December 2017 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

Heidi J. Ellsworth, President, HJE Consulting Group & Current NWIR Chair 

Happy Holidays!!!!  As I look back at 2017, I look at how thankful I am.  I am incredibly thankful for my family, friends and career.  Yes, I am extremely blessed in all three areas.  They are intermingled with family who are friends, friends who are family and a career that continues to deliver the most amazing friends and experiences!

As I look forward to IRE and the end of my term as NWIR Chairperson, I am so grateful.  I love this group of ladies, and can claim them as dear friends.  I am excited to turn over the reigns of this amazing new association to my dear friend Shari Carlozzi.  Since that beach conversation three plus years ago, we have worked to develop a safe place for women to network while finding mentoring and education.  And we really want to recruit more women into roofing.  We have shared a vision that for the most part has come true and we are enjoying the success and contribution of NWIR to the roofing industry.

Now we are looking forward again.  What are the next steps for NWIR?  The councils are helping to lead the way.  They are fantastic.  Dynamic women who are making a real difference in the community, in the industry and for each of their careers.  We see the need to help Women in Crisis through strong community service while recruiting women to work from the rooftop to the boardroom in roofing.  We know the importance of advocating for women’s rights.  We continue to find a disturbing level of entitlement from people who harass, degrade and simply ignore women in the workforce.  This must change, and we are committed to being the voice of empowerment.

As you enjoy this holiday season, take some time to plan your IRE experience and plan to spend your first day at IRE at the first NWIR Day.  It is February 4, 2018 and will be the perfect start to a momentous week.  We will be showcasing women working together, sharing experiences and ideas.  We will empower, educate and mentor that we know will result in ongoing recruitment into roofing due to strong diversity, talent and passion.

NWIR Day was one of our early visions for this association and it is coming true.  Please join us and help us take NWIR even further in the decades to come.  Go to for more information and to register!!!  I am thankful for every person who is reading this, and I wish you an amazing New Year!


You’ve seen first-hand the value in NWIR membership, and now it’s time to share that value and your stories about NWIR with your co-workers, colleagues and friends. Through NWIR’s Member-Get-a-Member Campaign: Empowering Women … Inspiring Change!, we are asking you to be advocates of NWIR and help us recruit new members. We have an ambitious goal of achieving a milestone 1,000 members by the close of the February 2018 International Roofing Expo, and we’re calling upon all of our members and Councils to embrace the challenge and participate. Here’s the scoop:

GOAL: #1,000Members (Please include this hashtag on all your social media platforms as much as possible!)

TIME FRAME: Today – Feb. 8, 2018

INVITE: Your colleagues (women and men) to join NWIR and Empower Women to Inspire Change and take the roofing industry to the next level of excellence.

SHARE: How you’ve grown professionally and personally as a member of NWIR.

REWARD: The more members you recruit, the more opportunities you have to earn rewards.

Please click here for all of the campaign details, including how you can win up to $250 and Councils $500 for participating! Questions? Contact Alison LaValley at or Mardee Billingsley at


Cynthia Lang, Councils Committee Chair

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

NWIR Atlanta

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30344 at 3pm. Parking has been reduced to $6 per car. There are no additional fees for members. Non-members are invited and welcome to attend this meeting at a cost of $20 per guest. Members are considered those active in the NWiR by Jan 15, 2018. To sign up as a member, please access the website at Please RSVP by Jan 10 on the Survey Monkey link if you plan to attend a meeting. We will have badges and place cards for members and guests that RSVP by the Jan 10th.  Chair heads should come to the meeting prepared to suggest 2018 event(s) themes with dates for their respective pillar.

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NWIR Dallas/Fort Worth

The DFW Council coat drive was a great success! The Gatehouse was overjoyed with the contribution of 81 brand new coats!  Fran Nichols will be working with Kim Taylor the community engagement Director to set up a site tour and discuss other volunteer opportunities.

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NWIR Oregon

NWIR made a donation off toys, shoes, coats, toiletries, and so much more to the Margaret Scott Elementary School.  This was such a wonderful drive with so many contractors and manufacturers stepping up to make this happen.  Thank you all for helping us make this donation.

Community Service

Fran Nichols,  KPost Roofing and Waterproofing 

Happy Holidays All! This has been an awesome year for our councils and community service efforts.  From the “Red Nose Drive” to holiday drives for, food, toys, and support you all did it!  Thank you so much for your efforts and compassions.  Enjoy a lovely end of a remarkable year everyone.


Member Profile

Nations Roof Gulf Coast President Makes Work- Life Manageable by Building a Great Team

Paige Harvill may be a newer member of National Women in Roofing but she’s not new to the roofing industry. Paige began her career in roofing in 1996 when she started working for her father’s roofing company.

After working alongside her father for seven years, Paige had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, rejoining the company after her daughters were older. When Nations Roof acquired her father’s company in December of 2015, Paige took on the role of President which is the position she currently holds at Nations Roof Gulf Coast.

Her secret to balancing family and work.
Well, it’s not really a secret but it’s a strategy that works for Paige with her busy family. She has two daughters, plus two bonus daughters, and their ages are 14, 12, 11, and 8. Their lives are full of extracurricular activities, doctor appointments and more.

So, how does she do it? “I surround myself with a great team at work,” she explained. “My team here at Nations Roof really steps in to help out if I need to take my kids somewhere.” She also said that she has a great sitter that is there when the girls get home from school who helps them get settled. With her parents and sister both living over an hour away, it was important for her to build that support system locally that would allow her to find that balance.

Her advice to women considering a career in the roofing industry.
“When I first came into it, back in 1996, it was more unusual to be a woman in the industry,” she said. “I felt like I always had to know a little more than necessary to prove myself.”  Paige said that while it still is generally a male-dominated industry she has found great support from within the industry through the National Roofing Contractors Association and from her Nations Roof team.

She also wants women to know that it’s interesting. “One thing about roofing is that it’s always different. There’s never one roof that’s the same,” she explained. “It’s also really neat to drive around town and show my girls that I was on that roof, or to tell them that mom did that roof.”

Paige said her girls haven’t really shown an interest in roofing, but they do get excited for her when she is asked to serve on industry committees or is recognized for contributing to the industry.

The best advice she’s received that has helped her with her career has come from her father. “He always said to find a positive in everything and keep working toward the solution.”

What she’s into outside of work.
Paige said that she loves spending time with family, traveling, going to the beach, fishing, hunting and doing just about anything outdoors. She’s been skydiving twice – the first time was when she was 21 – and she did it to help her get over her fear of flying! It’s something she says she’ll consider doing with her girls when they are older.

Paige lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband Judd, their four girls, Emily (14), Taylor (12), Ava (11), and Reagan (8), and two yellow labs named Cinco and Bay.

Save the Date

NWIR has a full roster of events at the International Roofing Expo, scheduled for February 4-8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • On Sunday, February 4th, please join us for the first annual National Women in Roofing Day.
  • On Monday, February 5th, we’ll have our Mentoring & Networking Reception from 5pm-7pm with Kelly Wade, CEO of North American Roofing.
  • Come visit NWIR members at Booth #2744.

We encourage all women to attend both the IRE and the NWIR Day.  You may register for both here.

Call for Photos & Stories

We love collecting and featuring your photos and stories.  For the next couple months we’d like to focus on second (or greater) generation roofers – those who grew up in the roofing industry or were introduced to it by a family member.
Submit high res photos and stories to