August 2017 member update

Dear fellow Alliance members,

Our fiscal year is off to a great start as we welcome three new Alliance members: Richard Rast, Bluefin LLC, Greenwood Village, Colo. (service provider); Curtis Sutton, Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., Carthage, Tenn. (governor); and one individual—Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla. Alliance membership now stands at 163.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Partnership

The Alliance’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is off to a strong start. On June 28, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, held a reception celebrating the groundbreaking of its expansion project.

From left: David Farragut with Ronald McDonald; Farragut with Rich Harvey, executive director of Roofing Contractors Association, Philadelphia; and Farragut with Vince Papale, former Philadelphia Eagles football star

Alliance members David Farragut, chairman and CEO of United States Roofing Corp., Norristown, Pa., and Carlisle SynTec Systems, Carlisle, Pa., will provide the labor and materials to reroof the Philadelphia house’s existing building and the new addition. Work is expected to begin this fall.

On July 19, Alliance and NRCA members Charles Antis, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Irvine, Calif.; Bill Baley, C.I. Services Inc., Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Rudy Gutierrez, Shell Roofing Solutions, Chino, Calif., teamed up to reroof Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Mountain Center, Calif. The three contracting companies provided labor and Herndon, Va.-based Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. donated roofing materials.

Bill Baley, Rudy Gutierrez and Charles Antis and their teams at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

We want to thank the following new Alliance and NRCA members who have adopted their local Ronald McDonald Houses:

  • Academy Roofing Inc., Curt and Suzie Boyd, Aurora, Colo.: Ronald McDonald House, Aurora, Colo.
  • Advanced Exteriors, Ty Correy, Denver: Ronald McDonald House, Denver
  • Allied Building Products Corp., Greg Bloom, Edmonds, Wash.: Ronald McDonald House — East House, Portland, Ore.
  • Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Jim Massarelli, Herndon, Va., and Jesus Burrola, Los Angeles : Camp Ronald McDonald House, Mountain Center, Calif.
  • Beldon Roofing Co., Brad Beldon, San Antonio: Ronald McDonald House — Lewis Street and Ronald McDonald House — Sid Katz, both in San Antonio
  • Carlisle SynTec, John Altmeyer, Carlisle, Pa.: Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia
  • C.I. Services Inc., Bill Baley, Mission Viejo, Calif.: Camp Ronald McDonald House, Mountain Center, Calif.
  • Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, Mark Carpenter, Tualatin, Ore.: Ronald McDonald House — East House, Portland, Ore.
  • GAF, Larry Steritt, Parsippany, N.J.: Ronald McDonald House — East House, Portland, Ore.
  • King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Nelson Braddy and Kelly Van Winkle, Dallas: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
  • R&B Roofing LLC, Douglas and Jonathan Reader, Garland, Texas: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
  • Rike Roofing Services Inc., Julie Hughes, Charlotte, N.C.: Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Shell Roofing Solutions, Rudy Gutierrez, Chino, Calif.: Camp Ronald McDonald House, Mountain Center, Calif.
  • Star Roofing Inc., John Plescia, Phoenix: Ronald McDonald House — Cambridge House, Phoenix

The following Ronald McDonald houses read about our partnership and have reached out to see whether we can connect them with Alliance and NRCA members in their areas who are willing to partner with them:

  • Ronald McDonald House, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ronald McDonald House, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Ronald McDonald House, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ronald McDonald House, Albuquerque, N.M.

If you are willing to adopt one of these houses or another house in your area, please contact NRCA Senior Advisor Bill Good at or Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson at

We are truly honored to be a part of this new partnership and are proud of our dedicated members who have stepped up to adopt their local Ronald McDonald Houses. For more information on this initiative, a complete list of participating companies and photos, click here.

Construction Management Schools Initiative

The Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee met July 13 during NRCA’s Midyear Meetings in Chicago. The meeting proved productive.

Committee members reviewed a draft of the criteria for the 2017-18 Construction Managment Student Competition, specifically focusing on deadlines. The 2018 International Roofing Expo® (IRE), to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, will take place three weeks earlier than in 2017, so the competition deadlines must be adjusted accordingly.

Tupac De La Cruz, Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., shared plans for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which will be the project for the competition. He also arranged a job-site visit for the students, and he and his team will spend time with the students after the oral presentations discussing some of the challenges they faced and answering any questions the students may have. De La Cruz and committee co-chair Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.,worked together to prepare project documents for the teams. Letters of invitation and project details were sent to schools by mid-August.

The 2018 competition will acknowledge more than one winning team. There will be awards for First Place, Second Place and Best Individual Student Presenter. Certificates of merit will be awarded to all non-winning finalist students.

