September 2017 member update

Dear Alliance Members,

The end of August and month of September have been devastating for many residents in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and the surrounding states. Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. Then came Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape Verde-type hurricane, the most intense observed in the Atlantic since Hurricane Dean in 2007. It also was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the first major hurricane to make landfall in the state of Florida since Wilma in 2005.

Many organizations and individuals have been stepping up to offer relief assistance. Three of our Alliance members were among the first to take action.

McKinney, Texas-based SRS Distribution Inc.’s SRS Raise the Roof Foundation is committed to supporting natural disaster relief efforts in the communities it serves. The recent damage in many of these areas was catastrophic, and the communities, as well as SRS employees, customers and suppliers located there, needed (and continue to need) support. SRS announced a two-week fundraising campaign dedicated to the direct relief and support of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As part of this campaign, SRS announced it would match 100 percent of contributions received by the Raise the Roof Foundation during this period. All money raised will be used to support relief organizations the foundation currently sponsors or, on a limited basis, will be donated directly to victims of the storm, including SRS employees and their families. Three hundred twenty-three individuals and organizations contributed $174,077 to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey; combined with matching donations from SRS, the fund balance reached $348,154.

SRS then took its efforts a step further. It expanded the scope of the Hurricane Relief Fund to include those who were directly affected by Hurricane Irma. SRS set a new goal: to raise an additional $250,000, bringing the total amount raised for victims of both storms to $500,000.

Additionally, Brad Beldon, president and CEO of Beldon Group of Companies, San Antonio, contacted us regarding the San Antonio Food Bank, which is in desperate need of money to feed the thousands of refugees from Houston, and asked that we keep them in mind with any possible assistance. The San Antonio Food Bank asked that we share the following message with our members. Click here to view the video message.

Alliance member TAMKO Building Products Inc., Joplin, Mo., donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds Sept. 6 at the Joplin Red Cross office.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” says Stacy Burks, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri. “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers. They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.”

“The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking,” says TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “TAMKO and its employees have witnessed firsthand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”

These are just three stories of Alliance members we’re aware of who are reaching out to offer assistance. We know there are many more. We thank those of you who supported the SRS Raise the Roof Foundation and the San Antonio Food Bank. The Alliance and NRCA each contributed $1,000 to both organizations, as well.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Partnership

Work continues to connect Alliance and NRCA members with Ronald McDonald Houses in their areas.

We are pleased to highlight several members that have recently performed work on their adopted houses. First, we recognize and thank Alliance members Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Wheeling, W.Va., and ABC Supply Co. Inc., Benwood, W.Va., for performing much-needed roof repairs at the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, W.Va., Sept. 22-23, including re-flashing the chimney, re-flashing skylights and repairing shingled valleys.

“Once these repairs are complete, I believe the roof system will remain in serviceable condition for many more years,” says Geoff Wack, estimator with Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal.

NRCA member Hunter Merrill, owner of Mountain Roofing Inc., Roanoke, Va., adopted the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke. His employees inspected the roof and cleaned the gutters before the heavy rains from Hurricane Irma struck. Debris was collected in buckets and then bagged; none was permitted to hit the ground.

We are proud of our dedicated Alliance and NRCA members who have stepped up and adopted their local Ronald McDonald Houses. The newest partnerships include:

  • Tom Walker, ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis., and Ronald McDonald House, Madison, Wis.
  • Brian Pagel, ABC Supply Co. Inc., Benwood, W.Va., and Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Kevin (Casey) Bechtel, Harold J. Becker Co. Inc., Dayton, Ohio, and Ronald McDonald House, Dayton
  • James (Jamie) McAdam, F.J. Dahill Co. Inc., New Haven, Conn., and Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut
  • Mike Pierce, Flynn Companies, Kansas City, Mo., and Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City, Mo.
  • John Embow, Grove Roofing Services Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., and Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo
  • John Kalkreuth, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Wheeling, W.Va., and Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Hunter Merrill, Mountain Roofing Inc., Roanoke, Va., and Ronald McDonald House of Roanoke, Va.
  • David Workman, RoofConnect, Sheridan, Ark., and Ronald McDonald House — Arkansas
  • David Tilsen, Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wis., and Ronald McDonald House, Madison, Wis.

