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2017 winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announced the winners of its 17th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards during NRCA's 130th Annual Convention, which was held Feb. 27 to March 3 in Las Vegas

Following are the 2016-17 winners:

Narciso Alarcon, superintendent for Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.

Described by his peers as passionate, genuine and "a natural leader whose heart is in the right place," Narciso Alarcon, superintendent for Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., is honored as a 2017 Most Valuable Player by The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, as well as the winner of the 2017 Best of the Best Award, an elite recognition sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass.

Alarcon's accomplishments are many. He has been named Antis' Employee of the Month numerous times and won Employee of the Year in 2013. He serves as head of the company's safety committee and is incredibly active in community service, attending more "builds" and volunteer projects than any other employee in the company's 27-year history. Alarcon also has been a key influencer in the development of Antis' culture, sharing and honoring the traditions of his Mexican heritage—a heritage shared by most of his co-workers—by helping to create an Aguinaldo Annual Christmas Bonus Profit Share; implement a Lobo Awards program that recognizes exemplary employees; and encourage his fellow employees to celebrate their culture through the performance of traditional Mexican dance at employee recognition events.

Justin Cooper, foreman for Flynn, Commerce City, Colo.

Writes Megan McReynolds, service manager for Flynn, Commerce City, Colo., "Justin Cooper is the technician customers call to specifically request, and they will wait until he is available, even when he is on vacation." Customers provide rave reviews about Cooper, foreman for Flynn, on his outstanding work, reliability and demeanor. For these reasons and many more, Cooper was named a 2017 Most Valuable Player by The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

In addition to exemplary on-the-job performance, Cooper values safety and doesn't hesitate to address difficult job-site situations and determine how to remain in compliance. He is a greatly valued team member, as well, described as patient, dependable, hardworking, and "every manager's and company's dream to have as an employee." He strives for quality and consistently goes above and beyond to ensure he does the right thing for his company, his community and his family.


Manuel Cortez, foreman for Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.

Manuel Cortez, foreman for Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., is the company's longest-tenured employee—25+ years—and a record-setting repair technician with more than 20,000 mitigated cases of moisture intrusion under his belt. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress recognizes his dedication to excellence by naming him a 2017 Most Valuable Player Award winner.

Cortez has earned awards for safety performance and recognition for the many jobs he has completed with Antis. He has been named employee of the month numerous times, among other Antis awards, and was championed as "The Leak Detective" by The Orange County Register in 2000. He is hailed for his excellent customer care, exemplary safety record, innovation and volunteerism. According to Founder and CEO Charles Antis, Cortez is "charming, helpful, knowledgeable, curious and has a sense of humor that can crack any armor." And as an Antis customer attests, "I strongly recommend Manuel for this award. Why? Because during rain, I sleep a little better at night."

Robert Detweiler, foreman for Centimark Corp., Lakeland, Fla.

Born and raised Amish in the small town of Keosauqua, Iowa, Robert Detweiler, field supervisor for Centimark Corp., Lakeland, Fla., credits his upbringing with teaching him the value of a strong work ethic, dependability, honesty and integrity. These traits, coupled with his exemplary leadership skills, commitment to safety and unsurpassable enthusiasm, earned him a 2017 Most Valuable Player Award from The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

Detweiler is credited with building long-lasting and trusting relationships with customers through honest, open communication. He also has structured highly motivated teams of skilled tradesmen and is instrumental in training new laborers and foremen so they, too, may continue to advance their careers. Detweiler and his family are involved in many community service and outreach programs through their church, including Orphan's Heart, Operation Christmas Child and Bradford Food Pantry. As Centimark Office Manager Rebecca Gardner writes, "Robert's 13-year career is a shining example of how hard work, ambition and dedication can lead to limitless career opportunities within the roofing industry."

