Taking back Vegas

NRCA returns to Las Vegas for its 124th Annual Convention and the 2011 International Roofing Expo®

Raise the stakes for your business and join NRCA Feb. 14-18 as it reclaims Las Vegas for its 124th Annual Convention held in conjunction with Hanley Wood's 2011 International Roofing Expo (IRE).

Thousands of roofing professionals will come together to network and share industry information, learn about new products and take advantage of educational opportunities. Attendees can expect a new renewable energy pavilion and Wii™ golf tournament in addition to the usual events.

Convention highlights

The convention begins Monday, Feb. 14, with NRCA's Executive Committee meeting, affiliate executives meeting and lunch, and NRCA's board of directors meeting. And during the following few days, attendees will have access to various legal, educational and ROOFPAC events.

Legal resources

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) will hold its annual breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. This year's topic, Roofing Failures at Their Finest, will provide a discussion about how roofing contractors can minimize their potential liability involving legal and technical issues affecting their businesses.

The panel of speakers includes Rene Dupuis, president of Structural Research Inc., Middleton, Wis.; Mark Graham, NRCA's associate executive director of technical services; and Stephen Phillips, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt.

The breakfast is open to NRLRC members and those eligible for NRLRC membership.

Educational opportunities

NRCA will have various educational opportunities available during the convention.

CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization, a 10-hour accreditation program about how to teach roofing torch safety, will be held Feb. 15 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NRCA's Roofing Safety: OSHA 10-hour Program, a construction program specifically designed to help roofing workers identify and avoid hazards they are likely to encounter daily on jobs, also will be held Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Upon class completion, participants will receive OSHA 10-hour safety training completion cards.

Also on Tuesday, NRCA will hold Rooftop Photovoltaics: Energizing Your Business from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn terminology, benefits, design considerations, construction details, electrical considerations, code compliance, and business and legal issues associated with photovoltaic (PV) roof systems. Class attendees also will receive complimentary copies of NRCA's Guidelines for Roof-mounted Photovoltaic System Installation and Building Owners Guide to Roof-mounted Photovoltaic Systems.

And on Friday, Feb. 18, Roof Integrated Solar Energy Inc. will hold its second Certified Solar Roofing Professional exam.

ROOFPAC events

ROOFPAC, NRCA's political action committee, will hold its golf tournament, sponsored by Johns Manville, Denver, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at Angel Park Golf Club. Angel Park offers views of Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas Valley and has 36 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer. During the tournament, lunch will be available, and following the tournament, attendees will have access to an open bar and the chance to win prizes.

For those who prefer indoor sports or can't make it to the golf tournament, ROOFPAC also will hold its first Wii golf tournament Feb. 16 at its booth, No. 1839. The hole-in-one challenge is sponsored by GAF Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J. Wii golf tournament participants will receive drink tickets and play for a chance to win prizes.

Awards ceremonies

NRCA's luncheon, sponsored by CNA Insurance Cos., will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's luncheon speaker is Dave Carey, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired Navy captain. Carey is the author of The Ways We Choose, Lessons for Life From a POW's Experience.

Following the luncheon, NRCA will present its most prestigious award, the J.A. Piper Award, to a roofing professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry. The award was established in 1947 and named after former NRCA President J.A. Piper in appreciation of his service during the Great Depression.

Additionally, NRCA will present its 2010 Charlie Raymond Award, named for former NRCA President and J.A. Piper Award winner Charlie Raymond, to the NRCA member who has recruited the most new members during the calendar year.

Also on Thursday, NRCA will hold its cocktail and awards reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The program formally will recognize the J.A. Piper Award recipient; NRCA's Gold Circle Award winners; The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player Award winners; and the Future Executives Institute's 2011 graduates.

An awards reception to honor the various award recipients will be held after the awards presentation.

Expo events

The expo will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 16. Exhibits will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibits also will be open Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Expo attendees will want to visit the Renewable Energy Pavilion, which is new to the IRE this year. The pavilion is a designated area on the showroom floor where attendees can learn about green/eco-friendly, solar, PV and vegetative products; roof-mounted wind turbines; day lighting; and geothermal and other renewable energy products.

In addition to the exhibits, the IRE will hold various other events.

The IRE's Community Service Day, a home renovation and revitalization project, will work through Rebuilding Together® to renovate two veterans' homes Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skilled volunteers are needed from various construction disciplines, including roofing contractors, general contractors, project managers, home inspectors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, masons, plasterers/drywallers, HVAC contractors and tile setters. The event is sponsored by Sika Sarnafil, Canton, Mass. NRCA's Community Service and Disaster Relief Fund Committee is a Community Service Day partner.

Additionally, the IRE's keynote address will be held Feb. 16 from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Theismann will be this year's keynote speaker and will discuss how the lessons he learned on the field helped him succeed in business. He also will explain his strategies for succeeding under pressure and adapting to unexpected situations.

The IRE Welcome Party will be held Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at TAO Nightclub, located on the Grand Canal Shoppes level of the Venetian Hotel. The party provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues and peers in a relaxed environment.

Up the ante

NRCA's return to Las Vegas will be a great opportunity to learn, connect with other industry professionals and honor those who made significant contributions to the roofing industry.

Don't miss out on the chance to expand your roofing industry knowledge, network, and learn about new roofing products and ideas by attending NRCA's 124th Annual Convention and the 2011 IRE.

Beth Wang is Professional Roofing's editorial assistant.

Registration information

For more information or to register for NRCA's 124th Annual Convention and the 2011 International Roofing Expo,® contact Hanley Wood Expositions at (972) 819-7606 or visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

For more information about NRCA events, contact the following:

NRCA: Bennett Judson, NRCA's associate executive director of meeting services, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@nrca.net

ROOFPAC: Bethany Field, NRCA's manager of public affairs, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7594 or bfield@nrca.net

NRLRC: Alison LaValley, NRLRC's executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7573 or alavalley@nrca.net

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress: Bennett Judson, the Alliance's executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@nrca.net

NRCA University: John Schehl, NRCA University's senior director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7503 or jschehl@nrca.net


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