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Beacon Roofing Supply Announces 'Beacon of Hope' Contest Finalists

Posted By Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Monday, October 7, 2019

Voting open now through Nov. 1 to reward Veteran homeowners. 

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 Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (Nasdaq: BECN) (“Beacon”) today revealed the 10 finalists in its first annual Beacon of Hope contest, a nationwide contest awarding deserving Veteran homeowners with new roofs. The public can vote for their favorite finalists now through November 1, 2019. Five winners will receive new roofs from Beacon, and five runners-up will receive $1,000 to help complete necessary repairs.

“We received dozens of stories about Veterans facing hardships including financial issues, unemployment, health-related issues and so many more,” said Jamie Samide, Beacon’s Vice President of Marketing. “Beacon of Hope was created to give back to our Veterans who could use some assistance with a basic necessity: a safe place to live. We hope the public is inspired by their stories and will help us in our efforts to provide these Vets with a ‘Beacon of Hope’.”

The Beacon of Hope contest finalists include (in alphabetical order):

  1.  Lori Lee A. – Turner Falls, MA

  2. Galen A. – North Port, FL 

  3. Donald A. – Redford, MI 

  4. John B. – Albuquerque, NM 

  5. Madison B. – Woodbury, MN 

  6. Betty F. – Suffolk, VA 

  7. Robert H. – Bremerton, WA 

  8. Rodney O. – Plant City, FL 

  9. Michael S. – Overland Park, KS 

  10. Ralph S. - Church Hill, TN  

Beacon will announce the winners and runners-up on Veterans Day. To learn more about the Beacon of Hope contest and read the official contest rules, visit http://go.becn.com/beaconofhope.

 

About Beacon Roofing Supply 

Founded in 1928, Beacon Roofing Supply is the largest publicly traded distributor of residential and commercial roofing materials and complementary building products in North America, operating over 500 branches throughout all 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon serves an extensive base of over 100,000 customers, utilizing its vast branch network and diverse service offerings to provide high-quality products and support throughout the entire business lifecycle. Beacon also offers its own private label brand, TRI-BUILT, and has a proprietary digital account management suite, Beacon Pro+, which allows customers to manage their businesses online. A Fortune 500 company, Beacon’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BECN.

To learn more about Beacon and its brands, please visit www.becn.com

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All rights reserved.  All content (text, trademarks, illustrations, reports, photos, logos, graphics, files, designs, arrangements, etc.) in this Technical Opinion (“Opinion”) is the intellectual property of Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) and is protected by the applicable protective laws governing intellectual property. The Opinion is intended for the exclusive use by its members as a feature of their membership. This document is intended to be used for educational purposes only, and no one should act or rely solely on any information contained in this Opinion as it is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney or construction engineer with specific project knowledge. Neither WSRCA nor any of its, contractors, subcontractors, or any of their employees, directors, officers, agents, or assigns make any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or any third party’s use (or the results of such use) of any information or process disclosed in the Opinion.  Reference herein to any general or specific commercial product, process or service does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by WSRCA. References are provided as citations and aids to help identify and locate other resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that WSRCA sponsors, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally responsible for the content reflected in those resources. WSRCA has no control over those resources and the inclusion of any references does not necessarily imply the recommendation or endorsement of same.

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IB Roof Systems & Antis Roofing Provide New Roof for Thomas House Family Shelter

Posted By Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Teams from both companies have dedicated their time and resources to the two-week-long project, which is set to be completed by early September. IB Roof Systems donated all the materials and products for the project, while (WSRCA Member) Antis Roofing and Waterproofing generously offered to provide the labor at no cost.

“IB Roof Systems is honored to have supported the incredible work being done at Thomas House Family Shelter,” said Jason Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, IB Roof Systems. “Through the involvement of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, IB’s Contractor of the Year, we were able to provide top-tier roofing materials for safe and secure homes for the families being served by Thomas House Family Shelter.”

