A new year has begun for NRCA. Chairman of the Board Jim Barr worked until the last day of the fiscal year (May 31) as he once again traveled back to his home in Texas after spending days working for you. And, wow, did he work! Jim has crisscrossed the U.S. on your behalf, donating more than 100 days away from his business so he could help you build yours. Where do these selfless leaders come from each year, and why do they do it?
Well, if you asked Jim, he would say because somebody needs to! Our industry is large and diverse. Our members serve their customers every day and sometimes in climates that are unfavorable—and I am not talking about the weather. NRCA is, in many respects, an advocacy agent for you. We help write the rule book you follow, and we do so with you in mind, including those who may never join us. Leaders like Jim and current Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert understand the importance of a national association that has the resources to be in your corner 24/7, 365 days per year.
But Jim and Kent also do their work with a servant's mind. They believe deeply in you and your employees. And their service makes your life and business better in ways you may never see. The most difficult things to communicate are the building codes, regulations or taxes that never happen because NRCA was advocating on behalf of the roofing industry.
For example, NRCA's enterprise risk management team works directly with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help the agency understand contractors' desire to keep workers safe and the efforts that go into making that happen. NRCA also is in contact with other regulatory agencies in the federal government before new regulations come. Many times, the most important thing we accomplish is the very thing you never see because NRCA's staff prevented something from occurring.