March 2017 Member Update

New Member

We welcome Rick Damato, Duluth, Ga., to the Alliance. Rick is joining as an individual member. Alliance membership stands at 158. Rick is the ninth member who has joined the Alliance since June 1, 2016. We want to thank our Membership Development team and all Alliance members who are helping to share the Alliance story. We’re seeing results!

Alliance Member Reception in Las Vegas

The 2017 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) was a huge success. Attendance and the number of exhibits in the expo were the largest in history. All events were well-attended—including our Alliance Member Reception held Tuesday, Feb. 28. We also experienced a record high with 300 members, guests and prospects attending the member reception held at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Attendees enjoyed an elegant atmosphere and an opportunity to mix and mingle. Many of our members had an opportunity to meet our competition students throughout the evening. Click here for photos.

The IRE was the largest in NRCA’s and IRE’s trade show history. There were 1,316 booths with 470 companies. Out of the 470 companies, 33 were Alliance member firms. These 33 firms were identified with special Alliance 20th anniversary logo carpet decals placed along the perimeter of their booths.

Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Thursday, March 2, was the big day for the Alliance’s 2017 Construction Management Student Competition. The six teams from Auburn University, Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Florida presented the final portion of their projects—presenting their proposals to the judges acting as the owner and general contractor for the T-Mobile Arena.

The teams arrived in Las Vegas Monday. Tuesday afternoon, they went on a site visit at the T-Mobile Arena. Tuesday evening, they met for a brief orientation and then attended the Alliance Member reception. Wednesday, they were up early for a visit to Dielco Crane Company. They spent time in the expo in between rehearsals. Wednesday evening, several teams enjoyed the Las Vegas night life by attending the IRE Welcome Party at LIGHT Nightclub. Thursday was another early morning as they reported to the competition holding room. The oral presentations ran smoothly, concluding around 11:15 a.m.

After hearing all presentations and conducting a 10-minute question and answer session with each team, the judges reviewed their notes and scores and determined this year’s winning team—Orange South Construction from the University of Florida. This is the second year a team from the University of Florida has won the competition. Team members were Caleb Stauss (team captain), William Foster, Schaffer Weeks and Forrest Wilson. James Sullivan was faculty advisor. Caleb and Will were on the University of Florida team competing in the 2016-17 competition. In recognition of their hard work, the University of Florida team received a team trophy and a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for its school, as well as individual team member trophies.

A few elements that set the University of Florida team ahead of the other teams were a thorough understanding of the project; well-prepared presentation; being articulate and concise; well-presented safety and quality control/quality assurance plans; and being prepared for the judges’ questions. They especially answered specific questions well—it was clear they had a good handle on the project; a thorough understanding of their site logistics and schedule; a strong safety plan that included planning, training and execution; and spent a great deal of time preparing their presentation.

We want to thank everyone involved with the competition—the Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee members, team mentors, judges, faculty and, of course, the students for all their hard work! We look forward to next year’s competition and team presentations, which will take place during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and International Roofing Expo, Feb. 6-8, 2018, in New Orleans.

Auburn University presents.

Colorado State University presents.

Louisiana State University presents.

Tuskegee University presents.

University of Cincinnati presents.

University of Florida receives the award.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winners: Narciso Alarcon, Justin Cooper, Manuel Cortez, Robert Detweiler, Donald Gautier, Roy Jones, Mearl Kline and Clifton Mead were recognized at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Thursday evening during the IRE. And special congratulations to Narciso Alarcon with Antis Roofing, Irvine, Calif., who was presented with the Best of the Best Award, co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass., and Professional Roofing magazine. Narciso will be featured in a future article in Professional Roofing.

Narciso Alarcon

Justin Cooper

Manuel Cortez

Robert Detweiler

Donald Gautier

Roy Jones

Mearl Kline

Clifton Mead

April Alliance Meeting

If you haven’t returned your response form for the Alliance Member Meeting, April 20-22 at The Hotel Del Coronado, there’s still time, but please do so right away. Click here for a list of attendees.

