November-December 2018 member update

There’s been a whirlwind of activity during the past two months. The Gold Circle Award and Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award judges met to select winners for this year’s programs; we have numerous members reaching out to their peers to help us get the roofs of the remaining Ronald McDonald houses adopted; and we held a joint Roofing Alliance Board of Trustee and full member meeting in Chicago. Things are busy but productive and exciting—the energy level remains high!

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Partnership

I issued a challenge at the November 2017 meetings to have the roofs of all 165 standalone Ronald McDonald houses adopted by our Nov. 16 meeting. We didn’t quite make it, but as of this update, we have connected members with 152 Houses—13 more to go! Won’t you help us reach our new goal of having all houses adopted by the end of 2018? Click here to see the list of available houses. If you can adopt the roof of one of these houses—or know of another firm who may be interested—please let me, Bill Good or Bennett Judson know.

Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of RMHC Global, attended our Nov. 16 meeting. She thanked all Roofing Alliance members for their partnership; she reported the Roofing Alliance has been added to the Ray Kroc Heritage Society donor wall in the Chicago office, and she thanked members for supporting RMHC’s Giving Tuesday Nov. 27.

We want to thank those of you who supported RMHC’s #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign. RMHC’s goal was to raise $100,000—they raised about $138,000! These funds will help provide an additional 1,725 overnight stays for families in Ronald McDonald houses and family rooms!

Construction Management Schools Initiative

On Dec. 10, the teams participating in the 2018-19 Construction Management Student Competition submitted their written proposals for installing a new roof system on the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel, Franklin, Tenn. The proposals are now in the hands of the judges who will be reviewing and scoring them to determine the four finalist teams. The qualifying teams will be notified so they can make travel arrangements for the 2019 International Roofing Expo® in Nashville, Tenn., where they will give their oral presentations Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, starting at 8 a.m. at Music City Center. The Best Individual Presenter and winning teams will be announced at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Tuesday evening. We strongly encourage Roofing Alliance members to attend the program and support the teams!

We know reviewing and scoring the written proposals is no easy task, especially right before the holidays. We want to recognize and thank our 2018-19 judges:

Chris Baxter, vice president, Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., Carthage, Tenn.
John Geary, chief marketing officer, Nations Roof, St. Charles, Ill.
Helene Hardy-Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations, GAF, Parsippany, N.J.
Scott Kawulok, vice president, B&M Roofing, Frederick, Colo.
Bob Pringle, vice president, Evans Roofing Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y.
James Williams, project manager, Crain Construction Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
Scott Wilson, manufacturers representative, Carlisle SynTec Systems, Brentwood, Tenn.

The Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee met Nov. 15 in Chicago. The committee members finalized details for the student competition, locked in the judges and judging process, and discussed other activities for the teams while in Nashville.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Faculty Research Project

The team from Arizona State University (ASU) continues its work on “A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and its Workforce.” The study will identify demographics of roofing company owners; demographics of roofing employees; workloads—location of work, type of work, type of operations, etc.; workforce characteristics; and size of the industry.

The ASU methodology:
Part 1: Survey development, testing, refinement (September-December)
Part 2: Data collection, analysis and reporting (January-September)
Part 3: Predicting the number of roofing contractors in the U.S. (September-July)

A group of 40 members will be participating in the survey development stage. All members are encouraged to participate when contacted. The ASU team will give an interim report at the April 2019 member meeting, and a final report will be given at the fall 2019 meeting.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Scholarships

2018-19 Roofing Alliance scholarship funds were awarded to construction management students at Auburn University (Auburn) in November and Colorado State University (CSU) in October.

The Auburn students receiving scholarship awards included Eric Brennan, Matthew Youngblood, Weston Hopkins and Jordan Edwards; Edwards is on Auburn’s team in this year’s competition. Click here for information regarding the Auburn scholarship recipients.

The students from CSU receiving scholarships included Cody Ade, Jacob Balthazor, Vanna Hossany, Kevin Loya-Estrade and Ira Weiss; Ade is on CSU’s competition team. Click here for information regarding the CSU scholarship recipients. Scott Kawulok represented the Roofing Alliance at the 2018 Construction Management Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

Pictured from left to right: Jacob Balthazor, Vanna Hosanny, Scott Kawulok, Ira Weiss and Cody Ade

A letter thanking the Roofing Alliance for its support of CSU’s CM Cares program was received from Mostafa Khattab, head of the department of construction management at CSU.

