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July 2021 Newsletter
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

NWIR Day 2021
 
Knock, knock…KNOCK, KNOCK.  Do you hear that?  I do and the knocking keeps getting louder as NWIR Day is upon us in just 33 days on August 8th in Las Vegas.  We are excited for the opportunity for all of us to meet in person, FINALLY!  See friends you haven’t seen since COVID, meet new friends, meet others in your regions (we will break up into some regions), and walk away with some great connections, knowledge, and a renewed spirit.
 
We have a great line up schedule for the day starting with a new member gathering first thing in the morning, great talks with our Diamond Sponsors, and an amazing afternoon with 7 sessions for each of our 3 breakout periods.  We are finalizing our menus, headshot schedule, NWIR attendee bags, Rising Star and World Awards, and our reception for the evening.  Our events team at Civica has been working diligently to meet our requests and ideas to make this another successful event for everyone.
 
We will be taking COVID precautions and will have a sticker system to allow you to determine your level of contact that others can see so everyone is comfortable in our new environment.
 
There is still time to register and join us! Register here.  We can’t wait to see you!


Renae Bales, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing
COMMUNICATIONS
Liz Garza, MyRoofingCrew; NWiR Communications Committee Chair

Seeking Editor to lead the Writers Guild!

Are you interested in helping further the industry through creative writing? NWiR is looking for an Editor to lead a team of writers as they create educational, inspirational, and technical content for members. If you are interested in this opening please reach out to Liz Garza at communications@nationalwomeninroofing.org

DIVERSITY, EQUITY &   

INCLUSION

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

NWiR Day Session: LGBTQ 101 – How to be an ally with Dr. Alexandria White

This session will introduce commonly used terminology associated with the LGBTQ+ community. Attendees will learn about acronyms, pronoun usage and ways to be an ally. Dr. Alexandria White has 15 years of experience delivering training around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more...

Summer Reading List – Up To 8 years

With the school year wrapping up, parents and children may be looking for summer reading lists. The NWiR DEI committee has compiled a list of books that touch on topics of race, gender, and people from different backgrounds. We hope you enjoy reading these books as much as we have! Read more...

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

Hot Summer Days of July! 

Has it been hot enough for you? Well, get ready! It’s going to get even hotter yet!!

The NWiR Education Committee has been hard at work bringing you roofing industry knowledge. Every month we are featuring a different topic. We are offering an AIA accredited continuing education course each month for that topic. Last month we had an overwhelming response to hurricanes and tropical storms. Over 100 people signed up for our “Metal Roofing – Wind Uplift(ing) or Not?” webinar sponsored by S-5!. 60-70 actual participants attended. Thank you for joining us!! We appreciate you taking advantage of all the hard work we put into these events we offer. Read more...


July Technical Education

The heat of July is bringing a new HOT TOPIC : Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

Many people think that ‘single ply’ is the answer to their flat roofing. Single-ply roofing membranes have only one thing in common – that is: they are single ply, or just one layer of membrane that is a waterproofing barrier. The similarity stops there. Read more...

EVENTS
Monica Pedrique Vornbrock, The GLO Group; NWIR Events Committee Chair
Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

 

NWiR at the FRSA Annual Convention 2021

NWiR is hosting a special event, which is free for NWiR Members to attend. The NWiR Mentoring and Networking reception is being held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 frpm 3:30pm – 5:30pm. This insight-filled session will allow you the opportunity to network with other NWiR members and hear from a panel of industry professionals in an open forum setting and talk about workplace conflict de-escalation techniques. Bring your questions, past experiences and be ready to share with other attendees. Read more...
 MEMBERSHIP
  Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Chair
Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

Estimating Training Program by Cotney Consulting Group

For anyone considering getting into estimating, Cotney Consulting Group offers a complete course with eleven modules that cover every aspect of the business, from essential math to roofing skills, processes and materials. You will learn how to bid projects and the code requirements you will need to know.

CCG also offers a self-paced advanced estimating course to build on the skills you already know and will soon offer a Professional Certificate in Roofing Estimating. Read more...

