Dear fellow Alliance members,
Remarks from President Saeli
As we begin a new fiscal year it’s important to remember that our ability to fulfill the Mission Statement of the Alliance rests solely with our membership, and your commitment will help us meet those goals:
“The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress serves as 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.”
In like fashion, our Vision and Core Values stress that we are an “organization that shapes, improves and advances the future of the roofing industry” through a commitment to “education and training, technology, sustainability, and philanthropy.”
Our success as an organization is dependent on the support of the membership. I urge all members to participate by attending our meetings and joining a committee or task force. We also need your help in promoting the Alliance to potential new members. Bill Good, NRCA senior advisor, is working on our behalf to help us achieve our goals of adding new members, finishing the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Campaign and increasing the number of gifts to our planned giving program. We need everyone to provide him with names of prospective new members and help him in any way that we can to increase our membership.
Continuing Project Funding
In addition to the new project funding that was approved, we allocated $140,500 to continue our efforts to strengthen our relationship with construction management school students and faculty. Plans are underway for our fourth student competition, and we’re discussing ways we can reach out to and engage faculty. We continue our support of Colorado State University’s CM Cares program, a service learning initiative focused on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to assist with construction-related projects for people with special needs or local community service agencies needing assistance. We’re proud to be a founding sponsor for National Women in Roofing and support them in their mission to promote education, mentoring, recruitment and networking to women in the roofing industry, empowering them to achieve their greatest career potential. And we will continue with our employee outreach, coordinating our Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards Program, which recognizes employees for their exceptional achievements, contributions to the roofing industry and community service involvement.
New Project Funding
$320,000 was approved in new project funding for the coming year. The program we’d like to highlight in this update is our nationwide partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). At the April 2017 meeting, Alliance members made a commitment to enter into a partnership agreement with RMHC. Through the agreement, Alliance members will endeavor to inspect, maintain, repair and (whenever possible) replace the roofs on the 184 Ronald McDonald houses in the U.S.
RMHC is operated with the support of McDonald’s Corporation, headquartered in Chicago. RMHC has about 25 dedicated staff people at its headquarters; they are responsible for fundraising, planning for new homes, overseeing big projects and developing corporate partnerships. The RMHC-Alliance partnership is the first of its kind; all others are with Fortune 500 corporations.
Each of the 184 Ronald McDonald houses is independently owned and operated. All are established as 501 (c) (3) corporations like most charities. Each house has its own board of directors, and most have full-time staff. Some are located within hospitals, but most are self-standing structures. All are close to hospitals—primarily children’s hospitals—though some also serve families of veterans.
The houses range from single-family homes to high-rise apartment buildings. The roofs, likewise, range from small low-slope assemblies to complicated steep-slope projects. Alliance member EagleView Technologies Inc., Tarpon Springs, Fla., has committed to provide reports on all 184 houses.
The core purpose of the houses is to provide a home for family members of children who are being treated at a hospital. Many of the children have cancer; others were born prematurely. The houses provide private sleeping rooms and meals and pride themselves on offering opportunities for families to interact as they go through their difficult times. Families are asked to pay a nominal fee (about $10 per day) to stay in one of the houses, but no family is turned away if the fee is prohibitive.
Each house typically does its own fundraising and may also get support from the national office. Board members often are community leaders, and the houses are generally in good shape and well managed. In addition, the national office helps plan for the ongoing maintenance of the houses, including scheduling roof repairs and replacements.
The Alliance plans to identify one or more Alliance members (or NRCA members if Alliance members are not available) to align with each house. The expectation is that the Alliance member will conduct regular inspections of the roof, ensure it is properly maintained, perform repairs when necessary and be involved when the roof needs to be replaced.
Roof replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, when appropriate, several contractors may be asked to become involved. In addition, we expect materials to be donated by manufacturers and/or distributors on a project-by-project basis.
RMHC will work with the Alliance in its communications and public relations efforts, including its social media messaging. And the Alliance and NRCA will do the same, including providing individual assistance to those members who are part of each project.
In addition to EagleView’s support, the following Alliance members are currently connecting with Ronald McDonald Houses in their areas:
Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irving, Calif. — Camp Ronald McDonald, Mountain Center, Calif.
Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Ill. — Ronald McDonald House, Hines, Ill.
Carlisle SynTec Systems, Carlisle, Pa. — Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia
Douglass Colony Group, Commerce City, Colo. — Ronald McDonald House, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nations Roof, Boise, Idaho — Ronald McDonald House, Boise
OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. — Ronald McDonald House, Springfield, Mass.
