A note from NRCA's president
In my first note to you as NRCA president, I would like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity to help our association. I pledge to you, NRCA members and those who should and need to become NRCA members but don't know it yet, that I will work for your interests.
We are in trying times—an era unlike anything I have seen during my 32-year roofing and business career. We have gone through ups and downs in economic and business cycles before, but the ride this time is different. I am not telling you something new; each of you knows this because you are living it, as well.
In my humble opinion, one of the differences this time is the financial arena is being affected more than ever by global events. The reality is our markets, which include goods, services and finances, are affected by markets and economies around the world over which we have little control. Also, the U.S. has entered an era of more government intrusion into our businesses and personal lives. Unfortunately, the intrusion is not "potential" anymore; it is becoming reality. Tax rate increases are set for next year; additional taxes are being proposed, such as a value-added tax; and new health care regulations and mandates are now law. Occupational Safety and Health Administration activity is increasing. Financial reform legislation is here, which affects how we borrow money for business and personal use, as well as how we use our credit cards.