October/November 2017 member update

Dear Alliance members,

We are pleased to welcome Dean Jagusch, Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., as our newest Alliance Governor member! We currently have 165 Alliance members; a total of four new members have joined since June 1, 2017.

Giving Back

We have many updates to share with you, but we'll begin with one that's bittersweet. Following the horrific mass shooting that took place Nov. 5 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Alliance member Brad Beldon, CEO of Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, is spearheading an effort to rebuild the church. He has formed a nonprofit foundation, Rebuilding Sutherland Springs Inc., with a goal to raise $2.5 million in 30 days to rebuild the church.

After reaching out to the Wilson County sheriff with an offer to help repair the church, Beldon was told the church was "virtually destroyed." Beldon then immediately decided to raise money to build a new church, teaming up with other San Antonio business leaders to make it happen.

Since then, Beldon has been calling everyone he knows, and no one has turned him down. So far, he has raised nearly $1.2 million and has received an additional $1 million in in-kind donations to assist with everything from accounting to trash removal.

On the GoFundMe page Brad created for the initiative, Beldon shares: "Although we are a town of over a million people, we still live by the small town principles—we are all friends here in South Texas. There are three places of sanctuary in Texas—Police & Fire Stations, Friday Night Football games, and our places of worship. One of these was taken from us this past week. Please help our friends take it back.

"Unfortunately, we cannot rewrite history, but we can make a difference one day at a time, one person at a time. After visiting with the Sheriff Joe Tackitt and Pastor Collins, I decided to TEAM up with some friends in our business community and our goal is to provide the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs with a new home. We cannot erase the horrific memories but we can provide a place of worship, a place of hope, a place of healing, and a place of prayer for our fellow human beings."

"I don't know how you go on, but we're going to give them a facility for hope," Beldon says. "Nobody will ever be forgotten. The 26 victims will never be forgotten, ever. We're going to make sure of that."

The National Roofing Foundation is collecting funds on Beldon's behalf. If you are interested in donating, please write a check payable to The National Roofing Foundation and mail it to Jessica Priske's attention at The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please call the Sutherland Springs Donation Hotline at (833) 360-3411.

Joint Alliance Board of Trustees and Full Alliance Member Meeting

We had strong attendance at the Joint Alliance Board of Trustees and Full Alliance Member Meeting held Oct. 20 at The Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Click here for a copy of the meeting minutes.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Partnership

Our outreach efforts continue to match Alliance and NRCA members with their local Ronald McDonald Houses. As this update is written, we have 33 houses adopted out of the 184 throughout the U.S.—or about 18 percent.

Our newest partnerships include:
  • Chad Collins, Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga., and Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, S.C.
  • James Patterson, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., and Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh
  • Daryl Maronic, Dataforma Inc., York, Pa., who is providing a software system to track roofing work performed
  • Dennis Runyan, Dryspace Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City, Iowa
  • J.J. Smithey, Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
  • Gary Houck, Houck Group Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., and Ronald McDonald House of Hershey, Pa.
  • Rob Therrien, The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H., and Ronald McDonald House of Burlington, Vt.
  • Dudley and Sherri Miles, J.D. Miles & Sons, Chesapeake, Va., and Ronald McDonald House of Norfolk, Va.
  • Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala., and Ronald McDonald House of Mobile, Ala.
  • Dean Jagusch, J.S. Wagner Co. Inc., Hyattsville, Md., and Ronald McDonald House of Washington, D.C.
The Alliance Ronald McDonald House Charities Task Force met Nov. 28 to continue working on guidelines and procedures for contractors adopting houses, as well as what house information to collect for our database and marketing and promotional efforts.

If you'd like to adopt a Ronald McDonald House in your area or would like more information, please contact Bennett Judson or click here to visit the Alliance website.

Alliance Construction Management Scholarships and Student Competition

The Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee met Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. The committee members finalized details for the student competition, locked in the judges and discussed additional International Roofing Expo® events for the students as well as faculty research topics.

2017-18 construction management student scholarship funds were distributed to Auburn University, Colorado State University (CSU) and the University of Florida. Auburn University and CSU awarded their 2017-18 scholarship funds in October. The University of Florida will award its 2017-18 scholarships before the end of the school year.

Auburn University awarded a 2017-18 Alliance scholarship to Will Givens, a senior in Auburn's Pre-Building Science program. Givens writes, "I intend to finish my bachelor's degree in building science and commission in the U.S. Navy. I will serve in the Navy for the required amount of time. After that, I fully intend to pursue a career in the construction industry for whatever amount of time God allows me to keep on working and continue to find the satisfaction I always have in hard work alongside fellow hard workers of all types.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Alliance and to assure you that your support will not go to waste. Programs like this are an integral part of the cycle of support that makes achieving a college degree a possibility for those willing to take the initiative, and for that I thank you. As the cost of obtaining a degree only continues to rise, it becomes only more vital that people are willing to support students who will soon be entering their respective careers and contributing something great to society. Thank you for answering that call, and thank you for giving me the honor and responsibility of making good use of that support."

