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Letter from the chairman of the board

I would characterize the 2016-17 year as a transformational one for the association.

Bill Good announced his retirement as of May 31, 2017, after 28 years at the helm of the association. On Jan. 1, 2017, former NRCA President Reid Ribble rejoined NRCA as CEO of the association after spending six years in Washington, D.C., as a member of the House of Representatives. We were fortunate Reid was able to step into Bill's role in a timely manner, resulting in a smooth and seamless transition.

I know each of you join me in thanking Bill for his many years of service to NRCA and the industry. He is a true professional who represented our association with dignity and professionalism.

In the meantime, because Reid knows our industry well, he was able to step in and work to address the association's numerous challenges.

The most pressing issue confronting our industry is the workforce issue—the ability to attract, train and retain the next generation of qualified roof mechanics. The federal and state regulations placed on the roofing industry also are of concern to our members.

In response to the workforce issue, NRCA embarked on a training initiative to help roofing contractors train and certify their new and existing workforces. The initiative is a significant undertaking for the NRCA staff, but they have risen to the challenge and will deliver an excellent program that will be a major benefit for our members.

In addition, NRCA made a major decision at its board of directors meeting in Las Vegas during NRCA's convention to amend the association's bylaws and make full NRCA membership available to noncontractor members. Our board and NRCA leadership believe strongly NRCA members should speak with one voice. We need our manufacturer and distributor partners to help us form a strong coalition to make our concerns heard in Washington, D.C. I believe with Reid's experience, we can set an agenda and have great potential to achieve it.

Financially, 2016-17 was successful. We increased membership. We met our revenue and expense budgets and saw a strong financial return on our investment income. During the next year or two, our goal is to achieve a balanced budget.

Our annual convention Feb. 27-March 3 in Las Vegas was a smashing success! The record 11,273 attendees included contractors, 476 exhibiting companies and representatives from 70 countries.

As our 2016-17 fiscal year draws to a close May 31, 2017, I thank the NRCA staff for their efforts and support of NRCA leadership. I also thank the Executive Committee and the board of directors for tackling some difficult issues and challenges and making decisions I believe will benefit NRCA in the future.

Leading NRCA for the past year has been a pleasure and honor for me. The fact that my peers in the industry elected me is humbling, and I can assure you, I did not take the job lightly.

With Reid in place as CEO and Jim Barr as incoming chairman of the board, we are blessed to have strong leadership. I am confident Reid and Jim, along with an exceptional Executive Committee, will continue to guide the association to reach its goal of identifying member needs and making every effort to meet those needs.

Thank you,

Dennis Conway
NRCA Chairman of the Board 2016-17

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