After a whirlwind start in my new position, I am happy to say I survived my first NRCA convention and International Roofing Expo® (IRE) as NRCA's CEO. I also am happy to announce the 2017 IRE was the largest exhibit in history and also broke attendance records. It's evident roofing contractors are interested in advancing their businesses and their industry.
Roofing manufacturers, distributors, roof consultants and architects also are equally interested and vested in the industry. When I became NRCA's CEO, it became clear to me NRCA—and its contractor members—no longer can exist in "us vs. them" relationships but rather should foster relationships that are more inclusive and collaborative.
I firmly believe NRCA should be an association first and foremost for professional roofing contractors, and we fully intend to maintain this focus. However, our initiatives can be better accomplished when we work together with all industry players.
NRCA's board of directors also recognizes this and has amended the association's bylaws to grant a minority position on NRCA's board and committees for associate members who desire greater partnerships with the organization.