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For Foremen Only, Level 1 (Live course)

March 19, 2018
NRCA's office
Rosemont, Ill.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDT

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Item #: CLA-001328

Class description

This class is full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact NRCA's customer service department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722). Thank you.

For Foremen Only is a program focusing on communication, leadership and management skills for field managers. The roofing industry is filled with foremen and superintendents who are incredibly adept at expertly installing roof systems and who were promoted because of that expertise. Unfortunately, these individuals often do not possess equal levels of leadership, communication and management skills needed to effectively run their crews. This program introduces the concept that managing, leading and communicating are tools needed to be a truly successful middle manager. It also uses interactive exercises to practice using these new "tools" to become effective crew leaders.

After participating in this course, participants should be able to:
  • Identify when to manage and when to lead
  • Identify positive and negative approaches to communication
  • Recognize their own communication styles
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Articulate specific ways to increase crew productivity
  • Increase their job management skills
  • Identify steps to improve their own leadership skills
  • Implement conflict resolution with employees in discipline situations
  • Translate learning to on-the-job situations


Thomas Shanahan, MBA, CAE
NRCA's vice president of enterprise risk management and executive education

Tom joined NRCA in 1989. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and holds a master's in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is recognized as an industry health and safety expert and represents NRCA at industry and nonindustry events. The U.S. secretary of labor appointed him to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Advisory Committee of Construction Safety and Health from 2007 to 2011. He is a sitting member of the National Occupational Research Agenda's Construction Sector Council, which sets the U.S. research agenda for construction safety and health. He also has served on the oversight committee for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH's) Prevention Through Design national initiative. Tom is active in regulatory actions affecting the roofing industry, working with officials from the Department of Transportation, OSHA and NIOSH. He also is known for his contributions to NRCA's Professional Roofing magazine and executive educational programming.

Amy Staska
NRCA's vice president of NRCA University

Amy has been with NRCA since August of 2011 and previously worked for the association from 1996 to 2004. Amy has worked in training and education her entire career, including at Awana Clubs International—a nondenominational children's and youth Christian ministry—and the University of New Hampshire.

At NRCA, Amy started her work in health and safety; her initial projects were helping to author NRCA's first Safety Manual and Toolbox Talks. As part of the education department, Amy has helped with the startup of the Future Executives Institute, shaping and teaching For Foremen Only, and implementing the growing ProForeman certificate program.

Amy's responsibilities include working with the education department and NRCA University committees to ensure all NRCA University offerings are well-developed, thorough and meet member needs.

Anna Alog
NRCA's education programs developer

Anna joined NRCA in 2015. She currently works on projects related to the Workforce Solutions Committee and the development of NRCA's Career Center. Prior to joining NRCA, Anna spent more than 10 years hiring, training and supervising staff for park district programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in recreation administration from Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.

Brad Martz
NRCA's manager of education programs

Brad joined NRCA in 2013 and serves in the association's education department. His roles include coordinating NRCA's educational offerings for its members and managing and hosting educational webinars. Brad has a background in education—he received a bachelor's degree in math education from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and briefly taught high school math.

Damian Palacios
Director of safety and employee development Competition Roofing

Damian is the director of safety and employee development for Competition Roofing in Houston.

At a young age, after school hours and during the summer months, Damian worked different jobs, including as a car mechanic, carpenter, butcher and welder/fitter helper. At the age of 18, he obtained his welder certification and began his career as a confined space rescue team member. At the age of 21, Damian joined the United States Navy where he spent eight years on active duty during which he was trained in various types of aviation equipment and became a helicopter mechanic. He also attended The United States Marine Corps Cadre Auxiliary Security Force Protection school to become a military police officer at NAS Corpus Christi. He has traveled around the world, including to Russia, India and Thailand.

As a veteran, he attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, for occupational health and safety and currently is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration outreach instructor and a University of Texas Arlington-authorized competent person safety trainer. One of the projects that has affected his career is the management of multiple contractors in various trades for Gilbane Co. at ExxonMobil.

Location and Hotel Information

Class location:
NRCA's office
10255 W. Higgins Road
Suite 600
Rosemont, IL 60018

Hotel location:
Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare
10233 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Telephone: (847) 954-8600
Toll-free: (888) 551-3843

To receive NRCA's discounted room rate ($99 plus tax), use one of the following methods to book your room. To take advantage of the group discount, you must reserve your room by Feb. 25.
  • Click here to reserve your hotel room online. This link and discounted rate will be available until Feb. 25.
  • Call (847) 954-8600 or (888) 551-3843 and mention the group name "National Roofing Contractors Association" or group code "MRC" to receive the discounted rate.


"I promise that after attending just the first class, you will walk away with a much better understanding, as well as new tools to use, in both managing and leading in a professional manner."
—Derick Vander Meeden, Hoekstra Roofing, Kalamazoo, Mich.

"This class wasn't necessarily what I was expecting to attend. It was much better. It opens your eyes to a whole new level of communication and comprehension. I've learned some great techniques that I'm excited to implement in my role as a foreman."
—Breck Simonsson, Diamond Roofing, Manhattan, Kan.

"The class was worth my time and effort and I learned that communication is key to getting the job done safely and on time."
—Albert Parsons, Clark Roofing, Broadview, Ill.

"After taking this class, I feel that I am more prepared to handle leadership issues on my roof and be a more effective foreman."
—Pat Boedicker, Service Foreman, Frost Roofing, Wapakoneta, Ohio

"I learned a lot about leading and managing my team and how to take what I've learned and put it to use in helping me to be more productive, safe and more 'in tune' with my employees."
—Thomas Johnson, Spann Roofing, Conway, S.C.

"The class definitely helped me to understand that there's a difference between managing and leading."
—Sean LeBlanc, Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.

"This was definitely a good experience. I learned more than I expected. It was great meeting and interacting with those representing multiple levels of experience and professionalism. My problem has always been reacting to stress and frustration with co-workers. The class helps in dealing with that and disciplinary actions."
—Rodolfo Medina, Bluefin, LLC, Greenwood Village, Colo.

"Amy and Tom are enthusiastic in their presentation of the material. The information is useful for foremen and sales staff and I recommend this course."
—Curt Doucet, Johnson Roofing, Waco, Texas

"I learned a lot about myself as a leader. Being a former Marine, I realized through this class that I have the tools for leadership. Now I know how to express my skills to fellow roofers."
—Dustin Kerr, Hoekstra Roofing, Kalamazoo, Mich.

"I learned to how to be a better leader. The instructors explained the material in a way that was clear and easy to understand. We'll encourage our employees to communicate with their supervisor about work related issues."
—Miguel Ramirez, Clark Roofing, Broadview, Ill.

Cancellation Policy

NRCA understands circumstances may arise that require you to cancel your registration. If you cancel up to 10 business days before an event, your registration fee will be refunded. If your cancellation is received 10 business days or less before an event, you may send another person in your place or receive a credit voucher that can be applied toward any NRCA University program during the next 12 months. Registrants who do not cancel before the seminar or do not attend are liable for the entire registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing. NRCA reserves the right to cancel any programs. If such a cancellation is necessary, registrants will be notified and an attempt will be made to reschedule or make alternative arrangements. Registrants will receive a full tuition refund for the program. NRCA is not responsible for other costs incurred. The registration fee is due and payable before the start of a seminar.

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