South Florida Council Board of Directors 2020

South Florida Council

Council Leadership

  • Chair: MaryBeth Reed, GAF (marybeth.reed@gaf.com)
  • Vice Chair: Amilly Alvarez-Washington, Optamiss (amilly@optamiss.com)
  • Secretary: Krystal DiAlberto, Nast Roofing (nastroofkrystal@gmail.com
  • Treasurer: Deborah Roache, Grace Roofing (droache@graceroofing.net)
  • Additional Chairs:

    Communications Chair - Karen Jordan, Karnak Corporation (kjordan@karnakcorp.com)
    Community Service Chair - Karina Cristancho, Crown Roofing (karina@redflowerpower.com)
    Membership Chair - Jackie Hart, The Estimating Edge (jhart@edgeestimating.com)
    Education Chair Broward County - Alexandra LaBarr, Xandra Marketing (alex@xandramarketing.com)
    Education Chair Miami/Dade County - Claudia Abbona, GAF (claudia.abbona@gaf.com)
    Education Chair Palm Beach County - Sandy Giel, United Claims Specialists (sandy@ucsfl.com)
    Networking Chair Broward County - Joanne Rios, PSI Roofing (jrios@psi-roofing.com)
    Networking Chair Miami/Dade County - Damarys Rodriguez, Suncoast Roofers Supply - (drodriguez@suncoastrooferssupply.com)
    Networking Chair Palm Beach County - Erica Bergeron, Gulf Eagle (ericab@gulfeaglesupply.com)

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Message From The Council

Welcome to the South Florida Council NWIR homepage.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic we understand that there is a lot of uncertainty as to what lies ahead of us.For the safety of our members and participants, the South Florida Council will be holding monthly web-based meetings until we can safely meet together again. As a nation of Americans working together and caring for each other, we will survive and come back stronger than ever. We wish you good health and stay safe.

Thank you to our 2020 Annual Sponsors

 

EVENT FOLLOW UPS

 

June 2020

June Monthly Membership Virtual Meeting

Roofing Repair or Replacement

 

 

Meet The Walters

National Women in Roofing South Florida is honored to be spearheading a relief effort for a

family in dire need who has been adversely affected by COVID-19.

National Women in Roofing South Florida is honored to be spearheading a relief effort for a family in dire need who has been adversely affected by COVID-19. Please visit MEET THE WALTERS to learn more about this local family and add your name to the growing list of neighbors – both businesses and individuals – who have been moved to help.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for complete roof replacement and to repair damage inside their home.

Our introduction to the Walters family began with Marlene Contreras, Offshore Roofing, who was reroofing a small home in Ft. Lauderdale when several neighbors individually approached her regarding a “family down the street”. Marlene learned that the ceilings in the Walters’ home had collapsed in several rooms due to water intrusion from a roof that was in complete disrepair. With no homeowner’s insurance and a very limited income, this family had no idea where to turn for help.

Marlene contacted the family and learned that Clayton Walters became disabled when he suffered a heart attack after being shot while working as a taxi driver. Since that time, his wife Annette has been the primary earner in the family, working as a Teacher’s Aid for the Broward County School District. During the COVID-19 pandemic both Clayton and Annette were hospitalized with pneumonia. Also living in the home is Clayton and Annette’s daughter, Valencia, a senior at FAMU in Tallahassee, who because of COVID-19, is completing her degree in Health Informatics Information Management via online classes, and their grandson Malik, who will be graduating high school in a virtual graduation ceremony on June 25.

 

Marlene brought this story – along with pictures of the disintegrating roof – to National Women in Roofing South Florida to see if we knew of any charities or organizations that could assist. We directed her to a couple but, upon contacting them, it quickly became apparent that no one would be able to help the family now. Realizing time is of the essence – the rainy season is already well upon us – we put our heads and hearts together to see what we could do.

After meeting this amazing family and hearing their story, we understood why their neighbors wanted to help them, why their neighbors would proactively reach out to others on their behalf. And we responded by reaching out to contractors, distributers, manufacturers, and other service providers. Within hours we had an action plan in place to assist this family. Much of the labor and materials we need to replace the Walters’ roof and to repair the inside of their home is being donated; but there is so much to be done!

Just one example of the willing spirit and generosity we’ve already seen expressed was last Saturday. Zack Wallick, owner of Kairos Roofing, learned about the plight of this family at 6:30 pm Friday night. His response: Zack and his crew showed up at the Walters’ residence at 8:00 Saturday morning and tarped their roof!

 

 

 

The list is growing quickly and we look forward to adding your name here. A HUGE THANK YOU to these companies who have already committed their support to this project:

Brical Concrete Services

GAF

Kairos Roofing

LB Development & Engineering

MAK Painting

North Star Contractors, Inc.

Offshore Roofing

Suncoast Roof Supply

United Claims Specialists

Wells Electric Technology

Please visit the Go Fund Me page to learn more about this amazing family and to see how you can help

MEET THE WALTERS. And, please share this on your social media

Make A Wish Fundraiser Success

 

Thank you, everyone, for your generosity, and for helping us reach our goal of $5,000 to contribute to Make-A-Wish South Florida. $5,000 is the average cost for granting a wish to a recipient child. By making this contribution through RCASF, National Women in Roofing South Florida, as a Signature Sponsor, will actually have the opportunity to learn about the wish WE helped come true and the child who receives it. We look forward to sharing that with you as a follow up article!
We’d like to give a special thank you to Harvey Cohen, Cohen Law Group, for matching the contributions we received during their Make-A-Wish Happy Hour Fundraiser. In addition, National Women in Roofing South Florida matched ALL donations received $1 for $1, which brought us to our grand total of $5,000. Together we really did “Make A Wish Come True!”

