August 2018 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

Shari Carlozzi, National Sales Manager, Roofing Division, Hapco Inc. & NWIR Chair Shari Carlozzi

Let’s talk about work-life balance…again. Some say there is no such thing as work-life balance for women in any industry. This may be an area where we look to our male colleagues for some clarity Everyone wants to be that super-woman/super-mom, and many of us achieve that status. But I have to tell you, that 24/7 lifestyle is not meant for the long haul. Be kind to yourself.

If there’s one thing I have learned throughout my career, it’s that it’s easy to pile on more demands of family, friends and career, but there are still only 24 hours a day and you are allowed to sleep at least 7 of them. Sleep is NOT overrated, it’s healthy and without your health you are no good to your job, your family and certainly not yourself.

I am guilty as charged. I have burned the candle at both ends in the quest to satisfy my family and my career (both of which I love) only to find myself with a short fuse at the end of the day. I have worked with some really dynamic male colleagues, you know, the “go to guys” who seem to get everything done and they have no problem saying their schedule is full and their day is over. So why is it so difficult for me/us?

Take some time away from your desk for lunch, plan your day and stick to that TO DO list that you create for the next day’s events and appointments. I have a great breathing relaxation exercise that takes only minutes to help you start your day, manage stressful situations throughout your day or even help you wind down at the end of the day for a better night’s sleep. It really works! I am happy to share it with you.

We are allowed to say “no” or “not today” when our schedules are full. Maybe tomorrow really is a better day for that task OR perhaps something on today’s TO DO list can be pushed to tomorrow to accomplish that task today. You may just find that the quality of the work you do is better when your mind is clear and rested.

I am diligently working on re-establishing and maintaining a reasonable work day schedule. I really do like to have dinner before 7:30pm…and I’m getting better at it. Empower yourself to find the work-life balance that works best for YOU. It may take a little time to develop, but it’s worth it!

Be kind to yourself. You are worth it!



The Power of Social Media and Recruitment

Do you follow NWIR on social media? One of the best ways to create interest in what we are doing is to share it! When you see a post from NWIR on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram, share it! Like it! Comment on it! The more your friends and follower see what a great industry roofing is, the more they will want to join our profession.

As always, please send us your photos, videos, stories, etc. that we can then share among local councils and across social media. Let’s show the outside world what it’s like to be a woman in roofing! Send items to



Shelly Duhaime- Education Committee Chair NWIR

While everyone’s been enjoying their summer vacations our committee has been actively working to develop relative educational content while instituting strategies for committee development, mentorship and leadership roles. Our webinar series continues in September with a networking piece, “Are we Networking or Netweaving?” on September 26 at 12:00 pm EDT which focuses on that famous elevator speech as well as the different approaches to expanding your network.

Last month we added our safety segment to the newsletter which will become a permanent feature, big thank you to Michele Pratt, of OSEA for her continued contributions.

Similarly, starting with the September Edition we will begin our newsletter series on “Work-life Balance” tackling all the challenges of womanhood in construction on a monthly basis with practical relevant content.

As a part of committee development and mentoring initiative the Education Committee will be rotating meeting leadership on a monthly basis so each committee member will have an opportunity to lead the meeting, create the agenda and submit the newsletter report. Next month’s meeting leader is Kayla Schlicker from Duro-Last who will be providing the update for the September newsletter.

We would also like to welcome our newest committee member Kim Speer of RoofConnect.

Safety: Weather Safety Tips

By Michele Pratt, OSEA.
No matter what climate you encounter daily you must be aware of how to keep yourself safe in changing weather conditions. Hundreds of people die annually in the US because of heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, flash floods, powerful thunderstorms, and winter storms. How do we protect ourselves from the elements outdoors? Read the full article. 


Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc. & NWIR Councils Committee

For information on these and other Councils and Council events, please visit the Councils pages on the website.

NWIR Arizona Council

The NWIR commitment to ARCA community events is apparent by the outpouring of support from our members to the individual committees. This year on June 23rd, 2018 NWIR supported the New Pathways for Youth 21st Annual Charity Bowling Event. New Pathways for Youth’s (NPFY) mission is to empower youth to fulfill their potential through mentoring and life skill development. We have several of our NWiR members part of the ARCA Bowling Committee.

On July 14th, 2018 NWiR also supported the ARCA’s 15th Annual Raising the Roof for Youth on their own charity bowling event. It was also a great success. Youth on their own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County. We are proud to be part of such an amazing event.

On August 13, GAF will be doing a hands-on product training and demo for NWiR Arizona Chapter at Elite Roofing Supply Yard, 5150 N. Tom Murray Ave., Glendale, AZ.

On August 24 we are attending the Diamondbacks vs Mariners networking event at Chase Field. Purchase tickets here.

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NWIR Connecticut/New York Council

The NWIR-CT/NY Council will be co-hosting a fundraiser with one of our members, Tammy Strong, and her company, Disaster Restoration Services. A Family Fun Day will be held on September 15th to raise money for the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp located in Connecticut.

