Rosemont Nov. 6 to judge the entries and select the finalists and winners, who will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony in Nashville.

We’re still accepting nominations for our 2018-19 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program. The MVP program celebrates workers who are outstanding employees within their companies and also recognizes them for their outstanding performance outside the workplace—their charitable deeds, community involvement, challenges they have overcome, dedication and commitment to helping others. Click here for more information. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 16. MVP winners will be recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony in Nashville. Additionally, one MVP winner will be selected as the Best of the Best, a recognition bestowed by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass.

Details for the 2019-20 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program are available. Click here for program details. The Alliance’s scholarship program is available to assist employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue postsecondary education in college and vocational programs and plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries. Please share this information with your employees. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2019.

Funding Requests

Funding proposals are due Jan. 1, 2019. Projects submitted for consideration should (1) be generic in the sense they will not evaluate any proprietary products, services or materials; (2) not publicly advocate an industry position—this is viewed as a role best left to NRCA and other industry organizations; and (3) be broad-based, having value for all segments of the industry whenever possible. Click here for details about submitting funding requests. We ask you share this information with any organizations or committees you are involved with that have projects appropriate for Alliance funding.

Alliance Member Meeting — April 24-27, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Alliance member meeting scheduled for April 24-27, 2019, at The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz. We’ll hear updates regarding current projects and programs; analyze and select new projects proposed for funding; and have opportunities to network with fellow Alliance members. The Wigwam is a luxurious, world-class resort with pools, golf and a full-service spa. Click here for a preliminary meeting schedule. Stay tuned for more details.

Don’t miss the joint Alliance Board of Trustees and full Alliance member meeting scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago. This meeting is being held in conjunction with NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings because many of you also serve on NRCA committees. The agenda includes updates regarding our RMHC partnership—including a brief presentation by Sheila Musolino, CEO of RMHC; a report on branding efforts—including an unveiling of the refreshed logo;a report from the new Vo-Tech/Technical Trade School Task Force; and project updates on NRCA ProCertification, the silica study and the moisture release in concrete roof decks research.

Don’t forget—only 53 more Ronald McDonald house roofs to be adopted. If you haven’t adopted the roof of your local Ronald McDonald House, please consider doing so.

Thank you!

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

Josh Kelly
Alliance Vice President
OMG Roofing Products
Agawam, Mass.
Email: jkelly@olyfast.com