“On behalf of the students of the Department of Construction Management and the members of our community, thank you for your commitment to the CM Cares Endowment. Your support of this service learning program is very important and critical to its future work providing services to those in need in Northern Colorado. Your contribution to this endowment is a testament to your commitment to service, leadership and construction education, and we are honored to partner with you in the future success of CM Cares.”

Our Gold Circle Awards judges met in Rosemont, Ill., Nov. 6 to select the 2019 Gold Circle Award winners. Click here to view a list of finalists. Companies were nominated in three categories—Outstanding Workmanship, Innovative Solutions, and Safety Preparedness and Performance. The winners will be announced Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, 2019, at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception in Nashville, Tenn.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award task force held a conference call Dec. 6 to select the 2018-19 MVP winners and finalists. The MVP program celebrates workers who are outstanding employees within their companies and also recognizes them for their outstanding performance outside the workplace—their charitable deeds, community involvement, challenges they have overcome, dedication and commitment to helping others. Click here to see the 2018-19 winners and finalists. After the winners are recognized Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, 2019, at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception in Nashville, Tenn., the Best of the Best winner will be announced.

There’s still time to get applications in for the 2019-20 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program; click here for program details. The Roofing 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, 2019.

Joint Roofing Alliance Board of Trustees and Full Roofing Alliance Member Meeting

Click here for a copy of the meeting minutes.

We had strong attendance at the Nov. 16 meeting. Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

As a result of the Branding Task Force’s efforts during the past year and a half, the logo has been refreshed; we will reference “Roofing Alliance” instead of the full name; members approved a revised mission statement; an elevator pitch and talking points have been developed and are available for members; the website and email template are being updated; and increased communications efforts have begun—we are already seeing results from our public relations outreach to industry organizations and publications. Also, we are excited to announce we are actively expanding our social media presence! Our social media pages are a great place for our members and other established industry professionals to stay updated and connected. We invite you to connect with us on social media through the following platforms—please “like” us, but more importantly, share our posts to help us get the story out to even more people in the roofing community.

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The new Vo-Tech/Technical Schools task force recommended we research SkillsUSA and explore ways the roofing community can partner with them. SkillsUSA has been around for more than 50 years. All specialty trades except for roofing are represented. SkillsUSA partners have access to 18,000 classrooms—4,300 of these classrooms have construction curricula and 62,000 students are in those construction classes. Partnering with SkillsUSA can enhance the image of the roofing industry; give our members and affiliates a direct connection to their career and technical education communities; and form partnerships to market NRCA’s ProCertification™ and NRCA-developed training curricula. Stay tuned—we will share more soon!

Funding Requests
We are seeking funding requests for the Roofing Alliance’s consideration at the April 2019 member meeting. Projects submitted for consideration should be generic in the sense they will not evaluate any proprietary products, services or materials; not publicly advocate an industry position, which is viewed as a role best left to NRCA and other industry organizations; and be broad-based, having value for all segments of the industry whenever possible. Click here for details regarding submitting funding requests. We ask that you share this information with any organizations or committees you are involved with that may have projects appropriate for Roofing Alliance funding. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 1, 2019.

We are still looking for several members to serve on the Project Review Committee. If you are interested, please let me or Bennett Judson know.

Alliance Member Meeting—April 24-27, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Roofing Alliance member meeting April 24-27, 2019, at The Wigwam,Litchfield Park, Ariz. We’ll hear updates regarding current projects and programs; analyze and select new projects proposed for funding; and have opportunities to network with fellow Roofing Alliance members. The Wigwam is a luxurious, world-class resort with pools, golf and a full-service spa. Click here for a preliminary meeting schedule. Stay tuned for more details!

As we approach the end of another year and look back at all the Roofing Alliance has accomplished, we know none of this would be possible without the continued support of our members. Our ability to fulfill our mission statement rests solely with you, our members, and your continued commitment to increasing membership, remaining involved and reaching out to our industry to share the Roofing Alliance story. Your continued engagement will help us reach our ambitious goals. We hope you and your families enjoy the holidays, and we wish you a happy and prosperous new year!

Don’t forget—only 13 more Ronald McDonald house roofs to be adopted. Won’t you help us reach our goal? If you haven’t adopted the roof of your local Ronald McDonald House, please consider doing so, let us know if you know someone who is interested in partnering with us in this initiative.

Thank you!
Rod Petrick
Alliance President
Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc.
Frankfort, Ill.

Josh Kelly
Alliance Vice President
OMG Roofing Products
Agawam, Mass.