We’ve already started receiving lots of in-kind donation for the Stuff-A-Truck event! For a list of items needed or for more information on how you can get involved, please contact Tammy Strong at

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NWIR Northern NJ Council

Thank you to those who were able to attend our meeting at Allied Building Products last month. We had a nice evening of networking, planning and hearing from a fantastic speaker, Greta Bajrami. She was able to give us so many takeaways from her experience in the startup of her own roofing contractor business that apply in so many situations.

Upcoming events – Sat. Sept 29 (7:45am – 3:30pm) Habitat for Humanity Build in Paterson. This event is limited to 10 people, 4 have signed up so far, so if you are interested, please sign up here to hold your

NWIR North New Jersey Meeting in July at Allied Building Products

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NWIR Oklahoma Council

Oklahoma Council held its first informal meeting on July 21st. Hosted by NWIR, current Oklahoma members as well as contractors, installers and suppliers from across the state enjoyed dinner, drinks and networking at Kat’s Tavern in Oklahoma City. Malarkey Roofing Products, Crossroads Roofing Supply, Whirlwind Roofing, Pizano Construction, Chevy Remodeling, Range Construction, and many others were represented.

Our first formal meeting, focusing on leadership positions, will be held in August and hosted by Malarkey Roofing Products. Malarkey has pledged to be Oklahoma’s first sponsor and will provide a guest speaker, tour of the Oklahoma City Plant and a meal. Date and time TBA very soon!

NWIR Oklahoma’s first informal meeting in July

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NWIR Oregon Council

The Oregon Council is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special members-only wine tasting party. The event is scheduled for Friday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom, 404 SE 6th Ave. Portland, OR. Thanks to sponsors Gibraltar Building Products and Roofline Supply & Delivery. RSVP to Kaitlin Bliss at

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NWIR Tampa Council

Please join us August 16 at 5:30 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Straz Center, 1010 N W. C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602. Hot and cold appetizers will be provided after the tour and there will be a cash bar.

NWIR Members – No charge (thanks to our sponsors)
Non-members – $20.00 or join for $60.00/year and attend for no charge (payable on NWIR website)

NAWIC Guests-$20.00 (payable on NAWIC website)
Please RSVP by August 13 to or Dawn Holsinger,, 727-420-3112

Thank you to our sponsors for this event:
GAF Commercial; Manny Sierra, TAMCO; Brian Kocsis, ABC Supply; Tim Stark

NWIR Tampa July Council Meeting


Featured Sponsors

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our sponsors. Each month we will be highlighting them here.

Hapco, Inc.
Hapco, Inc. is an authorized heat tool sales, service and repair center and one of the few distributors who provide turnkey systems design and engineering services to the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. The company continues to grow becoming one of the largest industrial heat tool distributors in the Americas with exports worldwide. The performance and reliability of Hapco products provide customers with unmatched service for plastic and process heat applications. Visit them at

Nations Roof
Since 2004 Nations Roof has been making its mark on the American commercial roofing industry with quality workmanship, award-winning safety standards, exceptional customer service, while remaining competitively priced. Through their comprehensive asset management program, and service programs, Nations Roof helps customers extend the life of their roof at every stage of its lifecycle, and when the time comes to install a new roof, their partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers means that Nations Roof offers roofing systems for every type of project. Visit them at

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG, Inc. is a leading global supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial and residential construction applications. The company operates two business units: OMG Roofing Products ( and FastenMaster (, and has facilities in Agawam, Mass., Addison, Ill., Arden and Charlotte, N.C. as well as in Rockford, Minn. OMG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Partners, a diversified holding company with businesses in energy, financial services and manufacturing.

The ROCKWOOL Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation. We offer a full range of high-performing and sustainable insulation products for the construction industry. Our insulation products are based on innovative stone wool technology and today we are the world’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation. The ROCKWOOL group also includes a range of sister companies delivering specialist solutions for the horticultural, marine and offshore sectors. Visit them at

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance
Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance helps manage building life cycles for customers in education, healthcare, sports, government, manufacturing and many other industries. Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance is a division of Tremco Incorporated, which has been in business since 1928; we work closely with Tremco Incorporated subsidiary WTI, which provides general contracting and roofing services, and Canam Building Envelope Specialists, which provides air barrier analysis and solutions. Visit them at



FRSA Recap

NWIR reception was fantastic! Thank you to our sponsors, speakers, volunteers and attendees. Thank you to all that volunteered at the booth as well. We recruited many new members and created new relationships.


Upcoming national/regional events with NWIR are as follows:

These conventions are a great opportunity to network and gain education, as well as to stay up to date on the newest technical information about roofing and related industries.

Best of Success
Sept. 24-25 in Frisco, Texas
Several NWIR members will be attending the Best of Success conference hosted by Roofing Contractor. We’ll have a post on our Facebook page so NWIR members can connect with each other and plan to meet up while there.

Rutherford Housing Partnership Women Roofers at Girls Build Conference
You may have heard of the “Women Roofers” who provide repairs to the homes of qualified low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Rutherford County, North Carolina as part of the Rutherford Housing Partnership. NWIR is sponsoring two of the roofers to attend the Girls Build conference as instructors, but also to learn about the conference to determine if they can implement something similar on the East Coast. Follow them on Facebook:
and at

Upcoming industry events

Safe + Sound Week is August 13 – 19, 2018
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Learn how to participate and sign up for updates.