April-May 2014 Post-Alliance Meeting

Meeting Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Meeting Date: 2014-04-24

Dear fellow Alliance members,

First, we want to begin by welcoming our two newest members in The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress—Brynne Smith, Flynn America LP, Kirkwood, Mo., and Rich Nugent, Nations Roof LLC, Lithia Springs, Ga.

We had record attendance at the Alliance member meeting held last month at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. We had a total of 96 people in attendance overall—55 members (24 contractors, 31 manufacturer-distributor-suppliers), 26 spouses/guests and 15 staff/speakers.

There was a lot of excitement and energy at the meeting. We not only had record attendance but for the second year in a row, we had a variety of funding requests to consider. And, of course, Fort Lauderdale was spectacular! The beach was right across the street, and there were tons of shops, restaurants and bars within strolling distance on either side of the hotel. The Thursday evening reception and Friday evening reception and dinner were held outside so everyone was able to enjoy a spectacular view of the water, feel the balmy Florida breeze and listen to the tropical sounds of the steel drums. Marc Fucarile, one of the three Boston Marathon bombing survivors who the Alliance supported, captivated everyone during his presentation at the Friday evening dinner. He shared the life-altering events that unfolded that day, his determination to survive and the many challenges he continues to face.

Click here for a copy of the Alliance member meeting minutes and the approved operating budgets for 2014-15.

Following are a few of the highlights from the meeting.

The board of trustees awarded 10 scholarships for the 2014-2015 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. There were seven renewals at $5,000 each: Sean Cawley, Carter Hruby (Fred Good Scholarship), Neil Hourahan, Josiah Martin, Alexis Plachecki (Firestone Scholarship), Jonathan Poore (Dan Cohen Scholarship) and Kara Sosinski. There were three new scholarships at $5,000 each awarded to Jaclyn Harris (2nd Firestone Scholarship), Dannelly McKenzie and Shoshanna Lee.

The Alliance Finance and Financial Development Committee reviewed, approved and recommended the proposed 2014-15 operating budgets for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship fund and the General Alliance fund. They also recommended a maximum of $300,000 be available for new project funding.

After hearing all the funding request presentations, the board of trustees approved a total of $140,000 in new project funding. Following are the projects that were approved (click on the project titles to view the details of each funding request):

$ 25,000— Air Retarding Testing (previously approved at the April 2013 meetings)
$ 75,000— Additional Funding to Continue Developing Relationships with Schools of Construction Management
$ 40,000— To Update and Republish RoofPoint as a Standard with the ANSI Consensus Process
$140,000— Total project funding

During the review of the proposed operating budgets and funding requests, there was discussion about the general and administrative expenses running about $400,000 per year and the need to consider raising additional funds to continue to fund projects without using investment income. A question was raised regarding whether it had ever been suggested to go back to original Alliance members and ask for voluntary contributions of 5 percent of their original commitment amounts. After a lively discussion, a Fundraising Task Force was appointed to discuss this further and explore other fundraising opportunities. (This task force will be meeting Wednesday, July 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.)

Former Alliance President Rob Therrien gave a brief Member Development update. He began by extending another warm welcome to the new Alliance members who were in attendance and also recognized two additional new members who were unable to attend: Donna Holup, Low-Slope Solutions, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Dave Tilsen, Tilsen Roofing Co., Madison, Wis. There currently are six or seven contractors across the country with whom Therrien and the Member Development team have met. We need to continue to bring new lifeblood into the Alliance. Enhancing membership enables us to continue to fund more projects. Therrien said the Alliance is looking for tier-one contractors and manufacturers and asked that Alliance members share any leads they have with staff or the Member Development team. If any Alliance member would like to start the conversation with a prospect in his/her area, just let staff know—Alliance brochures and talking points are available.

Written updates on all current Alliance-funded projects were included in the member notebooks. At the meeting, Jim Kirby, vice president of sustainability for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, gave a final report for the RoofPoint funding received during this fiscal year, and Mostafa Khattab, head of Colorado State University’s Construction Management Department, gave a status report regarding Relationships with Schools of Construction Management. Click here for a copy of the final report on RoofPoint(A copy of Khattab’s PowerPoint© presentation is available upon request.)

During his presentation, Khattab elaborated on a plan to develop a Student Competition starting this fall that would conclude with presentations at the 2015 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans. The plan is to start with teams from the three universities currently involved—Colorado State University, Auburn University and the University of Florida. The teams will consist of faculty and students, as well as local Alliance members who are willing to be mentors to assist and guide the students through the problem-solving process. We’d like to develop an Alliance Student Competition Task Force to begin working on the details. Please contact Bennett Judson if you are interested in serving on this task force. (The task force will meet Wednesday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.)

As our year draws to a close, we wish to thank the following members of the board of trustees for their time and effort: Will Fort, Fort Roofing & S/M Works, Sumter, S.C.; Bob Gardiner, CertainTeed Corp., Valley Forge, Pa.; Reed Gooding, GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.; and James Patterson, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.

We welcome the new officers whose terms begin June 1: Rob McNamara, F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee—president; Ken Farrish, Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta—vice president (and president for 2015-16); and Jim Barr, Barr Roofing, Abilene, Texas—secretary-treasurer for 2014-15. We also welcome the following new trustees (for 2014-18): Jim Barr; Nelson Braddy, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie; James Patterson (serving a second term); and Chris Schmidt, USG Securock® Roofing Systems, Chicago.

The Alliance will be sponsoring a Shippers Forum during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings in Chicago. The Shippers Forum seeks to create an opportunity for collaboration to create and sustain resources and best practices relative to transportation and service in the roofing industry. The forum will include all stakeholders in the supply chain: manufacturers, distributors, contractors and transportation providers. The forum will act in a leadership role to facilitate information sharing for stakeholders to exchange strategies that can eliminate gaps in capabilities and service that exist in the current environment. The hope is that through cooperation, we can develop solutions that can improve supply chain service. Look for more details in the near future.

In conclusion, we believe energy and excitement has returned to the Alliance! We had a total of seven companies join the Alliance since June 1, 2013; seven funding requests were presented to the board of trustees; we approved $140,000 in new project funding; we had record attendance at the April meeting; and we’re establishing a great relationship with three of the top Construction Management Schools in the U.S. The momentum is in full swing—we have a great story to tell. We need all members to remain actively involved every step of the way. Working together, we can achieve great things with the Alliance!

Thank you,

James MacKimm
Alliance President
Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.
Somerville, Mass.

Robert McNamara
Alliance Vice President
F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc., a Tecta America company

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