Robert McNamara Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award


Robert McNamara (right) poses with 2017 J.A. Piper Award winner Bruce McCrory (left) on Feb. 7 in New Orleans.

NRCA has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

“As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

“The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.



Schwickert’s Tecta America’s Kent Schwickert Elected NRCA Chairman of the Board

Kent SchwickertKent Schwickert, senior vice president of Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., has been elected the next chairman of the board of NRCA.

Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

“Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13.

In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

Schwickert will begin his one-year term June 1, 2018.

Four Finalist Teams Selected to Compete in The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Fourth Construction Management Student Competition at IRE

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it will host four finalist teams to compete in the final part of its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) in New Orleans.

The four teams presenting in New Orleans are Auburn University – McWhorter School of Building Sciences, Auburn, Ala; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

The finalists were chosen from seven teams from undergraduate universities across the U.S. who submitted written proposals to competition judges, and will give their oral presentation to a panel of judges in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 8 to 11:00 am at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 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 were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. 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 must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin.

The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7. The first-place team will receive a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual awards.

The second-place team will receive a team trophy, a $2,500 scholarship for their school and individual awards.

The Best Individual Student Presenter will be selected from any of the finalist teams and will receive an iPad.

All winners will receive recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, among other promotions.

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

Deadline for Entries for the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award is Dec. 22!

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Win Up to $7,500 for Your Charity!

For the sixth year, NRCA and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award.

NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works.

Winning charities will receive:

1st Place — $7,500
2nd Place — $5,000
3rd Place — $2,500
People’s Choice — $1,500

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

Award submissions must include supporting information regarding the charitable work performed (a minimum of 100-word description is required). In addition, a testimonial letter from the receiving charity should explain how the charitable work or donation helped its operations.

Submission guidelines: Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at by close of business Dec. 22. Submissions should include the following”

  1. An entry form
  2. An in-depth description of the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required).
  3. A testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations
  4. Other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.

The judging panel must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best select winners. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be selected by the public via online voting.

If submitting by mail, complete the entry form and include it with your entry package. All mailed entry packages must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Please do not staple entry materials.

Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

The awards will be presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans. For more information, contact Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at (847) 493-7548 or visit

STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

All roofing industry stakeholders encouraged to participate

 This statement is attributable to: Reid Ribble, CEO, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

One of the things I have heard repeatedly from National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members during my first 11 months as NRCA CEO is an interest in elevating the image of our chosen profession. As a result, NRCA is planning its Roofing Day in D.C. March 6-7, 2018, and seeks 1,000 or more roofing industry stakeholders to participate in the event.

To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors, manufacturers, designers, labor and management together. When we are united and organized, we present our industry as a united voting body.

Therefore, NRCA asks all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry. By doing this, we will present a united front that will minimize the objections of elected officials.

In addition, NRCA is asking members of the roofing industry to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 and consider bringing one or more employees. For more information, contact Duane Musser, NRCA’s vice president of government affairs, at (202) 400-2592 or

NRCA Congratulates Member Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Winner of the 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Award

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NRCA is proud to congratulate member Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for winning the 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Award in the Best Corporate Steward, Small and Mid-Sized Market Business Category.

The Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world.

During the past year, Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, and his staff donated more than $700,000 through cash and in-kind donations to more than 40 Orange County, Calif., nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, OneOC, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Families Forward.

Antis has donated 10 large-scale maintenance projects and 100 leak repairs for families enduring hardship and honors employee requests for pro bono work to aid families in need.

“The Antis team is all-in on putting ‘people before profit,’ keeping families safe and dry, and saying ‘yes’ to our nonprofit stakeholders and families in need in our community. We believe it is our civic duty to do so,” Antis says. “By chasing fulfillment and impact instead of profit, we have discovered a better way of living.”

The roofing industry is familiar with the extent of Antis’ charitable giving. Earlier in 2017, his company won the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was recognized for the Antis Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2016 to take care of the people of Orange County by helping dozens of area charitable organizations.

“Antis Roofing & Waterproofing truly knows what it means to give back to their community,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “The company has made social responsibility a major part of its culture, and it is what has made them a success. Charles and his team are truly deserving of this honor.”

For more information about Antis’ Roofing & Waterproofing’s Corporate Citizenship Award, visit

If Not Us, Who? NRCA Member Beldon Roofing Co. CEO Brad Beldon Spearheads Effort to Rebuild Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church

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Devastated by the Nov. 5 mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Brad Beldon, CEO of San Antonio-based Beldon Roofing Co. is leading an effort to raise $2.5 million to rebuild the church for its members and the community.

“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,” Beldon says.

Beldon, a third-generation San Antonio resident has set up a Rebuilding Sutherland Springs, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the $2.5 million needed to rebuild First Baptist Church along with a new park where the damaged church now sits. A board of directors for the organization has been established.

The campaign raised more than $1 million during its first week.

Specifics of when and where the new church will be built will be left to First Baptist Church’s leadership.

“None of us knew anybody. We’re just San Antonians, Texans, and we wanted to help,” Beldon said in a recent television interview. “If not us, who?”

NRCA members can make donations to Beldon’s effort to rebuild First Baptist in Sutherland Springs, Texas, through the National Roofing Foundation. NRCA will match all contributions up to $10,000.

For more information about Beldon’s efforts to help rebuild First Baptist Church, click the link below.

To donate to the fundraising campaign, visit their GoFundMe page.