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For Foremen Only, Level 1 (Live course)

February 13, 2019
Nashville, Tenn.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST

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Item #: CLA-001492

Class description

This class is being held in conjunction with the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) and NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Registration for this course is available on the IRE website. Click here to register or call (866) 860-1970.

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.


"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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