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Roofing Alliance Announces 2024 Student Competition Teams

Roofing professionals are encouraged to attend the final stage of the competition in Las Vegas. 

(Rosemont, IL) October 17, 2023 — The Roofing Alliance is proud to announce the launch of its 10th Anniversary Construction Management Student Competition. This well-known event will take place Feb. 7, 2024, during the International Roofing Expo® in Las Vegas. The Roofing Alliance will be announcing finalists in January 2024. 

Construction management universities have expressed their intent to compete in the 2024 competition. This year’s competition is the roof of the prestigious Formula 1 Paddock Building in Las Vegas. Roofed by Commercial Roofers of Las Vegas, this complex project will challenge the following 10 teams, including three new schools who are first-time participants.

The 10 construction management schools competing are: 

  1. Auburn University, Auburn, AL – Team mentor is Paige Harvill, Nations Roof, Mobile, AL 
  2. Bradley University, Peoria, IL – Team mentor is Doug Duncan, Nations Roof, Villa Park, IL 
  3. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA – Team mentor is Rudy Gutierrez, Shell Roofing Solutions, Chino, CA 
  4. Clemson University, Clemson, SC – Team mentor is Will Fort, Bone Dry Roofing, North Charleston, SC 
  5. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO – Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, CO 
  6. Illinois State University, Normal, IL (First-time participant) – Team mentor is CJ Martin, Showalter Roofing Services, Naperville, IL 
  7. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Team mentor is Kyle Cahill, King of Texas Roofing Company, Grand Prairie, TX 
  8. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (First-time participant) – Team Mentor is David Workman, RoofConnect, Sheridan, AR 
  9. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Team mentor is Caleb Stauss, Big D Roofing, Ocala, FL 
  10. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (First-time participant) – Team mentor is Marshall Hall, Childers Roofing & Sheet Metal – A Tecta America Company LLC, Jacksonville, FL 

Teams research the chosen project, submit a qualified bid package proposal and complete an oral presentation to illustrate their roofing, project management, estimating and safety knowledge.  After receiving project details, each team is assigned a roofing contractor mentor who will provide guidance while students craft their written proposal. Proposals are reviewed and scored by a panel of industry judges.

“This hallmark event exposes students to roofing as a career choice and provides a valuable opportunity to network and connect with fellow students, faculty and Roofing Alliance members,” stated Greg Bloom, Roofing Alliance president.  “Every roofing professional should plan to attend the student competition. This is the future, and we need to support them and this competition.”

Finalist teams will be invited to attend the Roofing Alliance’s Welcome Reception, tour the F1 Paddock Building and attend NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winning teams will be recognized on stage.  

For more information on the student competition plus information about the Roofing Alliance contact Alison L. LaValley, CAE, executive director, at or visit

About the Roofing Alliance
The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives—all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence.  Composed of 194 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $15 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $6 million to fund 54 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects.  Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues.  For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit