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For Foremen Only, Level 1, in Spanish (Live course)

December 8, 2018
NRCA office
Rosemont, Ill.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST

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Item #: CLA-001532

Class description

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


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


"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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