EMI Class 4—Leadership and Succession Planning
"EMI-4 was the very best industry learning opportunity that I ever experienced. Without taking away from an excellent
experience at EMI-2, I felt like I left EMI-4 equipped to lead and embrace the transition to next generation
leadership in our company.
Prior to EMI-4 I had absolutely no idea how to even envision what a transition and succession process would look like, and I actually was somewhat fearful and apprehensive about such an endeavor. It requires skills and understanding that I don't possess, and I wouldn't have known how to even begin. Naturally, I would have put off the inevitable until late in the game.
I left EMI-4 equipped and with a clear plan in mind. I'm 59 years old, and it was definitely time to start the transition process, which I began researching after the first session in October. We have a consultant on board, and our first company-wide succession planning workshop is on Monday. I became armed with ideas, knowledge and training for the tasks ahead at EMI-4, and I can't thank you enough. The content, class size and overall experience was excellent! I can't wait for EMI-5. Thanks again!"
—Wade Hilty, Competition Roofing Inc., Houston, Texas
"EMI has been instrumental to the development of my business. It has kept me focused and energized to efficiently and
effectively grow my business. The professors and class content easily related to the roofing industry. It was a
pleasure networking with and learning from fellow industry professionals. My only regret is that I didn't attend all
the EMI classes. I will be the first to sign up for the next EMI. Thank you to all involved with this program, it is
—Peter Horch, Horch Roofing Inc., Warren, Maine
"I recommend the Executive Management Institute to owners and long-term key employees of roofing companies whom have
significant trade knowledge, but want to confidently enhance their business knowledge. The program is set up to allow
you to discuss key issues openly with closely aligned peers whom do not operate in the same geographical market. The
professors are business professors at one of the best business universities in the world. They are sincere and they
tailor their content specifically to you. By NRCA establishing and maintaining this program, it is one of the best
ways to improve the reputation of the roofing industry from the roots."
—Robert S. Molnar, Wm. Molnar Roofing Inc., Riverview, Mich.
"Because our company was going through an ownership transition, I thought the Executive Management Institute's topics
for class 4 were especially appropriate. The folks at NRCA put together an amazing group of instructors and resources
to cover Leadership and Succession Planning. I was challenged by many of the things we learned … especially how I
come across to others. I learned so much about how I need to manage myself and how to be a better leader for my
organization and other areas of influence. The instruction we received in succession planning was extremely valuable
and practical for our organization, particularly regarding the alignment of values and mission and clear
I can't speak highly enough of this program. The instructors were top-notch. The relationships formed and instruction we received are invaluable. Thank you to NRCA for putting the EMI program together."
—Van Edwards, Mid-South Roof Systems, Forest Park, Ga.
"Thank you for hosting and managing the Executive Management Institute (EMI) Class 4 in Chicago over the last year.
The class was run at a very high professional level, and the information we received will pay dividends to each of
our companies. The class structure and agenda give us the ability to get more information in the quickest possible
time. The class allows participation and input from everyone and encourages information sharing.
One of the issues I have always faced in the roofing industry was being able to talk to people who were dealing with the same issues as me. NRCA has always encouraged sharing information; however, on a local level that is not always the case. By creating these classes, NRCA helps facilitate this information sharing. People get to know one another as peers and individuals and not as competitors or companies.
The class also has information about how we can improve our day-to-day duties. How to deal with different personalities, ethics, how to communicate and how to promote our strengths (brand). These classes can be found anywhere separately but put together and in a context with others in your profession really help drive home the information.
The class also creates life-long friends, mentors and colleagues. I have visited one of the classmate's offices already (Wm. Molnar Roofing) and have gained important insight on how others have succeeded. I am planning to visit a few others this summer.
I look forward to seeing the agenda for EMI Class 5 soon."
—Rich Carroll, SR Building Services LLC, Woodinville, Wash.