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July 2022 Newsletter

Summer is in full swing, and that means vacations, backyard barbeques, and NWiR Summer events!

NWiR will have a large presence a the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo, with their Association’s 100thyear celebration.  Not only will you find us at our booth during the convention, but we will have a Mentorship and Networking Session on Wednesday, July 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

You will also find us on the West Coast in September for the Western States Roofing Contractors Association Annual Convention – The Western Roofing Expo.  NWiR will have a special breakfast with the Women of the WSRCA Board to learn from and network with. This will be held on Monday, September 26. 

Then, we are off to Dallas for the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association & RCAT Expo in Dallas Fort Worth.  
We also have a ton of local council events and great national webinars, like “Being the ‘Only’ in the Room” and “The Social Implications of Heat Inequity”.  Our book club is discussing Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance as well.  
Be sure to check out our events calendar for a full list of everything we have to offer.
Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing

 Rae July, Chinook Roofing; NWiR DEI Committee Chair
Jess Cress, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWiR DEI Committee Vice Chair                               

Dear NWIR Community,

With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, we recognize there are women in our organization with differing opinions. Our intent is not to offend any woman, period. Abortion is a difficult topic to address. It’s a politicized issue, but also a deeply personal issue for women. The DEI Committee would like to recognize there will be opposing views regarding the topic of abortion. However, as women, we believe it is of the utmost importance to remain respectful of our choices and opinions. We may not all agree on the topic of abortion, but we must agree to respect each other in our discourse. Please do not let this issue divide us, but rather give us the opportunity to remain united as women in the roofing industry despite differences of opinion.

The DEI Committee
Read more here.

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

Keeping it Cool: Using Cool Roofs to Combat Heat Islands and Save Energy

Join a virtual presentation that will provide an overview of how cool roofs work to keep individuals, neighborhoods, and cities cooler while producing a multitude of other benefits. These benefits include how these materials are evaluated and labeled, and how third-party product ratings support the implementation of policies and programs that require or promote the use of these materials as strategies for reducing building energy use and mitigating urban heat islands. 

When: July 14, 2022, 03:00 PM ET
Register here.

Vegetated Roof Systems - Keeping it Cool

Join the Education Committee, virtually on July 28, 2022, at 3 PM ET for a broad discussion of vegetated roof systems, including their history, the variety of types, and the various components that comprise these systems, as well as their numerous benefits. 
Register here.

Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Levello Construction
; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

Books & Bubbly

"The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build or Merge Your Team, and Get Immediate Results"

When? July 26, 2022, 07:00 PM ET
Join the Books & Bubbly club and zoom chat here...


   Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Co Chair
Brenna Driver, Owens Corning; 
NWiR Membership Co Chair
Jae Horbacz, Kemper System America; NWiR Membership Vice Chair

Welcome New Members of NWiR

Jackie Hart with Estimating Edge and a long-time member of NWiR welcomed new members in June during our Stand UP Virtual Meet & Greet on June 20, 2022. It was a pleasure getting to know a little bit about these beautiful women and we welcome them!

New members included Veronica Clyburn from Sales Transformation Group who is now a member of the Oklahoma Council, Margaretha Petroff owner of Skylight Sales Inc and has joined the South Florida Council, Paula Sumberg an attorney from Beacon Sales Products and a new member of the Washington DC Council and Orion Doscher from Exterior Restorations who has not only joined the New York City Council but is helping the council as we kick into a full gallop with our social activities.

Welcome Ladies! We can’t wait to meet you in person!

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

Career Stories & Guidance

Ever wonder how women become successful in our industry? Come join the Mentoring Committee on August 27, 2022, at 6:00 PM ET for a panel discussion to learn about some of our industry leaders. Here are a few of the topics that will be discussed, their career story, how they got there, mistakes made, and leadership lessons/guidance
Register here.

 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:

NWiR Seattle Council

PNW Regional National Women in Roofing Networking Event & Day

Have you attended NWIR Day, or maybe you and your team have missed out… Join us at our inaugural Regional WIR Day with the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington.

Join us on Friday, October 21, 2022, for a fun evening of networking with friends, old and new, in Tukwila. 

