NRCA affiliate news

Hawaii group elects officers

The Hawaii Roofing Contractors Association has elected the following officers for a two-year term: president—Mike Tory, president of Tory's Roofing and Waterproofing Inc., Aiea Pearl City, Hawaii; vice president—Steve Maero, president of Rainbow Roof Maintenance Co., Honolulu; treasurer—Guy Akasaki, president of Commercial Roofing and Waterproofing Inc., Honolulu; and secretary—Charles Beeck, president of Tropical Roofing and Raingutters Inc., Honolulu.

Consultant news

Academy trains project managers

Raleigh, N.C.-based FMI Corp. has launched its Project Management Academy, which is designed to train less-experienced project managers. The academy will teach scheduling and budgeting development and maintenance, change-order management, client relations, team coordination and other topics.

The program, which consists of four 10-hour sessions, will be held at FMI's headquarters once per year for general contractors and once per year for specialty contractors. This year's specialty contractor program will be held Feb. 9-12. For information about the programs, contact Phil Warner, FMI's marketing coordinator, at (919) 785-9357 or visit FMI's Web site,

RCI officer passes away

Michael DeFrancesco, the Roof Consultants Institute's (RCI's) second vice president and owner of Langhorne, Pa.-based DeFrancesco Roof Consulting and Mike DeFrancesco Roofing, died Nov. 29, 2002. DeFrancesco was 49.

DeFrancesco was an active member in several industry organizations, including NRCA; ASTM International; and RCI, for which he had served as secretary and director of Region I. DeFrancesco also was instrumental in forming RCI's Delaware Chapter.

DeFrancesco is survived by his partner, Gina Genin, and daughter, Alicia Danielle. The family has asked memorials be sent to the RCI Foundation, 7424 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27607-5041.

Manufacturer news

Englert receives energy label

Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J., has received the U.S. Department of Energy's and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® label for its Englert Acrylic Coated Series and Englert Chemically Treated Series metal roofing products.

In addition, the company doubled its metal distribution operations in Tampa, Fla.; Plainfield, Ill.; and Columbia, S.C. The Tampa facility now serves Florida and the Caribbean; most of the Midwest is supplied by the Plainfield facility; and the Columbia facility now handles South Carolina and Georgia.

FM approves LITSCO products

LITSCO Industries LLC, Glendale, N.Y., recently received FM Research windstorm classification ratings for its Streamline® roof perimeter flashing systems. The ratings apply to uplift pressures in pounds per square foot on roof systems tested by FM Research. The company's Streamline® Flashdown Fascia System received a 1-150 rating; Streamline┬« Plytight Fascia System received a 1-180 rating; and Streamline® Snap-On Coping System received a 1-90 rating.

ERSystems' coating is energy-efficient

ERSystems, Loretto, Minn., has received the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR® label for its ERLASTIC coating, which can be used on new and existing asphalt substrates.

To qualify for the ENERGY STAR label, which promotes household and commercial building products that save energy and money, a roofing product must meet DOE and EPA criteria for reflectivity and reliability.

GenFlex unveils training program

Maumee, Ohio-based GenFlex Roofing Systems has unveiled its training program, Single-ply Workshop and Training, to help roofing contractors understand major changes in the commercial roofing industry. The program emphasizes the importance of re-evaluating products to improve a contractor's business. For more information, call Jim Burkett, the company's national product and marketing manager, at (418) 891-4402 or visit

Sarnafil president plans to retire

Richard K. Foley, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Canton, Mass.-based Sarnafil, will retire May 31.

Foley joined Sarnafil in 1985 as vice president of sales and marketing and was promoted to president and CEO in 1987. Foley also was a SPRI founding member and served as the organization's 1984-85 president.

Brian J. Whelan, Sarnafil's vice president of sales and marketing, will be Sarnafil's president and CEO after Foley's retirement.

In other news, Sarnafil received a 2002 Energy Champion Award for Business Partner of the Year from Rebuild America, an energy-efficiency network created by the U.S. Department of Energy. Sarnafil was recognized for helping educate community leaders about reflective roof systems' energy-saving benefits.

Up the Ladder

Truco Inc. has named the following sales representatives for specific territories: Charlie Appleby, Tony DeBoard and Brett Wildfong, Michigan; Vince Brocato, southern Florida; Steve Garrison, southern California; Collin Qualls, Texas and Oklahoma; Joseph Solik, Wisconsin; and Doug Zeis, Missouri and southern Illinois.

Stevens Roofing Systems has appointed Peter Bonavita product manager, Sam Everett marketing manager, Tom Gallivan sales manager for Stevens Geomembranes, Vincent McPartland vice president of global marketing and business development, Steven Moskowitz vice president of technical and warranty services, and Michael Thornton inside technical manager.

Architectural Metal Systems has appointed Lee Mannheim North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia area sales manager.

Johns Manville Roofing Systems Group has hired Patrick T. Kelly as product manager for single-ply roof systems and Jennifer Ford-Smith as product manager for built-up and SBS- and APP-modified bitumen roof systems.

Douglas T. First has joined INSPEC Inc. as director of sales and marketing, and Pete Nottleson has been promoted to associate.

Contractor news

Roofing company expands business

NRCA member D & D Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Reno, Nev., has acquired the assets of Don James Roofing, Carson City, Nev. According to D & D Roofing and Sheet Metal representatives, Don James, founder of Don James Roofing, will remain with the company as a consultant and no company name changes will occur.


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