We plan to introduce the teams at the Alliance Member Reception on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, during IRE, giving you an opportunity to meet the students. After the introduction, teams will draw for their presentation order. We also encourage all members to support the competition by attending the oral presentations, which will take place Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. If you can’t stay for the entire program, plan to listen to one or two of the teams’ presentations. We think you’ll be impressed!

The committee also discussed a faculty research program. The committee has had several discussions to determine topics appropriate for faculty research. Professors Richard Burt, Ph.D, Professor and School Head, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn University, Auburn;Mostafa Khattab, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Construction Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and Robert Ries, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Director M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville volunteered to work collaboratively to survey NRCA and Alliance members asking them to identify key industry issues and/or problems. They recommended collecting this information in two ways:

  1. Outreach at 2018 IRE, including talking to board members at NRCA’s board of directors meeting; speaking with people in the NRCA/Alliance booths; walking the Expo floor and inviting randomly selected attendees back to the Alliance booth for a brief survey; and possibly engaging attendees in our Alliance-member exhibitor lounges. Attendees who agree to take the survey would be eligible for an iPad drawing. The winner would be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony the evening of Feb. 7.
  2. Following IRE, Burt, Khattab and Ries would contact randomly selected companies in each of their geographical regions and conduct a similar survey. They would then summarize the information collected and develop a list of potential topics for the committee’s review.

Khattab recently concluded a paper on a study he did on developing internship guidelines. He has graciously agreed to share his paper, “Building a Successful Internship Program,” with Alliance members. In it he shares recommendations to consider as companies prepare for an internship, what to do during the internship and what to do at the conclusion of the internship. Click here to read the full paper.

Alliance Finance and Financial Development Committee

Our standing committee on finance met July 14 to review current financial reports and the May 31 Audited Financial Report, which now will go to the Alliance board of trustees for review.

Three Alliance-sponsored Programs Now Available

The Alliance is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Gold Circle Awards program, which recognizes member excellence in the roofing industry in three categories: Outstanding Workmanship, Innovative Solutions, and Safety Preparedness and Performance. Click here for program details and a nomination form. The deadline for entries is Oct. 13, 2017.

We want to thank the following Gold Circle Awards judges who will review the entries and select the winning companies, which will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in New Orleans: Rick Damato, Duluth, Ga.; Matt Dupuis, Structural Research Inc., Middleton, Wis.; Tim Kersey, Soprema, Wadsworth, Ohio; George Patterson, Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Ill.; Larry Sterritt, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.; and NRCA staff members Mark Graham, vice president of technical services, and Tom Shanahan, CAE, vice president of enterprise risk management and executive education.

The Alliance’s 2017-18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program is now open. The MVP program celebrates workers who are outstanding employees within their companies and recognizes them for their outstanding performance outside the workplace—their charitable deeds, community involvement, challenges they’ve overcome, dedication and commitment to helping others. Click here for more information about the program and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 17, 2017. MVP winners will be recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony in New Orleans. Additionally, one MVP winner will be selected as the Best of the Best, a recognition bestowed by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products.

We thank the following MVP judges who will review the nominations and select the winners: Vinny Abbondanza, OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass.; Chad Collins, Bone Dry Roofing, Bogart, Ga.; Will Fort III, Fort Roofing & Sheet Metal Works Inc., Sumter, S.C.; Reed Gooding, GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.; Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc., Louisville, Ky.; Rob Therrien, The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H.; and Tom Walker, ABC Supply, Beloit, Wis.

Details for the 2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship programare now available. Click here for the program details. The Alliance’s scholarship program is available to assist employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue post-secondary 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, 2018.

Upcoming Alliance Meetings

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to mark your calendars for the next Alliance for Progress Member Meeting scheduled for April 25-28, 2018, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It’s your opportunity to have a voice in selecting future projects for Alliance funding; network with fellow Alliance members; hear speakers on topics that are timely and applicable; and enjoy the luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options and family-friendly activities of the Omni. Click here for a preliminary schedule. More details will be available in February.

Joint Alliance Board of Trustees and Full Alliance Member Meeting is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. The meeting is being held in conjunction with NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference. Stay tuned for details.

Membership Development Update

With the three new firms we welcomed at the beginning of this update, membership stands at a total of 163 (114 contractors; 37 associates; five service providers; five individuals; and two supporting members) and $150,000 in new member revenue.

We have set a goal of generating $500,000 in new member revenue by May 31, 2018. This ambitious goal will require staff and leadership support, as well as personal visits.