We still have several houses waiting to hear back from us with the names of members that may be able to help with their roofing needs:

  • Ronald McDonald House, Boise, Idaho
  • Ronald McDonald House, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ronald McDonald House, Albuquerque, N.M.

If you can offer assistance to one of these houses or would like to adopt a house in your area, please contact NRCA Senior Advisor Bill Good at or Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson at For more information about this initiative, a complete list of participating companies and photos, click here.

Construction Management Partnerships

Invitations for the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Design Competition have been sent to 101 construction management faculty and department heads. As we write this newsletter, seven schools have responded that they plan to participate and 19 have responded that they are considering participating. Schools have until Oct. 2 to submit their official Intent to Compete form.

We’re in the process of connecting Alliance and NRCA members with these schools to serve as team mentors. There are three important factors for potential mentors to keep in mind:

  1. Mentors will be expected to stay in contact with their designated faculty adviser.
  2. Mentors must plan at least one face-to-face meeting with the team and faculty; after that, further communication can take place through emails, text messages, Skype or GoToMeetings.
  3. Mentors are paired with a student team to answer questions and provide guidance based on practical experience. Feel free to share your experiences that may be beneficial to the team.

Click here for detailed mentor guidelines. If you are willing to be a mentor to a local construction management school in your area, please notify Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson at

Additionally, three $5,000 scholarships were disbursed to Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, as part of the Alliance’s Construction Management Student Scholarship Program. The schools will determine the specific criteria and timeline for awarding the scholarships. Once the schools have awarded the scholarships, we will share information about the recipients.

The Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee will meet Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C., to finalize details for the competition and discuss plans for the survey our construction management faculty will be conducting to help determine topics for a future faculty research program.

New Alliance Task Forces

Two of the Alliance’s newly formed task forces—the Alliance Branding Task Force and the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Task Force—will meet at NRCA headquarters in Rosemont Oct. 4-5.

The preliminary objectives of the Alliance Branding Task Force are to revitalize the Alliance brand, possibly creating a new brand identity with a clearer, more memorable name, a more contemporary logo and an engaging tagline; create a compelling story for participating in the Alliance; and increase the intensity of ongoing communications.

The RMHC Task Force will work to develop an overall plan for members working with Ronald McDonald Houses, including regular maintenance inspections, scheduling roof repairs and replacements, and dealing with emergency repairs; develop a checklist for contractors; and prepare a project outline that includes social media components, teaming with other members and promotion.

The outcomes of both meetings will be reported at the Joint Alliance Board of Trustee and full Alliance Member Meeting Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Deadlines

The Alliance has two programs with deadlines that are quickly approaching.

2018 Gold Circle Awards: The deadline for entries is Oct. 13.

The Gold Circle Awards Program is new to the Alliance this year; it previously was managed by NRCA. The program recognizes Alliance and NRCA members for their significant contributions to the roofing industry.

Gold Circle Awards categories include Outstanding Workmanship—Low-slope; Outstanding Workmanship—Steep-slope; Innovative Solutions—New Construction; Innovative Solutions—Reroofing; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.

Unique roofing-related projects, programs and services completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017, are eligible for the competition. The deadline for entries is Oct. 13.

MVP Awards: The deadline for entries is Nov. 17.

The second Alliance-sponsored program is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Program, which recognizes workers for their efforts both on and off the roof. The MVP program celebrates workers for their outstanding on-the-job performance/workmanship and for their outstanding performance/other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace—charitable deeds, community involvement, challenges they’ve overcome, dedication and commitment to helping others. The deadline for entries is Nov. 17.

