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April 2022 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who participated in Roofing Day in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing
Rae July, Chinook Roofing; NWiR DEI Committee Co-Chair
Jess Cress, Bone Dry Roofing Company; NWiR DEI Committee Co-Chair
                                    Meredith Marsh-Shaevitz, Pitch Perfect Roofing; NWIR DEI Committee Vice Chair

April is a Month of Celebration

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April is a month of celebration for many religions throughout the world. Luckily, as Americans we have many people from different religions around us on a daily basis. We are able to learn about the dynamics and cultures that revolve around these belief systems and find a further understanding of all walks of life. Religious difference is one of the most influential contributors to core seeded values that make up what is “us”, our population. This population consists of a melting pot of ideals and contributions to daily life. Read more...

Maureen Greeves, Tremco; NWiR Education Committee Chair
Erica Faver, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; NWiR Education Committee Vice Chair

“Monumental Buildings on the National Mall” Tour

Join the NWiR for a tour of the Buildings on the National Mall which sit opposite the Monuments on the other end!
The tour will be on April 7th for those interested in joining after the NRCA Roofing Day in Washington, D.C. During this tour we will explore the exterior of several buildings on the West side of the National Mall including the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress Jefferson building, The United States Supreme Court building, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building, the Smithsonian Castle, the National Gallery of Art and others. Learn about their architectural history and materiality including the many types of roofs. Read more...

Virtual Roof Restoration Training Event!

NWiR Education Committee is excited to announce a Virtual Roofing Restoration Training Event.
April 21, 2022 at 3pm ET

ROOF RESTORATIONS – What is Often Overlooked Even by the Pros
Roof restoration has been a growing segment for decades and has witnessed a steep growth over the last two years in response to material outages necessary for re-roof projects. Restoration can be an excellent solution to revitalize and extend a roof’s serviceable life, postponing or completely avoiding tear off costs and wastes, but done incorrectly, it can become a short-lived Band-Aid or a complete mess. Register here...

Books & Bubbly

Come and join Bookclubs for some amazing reads and wonderful chats! This is what is happening in the next few months:
April 6 - So You Want to Talk About Race
April 21 - The Midnight Library
May 19 - A Man Called Ove
June 23, July 26, & August 23..... Go vote on the books to see what we read next here...

Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants
; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

"Midnight Library" Books & Bubbly

April 21st at 7 PM ET - Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

About the Book:
Between life and death, there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices... Would you have done anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

Use the link to join the Books & Bubbly club here...


Roofing Advocacy Panel Webinar

We are bringing you stories and experiences from a range of women on how they’ve gotten involved in advocating within and for the roofing industry. This educational webinar will be a compilation of stories from local involvement to Roofing Day 2022. We’re hoping to encourage members to tune in and gain knowledge on how they may be able to advocate within their State Roofing Associations as well as planning for Roofing Day 2023.

When? April 20, 2022, 11:30 AM PT (the US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting here...

  Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Chair
   Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

Welcome New Members

It is always exciting when we get to meet new members. This month at the Stand-up Video Meet & Greet, we welcomed Megan Thomson from San Diego, Dina Martinez from Tallahassee, Caroline Smrokowski from Chicago, Lauren Begg from Trenton, Sara Bussoletti from Atlanta, Chelsea LaMarca from Long Island, and Duska Quijada from Greenville.

  Kelley Caron, OMG Roofing Products; NWiR Mentoring Committee Chair
 Kyrah Coker, National Roofing Partners; NWiR Mentoring Committee Vice Chair

Mentoring Series - Career Story/Guidance

Join the Mentoring Committee on our next Group Mentoring series. Listen to a panel of remarkable women tell their career story and how they got there. Learn what it takes to move your career forward and develop leadership skills.

Join us on April 20th @ 6:30 pm ET. Registration information coming soon!

 Christine Mockenhaupt, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWiR Councils Committee Chair
Mary Beth Reed, GAF; NWiR Councils Committee Vice Chair
If you have been part of a successful council startup, consider joining the NWIR Councils committee. We meet regularly with councils across the country who are looking for guidance and support to get their own local councils established. Your insight and wisdom will go a long way toward helping others find success. If you are interested, please contact the Councils Committee Chairs at

Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:

A New Virtual Council 

If any new members do not have a council to join, please contact Shelly Higgins at who is the chair for our newly founded virtual council now called the North America Council. We now have a home for everyone! The newly developed North America Council will have some exciting virtual activities and will also be joining councils from all over the U.S. and Canada every month with exciting projects and activities. The council was developed to ensure all members have a home council. Once more members in your area join (and we are sure they will!), local or regional councils can then be established.  

Adapting to Material Shortages and Price Escalations Seminar

The NWiR Charlotte Metro Council invites you to the seminar "Adapting to Material Shortages and Price Escalations" presented by Ashlee Poplin, a Special Counsel at Adams and Reese LLP.