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill. — Ronald McDonald House, Hines, Ill.
United States Roofing Corp., Norristown, Pa. — Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia
2017-18 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Recipients Say Thank You
At their April 2017 meeting, the Alliance Board of Trustees approved $55,000 in scholarship awards for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2017-18 school year—six renewals and five new scholarships. The following two notes of appreciation were received from this year’s recipients.
Thank you so much for choosing me for this scholarship. I am very honored, as I’m sure that many students applied, and the choice of recipients must have been difficult. I have been hoping to receive this award to help pay for my tuition, books and fees at West Virginia University. I feel very lucky and grateful for receiving this award. I heard about the scholarship from my father, Edward Calvert, who works at Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. I plan to attend WVU in the fall to study mechanical and aerospace engineering. Again, I just want to extend my gratitude and thanks for choosing me for this scholarship.
I wanted to write and thank The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship that I received. I am currently working full time and enrolled in school full time, which has been difficult. This scholarship will help reduce some of the stress that goes along with attending school as an adult learner. I have been working in the roofing industry for almost seven years now, and I can honestly say that no job has ever brought so much joy. I love the roofing industry, and I am so thankful for the financial support from all of you at the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress!
Details and the application form for the 2018-19 scholarship program will be available soon.
Helping Our Own
A Helping Our Own application was received at the end of May. The request was made on behalf of the Robert Fry family. Mr. Fry is a service foreman and seven-year associate with CentiMark in Pittsburgh. Fry, his wife and two sons lost their entire home and pets in a fire that occurred May 24.
After reviewing the application and supporting materials, both The Alliance’s Balanced Program Task Force and the Alliance’s Board of Trustees approved a $5,000 grant to the family through the Alliance’s Helping Our Own fund.
The following communication was received from James Patterson after he and Tim Dunlap with CentiMark presented Fry with the grant:
“Hello all, I wanted to provide an update on Mr. Fry and his family. Today, Tim Dunlap and myself on behalf of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress presented Bob Fry with a grant of $5,000 from the Helping Our Own program. Bob was very appreciative, and I heard that his wife was completely shocked when she heard the news. The family is now staying at a rental home and trying to put their lives back together. CentiMark and hundreds of its associates have provided the family with both financial support and various items that were needed, such as games for the kids, clothes, microwave oven, dishes, bedding, etc.
Thank you all so much for providing this grant to his family. I’m sure it’s a wonderful feeling for Bob to know that our industry has his back!”
Alliance membership stands at 160 members, including 113 contractors; 37 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; four service providers; four individuals; and two supporting members. Bill Good visited prospective member Bluefin LLC from Greenwood Village, Colo., the first week of June, and he also has a visit scheduled with Rackley Roofing in Carthage, Tenn., July 5-6. Both leads look promising!
The Member Development Team held a conference call late last month to review more than 100 prospective members’ names and identified three primary objectives for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including: (1) increasing membership numbers and revenue by $500,000; (2) providing significant funding for the Melvin Kruger Scholarship Program; and (3) assisting the Planned Giving Steering Committee with bringing in additional planned-giving donors as called upon.
We would like to officially recognize our newest Founding Legacy Donor, Bill Good, who has left a charitable bequest to support our ongoing work; thank you, Bill! The Planned Giving Steering Committee, led by Dennis Conway, will host a committee conference call on Tuesday, June 27, at 10 a.m. CDT in lieu of meeting during NRCA’s July Midyear Meetings. The Steering Committee will discuss objectives and strategies for increasing planned gifts in the year ahead.
Page views for the Alliance Facebook page continue to increase, as does engagement on Twitter(at “The Alliance”), as well as on LinkedIn. We encourage you to follow us on all three platforms, share links with your company colleagues and retweet important Alliance news.
We still have open seats on several Alliance committees. Click here to see the current list of committees and task forces with a brief description of the committee objectives and the number of openings we’re trying to fill. Serving on a committee or task force is a great way to be involved.
We look forward to another successful year for the Alliance. But we need your continued attendance at meetings, participation in committees and input to make that happen. Feel free to contact either of us, Bennett Judson or Bill Good with your comments, questions and any prospective members who we can contact.
Duro-Last Roofing Inc.
Alliance Vice President
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
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 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 Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
April 25-28, 2018 (Wed.-Sat.)
Alliance for Progress Member Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Fla.