Winners of both programs will be honored during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans Feb. 4-8, 2018. Details and entry forms for both programs can be found on the Alliance website:

Please consider participating in one or both programs. We also ask associate members to distribute the award program information to your customers and encourage them to participate. We look forward to receiving your nominations. Please contact Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson at with any questions.

NRCA Fall Committee Meetings/Legislative Conference

All Alliance members are invited to attend the Alliance Member Reception and Joint Alliance Board of Trustees and full Alliance Member Meeting scheduled for Thursday evening, Oct. 19, and Friday morning, Oct. 20, respectively, during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings/Legislative Conference at The Madison Hotel (formerly the Loews Madison) in Washington, D.C. If you have not received your packet of information and response form, please

We realize it can be a long week for those who are also involved in NRCA’s committee meetings, but it’s important for Alliance members to stay and participate in the Friday morning meeting. It’s your opportunity to hear Alliance news and updates firsthand. The Alliance is yourorganization—your involvement and your support are vital to its continued success!

Both the Alliance Finance and Financial Development Committee and the Alliance Board of Trustees have reviewed and approved the May 31, 2017, Audited Financial Report. Please email if you’d like to receive a copy of the report.

Save the Date: Upcoming Alliance for Progress Member Meetings

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to mark your calendar for the next Alliance for Progress Member Meeting 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; to network with fellow Alliance members; to hear speakers on topics that are timely and applicable; and to enjoy the Omni’s luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options and family-friendly activities. Click here for a preliminary schedule. More details will be available in February 2018.

Alliance Membership Development and Fundraising Update

The Alliance Board of Trustees and Finance Committee approved an honorary, nonvoting membership for Jack Krapf, Macon, Ga., bringing total membership to 164, including 114 contractors; 37 associates; five service providers; six individuals; and two supporting members.

We have set a goal of generating $500,000 in new member revenue by May 31, 2018, and have met 30 percent of our goal with $150,000 in new member revenue from three firms.

As of today, two prospective members—Mountain Roofing, Roanoke, Va. (Hunter Merrill), and Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md. (Dean Jagusch)—will attend the Alliance Member Reception and Meeting during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings Oct. 19-20. .

Later this month, Alliance members will receive a letter from Planned Giving Steering Committee Chairman Dennis Conway promoting the Planned Giving Founding Donor recognition opportunity available to all members who make a bequeathal of at least $50,000 by the end of 2017. Our goal is to secure 10 new Founding Donors, in addition to our five current Founding Donors, who will be honored and 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. To learn more, 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

Additional year-end promotion for the Planned Giving program will include social media posts, a story in the November issue of Professional Roofing magazine and mention in the Alliance feature article in the December issue, and a profile on a bellyband adhered to 18,000 subscriber issues in November.

The Planned Giving Steering Committee will host its next meeting via conference call Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Views of the Alliance Facebook page continue to increase, as does engagement on Twitter (at “The Alliance”) and LinkedIn. We encourage you to follow us on all three platforms, share links with your company colleagues and retweet important Alliance news.

On a sad note, we report that Alliance member Donald McNamara, F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America Co., passed away Sept. 16. Don was one of the original Lifetime Friends of the National Roofing Foundation. Then, after a visit from Melvin Kruger, he pledged his company’s allegiance to the Alliance as one of the original Charter Governor members. Don is survived by his wife Valerie and his three sons, Timothy, Rob (former Alliance president) and Theodore.

In conclusion, we again encourage you to attend the Oct. 20 Joint Alliance Board of Trustees and full Alliance Member meeting in Washington, D.C. If you haven’t yet responded, please click here to download a copy of the Alliance member response form and return it to Bennett as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

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
The Madison Hotel (formerly the Loews Madison), 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
Recognition of the Most Valuable Player Awards Program winners, Construction Management Student Competition winning team and Gold Circle Awards Program winners 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
Fernandina Beach, Fla.

April 24-27, 2019 (Wed.-Sat.)
Alliance for Progress Member Meeting
The Wigwam Resort
Litchfield, Ariz.