Charles Antis, the Founder and CEO of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, continued, “Thank you IB Roof Systems for providing a complete roofing system for Thomas House Family Shelter! Thank you, Natalie Julien and her team, for building the model to lift families from homelessness on the way to their highest selves. Your stories inspire us. It is our pleasure to keep you safe and dry with our partnership with IB!”

The new roof is a major step towards the property’s official opening. The property will act as an expansion for Thomas House Family Shelter, increasing their capacity from 16 to 24 apartment units to house homeless families with children.

 

About Thomas House Family Shelter

For over 30-years, Thomas House Family Shelter has served the community by providing a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient. With a success rate of 90%, Thomas House Family Shelter continues to their impact by working with over 100 local community partners and over 175 dedicated volunteers annually.

To learn more about Thomas House Family Shelter, visit: thomashouseshelter.org.

 

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All rights reserved.  All content (text, trademarks, illustrations, reports, photos, logos, graphics, files, designs, arrangements, etc.) in this Technical Opinion (“Opinion”) is the intellectual property of Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) and is protected by the applicable protective laws governing intellectual property. The Opinion is intended for the exclusive use by its members as a feature of their membership. This document is intended to be used for educational purposes only, and no one should act or rely solely on any information contained in this Opinion as it is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney or construction engineer with specific project knowledge. Neither WSRCA nor any of its, contractors, subcontractors, or any of their employees, directors, officers, agents, or assigns make any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or any third party’s use (or the results of such use) of any information or process disclosed in the Opinion.  Reference herein to any general or specific commercial product, process or service does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by WSRCA. References are provided as citations and aids to help identify and locate other resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that WSRCA sponsors, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally responsible for the content reflected in those resources. WSRCA has no control over those resources and the inclusion of any references does not necessarily imply the recommendation or endorsement of same.

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Art Unlimited Releases Seamless Website Form Tester

Posted By Anna Anderson, Art Unlimited, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

This digital marketing company engineered a simple fix to stop losing online customers

 Art Unlimited, a fast-growing digital marketing and web design company in Minnesota’s Northwoods, just announced their new form-verification WordPress plugin, the FormTester 365. It’s designed to automatically test a website’s Gravity Forms every day and send a verification email to ensure they’re still delivering correctly.  With the eServices industry revenue growing by 18.5% annually, it’s time the busy business owner had a reliable, economical solution to stop losing online leads.

“How many times a year do we hear, ‘I tried to contact you, but your website form was broken.’? And how many more times do we not hear anything at all, because that customer has given up completely?” said Anna Anderson, CEO at Art Unlimited. “The FormTester 365 gives companies and customers the assurance that their website forms are working every single day.”

Once the Formtester 365 is installed, business owners can look forward to filing a single email every day (or even every week) and knowing their forms are working perfectly. No lost customers, and no lost time on manual form submissions.

It’s now more essential than ever for companies to know they’re not losing valuable leads through something as simple as a broken bit of code or a plugin update gone wrong: at least 49.7% of companies state their online forms are their highest converting lead generation tool!

A few of the FormTester’s earliest testers said, “It’s just like a morning alarm that goes off and lets us know that all is well,” and “We know every morning our leads, payments, and customer questions are coming through correctly.”  

When a business installs the FormTester 365 plugin to their website, it finds every page with a form and sets up automated testing for it. Each form is tested daily, and business owners receive a weekly report. They are notified immediately after any failed submissions.

The FormTester 365 saves companies the headache of losing leads and the inconvenience of running a manual form check every day—instead, they’ll be able to focus their energy on improving the content and methods that get people to fill out those forms in the first place.

You’re probably already over-checking your email: it’s time to make it worthwhile.

Art Unlimited is a team of digital marketing professionals who strive to maintain a balance within the constantly changing trends of the industry. Their goal is to ensure that their clients’ businesses succeed.

 

If you would like more information about the FormTester 365 or are interested in becoming a beta tester, please visit formtester365.com or email team@formtester365.com.

