Get up, stand up

The roofing industry bands together to lobby in Washington, D.C.

“If you have a voice, use it.
If you have legs, stand up.
If you have feet, step up.
If you have each other, fight together.”
- Janna Cachola, actor

For the second year, the roofing industry traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak with one voice to members of Congress about issues important to the industry during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019.

From April 3-4, NRCA and its supporting partners welcomed 428 roofing professionals from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and consulting sectors to Washington, D.C., for the largest government advocacy event of its kind. On the morning of Wednesday, April 3, NRCA Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, senior vice president, national business unit for Tecta America® Corp., Rosemont, Ill.; NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati; and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney—the first time roofing industry representatives had the opportunity to take important issues directly to the West Wing.

"I appreciate the president's chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation," Schwickert says. "It's important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them."

After receiving their list of congressional appointments and a briefing about how to conduct a congressional visit, on April 4, roofing professionals met with senators and representatives to discuss immigration reform, infrastructure legislation and worker training.