April 21, 2022 | 11:30-12:30 PM
Adams and Reese LLP
3340 Toringdon Way, Ste 250, Charlotte NC 28277

Please RSVP, as space is limited to


NWiR Seattle - SheBuilds Project

Rebuilding Together South Sound, She Builds program features community revitalization projects that provide critical home repairs for women in need. NWiR Seattle will be partnering up again to complete a full roof replacement and yard clean-up for a single mother and grandmother in the south sound area.

Thank you to Beacon & Pabco for your material donations for this year's full roof replacement!
April 30th - 9 AM
Please use the link to signup - more information will be directly emailed to you. Register here...

NWiR Tampa Council Board 2022

A huge shout out to GAF and Mike Finster for once again hosting the NWiR Tampa Council with a plant tour and lunch. NWiR Tampa Council was invited to tour shingle plant in Tampa, FL. Followed by a presentation from Chris Marlatt, Q & A session, and lunch. Thank you for the awesome pink safety vests…made for women! (Note in our picture)

GAF supports National Women in Roofing as a Diamond Sponsor and regularly offers educational opportunities, both locally and nationally. We appreciate the continued support.

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events!


NWiR Minnesota Council - Contract Law

We had an amazing event in March and wanted to give a huge thank you to Courtney Ernston from Minnesota Construction Law for presenting on Contract Law and answering the group's questions on this complex subject. It was very informative.

Another shout out to GulfEagle for sponsoring this event, without funding from amazing sponsors we would not be able to host free events for members and non-members. Thank you, Betsy Ciccarelli and GulfEagle for your support of NWiR - MN.

This event also brought a bunch of new faces of non-members who were able to get a glimpse of what this amazing organization offers and lots of interest in joining!

We look forward to our next event and WARMER weather!

NWiR New York City Council Sip & Social

The New York City Council has revved rp after a long hiatus. Kicking off the council we celebrated National Women in Roofing at our first Annual Sip & Social at The Liberty Bar & Grille in Manhattan on March 24th 2022. We had a wonderful night meeting with Pre-COVID members and new members.


NWiR Tennessee Council May Meeting

The Tennessee Council will hold their 2nd quarter Council meeting on May 18th from 11 am to 12:30 pm CT. Come join us at Rackley Roofing's training facility for some hands-on learning focused on TPO! More details to come soon so keep an eye on your email and the Council socials!

NWiR Dallas-Fort Worth Council: Successful Charity Drive & Upcoming Top Golf

Thank you to all who helped, sponsored and attended the first NWIR DFW Charity Ball. We chose ARC which is The Association for the Recovery of Children. They are an all-encompassing child rescue recovery program. They fight for children who are trafficked, abducted, exploited, abused or kidnapped. They fight to bring our American children HOME and won't stop until the child is returned. We featured a Casino night and Silent Auction and we were able to raise over $15,000 for ARC. Huge thanks to our sponsors: 838 Coatings, Buyers Barricades, Buyers Safety, CSL Materials, KPost, NRP, Service First Solutions, SRS and United Rentals!

Please join us for networking on Thursday, April 28th at Top Golf in The Colony!

NWiR Northern New Jersey Council Celebrates Women's History Month

The Northern NJ council partnered with the all virtual “National” council and celebrated Women’s History Month in a lunchtime Zoom get-together on March 30, 2022.

Council Chair Erica Sherman lead the group through the evolution of the primarily European event, International Women’s Day, to President Carter’s proclamation of Women’s History month in 1980, to Congress passing public law 100-9 in 1987, designating March as Women’s History Month. Read more...


Open Nominations: Beacon Roofing North American Female Roofing Professional of the Year

BEACON Recognizes Female Roofing Professionals:
Opens Nominations for North American Female Roofing Professional of the Year

Herndon, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 8, 2022—In honor of International Women’s Day, Beacon (Nasdaq: BECN) announced today the launch of its second annual North American Female Roofing Professional of the Year contest, shining a spotlight on women in the roofing industry across the U.S. and Canada. Beacon encourages the public to nominate a female roofing professional who has exuded excellence, faced adversity, been an industry trailblazer, or gone above and beyond for a customer, co-worker, or her community.

Nominations are welcome now through April 11 by visiting the contest website. Five finalists will be announced in May, and the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite finalists. Beacon will announce the winner and runners-up in June. The five winners will receive prize money to support further professional development such as attending the International Roofing Expo. Read more...

SRS Para Latinos Program

I started in the roofing industry in August 2014 as a Territory Manager in the Atlanta, GA market. In 2017-2018 I joined the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Council in Atlanta, GA and led the education pillar. As a Latina in roofing, I found so much support from other women in the industry and made relationships that still stand today. I encourage all women in the roofing industry to join National Women in Roofing and if there is no council near you, start one! The benefits from networking and support from other women and allies shaped me to be the stronger woman that I am today in roofing. I am privileged to share my SHERO story in the roofing industry through NWiR’s newsletter and showcase the next phase of my journey, the SRS Para Latinos program. Read more...

