Pentagon project testimony
On May 8, John and Kimberly Francis, owners and operators of
NRCA member Northern Virginia Roofing Co. Inc., Falls Church, Va.,
participated in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Small Business for National Small Business Week: Small
Business Success Stories.
The Francises were invited to testify because of their role as
catalysts for NRCA's volunteer effort to repair and replace damaged
portions of the Pentagon's roof system. After John read a written
statement, which was submitted for the committee's record and
included a list of every company involved in the NRCA Pentagon
Project, the committee viewed an NRCA-produced video about the
project that includes comments from Rep. Nydia Velázquez
(N.Y.), the committee's ranking Democrat. (Professional
Roofing's three-part series about the NRCA Pentagon Project can
be found in the March,
Each year for the past 39 years, every U.S. president has issued
a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small
Business Week. This year, National Small Business Week, sponsored
by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), was held May 5-11.
SBA Administrator Hector Barreto was the House Committee on Small
Business' special guest for the hearing and sat with committee
members to listen to and praise testimony from the Francises and
nine other U.S. small-business operators.
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