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
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 employee25+ yearsand 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
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
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 LLCAtlanta, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.