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NRCA elects 2008-09 officers

NRCA announced its 2008-09 slate of officers during its 121st Annual Convention in Las Vegas Feb. 19-23. The following were named to NRCA's Executive Committee and will begin their one-year terms June 1.

Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H., was named NRCA president. Therrien served as NRCA's senior vice president from 2007-08 and held the office of vice president from 1995-97, 2003-04 and 2006-07. He also was a director from 1990-93, 1994-95, 1997-2000 and 2001-06. He has served as chairman of the Architectural Sheet Metal Committee, Manual Update Committee and Technical Operations Committee and has been involved with many other NRCA committees and task forces.

Rob McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., Milwaukee, a Tecta America company, was named NRCA senior vice president. McNamara served as NRCA's vice president from 2006-08. He also was a director from 1996-99 and 2002-06. He served as chairman of the Contractor Management Committee from 1998-2000 and 2004-06. He also has served as vice president liaison to many NRCA committees, including the Career Path Committee, Community Service and Disaster Relief Committee, Distance Learning Committee and Education Management Committee.

Nelson Braddy Jr., president and chief executive officer of King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, and Jim Eckstein, president of C.A. Eckstein Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, were named vice presidents. They will serve two-year terms. Will Fort, president of Fort Roofing & Sheet Metal Works, Sumter, S.C., will serve a one-year term as vice president.

NRCA's new directors, who will serve three-year terms, follow:

  • Scott Baxter, vice president of CRS of Monroe Inc., Monroe, N.C.
  • Kevin (Casey) Bechtel, president of Harold J. Becker Co. Inc., Dayton, Ohio
  • Tim Black, president of Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo.
  • Mike Breslin, president of Alpha Construction Services Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co., Athens, Ga.
  • Bruce Fryer, chief executive officer of Fryer Roofing Co. Inc., Fresno, Calif.
  • Will Hamlin, president of Hamlin Roofing Co. Inc., Garner, N.C.
  • Bruce McCrory, owner and secretary/treasurer of Kiker Corp., Mobile, Ala.
  • Mark Moran, estimator for Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co. Inc., Harvey, Ill.
  • Jeffrey Orndorff, vice president of Orndorff & Spaid Inc., Beltsville, Md.
  • Calandria Palmer, senior project manager for Crown Roofing Services, Kenner, La.
  • David Pastore, chief executive officer of Upstate Roofing Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
  • David Taylor, president of F.A. Taylor & Son Inc., Baltimore
  • Jeffrey Thomas, president of WeatherGuard Roofing Co., Schenectady, N.Y.
  • David Tilsen, president of Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wis.
  • Kent Tolley, vice president of Quality Tile Roofing Inc., Boise, Idaho

NRCA's new organization receives funding

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Indianapolis, has committed $1 million to NRCA's new organization, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, a separate 501(c)(6) organization that promotes the development and use of environmentally responsible, high-performance roof systems. A Firestone Building Products representative will serve on the center's board of directors.

Other donors include Carlisle SynTec Inc., Carlisle, Pa.; Tremco, Beachwood, Ohio; GAF Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J.; Sika Sarnafil, Canton, Mass.; D.C.Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Nations Roof, Bridgeport, Conn.; Advanced Green Technologies, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; DRI Cos., Irvine, Calif.; Tecta America Corp., Skokie, Ill.; and William Wallace Collins LLC, Berwyn, Pa.

The center is located at 816 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006. It endeavors to advance innovative solutions to energy and environmental challenges by coordinating and encouraging objective research; serving as a repository for environmental information; expanding market opportunities; participating in science-based advocacy; and coordinating environmental standards and codes.

For more information about the center, contact Craig Silvertooth, the center's executive director, at (866) 928-CEIR (2347) or

ROOFPAC sporting events were successful

ROOFPAC, NRCA's political action committee, held its annual golf, tennis and sporting clays tournaments during NRCA's 121st Annual Convention Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas. The event raised about $100,000 that will be used to support pro-business candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Repre­sentatives who support NRCA's legislative agenda.