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Art Unlimited Releases Interactive Software To Give Free Roofing Estimate

Posted By Alec Ward, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

 

WSRCA Member Art Unlimited, a web design and digital marketing company in Minnesota’s Northwoods, just released their newest website solution, Decider 2.0. The software allows roofing contractors the ability to give potential customers a project estimate, before scheduling an in-person appointment. The flexibility of Decider 2.0 gives roofing contractors the freedom to customize their Decider 2.0 with the specific products they use, pricing, and company branding.

 

“Through our experience in the roofing industry, we have observed that customers hesitate before reaching out to a professional contractor, leaving them with unanswered questions about pricing and logistics,” said Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited. “We developed the Decider 2.0 to help serve that project specific information to the customer, narrowing the gap between the contractor and the consumer.”

 

Estimating the cost of a roofing project comes with a multitude of variables, which is one of the primary reasons roofing contractors are apprehensive to attempt project estimates, before doing an on-site visit. In order to accommodate such variances, the Decider 2.0 is programmed to display project estimates based on specific measurables like house size, roofing material, and manufacturers, all which impact the sum total of the project.

 

When a customer walks through Decider 2.0, they are given multiple options for material and price based on what the contractor offers. When the customer reached the end stage and completed their project, they get a detailed summary listing the materials they selected and the relative price estimate. This is also sent to the contractor when the customer fills out the contact form. The customer can request a time to discuss their project at this time.

 

Art Unlimited is a team of digital marketing professionals who strive to maintain a balance within the constantly changing trends of the industry. Their goal is to ensure their clients’ businesses succeed.

 

If you would like more information about Decider 2.0, please visit Art Unlimited’s website at www.artunlimitedusa.com or email info@artunlimitedusa.com

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Introducing Interior Protection for Reroofing Projects

Posted By Dana Whedon, TuffWrap® Installations, Inc., Friday, December 7, 2018

Roofing professionals face a myriad of challenges when assessing a reroofing project. Each facility is different and so is its roof. But one challenge that can be easily overlooked is what happens on the inside of the facility when work is being done on the roof outside.

It is well-known that dust and debris can easily find their way into a facility while reroofing is taking place. Dirt, metal shavings and pieces of roof deck are all potential contaminants. Even in the case of a simple overlay, the movement of the crew on the roof can disturb existing dust on the interior high structure areas. It is important that all project participants and customers understand the potential risks to the inside of the building and what their options are to avoid them.

If the facility does not seem to be sensitive in nature, it may seem acceptable to skip this step in the planning process. Regardless of the upfront perceptions around offering interior protection, many commercial/industrial roofers and roofing consultants have determined from experience that not unlike an insurance policy, professionally installed dust and debris containment is worth the time and investment.

This is because sensitive products are not limited to food, beverages and pharmaceuticals. Anything being manufactured, stored or displayed can be impacted by the introduction of reroofing dust and debris.

And the risk is not limited to products. If people will be inside the building throughout the reroofing activities, interior protection provides an extra level of assurance about their safety. Many times, a business cannot close or stop production during reroofing, making an ongoing clean up schedule impossible. Interior protection allows the work to continue safely without disrupting operating schedules.

So how does interior protection work? In the case of reroofing, a suspended cover is hung below the roof deck to capture falling debris. It is generally a reinforced poly that when installed properly, is fully sealed around any penetrations to avoid dust infiltration. In addition, many providers offer added material options such as antimicrobial, antistatic and flame resistant. The suspended cover is installed prior to the roofer beginning the tear off and is removed by the interior protection provider post-project.

If during the project planning, it is determined that interior protection could be beneficial, the next step is to contact a provider. Like any contractor in the construction business, an interior protection provider should have specific qualifications. The installation team should be OSHA certified, lift certified and professionally trained to install the solution. Ideally, they should have the ability to work with your project schedule and have a project manager readily available to address questions and concerns. Most importantly, their suspended cover solution should meet NFPA 13 in order to avoid compromising the fire sprinkler system.

Fire sprinklers are usually located in the same area where the suspended cover is installed. This would normally create an impairment. However, the interior protection industry has options to avoid this challenge. It is important to choose a provider that has the ability to install a solution that meets NFPA 13, allowing the fire sprinklers to function as designed.

