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NRCA's partnerships are valuable, helping to efficiently serve its members and the roofing industry. The association's partnerships remained strong during 2016-17.

NRCA once again partnered with Informa Exhibitions to hold the 2017 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) in Las Vegas. IRE's trade show had a record-breaking 11,273 attendees compared with 9,493 attendees in 2016. There were 462 exhibiting companies.

Additionally, NRCA and Rebuilding Together® held Community Service Day Feb. 28 to give back to the Las Vegas community. Volunteers renovate homes of families that include elderly individuals, disabled individuals or individuals who are financially unable to support the renovation.

NRCA and Rebuilding Together and its more than 200 local and state affiliates also provide roof system repairs for service members, veterans and military families through two partnership programs—Heroes at Home and Serving Those Who Serve. Both programs focus on making necessary repairs, improvements or modifications to veterans' and soldiers' homes.

NRCA's Affiliate Executives Council is a forum for NRCA affiliate executives, allowing them to exchange information and ideas and become more involved in NRCA while also improving communication. The council met during NRCA's Midyear Meetings in July 2016 and the 2017 IRE in Las Vegas to address issues and voice opinions regarding matters being considered by NRCA's board of directors and committees.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is a separate but related educational and research organization of NRCA.

The Alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016! What started out as a vision in 1996 has grown into a vibrant organization. Thanks to the active support of its members, which represent all roofing industry sectors, the Alliance continues to secure the future excellence of the roofing industry by investing in education and training, technology, research, sustainability and philanthropy. The Alliance seeks support and participation from the industry's best and brightest to address issues of concern to the roofing industry.

The Alliance approved a total of $283,500 in project funding for the 2016-17 fiscal year. New projects include:
  • National Women in Roofing Founding Sponsorship
  • Rebuilding Together's "Building a Healthy Neighborhood"
  • National Training Program Initiative
Continued committed funding includes:
  • Colorado State University's CM Cares Program
  • Employee Outreach Initiative
  • Construction Management Schools Initiative
Through its Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, the Alliance awarded $50,000 for nine renewal scholarships and one new scholarship for the 2016-17 school year. The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship recipients received $5,000 each for their enrollment in accredited universities. Eligible participants must be employees of NRCA member contractor or supplier companies or immediate family members of employees of NRCA member contractor or supplier companies. The scholarships may be renewed annually provided recipients reapply and continue to meet award criteria.

The Alliance has awarded a total of $680,000 in scholarships to 116 students since its inception.

The Alliance welcomed 11 new members, including Acme Roofing & S/M Co. Inc., Dothan, Ala.; Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif.; Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc., Romeoville, Ill.; Rick Damato, Duluth, Ga.; Drexel Metals Inc., Levittown, Pa.; FCS Roofing Software, Chicago; Hy-Tech Products Inc., Broadview Heights, Ohio; Peterson Roofing Inc., Mount Prospect, Ill.; R & B Roofing LLC, Garland, Texas; Shell Roofing Solutions Group, Chino, Calif.; and Structural Research Inc., Middleton, Wis. The Alliance currently has 160 members, including 113 contractors, 37 associates, four service providers, four individuals and two supporting members.

The Alliance's planned giving program fund grew to a total of $450,000. The program creates a source of long-term support while offering Alliance members and roofing industry professionals the tax benefits of deferred giving. Through a planned gift, roofing professionals can leave a modest remembrance to the Alliance that can help fund research and programs to advance the industry for years to come.

The Alliance announced eight winners of its 17th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards during NRCA's 130th Annual Convention, as well as the winner of the Best of the Best Award.

The Alliance held its third Construction Management Student Competition. The University of Florida was the winning team (for the second consecutive year) and received an award for the school along with a $5,000 L.B. Conway Scholarship. The students also received individual awards.

An Alliance-funded project—Air Movement Impact on Roofing Systems Testing—concluded and produced a new document, "Guidelines for Air Retarders in Roof Assemblies," which provides an overview of the energy code's air barrier requirements, industry-conducted research and NRCA's recommendations for designers about air retarders in roof assemblies.

Established by NRCA as a separately funded organization in 1979, the mission of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) is to develop and deliver unique products and services that enable roofing contractors to successfully manage and respond effectively to legal and regulatory issues affecting their businesses.

Acting as a legal advocate for NRCA roofing contractor members, NRLRC's legal experts and resources help member contractors address some of their toughest legal, business and employment issues, including contract language, employee relations, regulatory compliance, payment provisions, insurance and safety coverage, and codes and standards.

NRLRC is managed by a 10-member board of directors elected each year by NRCA's leadership and was led by President Suzan Boyd, vice president of Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo., during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

NRLRC's 37th annual seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, was held at The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, N.Y., Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016, and hosted 100 attendees. The seminar featured 14 hours of programming, including The Most Critical Provisions Found Contracts; the Do's and Don'ts of Employee Hiring and Firing; Technical Issues Posing Liability Risks; DOL Regulations' Minimizing Risk for Company-owned Vehicles; Navigating the Current Regulatory Maze; What to Do and What Not to Do with a Workers' Compensation Claim; and Observations from the Field, among others.

During the 2017 International Roofing Expo® in Las Vegas, NRLRC experienced record-setting attendance at its annual luncheon program with more than 225 roofing contractors attending. The panel educated attendees about the latest technical and legal issues, including falls through roofs and fatalities, problems and risks posed by concrete roof decks; licensing observations and outcomes; local building code issues; manufacturer warranty specifications and exclusions; and observations about manufacturers' printed installation instructions for commonly used roofing products.

NRLRC also released NRLRC Contract Provisions, Volume VI. Written by lawyers, these contract provisions use plain-language explanations that are easy to understand. NRLRC's sixth volume of valuable contract provisions includes 20 key issues, such as waiving the right to file a lien on a project; disclaimer of liabilities clause; pollution insurance coverage; cash flow and retainage; insurance requirements for subcontractors; and release of withheld payments.

Chicago-based CNA and NRCA collaborate to honor charitable works by NRCA member contractors through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Participants were asked to nominate any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charities. Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., won the award, which was presented at NRCA's Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA's 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

NRCA is partnered with the Center for America and its American Jobs for America's Heroes Alliance. The alliance allows employers free and direct access to thousands of unemployed National Guard members and military veterans. Working with the National Guard and funded through private donations, it uses a case-management approach to actively match National Guard members and military veterans to employers' specific job requirements.

Through NRCA's partnership with National General Benefits Solutions, NRCA offers the NRCA National Health Care Program, a level funded health insurance program using the provider networks and claims paying of CIGNA, Bloomfield, Conn., and Aetna, Hartford, Conn., with Stop Loss Coverage through National General A-rated subsidiaries. The program is for groups with a minimum of two participating employees and offers great coverage options and competitive rates for young and healthy groups. For more information about this program, please contact Joseph Simpson at joseph.simpson@ngic.com.

In addition, NRCA is partnered with John Hancock, Boston, and Macon, Ga.-based Merrill Lynch—The Krapf Group to offer additional services for NRCA members as part of the NRCA Retirement Program. Through this partnership, NRCA offers a range of retirement plan options, investment vehicles and integrated payroll processing. Through the NRCA Retirement Program, you can start a retirement program for your company or convert an existing plan.

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