As I write this, I have spent the past two days participating in orientation meetings for new members of our board of directors. It’s always energizing to me and the NRCA staff to engage with our volunteers. NRCA is a volunteer-directed association, and seeing the work being accomplished in real time is fun and rewarding.
This also marks the time of year when there is a leadership change at NRCA. We say thank you to former Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, senior vice president, national business unit for Tecta America® Corp., Rosemont, Ill., and welcome new Chairman of the Board Nick Sabino, president and founder of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati. It was my distinct privilege to work and travel with both of these leaders during the 2018-19 fiscal year, and Kent led the association through a year of significant change.
During the past year, Kent oversaw the hiring of McKay Daniels who joined NRCA as its chief operations officer. This was a new senior staff position the association had needed for years. Kent also oversaw the launch of the first three roofing worker certifications for NRCA ProCertification.™ We now have certifications available for workers installing thermoplastic and asphalt shingle roof systems, as well as a certification for roofing foremen. After years of hard work and dedication from volunteers and staff, NRCA ProCertification has the potential to change the roofing industry in significant ways.
During the past year, we also saw nearly unprecedented membership growth at NRCA—636 new members joined the association during the past 12 months. This level of growth has not been seen in nearly two decades. If that weren’t enough, we also experienced 50% growth in new One Voice members. The industry is unifying and coming together like never before.