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

Recipients of the N.E.W.S Conference Attendee Program

NWIR is honored to offer for a third year the scholarship program for first-time contractor attendees to NWIR Day and the 2021 IRE and NRCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This program is designed to encourage first-time attendees who work for a contractor to experience the benefits of professional development in the roofing industry.  Attendance at these events can influence one’s career trajectory and benefit not just the attendee, but her company/employer as well. Read more...

Lisa Willett, Operations Manager
Twin City Roofing, St Paul, MN







Breianna Dahl, Marketing Manager
Northeast Wisconsin & Tulsa OK, Roof Medics









Sarah Lechowich, CEO and Founder
True North Roofing, Cottage Grove, MN







Lisa Conti
USA General Contractors Corp. 

 COUNCILS
  Karen Edwards, Casimir Group; NWiR Councils Committee Chair
 Christine Mockenhaupt, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWiR Councils Committee Vice Chair

NWiR Seattle Council

GAF opened their Lakewood, WA training facility to the Seattle Council of National Women in Roofing in June. The chapter was able to see firsthand the installation of GAF products through their mockup for the upcoming SheBuilds Project with Rebuilding Together South Sound in July. Read more...
 

NWiR Denver Council

June was a big month for the Northern Colorado & Denver Council, and we were proud to host a member meeting that reached across the nation! On June 22nd, our meeting was honored to host these renowned women in our local market. Read more...


 

NWiR Oregon Council

The NWiR Oregon Council had such a great time co-sponsoring a hole with Integrity Insurance & Bonding Inc at this year’s Associated Roofing Contractors golf ⛳️ tournament. We connected with over 50 roofing professionals from Oregon and Washington. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to learn more about National Women in Roofing!
 

NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council

The DFW Council had a great time at Top Golf! Thanks to all who came to network with us and special thanks to NRP and Beacon for sponsoring!


 


Mental Health Check


Mental health is just as important as physical health. We are hosting a mental health check to go over things we can all do to improve our mental state and how to get help when we need it! Read more...









 

NWiR Northern New Jersey Council

The Northern NJ council, together with GAF’s Women in Sustained Equality (WISE) and PB Roofing, hosted a virtual Roundtable on Unconscious Bias on June 15th. The lunchtime webinar was attended by over 100 people and focused on positive ways to support opportunities for women in a male majority industry. Council Chair and GAF Technical Sales Director, Lynn Picone moderated the discussion addressing sensitive issues like; emotion in the workplace, inclusivity in corporate events, hiring and promotion and women giving themselves permission to be authentic. Read more...

NWiR Central Virginia Council

The NWiR Central Virginia Council had a great time networking and enjoying some friendly competition playing the Angry Birds Game at our TOPGOLF Richmond event June 10th. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to future events!

SHAPING OUR FUTURE
  Celebrating women and their accomplishments

Christine Mockenhaupt

Christine Mockenhaupt has been promoted to Regional Operational Controller for the East Division for SRS Distribution. Her previous role with SRS was Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis. She also serves on the board for National Women in Roofing on the Councils Committee and has served as the Chair for the New Jersey Council. Way to go, Christine!

 

Madi Cazzola

Madi Cazzola has been promoted to Assistant Service Manager with NRP in Texas. Congratulations Madi and we look forward to seeing your next promotion! You are Shaping the Future of Roofing and we love it.
ROOFING IS: CONNECTION
In early 2021, knowing that we might not be able to hold our fourth annual NWiR Day in the spring, the Executive Committee started looking into a program that would deliver valuable content to members and offer the opportunity for our Diamond Sponsors to engage with the NWiR membership. Our Diamond Sponsors provide significant financial support to the association, support their employees being active members and holding leadership roles, and they walk the walk when it comes to empowering women in the roofing industry. Read more...
NWiR 5th ANNIVERSARY
NWiR is preparing to celebrate it’s 5th anniversary of empowering women in the roofing industry. Please take 10 seconds and tell us what you celebrate by working in the roofing industry.
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
 
