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 Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, N.J., recipient of its 72nd annual J.A. Piper Award at the association's 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn. 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.
Hardy Pierce, the first woman to earn the honor, serves on NRCA's board of directors and is a member of NRCA's Residential Contractor Committee, Roofing Day Task Force and Technical Operations Committee. She also has served as a Roofing Alliance student competition judge from 2015-19.
Hardy Pierce has been in the roofing industry for 38 years and has served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Procurement Reform; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president; Roof Consultants Institute Foundation; and Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, where she also served as president.
She has been involved with numerous other roofing industry organizations, including the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, ASTM International and SPRI.