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University of Florida Wins The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Third Student Competition

Student Competition 2017

Members of the team from University of Florida receive their awards after winning The Alliance’s third annual student competition at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. This was the second consecutive year the University of Florida team has won the competition.

For the second consecutive year, a team from University of Florida, Gainesville, was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ third student construction management competition, which took place during the NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention held March 1-3 in Las Vegas.

Members of the winning team were Will Foster, Caleb Strauss (team captain), Schaffer Weeks, Forest Wilson and faculty advisor Jim Sullivan.

Six schools of construction management participated in this year’s competition: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; the University of Cincinnati; and M.E. Ringer Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.

The goal of the outreach to the construction management schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams had to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Each team submitted written proposals and supporting documents in Dec., 2016 and gave oral presentations at the convention March 2.

Orange County Construction, the University of Florida’s team company had the highest cumulative score. The team had a thorough understanding of the project; a strong safety plawhich included planning, training and execution and a well-prepared presentation. In addition, they were well-prepared to answer judges’ questions.

The University of Florida received a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual prizes that were presented during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception March 2.

Plans are now underway for the 2017-18 Alliance student competition in at NRCA’s 131st annual convention in New Orleans Feb. 6-8, 2018.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Nominations Open for 2017 Roofing Alliance for Progress MVP Award

mvp-imageThe Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is now accepting nominations for its 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 18th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2016.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2017 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Takes Over Administration of RoofPoint™ Environmental Rating System

RoofPoint

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the administration of RoofPoint has been transferred to the Alliance effective June 22.

RoofPoint is a voluntary, consensus-based green rating system that provides a means for building owners and designers to select nonresidential roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits.

Originally developed by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and co-sponsored by the Alliance, RoofPoint is a roofing-specific version of green building rating systems that promotes an environmentally responsible built environment. Additional information about RoofPoint is available at www.roofpoint.org.

“The increasing need for energy efficient and environmentally friendly roof systems makes RoofPoint an important component of our industry,” says Alliance president, James T. Patterson C.P.M of CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to manage RoofPoint, and to continue the essential role it plays in promoting environmentally sustainable buildings.”

To ensure a smooth transfer of RoofPoint to the Alliance, a task force has been established to examine RoofPoint’s data and determine next steps.

Task force members are Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H.; Helene Hardy-Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations for GAF, Parsippany, N.J.; Brian Whelan, senior vice president of Sika Sarnifil Inc., Lyndhurst, N.J.; Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas; and Mark Graham, vice president of technical services for the National Roofing Contractor Association (NRCA), Rosemont, Ill.

The task force will present its recommendations to the Alliance Board of Trustees during its Nov. 17 meeting in Chicago.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2016 MVP Award Winners from Florida and Texas

MVP 1The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 16th annual MVP Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Sanford, Fla; Houston; and Farmers Branch, Texas.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions.

The 2016 MVP Award winners are:

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2016 MVP Winners Curtis Purvis, Isreal Casas and Pedro Melendez.

Israel Casas, foreman at Tecta America Southeast, LLC, Sanford, Fla., for other noteworthycontributions and activities.

Pedro Melendez, superintendent at Centimark Corp., Houston, for contributions to team effort.

Curtis Purvis, superintendent at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas for outstanding on the job performance, on the job safety performance and community service and volunteerism.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

Lyle Bandurski, foreman at Midland Engineering Co., Inc., North South Bend, Ind.

Barry Clouse, field worker at AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis

Jason Geller, foreman at Schwickert’s Tecta America, Mankato, Minn.

Thomas Williams, superintendent at KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas

Vasiliy Yefimov, equipment operator, Stoneway Roofing Supply, Tacoma, Wash.

The Alliance also named Casas as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance and Purvis as a finalist for contributions to team effort.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Sponsors Second Annual Construction Management Student Competition

PrintThe Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is accepting entries for its second annual Construction Management Student Competition, a hallmark competition that promotes careers in roofing industry management that will culminate with presentations at the 2016 International Roofing Expo.®

Teams from undergraduate colleges and universities wishing to participate in the competition must submit an Intent to Compete form and additional documentation via email by Nov. 13, 2015.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2016 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams from each competing school will be presented with a problem statement – they will be asked to bid on installing a roof system on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. Each team must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to a qualified bid package.

A roofing contractor company will be assigned to each team to serve as an industry mentor.

Oral presentations will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. at NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention and the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) at the Orange County Convention Center.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for the winning school, a team trophy and individual awards; and recognition in a press release, in Professional Roofing magazine and on the Alliance’s website.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (847) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

The Roofing Alliance for Progress Accepting Applications for 2016-17 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

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The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. The merit-based scholarship is available to NRCA contractor or supplier member employees and their families to assist in furthering their education in pursuit of careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

Applicants to the scholarship program must be full-time employees of an NRCA member company or their dependent children or spouses with a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline date. High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year are also eligible.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided the awards are renewed annually and recipients maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving. More information about the Alliance is available at www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2015 MVP Award Winners from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Dallas

MVP

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 15th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing outstanding roofing workers from Canonsburg, Pa.; Hackensack, N.J.; and Dallas.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions.

This 2015 MVP Award winners are:

Scott Luck, foreman for CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.

John Pesler, foreman for Mile Square Roofing Co., Hackensack, N.J.

Billy Ward, superintendent for KPOSTCompany, Dallas

John Whitten, superintendent for KPOSTCompany, Dallas

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

Pedro Arguilles, foreman for Centimark Denver, Denver

Salvador Delatorre, foreman for Wm. Molar Roofing Co. Inc., Riverview Mich.

Brian Kinney, superintendent for Bone Dry Roofing Co., Athens, Ga.

Edgar Ramirez, foreman, Centimark Corp., Lakeland, Fla.

The Alliance also named Ward as a finalist for outstanding on-the-job performance and Luck as a finalist for other noteworthy contributions and activities.