Giving credit

Operating a roofing company is hard work. Yes, it is physically challenging for workers, but it also is ultra-competitive and notorious for slim profit margins. Successful roofing companies have teams in place that can sell jobs, provide good customer service and, of course, install quality, long-lasting roof systems. And on those teams, there usually is one individual who is extraordinary.

But such individuals rarely are recognized, and if they are, it's usually just among their co-workers. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards seek to change that by recognizing at least 10 outstanding roofing workers each year during NRCA's annual convention. (A list of this year's winners was published in the March issue on page 51.)

Going a step further, Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass., co-sponsor the Best of the Best Award, choosing one MVP who stands out from the rest.

This year's winner is George Denton, superintendent for the service division of Supreme Systems Inc., Dallas. Denton's story is remarkable in that he is part of a rare breed of lifelong roofing workers. Denton's roofing career began more than 25 years ago when he loaded shingles on roofs. Now, he is running Supreme Systems' service department.