Donald Gautier, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Houston

Donald Gautier, roofing & sheet metal superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Houston, is described as dedicated and knowledgeable, displaying "great leadership and training skills with his crew ... while always keeping safety a top priority." In recognition of his commitment to his work, his team and the industry, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has named Gautier a 2017 Most Valuable Player.

In his more than 18 years of roofing industry experience, Gautier has tackled tough projects with a determination for precision, his drive for accuracy setting him apart from the rest. According to Bill Lawson, Chamberlin's vice president of operations, "He goes above and beyond to deliver more to our clients and to make sure they are 100-percent satisfied." He excels at planning and forecasting, and he has a vast knowledge of safety protection and equipment. Beyond those qualities, says Lawson, "What stands out to me is how he is with his crew. They look up to him and learn from him. He is a great leader, keeping them informed, mentoring them and making sure they get home safely to their families at night."

Roy Jones, superintendent for Rike Roofing Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C.



Much has changed in the roofing industry during the past 50 years. However, during that time, Roy Jones has been a constant at Rike Roofing Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C. Jones became a regular fixture around the facility when he was 6, after his father was hired as an employee. By the time Jones was in his late teens, he was helping out around the shop, and at age 20, he joined his father and the 12-man crew. After nearly 50 years spent working on roofs, he now serves as warehouse supervisor, keeping the inventory, machines and younger roofs in order. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress honors Jones' lifelong commitment to the industry by naming him a 2017 Most Valuable Player.

Jones is described by his colleagues as "an incredible asset to the company," "a skilled roofer who takes enormous pride in everything he does" and "a man of great integrity." In his career, he has excelled at training and retaining crew members while paying special attention to safety. He is a leader in his church and the community and is dedicated to his family. Says Frank Leonard, retired third-generation owner of Rike Roofing Services, "Rike Roofing is a better place because of the man with the big, wide smile."

Mearl Kline, foreman for West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio


An employee of West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio, for 16 years, foreman Mearl "Butch" Kline exemplifies leadership and commitment to quality. His projects have the highest percentage of profitability company-wide, and, according to CEO Jack Moore, "Once a new hire is established on Butch's crew, not only do they become long-time employees, they are the quickest to advance in skill development." These qualities, coupled with his dedication to safety, have earned him a 2017 Most Valuable Player Award from The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

Kline and his crew have received numerous monthly and annual safety awards from West Roofing for outstanding performance. He excels at handling logistics on large, out-of-town projects, continually inventing efficiencies to keep customers satisfied. He led the West Roofing team when it participated in a reroofing project for Rebuilding Together in 2016. According to a colleague, Kline "shows great pride through his professionalism while interacting with customers. He not only carries his perfectionism through the day, but takes it home where he still finds time to spend with his wife and three children."

Clifton Mead, field worker for Tecta America Southeast, LLC—Atlanta, Cummings, Ga.


Skilled. Diligent. Selfless. These are just a few of the words colleagues use to describe Clifton Mead, field worker for Tecta America Southeast LLC—Atlanta, Cummings, Ga. Says Production Manager Clay A. Seabolt, "He is the most skilled small-engine and general mechanical systems maintenance and repair serviceman I have ever encountered." The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress recognizes Mead's commitment to excellence and dedication to teamwork by naming him a 2017 Most Valuable Player.

Mead's in-depth knowledge and honed diagnostic skills are considered priceless to the success of his company. He is "the guy that every co-worker has on speed dial." He leads by example and is deeply trusted and respected by those he works with, which, according to Vice President Chris Pinkston, truly makes him stand out: "Clif is not your everyday mechanic — he's a magician, a humble individual, a go-to guy, a true team player." In addition, Professional Roofing's Best of the Best Award winner also was announced during NRCA's 130th Annual Convention. Narciso Alarcon, superintendent for Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., won the Best of the Best Award. Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products Inc. co-sponsor this elite recognition.





Narciso Alarcon, center, from Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif. won the MVP Best of the Best award.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year's nominations, contact Bennett Judson, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' executive director, at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.



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