By introducing interior protection upfront, any confusion or misgivings about the interior of the building is avoided. Throughout the project duration, customers can continue to utilize their facility without worrying about negative impacts to their products or daily operations. Ultimately, dust and debris containment not only contributes to overall success of the reroofing project but it gives the customer peace of mind.

Dana Whedon
Marketing Manager
TuffWrap® Installations, Inc.
www.tuffwrap.com

 
TuffWrap® Installations, Inc. is an innovative dust and debris containment company providing interior protection solutions to a variety of industries undergoing construction projects. Protecting our clients, their products and their brands from dust and debris is our priority.

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1st Winner in WSRCA Sign-In Raffle Announced

Posted By Alec Ward, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Monday, November 19, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

 

Congratulations to our 1st winner of the WSRCA Sign-In Raffle, Carrie Galera of Tacoma Roofing & Waterproofing! Just by signing into the WSRCA Member Area, Carrie was automatically entered into our raffle and is now the winner of a $100 Visa Cash Card!

We'll be drawing two more winners from now until the end of the year. To participate, all you have to do is sign into the WSRCA website. A winner will be randomly selected at the end of each month.
 
 
While you are signed in, take some time to explore the site and discover the valuable features available to you!
 
Regards,
 
Alec Ward | Director of Membership
Western States Roofing Contractors Association
275 Tennant Avenue, Ste 106 - Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Local: 650-938-5441  Toll Free: 800-725-0333
Email: alec@wsrca.com

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COTNEY CONSTRUCTION LAW ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERS

Posted By Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Friday, June 29, 2018

Cotney Construction Law (CCL),a leading national law firm for construction, specialty trades, and OSHA law,is pleased to announce that Daniel Auerbach, Virgil Tray Batcher, Hilary Morgan, and Anthony Tilton have been named partners of the firm.

 

(Left-to-Right) Dan Auerbach, Virgil Tray Bather, Hilary Morgan, Anthony Tilton

 

“Each of these attorneys epitomizes the diverse talent our firm offers,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of CCL. “Not only have they demonstrated superb legal capabilities, but they have also shown that they are committed to both their clients and the construction industry as a whole.”

Daniel Auerbach’s practice areas encompass construction litigation and various transactional matters. Specifically, Dan focuses on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, bond & lien law, building code violation defense, construction defense litigation, OSHA defense, bid protests, and contractor licensing defense. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association and the Treasure Coast Roofing and Sheet Metal Association.

Virgil Tray Batcher joined Cotney Construction Law in 2012 and represents clients in all aspects of construction law including lien law, bond law, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, and licensing. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tray worked in the construction industry as an estimator for a multi-million dollar structural contracting company. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

Hilary Morgan focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law, including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, arbitration, construction defects, contract review and drafting, delay claims, bid protests, design professional liability, corporate law, and administrative law. Hilary serves on Associated Builders and Contractors National Young Professional Committee and is currently General Counsel for National Women in Roofing.

Anthony Tilton practices in all areas of construction law. He works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense. This includes the management and development of safety and health strategies. Anthony is also a Certified Building Contractor and has been involved in the industry his whole life – he has done framing, floor installation, remodels, site supervision, and served as safety officer for various construction companies. Anthony is General Counsel for the Tile Roofing Institute.

 

About Cotney Construction Law

 

Cotney Construction Law is a national law firm that provides representation for general, roofing, HVAC and specialty contractors. Experienced in the representation of businesses and professionals in construction disputes and transactions, Cotney is a well-known advisor and legal counsel in the construction industry. The firm’s practice areas include construction law, litigation, arbitration, contract review & drafting, immigration, employment, OSHA defense, licensing defense, bid protests, lien law, bond law and alternative dispute resolution. The firm has Florida offices in Tampa,Orlando, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Ft. Lauderdale, as well as locations in Denver, Grand Rapids, Houston, Mobile, and Nashville. For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

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Did You Know? Members Can Receive Technical Advice From A Consulting Firm

Posted By Alec Ward, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Friday, March 30, 2018

WSRCA Free Technical Advice

Did you know that as a WSRCA member, your membership provides you with complimentary technical advice from one of the most qualified professionals in the roofing and waterproofing industry? Whether you have a question about how to properly install, maintain or repair a specific roof system — or want advice on a current project, WSRCA members can contact our Technical Advisor for direct assistance.

