Comprised of 142 members, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is the only group within the roofing industry that unites roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals to fund research and programs that advance the roofing industry.
The roofing industry has a rich history of generosity, and the Alliance provides its members a unique opportunity to give back to the industry that has given so much to them.
Since its inception in 1996, the Alliance has committed $11.5 million in funding toward research, education and scholarships to enhance the industry. In addition, $4.3 million has been allocated to 34 different research, education and technical programs and projects.
Most recently, the Alliance has partnered with the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and M.E. Ringer Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville to incorporate more roofing-specific information and case studies into existing curricula.
In addition, since 1996, the Alliance offers its Melvin Kruger Scholarship to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries. In 2014, $35,000 in scholarships were renewed as well as three new scholarships awarded at $5,000 each.
Recognizing the important role Latinos now play in the roofing industry, the Alliance has partnered with Bilingual America to share best practices with the Latino workforce with NRCA’s contractor members. Areas addressed in the program are cultural understanding, recruitment, hiring, safety, leadership development and business development.
Other efforts the Alliance has committed to include funding RoofPoint,™ a comprehensive system for the assessment and selection of sustainable roof systems; funding educational programs, including NRCA’s Roof Application Training Program; and sponsoring the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional roofing workers from the roofing contracting, distributor and supplier firms.
Member participation is vital within the Alliance, and much of the organization’s strength comes from its broad base of support contributors. The Alliance offers different levels of membership to encourage small-, medium- and large-sized firms to join and have a voice in determining the roofing industry’s future. For more information about how you can make a commitment to the Alliance and help secure the future of the roofing industry, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.