Scott Kawulok attended Colorado State University's Scholarship Awards banquet in October on behalf of the Alliance. Pictured below is Scott Kawulok with four of the 2017-18 CSU Alliance scholarship recipients.


From left to right: Mahoney Bajwa, Sam Hughes, Scott Kawulok, Ben Jacobs and Kyle Bloesser

Mahoney Bajwa is a sophomore in the CM program. He is executive secretary for the Associated General Contractors student chapter and is on the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition team as the safety QA/QU manager. Mahoney plans to work in commercial construction after college.

Kyle Bloesser is a CM senior. He is on the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition team. He is a member of the Associated Building Contractors student club and an Academic Senatate for Colorado State University senator for the College of Health and Human Sciences. He has accepted a position with Colorado Structures Inc. as a project engineer upon graduation.

Sam Hughes is a junior in the CM program. He is director of operations for the CM Board of Directors. He is captain of the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition team and a member of ABC student club. In the long term, he hopes to be a project manager.

Ben Jacobs is a junior in the CM program. He is the 2017-18 Alliance Construction Management Student Competition team's chief estimator and a member of the Electrical Systems student club. After graduation, he hopes to work as a project manager.

The University of Florida awarded 2016-17 scholarship funds to the following five students majoring in construction management.

Aaron Cobb — I appreciate so much being selected for the Roofing Industry Alliance Scholarship. I have pursued a degree in construction my entire college career, and after three years and two community colleges, I was accepted into the Rinker School. It was a dream come true for me. I am currently enrolled in the Roofing Systems class here at Rinker to learn more about the different types of systems. I want to reiterate how appreciative I am for being selected to receive this scholarship.

Josh Fry — Thank you for considering and awarding me your foundation's scholarship. I began my college career as a horticulture major but, luckily, I found the gem that is the Rinker School of Construction Management. After a summer spent working for a residential contractor, I enrolled in the Rinker program the following semester.

Haekyung Im — I am was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your scholarship. I am a construction management major and I am a member of Habitat for Humanity. I plan to pursue a career in the construction industry upon graduating from the University of Florida. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Aida Rangel — I would like to express my extreme pleasure and gratitude at receiving your generous donation toward my education. I am honored to be a recipient of your gift. I am extremely appreciative of the amazing opportunities the construction industry has to offer students like myself such as your tremendous partnership with the University of Florida to spread the importance of roofing in construction. A roof is what makes the difference between a home and a box.

Schaffer Weeks — Thank you so much for choosing me to receive your foundation's scholarship. It is an incredible honor and I am so very appreciative for your generous contribution toward my education. I am now in my senior year of construction management. Throughout my entire career, one of my finest memories is traveling to Las Vegas this past spring to participate in the Alliance's student competition. It was an incredible experience and it became even better after our team took home the 1st place trophy. Since last year's competition, I have talked about this experience at every interview and I am confident that this was a large contributor when I was presented an internship this past summer. I am going to be on the team again and, of course, am hoping to take 1st place again for my senior year. Thank you so much for your generous contribution. I cannot begin to put into words how much it means to me.

I am pleased to announce we have seven teams participating in the Alliance 2017-18 Construction Management Student Competition: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Kennesaw State University Department of Construction Management, Marietta, Ga.; the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; and the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The teams' written proposals are due Dec. 4. Our panel of judges will review the written proposals, and based on their scores, a maximum of five teams will be invited to give oral presentations at the 2018 IRE in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 7, starting at 7:45 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Alliance members will have an opportunity to meet the students at the Alliance Member Cocktail Reception the evening of Feb. 5. The teams will be introduced at the beginning of the reception, and they then will draw for their presentation times.

For more information about the competition, click here.

Auburn University — McWhorter School of Building Sciences


Team members (front, left to right): Matthew Youngblood, Hannah Redifer, Alex Gomez; (back, left to right): Jason McCay
Faculty advisor: Lauren Redden
Alliance member team mentor: Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Ala.

Colorado State University


Team members (front, left to right): Kyle Bloesser, Ben Jacobs; (back, left to right): Mahoney Bajwa, Sam Hughes (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Nick Rubino
Alliance member team mentor: Patrick Wolack, Douglass Colony Group, Commerce City, Colo.

Kennesaw State University


Team members (left to right): Lauryn Kimsey (team captain), Adam Minor, Henry Alvarenga, David Montgomery and Jasmine Ward (alternate)
Faculty advisor: Irish Horsey
NRCA member team mentor: David Pearson, Whitco Roofing Inc., Atlanta

Louisiana State University — the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management

Team members (left to right): Drew Bennett, Caleb Burks, Zach Coulton and Erin Mitchell (team captain)
Faculty advisor: Robert Benton
Alliance member team mentor: Brent Talbot, Edward J. Laperouse Metal Works Inc., Houma, La.