To our members, technical advice is valued at $1,775 annually!*

* WSRCA conducted four qualitative research focus groups sessions throughout the western states (Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland and the Bay Area) The dollar value listed is an average 'ROI' estimate by WSRCA members averaged over those sessions.

This is just one of the many ways WSRCA membership can take your company to new heights. Please contact the Western States office anytime to learn more about what we can do for you!
 
 
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Alec Ward Director of Membership
Western States Roofing Contractors Association
275 Tennant Avenue, Ste 106 - Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Local: 650-938-5441Toll Free: 800-725-0333

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Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal Earns Phenom Award

Posted By Alec Ward, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WSRCA Member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, a specialty roofing contractor in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, was recognized during the Daily Journal of Commerce’s recent award program, “Phenoms & Icons.” Chief Executive Officer Mark Carpenter earned an Icon award and Kendall Ekerson, marketing and business development manager, earned a Phenom award.  The father-and-daughter duo were highlighted for their contributions within the commercial roofing industry.

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Convoy Supply Names Jamie Mantle as Vice President of Sales

Posted By Convoy Supply - Monique Tute, Marketing & Communications Manager, Monday, January 15, 2018
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018

Convoy Supply, a North American leader in the distribution of construction materials has announced the addition of Mr. Jamie Mantle to the new position of Vice President of Sales, adding to their team of well-known industry experts.

 

Mr. Jamie Mantle, new Vice President of Sales at Convoy Supply

 

Mr. Mantle will be responsible for the management of all sales and customer-facing activities for both the Canadian and US territories for Convoy Supply.

“This restructuring will allow Convoy to build on the successful collaborative work achieved by our current  team of General, Sales, and Operations Managers over the past several years” ,  says Alma Garnett, President of Convoy Supply. “Already a friend and industry partner,  I have great confidence that Jamie’s leadership will add significant clout to Convoy’s sales strategies and market presence as the company continues to expand its reach and its commitment to service excellence.”

Mantle joins Convoy from Soprema, where he has spent the last 14 years as Vice President of Sales. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new role, having worked in both distribution and manufacturing within the building materials industry for the last 36 years.

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Now Accepting 2018 SOPREMA Scholarship Applications

Posted By Chris Alberts, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Now Accepting 2018 SOPREMA Scholarship Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the SOPREMA Scholarship Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The SOPREMA Scholarship Program offers a $5,000 award to up to five students nationwide.  
Requirements for the SOPREMA Scholarship Program include:
  • High school seniors or graduates, current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field
  • Enrolled in or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2018-2019 academic year
Applications must be submitted by March 29, 2018Submit your application online today.
Visit our website to learn more about the SOPREMA Scholarship Program.

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Crashing the Glass Ceiling - Women are Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Roofing Industry

Posted By WSRCA, Monday, November 6, 2017

Crashing The Glass Ceiling

Women are Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Roofing Industry

 

Courtesy of: Roofing Contractor Magazine

Roofing is an overwhelmingly male occupation. Whether contractor or crew, the guys who work in roofing are just that: guys.

Women in roofing are so rare they’re almost non-existent. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has done some informal surveys, said 2015-16 President Lindy Ryan, and found that somewhere between two and 10 percent of roofing employees are women. National construction statistics, which include roofing contracting as part of the building occupations category, put the number of hard-hatted women at less than 10 percent.

But the number of women in roofing is increasing, and through organizations such as National Women in Roofing (NWiR), which boasts 500 members, they are finding their voice in the industry. From the manufacturing plant to roofing company management positions, women are gradually becoming more visible.

Like their male counterparts, women come to roofing from different backgrounds and with a range of goals and ambitions.

