April Member Meeting

What a great member meeting! We had strong attendance—a good balance of contractors, manufacturers, distributors and individual members. It was exciting to see some new faces representing some of our long-standing members.

Speaking of long-standing members, we want to thank a special group of founding members who recently made additional financial contributions to the Roofing Alliance. We extend our sincere appreciation to:

  • Hap Esbenshade, The Mountain Company, Vienna, W.Va., for his additional contribution of $50,000 to the general fund
  • Reid and DeaNa Ribble, NRCA, for their additional $50,000 contribution to the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship fund for a named scholarship earmarked for students entering vocational-technical trade schools
  • Dane and Sandy Bradford, Bradford Roof Management, Billings, Mont.; Bill and Lacey Collins, Wayne, Pa.; Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas; Trent Cotney, Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Jason Dark, Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Mich.; Mark and Shelley Gaulin, Tecta America East LLC, Jessup, Md.; Bill Good, Seabrook Island, S.C.; John Gooding, GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.; Jim and Suzanne MacKimm, Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Peabody, Mass.; J. Dudley Miles, J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Va.; Rob and Lianne Therrien, The Melanson Company, a Tecta America company, Keene, N.H.; and Lance and Kelly Van Winkle, King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, Texas, for their additional planned giving gifts.

As important as it is to continue to grow the Roofing Alliance, it’s equally important to have the support of our existing members through additional financial contributions and member engagement. At the April Roofing Alliance meeting, founding member Dudley Miles, J. Dudley Miles and Sons, Chesapeake, Va.—who also was instrumental in persuading other founding members to join the Roofing Alliance when it was just a vision—told members, “the Roofing Alliance is not only meeting my expectations but is far exceeding them.”

The atmosphere at the April meeting was positive. The meetings were productive—there was good interaction, thoughtful questions, great discussions and positive feedback. Members addressed the business at hand, heard updates regarding current projects and committee activity, approved two funding requests and enjoyed networking. Members not only had opportunities to network during the meetings but also at the social events, including the Welcome Reception and Cowboy Cookout. Click here for a copy of the April 26-27 meeting minutes.

During the Friday lunch, Fred and Fran Hill shared an emotional story of their journey with their daughter, Kim, and how that led to opening the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia—with the help of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Saturday morning, Rick Graber, president and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee—which is a charitable foundation with more than $800 million dollars in assets—shared the foundation’s mission to “restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.” He also explained the foundation’s four major areas of funding: constitutional order, free markets, civil society and informed citizens. Click here for photos from the meeting.