On October 22, 2022, you will enjoy breakfast before we hear from our guest speakers about up-to-date knowledge within this industry.
Read more & register here.

RCAW Annual Golf Tournament

The NWiR Seattle Council had a great time at the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington’s Annual Golf Tournament. Our Council partnered up with our silver sponsor, Propel Insurance to sponsor a hole for the event. It was a great time!

NWiR Northern New Jersey Council

How It's Made on GAF R&D Tour

“You mean I get to rock a lab coat and fire the hail cannon?” asked second-time momma-to-be and talented Tapered Design Specialist, Veronika Chwieroth as the NWiR Northern New Jersey Council got ready to tour the R&D facilities at GAF’s national headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Read more here.

NWiR Oregon Council

Roof Donation for the Veterans Village!

Members of the NWiR Oregon Council re-roofed a building at the Veterans Village for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, Oregon. We worked together with Bliss Roofing Inc., Malarkey Roofing Products, and Dealers Supply Co., to donate materials, labor, and equipment to get the job done in one day. 
Read more here.

Golf Tournament Season!

The NWiR Oregon Council had a wonderful time at the Associated Roofing Contractors of Oregon and Washington Annual Golf Tournament last month. The group spent the day educating golfers on the impact National Women in Roofing has had on the community. It was a long day but the group managed to speak to over 150 roofing professionals!

NWiR Tampa Council

CPR Certified & Upcoming Events

Are you CPR certified?
The NWiR Tampa Council had the opportunity to get CPR certified in June. Thank you to Jamie Wetherington with Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal.
He provided our members with hands-on dynamic CPR-certified training.

Join the TC Board of Directors meeting Thursday, July 14, 2022, at  11:30 AM.
Contact Christina Smith if you are interested in joining the board.
More upcoming events here.

NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council

We Roof North Texas!

The NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council has had a productive month.

We started out at the NTRCA Not so Mini Trade Show in Grapevine. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and welcome to all the new friends we met.

Later in the month, we had a painting event – Paint Nite with Jessi! We had a great time painting and learning that everyone has a different artist inside them somewhere. We will feature Axe Throwing at Corky’s later.

Follow our LinkedIn page for more events and updates!


Owens Corning

Summer Stress is Real: 3 Tips to Center Yourself

The summer months are often painted as a time to relax and unwind, a time to soak up the sunshine and breathe a little easier. The reality is, working adults find summer to in fact be more stressful than the colder months. “We’re hardwired to think that summer is relaxing because we had it off as kids, but as adults, we still have full-time jobs, and when we do take time off, we often come back to hundreds of emails,” shares Romy Mushtaq, M.D., a neurologist and the chief wellness officer for Evolution Hospitality.
Read more.

Rackley Roofing

The Winners Circle

Rackley Roofing was the title sponsor for the Rackley Roofing 200. This NASCAR race was held on June 24, 2022, at the Nashville Superspeedway, the largest concrete-only track in NASCAR. Their driver, Matt DiBenedetto, competed in the #25 Rackley WAR Chevy truck.

This year was even more exciting for the Rackley crew because as an added bonus – the Nashville Superspeedway partnered with Middle Tennessee State University and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center to support the military, veterans, and the families of those who have served.
Read more here...

Beacon Roofing

National Partnership Announcement

Beacon and Rebuilding Together announced that they have established a two-year national partnership to provide home repairs for underserved neighbors in Beacon communities. Rebuilding Together is the leading national nonprofit organization with a vision to ensure safe homes and communities for everyone. The partnership will fund neighborhood projects in communities where Beacon operates as well as support Rebuilding Together’s national operations.
Read more here.

  Celebrating women and their accomplishments

Vanessa Williams Promoted

Our NWiR Tennessee Council member, Vanessa Williams, has been promoted to Director of Brand at Rackley Roofing Company in Carthage, Tennessee. She has joined a leadership seat in the company and is excelling tremendously in the industry. She currently sits on the mentorship committee at the national level. Her drive for learning has been inspiring for everyone in the TN Council and beyond. She is a great asset to NWiR and the Rackley Roofing teams.