 

Diverse Influences

Ryan, the first woman in history to lead NRCA and a founding member of NWiR, has more than 25 years of construction management experience. Now a senior vice president at Tecta America Corporation, a nationwide commercial roofing contractor, in Sanford, FL, she once owned her own construction business and holds a Florida roofing contractors license.

Considered a trailblazer, she describes herself as “old school.”

She still lives in the town where she grew up – Orange City, Fla. – and has a cat named Jake. Her mom grew up there, too.

“I went to the same elementary school that she went to,” Ryan said, “and I graduated from the same high school that my mom graduated from, 21 years later. I've lived there my entire life except for my time in college, which was in Orlando at the University of Central Florida.”

Her parents were major influences in her career. “My dad gave me confidence that I could do anything,” she said. “My mom taught me to believe in myself. They have always been my biggest supporters.”

After graduating in 1980 with a degree in business, Ryan went on to obtain her real estate license and later her broker’s license. In 1997, she became a state certified roofing contractor. She started at Tecta America in 2005 after the company bought her construction business, General Works LLC.

During her time in the construction and roofing industry, she has been active in the NRCA, serving on a number of committees, including technical operations and government relations. Also interested in legal issues related to roofing, Ryan is a supporter of ROOFPAC, the NRCA’s political action committee, and a former president of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

On the other hand, Missy Miller, plant manager at the Atlas Roofing manufacturing facility in Hampton, GA, grew up around construction supplies.

“My dad had a hardware and lumber company growing up (in Florence, AL),” she said. “I actually remember running across the tops of the Atlas shingles he stored under his sheds when I was little.”

Her other influences include her coaches – “I played a lot of sports growing up and have always thrived in team and individual competition,” she said – and her grandfather, a former chemical engineer for the TVA who always tried to help her with her homework.

In college, she studied chemical engineering because, she said, “I was always good in science and math. I wanted to do something challenging in school, so I chose chemical engineering from the beginning. I remember my sister trying to talk me out of it, but for some reason I had made my mind up.”

Miller, who has been with Atlas since June 2014, began her career at a company that made fabrics for automobile seats and decorative upholstery. She next moved on to a sheetrock plant and then to Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, where she was a quality manager and later a quality and process engineer for the glass mat operations. Glass mat is a primary component of asphalt shingles and Atlas was one of her customers.

“Just about every manufacturing process has a chemical component,” said Miller, whose specialty is process engineering, or finding ways to improve the manufacturing process.

At Atlas, she directs the operation of the plant with an eye toward making quality products in the most cost-effective way possible.

Like Miller, Brooke Ivey has roofing in the blood and like Ryan, is still part of the area where she grew up. She started working summers at her father’s company, Ben Hill Renovations in Douglasville, Ga., when she was in middle school. Later, the job helped her save up for her first car.

Now residential coordinator/marketing for the company, she never planned to make roofing a career.

“I went to college as an early childhood education major,” she said. But she loved working at Ben Hill while she was in school, helping the accountant enter accounts payable in the ledgers, doing filing and answering the phones. Then she began helping with marketing and designing the company’s business literature.

“That’s when I decided to change my major to business marketing, she said. “I kept working part time until I graduated and then I worked there full time after college. I've been there ever since. Now, I have gained more responsibilities and co-manage the residential department and hope to take over once my dad retires.”

 

One Of The Guys

Being a woman in a man’s field, Ivey not only had gender dynamics to deal with, she also had family issues.

“First I had to earn all the guys’ respect and prove to them I was there for the long haul,” she said. “I had an added challenge being the owner's daughter. We all know what comes with that.

“Now 10 years later, I don't run into that so much. We have a great, solid team and we all work together great – though sometimes people on the phone are surprised to speak with a younger woman.”

For Miller, who went into manufacturing immediately after college, dealing with the guys was difficult. She soon learned to adjust.

“I had to learn to take emotion out of the equation and stick to the facts and data,” she said.

“I believe that women have a harder time gaining credibility, whether real or imagined. I have worked in places where women were treated as inferior and where women were treated as equals. It is hard for me personally as I still feel like I have to prove myself sometimes, but I am very blessed to work with the group I do now. Atlas has been nothing but supportive, and that has been invaluable to me.”