The Women of Duro-Last: More than A Statistic

According to recent statistics, women make up only 10.9% of the workforce in the construction industry. At Duro-Last®, diversity and inclusion are key elements of our company culture, and we are proud to participate in organizations that promote and explore the value that women bring to traditionally male-dominated industries like roofing. In honor of National Women in Construction Week, held March 6th – 12th, we asked women throughout our organization to share their thoughts on establishing a career in roofing and the importance of encouraging other women to explore opportunities that they may not have considered before. Here is the valuable advice they have to share:

Cotney Construction Law Joins Adams and Reese to Create One of the Largest Construction Practices in Country

Adams and Reese LLP has recently announced the expansion of its nationally-ranked construction practice with the combination of Tampa, Florida-based Cotney Construction Law LLP, a full-service legal and consulting firm serving the construction and infrastructure industries with 16 attorneys and professionals located across the United States. These additions join Adams and Reese's current roster of 58 construction attorneys and takes the group to 75, now one of the largest construction practices in the country. The combined practice now boasts eight Florida Bar board-certified construction lawyers, as well as two Florida-certified general contractors. Read more...


Women Belong in Roofing

Ladies of Summit Point Roofing wearing "Women Belong in Roofing" sweatshirts in celebration of International Women's Day & Women in Construction Week 2022.

CPWR will offer webinar in Spanish

The Center for Construction Research and Training offers a webinar in Spanish about organizing events focused on fall prevention and properly using personal fall-protection systems. The webinar, “OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR Evento de la Campaña Nacional de Prevención de Caídas: Uso adecuado de los sistemas personales de protección contra caídas,” is available on their website.

Falls are the leading cause of construction work-related death, and the ninth annual National Safety Stand-Down will be May 2-6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls in the construction industry.

During the hour-long webinar, participants will learn how to organize or attend events focused on fall prevention, as well as training in the proper use of personal fall-protection systems, including harness size, anchor selection and measures to take if a worker is suspended with the personal fall-protection system activated.

Share information about the webinar with your Spanish-speaking employees and encourage them to register.

NWiR Breakfast at IIBEC

Many NWiR members attended the IIBEC Annual Convention & Tradeshow and NWiR hosted a breakfast this year in addition to an educational session and booth at the trade show. What a turn out!

Keep a look out for next event coming up at FRSA!


Reroofing Market Index Survey on Q1 Activity Now Open

Roofing contractors and roof consultants are invited to take part in a Quarterly Market Index Survey for Reroofing.

The purpose of the survey is to take the pulse of the reroofing industry on a quarterly basis and become a regular barometer of the industry’s business conditions. Industry professionals have an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences regarding reroofing as a sector of their businesses.

The survey is an industry wide effort to collect information about the reroofing market spearheaded by a coalition of trade associations. In order to have accurate business forecasting and planning, your input is desperately needed!

Take the Quarterly Market Index Survey for Reroofing now. Survey responses may be submitted through April 18.



NWiR Tampa Council: Diversity, with Dr. Jessica Stahl - April 8
NWiR Austin Council: Monthly Luncheon - April 13
NWiR Columbus Council Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Art of your Elevator Speech, ft. Jodi Thomas - April 13
NWiR Canada Council- Conciliation Travail Famille Par Stephanie Milot - April 13
DE&I Committee Meeting - April 14
Stand Up Meeting for New Members - April 18
Advocacy in the Roofing Industry Panel - April 20
Community Service Committee Meeting: Launch 2022 - April 21
NWiR Canada Council - Adding Value to Already Great Green Roofs - Award Winning Rooftop Farm Case Study - April 21
Roof Restoration Virtual Training Event! - April 21
NWiR Oklahoma Council - Lunch & Learn - April 27
DC (Virtual) Walking Tour with Julie Butler - April 28
NWiR Austin Council Monthly Happy Hour - April 28
NWiR Southwest Florida Inaugural Meet & Greet - April 28
NWiR Columbus Council Safety Stand Down at Play Columbus - May 4
NWiR Philadelphia Council Cinco de Mayo Networking Event - May 5
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

How Small Businesses Can Best Navigate the 2022 Tax Season

One of the things I love doing as part of my job is environmental
scanning – which just means staying on top of new research, articles, and initiatives that affect the various segments of the roofing industry.

I saw this come across my desk from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and thought it might be of interest to NWiR members.

Over the last two years, the pandemic has caused tax deadlines to shift and brought about federal relief programs — all affecting how small businesses file income taxes. Although the 2022 tax season is shaping up to be closer to “business as usual,” there are some considerations of which small business owners need to be aware.
Key takeaways:
Unlike 2020 and 2021, there are no major changes small businesses need to know for this tax season.
In the early days of the pandemic, Congress allowed businesses to defer unemployment and employer taxes from their payroll. Those who elected to do so need to pay those taxes for the 2022 tax season.
Tax preparation is an ongoing process, so business owners should meet with their accountant and bookkeeper regularly.

Click here to visit the website for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and continue reading about navigating tax season in CO–’s guide for small businesses.

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