February-March 2018 member update

Recap of Alliance Activity at the 2018 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans

Alliance members, guests and prospects spilled into the hallway of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside at the Alliance member reception held Monday evening, Feb. 5. Nearly 300 attendees enjoyed a spectacular view of the Mississippi and an opportunity to mix and mingle. Student competition participants were introduced at the beginning of the reception and conversed with members throughout the evening. Click here for photos.

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) was the largest in the show’s history. There were 1,374 booths with 467 companies. Of the 467 companies, 36 were Alliance member firms and were identified with an Alliance logo carpet decal placed along the perimeter of their booths. The firms that adopted Ronald McDonald Houses also had a Ronald McDonald House Charities logo.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, was the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition. Four finalist teams from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, presented the final portion of their projects—proposals to the judges acting as the owner and general contractor for the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Click here to read the details.

2017-18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winners: Alan Baird, Roman Graham, Bryan Howard and Douglas Woods who were recognized at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb.7 during the IRE. Special congratulations to Alan Baird, Core Contractors Inc., Denver, who was presented with the Best of the Best Award co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine. Baird will be featured in a future Professional Roofing article. Click here to view photos of the winners.

Alliance—RMHC Partnership

Our Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Task Force members are working diligently to connect members with Ronald McDonald Houses in their areas; completing the initial database set up; and preparing documents and procedures that will be shared with all partners adopting Ronald McDonald Houses. To date 88 of 165 stand-alone houses have been adopted. We want to thank all members who have adopted houses. Click here to see our current list of members adopting houses. We’re still seeking additional members to adopt the remaining houses. Please let Bill Good or Bennett Judson know if you would like to adopt a Ronald McDonald House near you.

April Alliance Member Meeting


If you haven’t returned your response form or made your hotel reservation for the Alliance Member Meeting, April 25-28at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Fernandina Beach, Fla., please do so as soon as possible. Click here for a list of attendees.

We have the ingredients for a great meeting — a spectacular location, strong attendance, project funding requests to consider, two dynamic presentations and social events providing opportunities to network and, of course, to relax.

The Alliance Board of Trustees will be reviewing funding requests at its Thursday meeting. After reviewing the requests, the board will recommend those they believe best fit with the Alliance mission. These recommended projects then will be presented to the Alliance members in attendance at the Friday morning meeting. You’ll want to be there to hear everything first hand. This is your opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process to help determine which project(s) the Alliance will fund.

We have the following programs planned.

Chris Czarnik will be speaking at lunch on Friday. Czarnik, CEO of Career [RE] Search Group will present, “Building a Self Staffing Organization” — The war for talent is here and is going to get much worse before it improves. This session will focus on what your organization can do tomorrow to create an active company-wide campaign to bring talent into your organization. This initiative will implement a proven model of outreach and recruitment that will flood your organization with new talent. Members will receive a copy of Czarnik’s book, The Human Search Engine. The book is about the job search from the job seeker’s perspective; however, it can be valuable for HR employees who are trying to understand how to connect with candidates. Some companies find it useful as a sales training guide.

During breakfast on Saturday, we will have an informal panel discussion regarding “How to Successfully Work with Construction Management Schools.” Three contractors, a distributor and faculty will share how they have successfully connected with construction management, vocational-technical schools and high schools to recruit employees at the management and field personnel levels. The program is meant to be an interactive exchange of information and ideas, and members are encouraged to ask questions.

In addition to hearing program updates, you’ll hear reports from our RMHC and Branding task forces.

Staff is collecting information for the meeting notebooks. Once they are ready and placed online, you’ll receive an email with the link to access the notebooks so you can review the materials before the meeting.

Membership Development

  • Current membership is 164 (114 contractors; 36 associates; six service providers; six individuals; and two supporting members).
  • Five new members have joined the Alliance since June 1 for $250,000 in revenue; the goal for the 2017-18 fiscal year is $500,000.
  • We have invited a few prospective members to attend the April Alliance meeting this year, and as the list is finalized, we will share those names with you and encourage you to reach out to them during our two-day meeting.

Planned Giving

A Planned Giving Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 25, during the April Alliance meeting to honor those who have left remembrances to the Alliance. If you are interested in being a part of this distinguished group, there is still time! Become part of The Legacy Circle, which recognizes individuals and families who have remembered the Alliance in their wills or other estate plans with a gift of $50,000 or more. Click here for more details about planned giving.

To leave your legacy or learn more about the Alliance’s Planned Giving Program, please contact Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of strategic partnerships and development, at alavalley@nrca.net or (847) 493-7573.

As always, we want to thank all Alliance members for their continued support. Our ability to fulfill the Alliance’s mission statement rests solely with our membership (existing members and new, incoming members) and your continued commitment and involvement will help us meet these goals!

Feel free to contact either of us or Bennett Judson if you have questions or comments regarding any items in this update. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at Amelia Island!

Thank you!

Thomas Saeli
Alliance President
Duro-Last Roofing Inc.
Saginaw, Mich.
Email: tsaeli@duro-last.com

Rod Petrick
Alliance Vice President
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
Frankfort, Ill.
Email: Rod@ridgeworthroofing.com