Ryan’s experience, though positive and rewarding, still entailed some lessons.

“I’m thankful and blessed to have spent my career with so many smart, visionary men,” she said. “Have there been challenges? Sure. They were part of the learning experience. I had to learn how to be strong enough and not become a witch.

“Primarily, men want to work with people who are strong, have an opinion and conviction, but are not difficult. I don’t believe I face any challenges that men don’t face.  We’re all in this together.”

 

A Path For Others To Follow

Figuring out how to stand toe-to-toe with the guys is crucial for women who want a successful career in a male-dominated field. Knowing one’s worth and contribution to the company may be equally important.

“Learn where you can contribute and make a difference,” Miller advised women coming up on the manufacturing side.

“It wasn’t until about four years into being a manufacturing engineer that I learned that I could really save the company a lot of money and that I was good at the process details. I was able to gain confidence and step into new roles and thrive. Do not be afraid to speak up and also ask a lot of questions.”

Men actually like working with women, Ryan said. “Women think differently, and that difference can sometimes be a game changer.”

For their part, women need to be genuine, she said, as well as team players who should seek out or build a good team to work with. Also, she said, “be prepared, learn as much as you can, be pleasant, laugh, look and act the part, don’t second-guess yourself and believe in yourself.”

Finally, Ivey’s counsel is brief and to the point – and underpins any other career-building suggestions for women or men: if you want to make a go of it, stick with it.

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Roofing Companies Form Asphalt Underlayment Council

Posted By WSRCA, Friday, November 3, 2017

Roofing Companies Form Asphalt Underlayment Council

 

Courtesy of: Roofing Magazine

Four roofing companies—CarlisleGardner-GibsonMaryland Paper and Mid-States Asphalt—have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC), a new industry association developed to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for both residential and commercial structures.

This new group’s Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens CorningPolyglass USAMule-Hide ManufacturingGMC Roofing & Building PaperGAP RoofingWarrior Roofing Manufacturingand GAF

“With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards,” noted AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.

Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC’s inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.

“The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type,” said John Woestman, AUC’s technical director. “The continuous influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a strong knowledge base with deep understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry.”

Bringing regulatory issues to light through educational initiatives and industry outreach will be accomplished through raising awareness and advocacy. AUC will actively assist in the development of building codes to ensure the high performance of roofing systems in the future.

“We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry,” said Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. “Understanding the nuances of underlayment as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined historical experience, AUC is in a prime position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a vibrant website that will be launched soon, growing media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities.”

The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to work to make these important initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council or to ask about membership, email info@aucunderlaymentcouncil.org or call (847) 686-2243.

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Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Is Making a Difference By Embracing Community Service

Posted By WSRCA, Friday, November 3, 2017

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Is Making a Difference By Embracing Community Service

 

Courtesy of: Roofing Magazine, Chris King

If the name Antis Roofing & Waterproofing sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it in the trade press quite a bit lately. The Irvine, California-based company received several awards at the 130th National Roofing Contractors Association Convention, including first place in the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which honors NRCA contractor members for charitable works. Two Antis Roofing employees, Narciso Alarcon and Manuel Cortez, received Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards from the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, and Alarcon was also named the Best of the Best by the Alliance and Professional Roofing magazine.

 In March, the company’s founder and CEO, Charles Antis, was elected to the board of directors for the NRCA. Later that month, he was honored by Alzheimer’s Orange County for his volunteer work on behalf of that organization and his company’s community service projects. In April, Antis was named to the board of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

For Charles Antis and everyone else at the company, it’s been a whirlwind year. “Someone was joking that it’s like Academy Award season,” Antis says. “I don’t want to get too caught up in it, but this may never happen again, so I want to enjoy every moment of it. I want to make sure my team enjoys every moment of it. It’s been really nice to be recognized for stuff that we think is important because it shows us that other people think it’s important, too. And there was a period where maybe it didn’t feel that way. It feels like it’s working and we’re making a difference, and that’s why it feels pretty awesome today.”