The Queen of Co-op-etition

From farm girl to firefighter to roofer … sounds like a logical progression, right? NWiR member Renda Baird was recently featured in the Home & Garden section of Lavender magazine, describing her story of becoming the owner of Renda the Roofer. Congrats Renda!


Jen Dewar Promoted

Jen Dewar was promoted on May 16, 2022, to Director of National Retail Sales for Gibraltar Building Products. In this role, Jen will drive sales and lead change management for the 8-person retail sales team supporting big-box retailers across the country. Prior to joining Gibraltar Industries, Jen was the Merchant Director of Merchandising for The Home Depot, responsible for wood, vinyl, and composite fencing within the lumber department. Jen’s extensive retail career spans two decades across department stores and home improvement in supply chain and merchandising leadership. She has a passion for developing people and teams and would like to connect with you at the next NWiR event!

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling Named as 2022 Power Player

Roofing & Exteriors, the official digital media brand for the International Roofing Expo, announced in collaboration with IRE, today Virginia Harbeck, Owner and Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling was named to the Power Players list, an industry recognition program sponsored by SRS Distribution.

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling is renowned for its work in residential roofing in Central and Coastal North Carolina.
Read more here.
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NWiR Day 2023 - Call for Presentations

The sixth annual NWiR Day will be held on March 5, 2023, in Dallas, Texas (just prior to the IRE). To create an energetic and intuitive agenda that is responsive to the needs of women in the roofing industry, we are looking for your suggestions and contributions on best practices and important issues to empower women in the roofing industry. NWiR Day is not just another professional development conference; it is a time for women to engage in education, networking, and mentoring for the purpose of growing their careers and strengthening their businesses.

Our theme this year is: Performer to Powerhouse
Read more/submit presentations here.


NRCA Heat Stress Regulations and the Roofing Industry

In April 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a National Emphasis Program to protect U.S. workers from heat illness and injuries. Join us as we discuss the program’s key details and how it can potentially affect employers The webinar also will address regulatory and standard development progress, including the ANSI /ASSP A10.50 proposed standard on heat. Pre-registration is required.
More information here.

IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium in November

International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Partner for the First Time to Co-Host Building Enclosure Symposium in Milwaukee, WI, November 14–15, 2022.

More than 300 building enclosure professionals are expected to attend the 2022 Building Enclosure Symposium (BES), November 14–15, 2022, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The meeting marks a first‐time partnership between the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Topics at the event will include emerging technologies; codes and standards; specifications; forensics; and restoration. Leaders of the building enclosure consulting community will be exhibiting the latest products and technologies in the field.
More information here.


Reroofing Market Index Survey on Q2 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 re-roofing 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 re-roofing 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 July 18, 2022.

NWiR Columbus Council - Clippers Game - July 9
Education Committee Meeting - July 13
NWiR Austin Council - Monthly Luncheon - July 13
Keeping it Cool: Using Cool Roofs to Combat Heat Islands and Save Energy - July 14 
Stand Up Meeting for New Members 5 PM ET - July 18
NWiR at the FRSA Annual Convention 2022 - July 19 - 22
NWiR Tennessee Council - Business & Bowling - July 20
NWiR Networking Reception at FRSA - July 20
Events + Education + WIRE Bookclub - July 26
NWiR Oklahoma Council - July Meeting - July 27
Mentoring Session - July 27
Vegetated Roofing - July 28
NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council - AXE Throwing - July 28
NWiR Austin Council - Monthly Networking - July 28
Membership Committee Meeting - August 3
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

From the Office: The NWiR People

Back in the spring of 2020, the NWiR Executive Committee and I saw that NWiR needed additional operations, administrative, and programmatic support to be able to continue to grow.

Elizabeth Miller and I were the primary staff members, and the association was also supported by a cast of freelancers like Sarah Harwerth-DeMarco. We knew we needed more. So after a nationwide search, we hired a company that specializes in supporting associations like NWiR: CIVICA Management.

Civica came with a full staff of talented association administrators, and we were delighted to have Kori Sulewlski and Katryna Chamblin assigned to work with us. Over time, Kori received a promotion and then Tanya Arroyo also joined the NWiR team from Civica. 
Read more here. 

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