Each year, NRCA awards the Annual J.A. Piper Award during its annual convention to a roofing professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to NRCA and the industry. Among the Piper Award winners are NRCA presidents and committee members—all of whom have dedicated their lives to the industry.
The award was established in 1947 and is named after former NRCA President J.A. Piper in appreciation for his service during the Great Depression. Piper had the unique challenge of holding the association together during the tumultuous time.
All NRCA members are asked to submit names for consideration for the Piper Award to NRCA's Award Committee. The committee judges nominees based on candidates' attributes, which typically include contributions to NRCA and participation in industrywide events.
NRCA named Mark Gaulin, founder of MAGCO Inc., Jessup, Md., and founding member of Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Ill., recipient of its 73rd annual J.A. Piper Award at the association's 133rd Annual Convention held Feb. 2-6 in Dallas. Presented each year at NRCA's annual convention, the J.A. Piper Award, the roofing industry's most prestigious honor, recognizes roofing professionals who have devoted constant, outstanding service to the association and roofing industry.
Gaulin was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 1993 and served three terms, including two terms as vice president from 1998-2000 and 2003-05. He also served as NRCA senior vice president from 2005-06 and NRCA president from 2006-07. Gaulin has been involved with many NRCA committees, including chairing the Architectural Sheet Metal Committee, Internet/Electronic Communications Committee and NRCA Retirement Committee.
Gaulin has been in the roofing industry for more than four decades. Starting his career in 1978 at Barra Inc., a German manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, he soon became a minority partner with SCF Decks in Nazareth, Pa. In 1987, he decided to start his own business, MAGCO. Under his leadership, MAGCO grew to about 60 employees with additional branches in Fredericksburg, Va., and Petersburg, Va.
In 1993, Gaulin founded Metal Fab Manufacturing, a producer of architectural metal roofing and accessories, and in 2000 was a key leader in the consolidation and formation of Tecta America Corp., one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing contractors. He served as COO of Tecta America from 2007-10 and interim CEO from 2013-14. He currently serves on the board of directors for Tecta America.