Filling a Niche

For Antis, the company’s community service projects are inextricably linked to its purpose and mission as a company. He says it just took him a while to realize that fact.

Founded in 1989, Antis Roofing has 90 employees and specializes exclusively in work for homeowners associations. Most of the roofing work involves clay tile, but it also does a lot of asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs, and single-ply systems—primarily PVC. “Our only focus is HOA,” say Antis. “Our company services approximately 1,200 HOAs that average 200 units each. That’s 240,000 individual homeowners that could call us at any one time, so that’s a challenge.”

The demanding HOA market keeps the business running on all cylinders, notes Antis.“Because we were focused on this super-high customer care market, we developed some really great qualities as a business,” he notes. “For example, we photograph virtually everything we touch, everything we see, everything we do. We upload about 6,000 images per day because that’s what it takes to protect all of our stakeholders, from our material suppliers to our manufacturers to the individual homeowners association board members and homeowners. We memorialize everything that occurs with photographs and notes in our enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, much like a property manager would.”

In the drive to improve his company, Antis asked himself a lot of questions, including basic questions about what motivates him and the true purpose of his company. “Somewhere along the line we discovered that our purpose is to keep families safe and dry,” he says. “That’s what helped lead us to our philanthropy. It brought us back to the community.”

Finding a Passion

Antis believes the company’s community service efforts help employees find their passion and make a connection with the community. “Our philanthropy is tied to our central theme,” he notes. “We believe everybody deserves an opportunity to live in safe, dry home and have a happy family there.”

The first board Antis joined was for Habitat for Humanity in Orange County, which embraces the same goal. He also serves on NRCA committees and will begin serving on the NRCA board for the same reason. “I’m able to give back in a way that lifts me, my people, my stakeholders and my industry,” he says. “I’m also on the board of Ronald McDonald House, which is again giving people a safe, dry place to live while they visit their sick children in the hospital. All of these board memberships that I do are focused on keeping families safe and dry, which is the central mission of Antis Roofing.”

The company has worked with Habitat for Humanity since 2009, and it also helps other nonprofit organizations by repairing, maintaining and replacing their roofs at no charge through the Antis Foundation “This year we are keeping 15 different nonprofits dry,” he says. “In fact, we have two complete re-roofs we are setting up this summer for the Boy Scouts of America and America Family Housing.”

Everyone at the company has found community service projects personally rewarding, notes Antis. It’s also helped the business grow and thrive. “We’ve discovered that the more we give, the more we grow, the more money we make, and the more we can give,” he says. “We are in this awesome little cycle where we have purpose in our work. We understand that there is something magical happening right now, and we just have a hard time saying no when somebody has a leaky roof.”

Antis believes his purpose in life is to ignite passion in others to create social change. “We believe that we can bring that passion out in every worker in our company and all of our stakeholders. We have this crazy philosophy around here that we are changing the world, and because of that, we are changing the world. And that’s freaking awesome.”

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FlashCo® Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay

Posted By WSRCA, Friday, November 3, 2017

FlashCo® Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay

 

Courtesy of: Roofing Contractor Magazine

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. was recently named one of the 100 best places to work in the North Bay by the North Bay Business Journal. FlashCo was recognized as an exceptional employer with excellent workplace practices. 

“FlashCo has been growing at a steady pace,” says FlashCo President Greg Morrow. “That growth and success can be directly attributed to our employees. We’re a team, spread out throughout the country dedicated to the principle that we can save the contractor time. We’ve worked hard to develop a company culture around our core values of integrity, respect, customer satisfaction and can-do attitude.” 

The North Bay Business Journal makes their best places to work selections based on employer nominations and employee surveys. The employee surveys include questions related to employer credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The 100 winners were chosen from over 8,100 employee surveys submitted. FlashCo is one of 21 first-time winners in the annual survey. 

 “Our employees and their success are the backbone of our company,” said Morrow. “While some employees come here with experience, others receive training on the job, giving them a marketable, in-demand skill that can lead to a life-long career supporting the roofing industry.” 

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com.

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