ROOFPAC's shotgun-start golf tournament was held at Angel Park Golf Club. First-place winners on the tournament's Mountain Course were Sig Hall, regional manager of Western Pacific Roofing Corp., Palmdale, Calif.; Romy Pantea, owner and president of Western Pride Construction LLC, Las Vegas; Rob Winkle, service, operations and sales manager of Western Pacific Roofing, Portland, Ore.; and Ron Winkle, operations/production manager of Western Pacific Roofing. Winners on the tournament's Palm Course were Don Barris, project manager for Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas; Brian Dembowski, territory sales manager for Johns Manville, Denver; Brian Torry, vice president and Western region manager of Roofing Supply Group, Dallas; and Jeff Willis, vice president and Northwest regional manager of Roofing Supply Group.

ROOFPAC's annual mixed doubles tennis tournament was held at Clubsport Green Valley. Joe Small, regional manager of Bradco Supply Corp., Avenel, N.J., and John Wagner, commercial roofing sales manager of Bradco Supply, won the tournament.

Additionally, participants competed in ROOFPAC's sporting clays tournament at Desert Lake Country Club. Steve Roberts, president and chief executive officer of All Weather Roofing, Upland, Calif., won the tournament.

NRCA president testifies before House committee

NRCA President Bob Daly, president of Kaw Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Kansas City, Kan., testified before the House Committee on Small Business regarding the growing paperwork burden imposed on small businesses by government regulations.

In his testimony, Daly related his personal experience as a small-business owner with burdensome paperwork and cited a study conducted for the U.S. Small Business Administration that estimates the nationwide annual regulatory burden to be $1.1 trillion.

On behalf of NRCA, Daly recommended specific actions Congress can take to address the growing paperwork burden and also recommended Congress provide increased funding for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

"NRCA urges Congress to consider the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 456), which will direct federal agency administrators to not impose civil fines for first-time paperwork violations in certain circumstances," Daly says. "It gives a small-business owner acting in good faith the leeway to correct a first-time mistake. This is a common-sense solution to reducing the paperwork burden on small businesses while still providing for the safety and health of our workers and communities."

FEI applications are available

NRCA University is accepting applications for enrollment in its next three-year Future Executives Institute (FEI) program, which will begin Oct. 12 at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. The early application deadline is May 1; the final application deadline is Aug. 1.

FEI provides educational and networking opportunities for future roofing industry leaders. The program focuses on nine core areas: leadership, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, roofing industry issues, legal principles, risk management, family business and personal development.

Application forms are available at NRCA's Web site, For more information about FEI, contact Leslie Kazmierowski, NRCA University's FEI manager, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7508 or

Upcoming NRCA events

Additional information about upcoming NRCA events can be viewed at NRCA's Web site,


The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress meetings
Sarasota, Fla.
Contact: Bennett Judson
(800) 323-9545, ext. 7513
Alliance members meet to discuss the organization's ongoing and future projects.

Advanced Roofing Technology: The Master's Course
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)
Tailored for individuals with basic roof system experience, this course focuses on design considerations necessary to comply with building code requirements.

Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)
Increase your awareness of fall-protection hazards and become familiar with the specific equipment to use and work practices to employ to avoid these hazards.

For Foremen Only, Level I
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (257-6722)
Gain management and communication skills valuable to field managers.


NRCA/MRCA CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (257-6722)
Learn new industry best practices for torch-applied polymer-modified bitumen roof systems and become an NRCA-authorized CERTA trainer.

NRCA/MRCA CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)
Authorized CERTA trainers can renew their accreditations; renewal is required every three years.


China Roofing & Waterproofing 2008
Shanghai, China
Contact: Olicia Hinojosa
(800) 323-9545, ext. 7586
An international exposition focusing on the latest roofing- and waterproofing-related products and technology

NRCA/MRCA CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)
Authorized CERTA trainers can renew their accreditations; renewal is required every three years.


SpecRight Program training session
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)
Learn how to use NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online, and help your customers save money by lowering their energy costs.

NRCA offers new affinity program

NRCA and Indianapolis-based Firestone Building Products Co. LLC have formed the Partners Plus Auto Care Savings Plan, a new affinity program that entitles NRCA members to a 15 percent savings on Bridgestone and Firestone brand tires and vehicle maintenance and repairs from more than 2,300 participating retail stores, including all company-owned Firestone Complete Auto Care,™ Tires Plus, Expert Tire and Wheel Works locations.

For additional information about the Partners Plus Auto Care Savings Plan or to sign up for the program, contact Chris Casey, NRCA's membership manager, at (847) 493-7530 or


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