Tuskegee University — Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science


Team members (left to right): Joshua Mathews, Deandre Howard (alternate), Rochelle Richardson, Quintez Long (team captain) and Quinton Stewart
Faculty advisor: Rogers Hunt
Alliance member team mentors: Bruce McCrory, Nations Roof, Mobile, Ala., and Rich Nugent, Nations Roof, Lithia Springs, Ga.

University of Cincinnati


Team members (left to right): Brian Mallernee, Charles Muhlbaier, Matthew Hudak (team captain), Michael Salzer (alternate) and Daniel Kurtz
Team advisor: Amanda Albrecht
Alliance member team mentor: Paul Novak, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Lewis Center, Ohio

The University of Florida — The M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction


Team members (left to right): Sam Mitchell, Alex Idriss (alternate), Schaffer Weeks (team captain), Ron Bergeron and Forrest Wilson
Faculty advisor: James Sullivan
Alliance member team mentor: Rob Springer, Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.



Click here to view the National Women in Roofing's 2017 Report to Founding Sponsors.



The deadline for the 2017 Gold Circle Awards was Oct. 13. The Gold Circle Awards judges met in Rosemont, Ill., Nov. 10 to select this year's winners. Finalists have been notified so they can make plans to attend the 2018 IRE in New Orleans.



The 2017-18 MVP Award Program deadline was Nov. 17. Judges will hold a conference call the first week in December to select this year's winners. The winners will be notified so they can make arrangements to travel to New Orleans.

Winners of both programs will be honored during NRCA's 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans Feb. 4-8, 2018.


Applications for the 2018-19 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program still are being accepted. Click here for the program details. The 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, 2018.

Save the Date: Upcoming Alliance Member Meetings



If you haven't already done so, be sure to mark your calendar for the next Alliance 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; network with fellow Alliance members; hear speakers on topics that are timely and applicable; and 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

Membership Development

Our total membership remains at 165, including 115 contractors; 37 associates; five service providers; six individuals; and two supporting members.

Please let us know if you have relationships with any of the following industry professionals to help secure their involvement:
  • Advanced Industrial Roofing, Massillon, Ohio — Fred Horner
  • Chase Restoration, Indianapolis — Chase Lecklider
  • Crane Renovations Group, Anderson, S.C. — Gary Kerley
  • Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati — Nick Sabino
  • F.A. Taylor & Sons, Baltimore — Dave Taylor
  • Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, Ohio — J.J. Smithey
  • M. Potteiger, York, Pa. — Dave Bieber
  • Mountain Roofing, Roanoke, Va. — Hunter Merrill
  • National Roofing & S/M, Flint, Mich. — Gary Sova
  • Warren Roofing, Cleveland — Trevor Cost
Planned Giving

The Alliance would like to welcome four new Founding Donors, including Jason Dark, Duro-Last Inc.; Trent Cotney, Trent Cotney, P.A.; Rob Therrien, The Melanson Co. Inc.; and Dane Bradford, Bradford Roof Management. With their remembrances to the Alliance, our total exceeds $600,000 in gifts, which will help fund research and programs to advance the industry for years to come.

Founding Donor recognition for Alliance members and roofing industry professionals who bequeath a gift by the end of 2017 is now available. Planned gifts can provide important tax advantages when leaving resources to qualified charities such as the Alliance, and gifts can be made in various ways and tailored to accommodate individual situations.

Funding Requests

We're three months out until funding proposals are due (March 1). We want to make sure everyone understands the criteria, guidelines and format for submitting requests for Alliance funding consideration.

As Alliance members, we are committed to securing the future strength and excellence of the roofing industry. Therefore, every year the Alliance funds critical research, education and technical projects to help preserve a profitable and competitive industry. Since its inception in 1996, the Alliance has funded more than $4.6 million in projects. We believe it is vital for the roofing industry to be on the cutting edge of research and technology so roofing work continues to grow for roofing contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. The Alliance looks to fund projects that help reinforce this idea. Ultimately, the Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry.

One of the important tasks at the April Alliance member meeting is to consider new project funding requests. 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. This is viewed as a role best left to NRCA and other industry organizations.
  • Be broad-based, having value for all segments of the industry whenever possible
Specific criteria provide that:
  • A project must be seen to have a significant effect on the U.S. roofing industry.
  • A project must have value for all segments of the industry if practical.
  • A project must contribute to the improvement of the industry.
  • A project should be one that is best conducted by the Alliance, meaning it is beyond the scope or otherwise inappropriate for NRCA or another industry organization.
You can help by sharing this information with any organizations or committees you may be involved with that may have projects appropriate for our consideration. Click here for an outline of the funding request procedure and details to be included. Requests are due by March 1.

Feel free to reach out to either of us or Bennett Judson if you have questions, comments or any prospective members our Member Development Team can visit.

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



Upcoming dates:

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 Member Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Fernandina Beach, Fla.

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


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