May 2020

May Monthly Membership Virtual Meeting –

Happy Hour Bingo

 

National Women in Roofing South Florida enjoyed our first Happy Hour Bingo on Thursday, May 14. We had a peak of 17 players with some “special appearances” by spouses and children. Congratulations to Kim Burns, ABC Supply Company, for winning Best Backdrop with her ‘day at the beach’ theme – complete with bikini top, and Nina Rosado, Beacon Building Products, for winning Best Quarantine Outfit – it turns out Nina has spent the last 8 weeks in her pajamas. Bingo winners, of $25 gift cards, were: Alicia Maldonado, Boral Tile; Lynne Johnston, Earl Johnston Roofing; Nina Rosado, Beacon Building Products; and Vicki Benrubi. A special THANK YOU to Alexandra LaBarr, Xandra Marketing, for “Zoom”-ing us all together. Everyone had a great time!

 

April 2020

April Monthly Membership Virtual Meeting

Wine Down Wednesday

Virtual Games to Play Over Zoom—Online Games to Play on Zoom

On April 8th we successfully had our first virtual themed monthly membership meeting called “Wine-Down Wednesday”. Some of us worked from home, some of us that are essential services worked out in the field. We logged on with our beverage of choice to “wine” down from the day and experienced our new way of meeting together. It was followed by our very on member Alexandra LaBarr who gave an informative presentation providing great tips on how to work remotely in this new virtual frontier for some of us. It was a good turn out and we look forward to May. Stay safe.

FUNRAISER

Make A Wish Come True

In this time of crises, how rewarding it is to be able to bring joy to others.  That is why National Women in Roofing South Florida is participating in the RCASF’s Annual Make-A-Wish Corporate Challenge. Our goal is to raise $5,000, which will allow us to be recognized as a 2020 Signature Sponsor and grant the wish of a local child

Wish kids are some of the bravest and sweetest kids you’ll ever know. They wish to work in a pickle factory, become a superhero, go snorkeling, give their baseball team new uniforms, and push all of the buttons in a tall building’s elevator. Their innocence and unexpected wisdom stays with you.

A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their critical illnesses. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically. That is why wishes matter.

We are fundraising so more courageous kids and their families can know the happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. Please help by donating today! To share in this amazing opportunity, please click below to donate

March 2020

Scheduled Events were cancelled due to Covid-19

February 2020

Testing Protocols and Demonstration of Test Procedures Required for Use in High Velocity Hurricane Zone

NWIR South Florida would like to thank Atlantic & Caribbean Roof Consulting for hosting our February event. Shirad Ali led approximately 40 attendees through a discussion of roof testing protocols: why certain tests are needed, when they are needed, and how they are conducted. As on of the leaders in the roofing industry for product testing, as well as a certified Miami Dade testing laboratory, participants in the vent were able to see first hand what is involved in obtaining Product Approvals, NOS’s, Roof System Fire Classifications, and more.

 

January 2020

MUDGIRL Mud Run

Saturday Jan. 25th started off as a gorgeous day for a group of women from NWIR South Florida Council, who suited up in their #PINKARMY athletic gear to participate in support of fighting breast cancer. The ladies were challenged by a 3.2 mile course with 17+ obstacles leading them to get down and dirty in the mud creating a sense of comradery among them for a good cause.

“The event was amazing! Beautiful day with strong ladies all pushing each other to make it through the difficult obstacles and laugh through the cold water and mud. Made us all feel so supportive of each other’s success” stated Erica Bergeron from Gulfeagle Supply.

“I felt like it was a great example of team building / teamwork: we ALL had strengths where we excelled and challenges where we got to encourage each other through”, stated Mary Beth Reed our Council President.

 

Communication and The Power Of Choice

We started the year with our first event held and hosted by PSI Roofing, we had a great turn out  48  in attendance . The room was packed with familiar faces and many new ones, a very diverse group representing many areas in our industry. The guest speaker Julia Aquino-Serrano, CEO and Founder of SheDefined was phenomenal. She spoke on how to use and understand our communication style when persuading our listeners, while recognizing others’ communication style to build a bridge in conflict. She also spoke about understanding the power of choice and intention in communication that we have when interacting with others. The audience participation was outstanding and from the feedback we received very enjoyable and useful information to apply in our daily lives. We want to thank our Sponsor PSI Roofing for holding & hosting  the event and Julia for a wonderful insight in the world of communication.

A fun time had by a great diverse group of women.

 

Great turn out, 48 in attendance

 

November 2019 – Event follow Up

Your Thanksgiving Giving – Feeding Single Mothers and their Children with Circle Enterprises and The Sheridan House

 

 

Thank you for all your donations! With your help, we raised over $2800. In partnership with Circles Enterprises, these donations allowed us to provide 300 single mothers, affiliated with The Sheridan House, a turkey for Thanksgiving, as well as provide all the “fixins” for the entire Thanksgiving meal to 100 of those families. The turkeys and groceries were distributed on Saturday, November 23rd at the Sheridan House as part of a half-day event that included a sit-down breakfast for all moms, the opportunity to “shop” for clothing in The Sheridan House boutique ( all clothes were donated and provided to the mothers at no charge), receipt of their Thanksgiving groceries, and a car wash.

For security reasons, we are not able to video or photograph the recipients; but, please watch the videos below to see the full impact of what your donations provided – the last two videos were taken at The Sheridan House just prior to the event kickoff.

https://www.facebook.com/karinacircles/videos/10221429658795259?d=n&sfns=mo

https://www.facebook.com/karinacircles/videos/10221429813839135?d=n&sfns=mo

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