December 2017 member update

We want to begin our update by welcoming our newest Alliance member — Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, Atlanta, and thanking Stephen Phillips, Philip Siegel and Martin Salzman for joining as a service provider.

As the calendar year comes to a close, we reflect on the events that have taken place this past year. There have been numerous challenges—from forces of nature, of which we have no control, to random acts of violence, of which we have no understanding. But what’s encouraging are the responses—individuals stepping up, locking arms and making a difference in their communities. And nowhere has that been more evident than in our roofing industry community. We’ve witnessed our members making a difference individually and collectively.

Our Alliance mission states we are a collective forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry. But the second part of our mission is philanthropy—to enrich the well-being of the roofing community. And our members’ charitable deeds extend beyond the roofing community into our individual communities and neighborhoods.

Our latest initiative is a prime example of our members reaching out in their individual communities as they partner with their local Ronald McDonald Houses to help maintain their roofing needs so families staying in the houses are safe and dry.

Alliance — Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Partnership

We continue working to connect Alliance and NRCA members with their local Ronald McDonald Houses. As of this update, we have 34 houses adopted—about 19 percent.

We’d like to thank Ray Glackin with Houck Services Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., and his team for completing roof repairs on the Ronald McDonald House, Hershey, Pa., Nov. 20, 2017. Click here for photos of the Houck team.

We’d like to recognize our newest adoptions:

  • Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas—Ronald McDonald House—Las Vegas
  • Bryan Karel, Garlock-French Roofing Corp., Minneapolis—Ronald McDonald House Oak Street, Minneapolis
  • Jim Murray, Jim Murray Roofing, Orange, Calif. —Ronald McDonald House—Orange, Orange, Calif.

A challenge has been issued—that we have all 183 Ronald McDonald Houses adopted by the April 2018 Alliance member meeting. Click here for details.

Alliance Task Force Updates

We want to thank our Alliance members who are serving on the Alliance RMHC Task Force and the Alliance Branding Task Force. These two groups flew into Rosemont, Ill., for meetings during the last week in November. Both meetings were productive.

At their November meeting, the RMHC Task Force members focused on three areas:

  1. Developing a database that will store data collected from all 183 Ronald McDonald houses. Once we have the data, we will prepare asset management plans and budgets for the houses and a master schedule for roof replacements.
  2. Preparing a checklist and procedures for contractors to use once they have adopted a house
  3. Developing a communications toolkit contractors can use and an overall media plan to help gain national exposure for the partnership

Our Branding Task Force members also met in November to continue discussing the overall image of the Alliance, including the mission statement, logo and current communications methods. Members are developing a creative brief and will be preparing a request for proposal that will be sent to select marketing firms. The task force will review the proposals submitted from the firms and prepare a branding recommendation that includes bringing the top two firms selected to the April Alliance meeting to present their proposals in person.

Construction Management Schools Initiative

The seven construction management schools participating in the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition—Auburn University, Colorado State University, Kennesaw State University, Louisiana State University, Tuskegee University, University of Cincinnati and University of Florida—submitted their written proposals for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The proposals are now in the hands of the competition judges, who are reviewing them and preparing their scores, which will be submitted before the end of December. The qualifying teams then will be contacted to make travel arrangements for the 2018 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans, where they will give oral presentations on Wednesday, Feb. 7, starting at 7:45 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. We’d like to encourage Alliance members to attend the program and support the teams.

2017-18 Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) Program

Judges for the 2017-18 MVP Awards program held a conference call Friday, Dec. 8, to select this year’s winners and finalists. The winners will come to the 2018 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans, where they will be recognized at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held Wednesday evening, Feb. 7.

Congratulations to our 2017-18 winners and finalists!

Alan Baird, foreman, Core Contractors Inc., Denver
Brian Goede, foreman, D.C. Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Roman Graham, foreman, Baker Roofing Co., Wilmington, N.C.
Ryan Howard, superintendent, CentiMark Corp., Apex, N.C.
Douglas Woods, driver, OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass.

Glenn Coleman, foreman, CFE Inc., Apex, N.C.
Kenneth Keaton, superintendent, Tecta American Oklahoma LLC, Muskogee, Okla.

2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program still are being accepted. The Alliance’s scholarship program is available to assist employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue postsecondary 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.

Membership Development

Bill Good received a tentative commitment from prospective member Scott Siegal of Jamsco/Maggio Roofing, Takoma, Md., earlier this month. Since June 1, four new members have joined the Alliance, increasing revenues by $200,000 (our goal is $500,000), and total membership stands at 165, including 115 contractors; 37 associates; five service providers; six individuals; and two supporting members.

Follow-up work continues regarding additional prospects. Please let us know if you have relationships with any of these industry professionals to help secure their involvement:

  • Advanced Industrial Roofing, Massillon, Ohio — Fred Horner
  • 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
  • M. Potteiger, York, Pa. — Dave Bieber
  • Mountain Roofing, Roanoke, Va. — Hunter Merrill
  • National Roofing & S/M, Flint, Mich. — Gary Sova
  • Warren Roofing, Cleveland — Trevor Cost

We’d like to thank the members of our Member Development Team who are a real asset to our recruitment efforts!

Alliance Contribution to SRS Raise the Roof Foundation — Update

We received an update from the SRS Raise the Roof Foundation that a total of 428 individuals and organizations contributed $259,351.50 to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. SRS Distribution matched those contributions 100 percent. In addition, a fundraising benefit concert was held, raising an additional $70,000, which brings the total fund balance to $588,703. Click here to read the entire letter and how the funds will be used.

Rebuilding First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas

In last month’s update, we shared with you that Alliance member Brad Beldon, CEO of Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, is spearheading an effort to rebuild the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after the horrific mass shooting that took place there. He has formed a nonprofit foundation, Rebuilding Sutherland Springs Inc., with a goal to raise $2.5 million to rebuild the church.

The National Roofing Foundation is collecting funds on behalf of Beldon. If you are interested in donating, please write a check payable to The National Roofing Foundation and mail it to Jessica Priske’s attention at The Alliance office, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please call the Sutherland Springs Donation Hotline at (833) 360-3411. Click here to read the full story.

We appreciate our Branding Task Force, the RMHC Task Force and the Member Development Team for their volunteer efforts this past year. But we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and thank all Alliance members for their continued support. Our ability to fulfill the Alliance’s mission statement rests solely with our members (existing and new), and your continued commitment to increasing membership and engagement will help us meet these ambitious goals. We hope you and your families enjoy the holidays, and we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Feel free to contact either of us or Bennett Judson if you have questions or comments regarding any of the items in this update. And be sure to check out our upcoming Alliance meetings and events listed on the Alliance website.

Thank you!

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

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