The theme of this series, Unmask Mental Health, aims to destigmatize the mental health challenges and issues we all may face. Through candid conversations, we discuss topics such as anxiety, managing pandemic fear for parents and children, resilience, and more. NWiR’s goal is to provide tools and guidance when it comes to dealing with these sensitive topics.  All seven of the Mental Health Matters webinar series are available to members and non-members on a special page on the website.
INDUSTRY UPDATES

Importance of Professional Development and Continuing Education aka NWiR at the IRE

You probably already know this, but professional development and continuing education is important to developing careers in the roofing industry. Thankfully it’s not just enough to be able to schmooze anymore, customers and clients want business owners and sales people who are knowledgeable about the roofing assembly, and in some cases also the building envelope. Employees and colleagues want partners and managers who are emotionally intelligent, able to coach and mentor, and who have the skills to grow their business efficiently and effectively. Read more...


NWiR Day 2021

NWiR Day is held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo, sponsored by NRCA. The fourth annual NWiR Day is the premier conference for multidisciplinary women professionals in the roofing industry to get together to learn about the latest business strategies and tactics and share their secrets to success. Connect with professional, like-minded, good-spirited women from all facets of the roofing industry and experience insight, inspiration, and fun. Read more...

NWIR at the ROOFPAC Event

NWiR is a strong advocate of women making sure that their voices are heard by policymakers, and that is especially true for women in the roofing industry!

Many of us will be attending the NRCA ROOFPAC Reception and Live Auction, scheduled for Monday, August 9 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Location: House of Blues

Presented by NRCA ROOFPAC in partnership with NWiR. Don’t miss this Las Vegas experience! Join your roofing industry colleagues for this special event while supporting ROOFPAC, the voice of the roofing industry in Washington, D.C.! Read more...


Raise the Roof Benefit Concert

The SRS Raise the Roof Foundation Charity Concert is back! Join us for an exciting night of fabulous entertainment & FUNdraising!

The #1 Concert at the International Roofing Expo is back! Come join us for an amazing night of entertainment, fun, and fundraising at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas! We are thrilled to have musical guests Little Big Town and Darius Rucker performing! We will also have guest speakers from this year’s special partners – NWiR and Roofing Alliance. Read more...

INTER-INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Roofing industry urges Congress to co-sponsor the H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act

You may have recently seen the Action Alert from the National Roofing Contractors Association to “Urge Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3897, the H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act.”

As described by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the legislation proposes several key reforms to the H-2B temporary worker program, including the exemption of “returning H-2B workers from an antiquated and outdated annual quota.” As unemployment continues at significantly low numbers, businesses in both the roofing and manufacturing sectors are struggling to find adequate labor. Read more...


IIBEC Member Profile: Jennifer Keegan

We are so enormously proud of our executive committee member Jennifer Keegan, recently featured in an IIBEC member profile. We are grateful for the collaborative relationship between NWiR and IIBEC and especially for NWiR members like Jennifer who encourage and inspire us to have the hard conversations we need to change our industry for the better.
EVENTS, WEBINARS &

MEETINGS
DE&I Committee Meeting - July 8th 
Recruitment Committee Meeting - July 9th
New and Developing Councils Call - July 13, 20, 27 & August 10th 
First Get Together for Canada Council - July 13th 
Education Committee Meeting - July 14th 
DFW Council Mental Health Check - July 15th 
Stand Up Meeting for New Members - July 19
NWiR at the FRSA Annual Convention 2021 - July 21-23
NWiR Mentoring and Networking Reception at the FRSA Convention: Workplace Conflict De-escalation techniques - July 21st
Resilience in Roof Design - July 22
All Council Leaders Monthly Call - August 3rd
Membership Committee Meeting - August 4th
NWiR Day - August 8th 
NWiR at the ROOFPAC Event - August 9th 
NWiR at the International Roofing Expo 2021- August 10-12
NOTES FROM THE OFFICE
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

Roofing Industry Associations Coalition Continues Quarterly Market Index Survey for Reroofing

Roofing professionals are invited to join industry trade associations representing contractors, consultants and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada in taking part in the new 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. By asking a handful of business questions and measuring responses across a number of demographics, the survey helps give an indication of the reroofing market strength and trajectory. Read more...

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