During the 2022 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans, NRCA announced Jude Laperouse as the first recipient of the John Bradford Volunteer Award. Laperouse received the award during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 2.
The John Bradford Volunteer Award is a new award developed by NRCA’s Awards Committee to be presented to an individual in the roofing industry who has consistently demonstrated outstanding acts of volunteerism. Volunteerism takes many forms—some demonstrated locally and others nationally, such as the volunteer work performed at NRCA.
Laperouse started volunteering his time with NRCA more than 30 years ago. In 1988, he was elected to NRCA’s board of directors and served three terms. In 1991, he was elected to the Executive Committee and served as a vice president until 1993. He also served on numerous committees, including the Affiliate Relations Committee, Building Codes Education Operating Committee and Manual Update Committee, and served as chairman to various other committees.
Outside of NRCA, Laperouse served as Rotary Club president and was named Rotarian of the Year, as well as Houma, Louisiana’s Most Useful Citizen. He spent his career managing Edward J. Laperouse Metal Works Inc., a roofing company started by his father, and retired in 2016.
The John Bradford Volunteer Award is named after John Bradford, who served as NRCA’s president from 1982-83 and was a past president of the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association. He was instrumental in the development of the Montana Roofing Contractors Association, served on many boards during his roofing career and enjoyed civic involvements.