We have a beautiful location, expect a great attendance, and have project funding requests to consider, two dynamic presenters and two great social events planned.

The Alliance Board of Trustees will be reviewing funding requests at their 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 meeting. You’ll want to be there to hear everything firsthand. This is your opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process to help determine which project(s) the Alliance will fund.

We think you will find our two guest speakers thought-provoking and insightful. Our luncheon speaker, the Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the U.S. from 2005-07. Before entering public service, Gonzales practiced business law for 13 years at Houston law firm Vinson & Elkins. In 1995, he resigned his law partnership to serve as general counsel to the governor of Texas. After three years, the governor appointed Gonzales as Texas Secretary of State. He was appointed as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court in 1999 and elected by the citizens of Texas to serve a full six-year term in the November 2000 general election. He served in the White House as counsel to the president from 2001-05.

Gonzales is an Air Force veteran and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School. Currently, he is the Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches courses on the U.S. Constitution, First Amendment and National Security.

Gonzales is the author of True Faith and Allegiance and A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform.

After lunch, we’ll hear from Dr. Howard Wasdin graduated SEAL Class #143. After combat in Desert Storm, he became a top sniper at SEAL Team Six. During “Operation Gothic Serpent”—later called BlackHawk Down—he was shot three times and nearly lost a leg. The president awarded him a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for Valor.

He is the author of SEAL Team Six, which was a New York Times Best-Seller for 22 weeks and is printed in 16 languages. He devotes his free time to The Boys and Girls Club of America and flying critical patients as an Angel Flight Command Pilot. He speaks routinely to Fortune 500 companies to instill teamwork and overcoming adversity.

Spouses are welcome to attend both sessions.

We’ll conclude our meeting with facilitated breakout sessions to help determine where we’d like the Alliance to be as we begin our 21st year. We’ll discuss what kind of giving organization we want the Alliance want to be. What types of programs or projects do we want the Alliance to fund during the next five years? And how are we going to do it? All Alliance members will be receiving materials before the meeting to help prepare for the discussions. If you are unable to attend the April meeting, we’d still like your feedback.

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 have an opportunity to review the information before the meeting.

Membership Development and Fundraising

  • Current membership is 158 (113 contractors, 37 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; three service providers; four individuals; and one supporting member).
  • With the addition of Rick Damato’s membership, we now have nine new members who have joined the Alliance since June 1, 2016, resulting in $500,000 in member revenue. Thank you to the Membership Development Task Force (Rob Therrien, Rob McNamara, Rod Petrick and Dane Bradford) for all their work in helping us reach our membership goal already for the 2016-17 fiscal year!
  • An article featuring the Alliance and its activities is scheduled to appear in the March/April issue of Roofing magazine.
  • We have several new prospective members to follow-up on from the IRE and other sources, including the following. Please let us know if you have relationships with any of these industry professionals to help us secure their involvement in the Alliance moving forward!
    • Crane Renovations Group, Anderson, S.C.
    • Damschroeder Roofing Co., Freemont, Ohio
    • Front Range Roofing Systems, Greeley, Colo.
    • ITW Polymer Sealants, Irving, Texas
    • Pro Fastening Systems, Arlington Heights, Ill.
    • Rackley Roofing, Carthage, Texas
    • Red River Roofing, Edmond, Okla.
    • Sun Commercial Roofs Inc., Dallas
    • TRIGG General Construction, Amarillo, Texas
    • VELUX Skylights, Fort Mill, S.C.
    • West Roofing Systems, LaGrange, Ohio

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 all our members (existing and new), 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 of the items in this update. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you in Coronado!

Thank you!

James Patterson
Alliance President
CentiMark Corp.
Canonsburg, Pa.

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

Important Dates:

April 20-22, 2017 (Thurs.-Sat.)
Alliance Member Meeting
Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, Calif.

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