We have a number of strong prospects to pursue, and the Member Development Team, consisting of Rob Therrien, Rod Petrick, Rob McNamara and Dane Bradford, are a real asset to our recruitment efforts. We also thank all Alliance members for your continued support. Our ability to fulfill the Alliance’s mission statement rests solely with our members (existing and new), and your continued commitment and involvement will help us meet our goals!

Please let Bennett Judson, Alliance executive director, Bill Good, NRCA’s senior advisor, or Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and development, know if you have relationships with any of these industry professionals to help us secure their involvement in the Alliance moving forward. Many of these prospects will be invited to our member reception and meeting during NRCA’s Fall Meetings to introduce them to the great work the Alliance is undertaking:

  • Advanced Industrial Roofing, Massillon, Ohio — Fred Horner
  • C.I. Services, Mission Viejo, Calif. — Bill Baley
  • Chase Restoration, Indianapolis — Chase Ledliker
  • Crane Renovations Group, Anderson, S.C. — Gary Kerley
  • Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati — Nick Sabino
  • F.A. Taylor & Sons, Baltimore — Dave Taylor
  • Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio — J.J. Smithey
  • Jamsco/Maggio Roofing, Takoma Park, Md. — Scott Siegal
  • M. Potteiger, York, Pa. — Dave Bieber
  • Mountain Roofing, Roanoke, Va. — Hunter Merrill
  • National Roofing & Sheet Metal, Flint, Mich. — Gary Sova
  • Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md. — Dean Jagusch
  • Warren Roofing, Cleveland — Trevor Cost

We also will send letters of introduction and supporting materials about the Alliance to approximately 150 of the industry’s top roofing contractors this fall.

Since resurrecting the Alliance’s Planned Giving Program in 2016 and developing a case for the endowment, we have secured $500,000 in bequests to the Alliance. Thank you to those who have remembered the Alliance in their estate plans; each gift will have a significant and lasting impact on our organization.

Alliance leaders have decided to create a Founding Donor recognition for all Alliance members who make a bequeathal of at least $50,000 by the end of 2017; you can direct your gift to any Alliance program and inspire the next generation of roofing industry leaders. Founding Donors will be invited to a special Donor Appreciation Dinner held in conjunction with the April Alliance meeting, profiled in Alliance publications and on social media, and receive a Founding Donor plaque and pin.

Planned giving is an excellent way to realize your philanthropic, estate and financial planning goals, and the Alliance makes it easy to participate. Specific information about becoming a Founding Donor will be mailed to all Alliance members in September. To learn more today, please contact Bill Good, NRCA’s senior advisor, at (847) 276-1664 or or Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and development, at (847) 493-7573 or

Before concluding, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Good, who officially retired as NRCA CEO on May 31, 2017. Bill was not only a dynamic leader of NRCA, but he was also instrumental in the development of The Alliance. He was part of the distinguished leadership team that shared the vision of the Alliance: bringing together all segments of the roofing industry to provide funding for industry research and educational programs, providing timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues, and promoting professionalism.

Bill has always had a strong passion for the Alliance and has been a driving force behind the momentum it has achieved. He has been a true ambassador for the Alliance. He is not only well respected in the roofing industry but also in the association market, hospitality field and political arena.

At the April 2017 meetings, Alliance members approved an eleventh Melvin Kruger Endowed scholarship. This named scholarship, the William A. Good Scholarship, is a small token of our appreciation for Bill’s many years of service, noteworthy contributions and devotion to the Alliance, NRCA and the roofing industry.

We wish Bill well in his retirement from full-time employment but are pleased he will continue to stay involved with the Alliance in our construction management initiative, fundraising efforts and partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

We’re excited about the strong start to fiscal year 2017-18, and we look forward to your support and involvement to keep the momentum going. We need your continued attendance at meetings, participation on committees and input to make that happen. Feel free to contact Bennett Judson or Bill Good with your comments, questions and any prospective members who we can contact.

Thank you!

Thomas Saeli
Alliance President
Duro-Last Roofing Inc.
Saginaw, Mich.

Rod Petrick
Alliance Vice President
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
Frankfort, Ill.

Upcoming dates:

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Joint Alliance Board of Trustee and full Alliance Member Meeting
Loews Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Alliance Member Reception at the 2018 International Roofing Expo
6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Alliance Construction Management Student Competition at the 2018 International Roofing Expo
7:45 – 11:15 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Most Valuable Player Awards Program Winners, Construction Management Student Competition Winning Team and the Alliance’s Gold Circle Awards Program Winners Announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony
5 – 7 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

April 25-28, 2018 (Wed.-Sat.)
Alliance for Progress Member Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Fla.