Thousands Gather in Las Vegas for 44th Annual Convention and Trade Show
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — It was back to fabulous Las Vegas and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for the Western States Roofing Contractors Association’s (WSRCA) Western Roofing Expo 2018. Known for bringing all the elements of the roofing and waterproofing industry together, the Western Roofing Expo experienced a record-breaking turnout over the duration of three days in Las Vegas.
According to registration statistics - 4,039 convention-goers converged for the 2018 show, setting the highest attendance figure in the Expo’s 44-year history! Roofing professionals from throughout the West were on hand to experience action-filled events including the annual sporting tournaments, welcome party and auction, exhibit floor, live product demonstrations, and live shingling competition called The Roofing Games™. There was a great overall sense of industry camaraderie this year, and many of the people we talked to called it the best Western Roofing Expo they’ve ever attended.
Davis Memorial Foundation
Founded in 1997 in memory of Larry and Mary Davis, the Foundation's mission is to support higher education, particularly as it relates to the development of a well-educated construction industry. Scholarship awards are granted every year to high school, undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country. To raise money and awareness for these scholarships, events like the Welcome Party & Lively-Silent Auction, and annual Golf & Sporting Clays Tournaments have been established by the Foundation. 2018 Scholarship Winners The requirements for these scholarships aren’t easy.
Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors, official transcripts from High Schools or Universities, and a Q&A written application to be considered eligible. For the 2018 academic year, the Davis Memorial Foundation awarded (20) $5,000 scholarships in 2018 to the following outstanding students for a grand total of $100,000!
Jordan Fatemi (Mira Costa High School), Riley Govan (Pomona High School), Lauren Barker (Oregon State University), Roman Goff (Trinity High School), Sarah Mason (Lake Oswego High School), Taylor Fatemi (Mira Costa High School), Blake Norrid (Texas A&M University), Branden Clark (Brigham Young University), Ivy Rivas (UC Davis), Jonah Dionne (Rocklin High School), Koby Ramage (Redwood High School), Maria Vielma (University of New Mexico), Salvador Garcia (UC Berkeley), Spencer Winkle (Cal State University San Bernadino), Tess Robinson (San Juan College), Ashley Moore(Orange Coast College), Beverly Pittman (Columbia College), Cassandra Gascon (Hemet High School), Pedro Negron III (Fullerton College), and Ryland Phillips (Arizona Connections College). Congratulations to all for your hard work and commitment to higher education – the Davis Memorial Foundation wishes you all the best of luck in your bright futures!
Golf & Sporting Clays Tournaments
The annual Golf Tournament was held bright and early at in southern Las Vegas at the Revere Golf Club. 104 participants came out to play the challenging Lexington Course at the club. Across the valley, the annual Sporting Clays Tournament was also held concurrently at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City. The course was maxed out with 72 participants, who also had a great time on the challenging desert terrain and windy conditions. A very special thank you to our Tournament Title Sponsor: Beacon Roofing Supply/Allied Building Products - and all of the other prize donators and participants who help make the Davis Memorial Foundation’s tournaments a yearly success.
Welcome Party & Lively-Silent Auction
Later that evening hundreds gathered back at the Paris Hotel & Casino, as Foundation Chairman Chuck Chapman and fellow Trustee Bill Baley emceed the Welcome Party and Lively-Silent Auction, sponsored by GAF. Fantastic donated items such as hunting trips, vacations, electronic merchandise, jewelry, and of course, roofing-related products were all on display for attendees to bid on. The night was a huge success, raising $65,302 in a matter of hours, and this amazing support could not have been achieved without the generous support from members like you! A special thanks to Davis Memorial Foundation Trustees Heidi Ellsworth, Greg Bloom, Travis Nelson and Tom Papas for making the Lively-Silent Auction such a success. Also — a big shout out to Hans Matheus of Eagle Roofing Products for his hard work and dedication becoming the 2018 ‘Wrangler of the Year’. Hans brought in 17 new WSRCA Members to the Association, and was recognized for his efforts with the one-of-a-kind custom made belt buckle. On behalf of the entire Davis Memorial Foundation, its Trustees and Staff – and most importantly the scholarship recipients – thank you for your continued support!
Seminars & Trade Show Floor
Every year, the WSRCA puts on a diverse educational program designed to keep roofing contractors ‘in-the-know’ on vital roofing topics affecting the industry. On both Monday and Tuesday, the seminar portion of the Western Roofing Expo was held prior to the opening of the floor. As you can see, all seminars were very well attended this year. For the opening of the trade show floor on Monday, current WSRCA President Don Fry, along with incoming President Tom Asbury, were on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Once open, the trade show remained a bustling center of activity until the final closing hours. The exhibit hall featured over 200 local, regional, and national companies displaying their latest products and services, many available only in the Western market. The vast majority of the exhibitors were extremely pleased with the outstanding attendee turnout…and as you can see, the exhibit hall was packed!
Annual Luncheon with Entertainer - Roy Firestone
Winding down the convention on Tuesday June 12th, multi-talented entertainer Roy Firestone made a guest appearance at the Annual Luncheon, sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products. He showcased his amazing vocal skills with his song and impersonation routines. He was quite the entertainer, and it made for a relaxed atmosphere heading into the final portion of the Expo.
WSRCA Board Member of the Year
Immediately following the luncheon entertainment, WSRCA presented its annual awards. Board Member of the Year went to Steve Nash - Waterproofing Associates in recognition of his tireless work last year improving the Association. A huge congratulations to Steve, and thank you for all that you do for Western States!
The Roofing Games™ 2018
As the trade show floor began its final events of the year that Tuesday, Western States Roofing Contractors Association and Malarkey Roofing Products once again hosted the shingling competition known as The Roofing Games™. Participants competed against one another in a timed installation of a Malarkey® roofing system on a small wooden deck — and were judged on accuracy, aesthetics, workmanship, and of course - speed. Nate Holland of Holland Roofing in Anchorage AK was the 2018 winner with a time of 2:04. To all the participants, fans in the crowd, and especially Malarkey Roofing Products - thank you for making this such a fun event!
From everyone here at Western States and the Davis Memorial Foundation - the entire Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Associate Advisory, Trustees and Staff – we would like to thank you for your continued support and for making the Western Roofing Expo THE premier roofing event in the West. Next year, the Western Roofing Expo 2019 will once again be hosted at the Paris Las Vegas from June 9-11. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll see you next summer!