September 2018 member update

We’d like to begin by welcoming our newest Governor Alliance member—Dave Bieber, M. Potteiger Inc., York, Pa. Membership currently stands at 166.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Partnership

We want to issue a challenge to all Alliance members to step up and adopt the roof of a Ronald McDonald House in your area. Click here to see the list of available houses. Our goal is to have all 165 standalone houses adopted by our November Alliance member meeting. As of this update, 106 roofs have been adopted, leaving 59 roofs to be adopted in less than 47 days!

When you adopt a house, you’ll receive an aerial report of the house provided by EagleView Technologies Inc. We ask that you inspect the roof and report back to us the condition of the roof; the roof system currently in place; the estimated life expectancy; any anticipated work to be done; actual work expected to be done ; and the dollar value of all in-kind labor and materials provided. Once this information has been reported back to us and entered into our database, Bluefin LLC will use it to establish a baseline of roof conditions for all 165 Ronald McDonald houses and help RMHC develop their roof maintenance and replacement plans.

In our last update, we reported Bill Good and Bennett Judson attended the 2018 RMHC International Conference in Chicago in August. One of the breakout sessions at the conference was “Trends and Opportunities in Corporate Partnerships.” One of the speakers, Susan Kenny, development director of Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Orange, Calif., shared information about the Alliance partnership and the personal effect it had with her house. Click here to see a video clip from the session.

We’re starting to receive communications back from the houses as our members connect with them. Following are a few thank you notes we have received.

“I just wanted to thank the Alliance for the repairs done to our Ronald McDonald House in El Paso. I was at the International Conference in Chicago and was grateful to learn about the Alliance partnership. You guys are amazing and the local contractor we had here did a great job! Thank you again for all you do for RMHC and the families we serve!”
—sincerely, Frank (Frank Lopez, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso Inc.) (Contractor—Ronnie McGlothlin, Empire Roofing, Fort Worth, Texas)

“The Alliance is a remarkable friend to all of us at RMHC. Because of your kind hearts and dedication, so many families will be safe and dry. Please know that your efforts truly mean so much to our families. You give them comfort and care, which is exactly what they need during the trying times in their lives. Thank you!”
—sincerely, Susan Kenny

“Dear Mr. Haden and A.C. Cousins Crew, on behalf of the thousands of families we serve each year, our staff and leadership, thank you for your recent in-kind donation of services and roofing materials to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. This physical labor, skill and dedication, which you shared will aid in our ability to ease the burdens for families with children receiving medical treatment in Richmond area hospitals and will continue to maintain our house as a safe and clean environment for our community. In the past five years we have grown tremendously, seeing a 151% increase in referrals from area hospitals. Our ability to meet this increased demand and provide families with comfort and care would not be possible without community members like you giving back. Thank you for helping to bring our programs to life and enabling us to evolve to best meet the needs of our region.”
—gratefully, Kerry (Kerry Blumberg, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.) (Contractor—Tim Haden, Whitley/Service Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Richmond, Va.)

We’re pleased to announce Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, will be joining us at our April Alliance meeting in Arizona. The Hills are passionate about RMHC and all they do and are excited about our newly formed partnership. Hill started playing professional football in 1965 for the Baltimore Colts. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles where he played tight end from 1965 – 71. In 1971, Hill’s five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. His teammates, general manager Jim Murray and team owner Leonard Tose rallied around the family. After his daughter’s successful treatment, the team initiated the Eagles Fly for Leukemia philanthropic program in 1972, and Hill, Murray and teammates co-founded the first Ronald McDonald House, which opened in Philadelphia in 1974. The Hills were excited to be invited to our meeting not only to share their story but also to express their appreciation for our partnership and to get to know each of us.

Construction Management Schools Initiative

Details for the 2018-19 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition were sent to 82 construction management schools Sept. 1. Auburn University and Colorado State University responded they will participate in this year’s competition. Three schools responded they are strongly considering participating—Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.; California State University, Long Beach, Calif.; and Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga. Schools have until Oct. 1 to advise their intent to compete.

Alliance Committees and Task Forces

We’d like to highlight a task force and new committee. The new Alliance Vo-Tech/Technical Trade Schools Task Force will research ways to reach out to students in high schools, vo-tech, technical trade schools or apprenticeship programs and expose them to the roofing industry and potential career opportunities. The task force also will explore developing criteria for a Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship specifically geared for students entering an apprenticeship program or attending technical trade schools. The task force will hold several conference calls to get started. We’ll hear an update regarding their progress at the November Alliance member meeting in Chicago.

The new committee is the Proposal Review Committee (PRC), and we’re seeking six to eight members to serve on this committee. Committee members will serve three-year terms and conduct the majority of business via conference calls and emails. The objective for this committee is to review funding proposals submitted to determine whether the project meets our criteria. The PRC will ask questions or request additional information if needed. If the proposal meets all criteria, it will be included in the funding request summary presented to the Alliance Finance and Financial Development Committee for its review in determining a maximum spending cap. The proposal will be presented in person to the Alliance Board of Trustees for its review, selection and recommendation to the full membership attending the April 2019 meeting. If it does not meet the criteria, the PRC will notify the person(s) submitting the proposal. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let either of us or Bennett Judson know. We’d like to have a committee in place before the end of November because the deadline for funding requests is Jan. 1, 2019.

Funding Requests

We’re four months out until funding proposals are due Jan. 1, 2019. As Alliance members, part of our commitment is to secure the future strength and excellence of the roofing industry. Our goal each year is to fund critical research, education and technical projects to help preserve a profitable and competitive industry. Since the Alliance’s inception in 1996, we’ve funded more than $5.3 million in projects because we believe it’s vital for the roofing industry to be on the cutting edge of research and technology. The projects we fund reinforce this idea.

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 may be involved with that have projects appropriate for the Alliance’s consideration. The deadline for requests is Jan. 1, 2019.

National Women in Roofing (NWIR)

We received the following email from Shari Carolozzi, NWIR chair: “I’d like to personally take this opportunity to thank Alliance members for their continued support of NWIR. We have enjoyed our partnership with the Alliance in developing and expanding our reach and services to our members, as well as the roofing industry, as we have come a long way! There is still much more on our agenda to support our mission and we look forward to working with The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress in accomplishing diversity and opportunity to women in our industry.” Click here for a copy of NWIR’s 2017 Annual Report.

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. As mentioned earlier, Fred and Fran Hill will be joining us as our guests. The setting will be The Wigwam—a luxurious, world-class resort with pools, golf and a full-service spa. Click here for a preliminary meeting schedule. More details to come.

In conclusion, we strongly encourage you to attend 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 during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings because many of you also serve on NRCA committees. I am pleased to announce Sheila Musolino, CEO of RMHC, will be joining us. You should have received a packet of information and response form for the meeting; if you did not, let Bennett Judson know. It’s important for Alliance members to be actively involved. So plan to join us, and return your response form by Friday, Oct. 5, if you haven’t already done so.

Don’t forget our challenge—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