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The Roofing Alliance Announces Winners at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony

Most Valuable Player, Best of the Best and Student Competition award winners are all recognized.

(Rosemont, IL) March 8, 2023 - The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces this year’s winners of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, Best of the Best Award and Student Competition winners who were recognized at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony held during the International Roofing Expo in Dallas on March 8, 2023.

Most Valuable Player Awards
In the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards’ 20th year, six finalists were recognized for their outstanding performance and leadership or outstanding community involvement.  This year’s winners are:

  • Christopher Knott – Outstanding Community Involvement, Field Worker at East Coast Roofing, Siding & Windows, Mays Landing, N.J. Christopher always goes above and beyond to support his team and goes the extra mile to provide an excellent customer service experience. He also plays an active role in his community by organizing coat drives, annual Easter Egg Hunts for children, assisting the elderly, and raising funds to support the Veterans of America. 
  • Oscar Salas – Outstanding Performance and Leadership, Superintendent, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, Texas. Oscar is often referred to as a “guardian angel.” He is responsible for making sure that all service and production trucks are fully stocked and sets an example by what he does … not just what he says in both the field and office to ensure that KPost’s five-acre campus is running smoothly and safely for all employees.

Best of the Best Award

The MVP Program goes a step further with one of the MVP winners being named the Best of the Best winner.  The Best of the Best award is an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine.  

This year’s winner is Terry Tilsen – Best of the Best, Superintendent at Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Terry is described as a role model to roofers at all stages of their careers. He is known for his commitment to craftsmanship, his superior knowledge of roofing systems and strong work ethic. With more than 40 years in the trade, Terry’s strong work ethic serves a model for all who follow him.

Leading with his heart, Terry volunteers his time as a teacher at the American Builders and Contractors Association Institute Apprenticeship program and as a presenter at the Broward County Boys & Girls Club Construction Career Day. He is dedicated to mentorship and developing the next generation of roofers.

Student Competition
The six finalist teams gave oral presentations as the final stage of the ninth annual Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition.  This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for Globe Life Field.  The oral presentation scores were combined with the teams’ written proposal scores to determine the winning team. 

The Roofing Alliance is proud to announce the top three schools and the best individual presenters: 

Top Three Schools:

First place: Clemson University  
Second place: University of Florida 
Third place: Texas A&M University

Best Individual Presenters:

Dylan Smithwick, Colorado State University
Adam Wascher, Bradley University

For more information on the Roofing Alliance and all the awards and award winners, contact Executive Director Alison L. LaValley, CAE at or visit



L-R: Allen Lancaster, Alina Stark, Murray Newell, Alaina Pruette, Tristan Moseley, Jackson Davis, Kelly Van Winkle. 



About the Roofing Alliance
The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives—all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. Composed of 187 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $14 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of the industry and allocated more than $5.9 million to fund 53 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects. Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues.  For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit