July 2018 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

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

I’d like to talk about CHANGE…

We can view change a couple of ways:  As a noun, change is what you get back (in coinage or dollars) or the act or instance of making or becoming different.  As a verb, change is about the action of making or becoming something different, or to take or use another instead of…

It’s like the chicken and the egg quandary, which comes first? Making the change or being the change? Well, whatever it is, I can tell you that change is inevitable.  It happens whether we like it or not.

Change can be an exciting new relationship, a hairstyle, a new job, or a new spiritual, political, religious or professional movement.  Change may be easier for some than others, because it takes us outside of our current comfort zone, but it also opens the door to new and exciting opportunities and experiences we may never have considered.

Do you know what still amazes me? Who would have thought that a conversation on a beach would change so many perceptions and lives in such a short period of time?  Of course, I’m talking about NWIR. And while it seems to most people on the outside looking in, that it all developed so quickly and easily, it took years of the mainstream status-quo on the inside to manifest change by a few on the outside…and by the way, we are still growing!

I look at National Women in Roofing as a catalyst for change in our community, our industry and our world.  The changes we are making may have been daunting at first for some, and while we have been welcomed and embraced by so many women and men in this industry, there are still those who can’t and won’t acknowledge or accept it.  I hope that someday they will open their minds because our industry is changing and I hope it continues to do so.

Being a part of NWIR showed me that change manifests itself in many positive ways, from new friendships, new points of views from both men and women, to new opportunities.  After 11 years of working with a wonderful company that I love, change has come my way via an exciting new career opportunity with a wonderful new company. And while the products may be different, the passion to start a new chapter in my career using past experiences to face new challenges ahead, are changes that I welcome!

There is no limit in time or number to the changes we can make in our lives. Change is at our own will whether we are millennials, Gen-Xers, or baby-boomers!   So whether you see your change as a verb or a noun, just remember the change you get is often determined by the change you give.

Let’s continue to embrace change together – Shari

Community Service

Frances Nichols, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, NWIR Community Service Committee

New Roof Donated to Home of Hope, Casa Grande

The NWIR Arizona Council and members of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association donated a roof replacement to the Home of Hope in Casa Grande, AZ

At the end of 2017, the NWIR Arizona Council Chair, Valorie Miller of JBS Roofing was approached about the roofing needs at the Home of Hope in Casa Grande. For over 15 years, Home of Hope has disciple and cared for women and mothers to overcome their life controlling addictions, restore family relations, obtain and retain employment, and become productive members of their community. In 2016, Home of Hope’s roof was severely damaged in a storm that caused $10,000 in interior damages forcing them to shut down rooms that were affected until the roof was repaired.

Employees of JBS Roofing travelled to the Home of Hope to assess the roof. Mrs. Miller brought their findings before the Council and the group voted to take on the project. Members of the Council volunteered their time and product, as well as made additional outreach to secure the needed resources. Once the roof replacement is completed, Home of Hope will be able to reopen and utilize the rooms providing services to more women and children in need.


New Member, Wendy Lites, completes the NWIR Mentorship Committee

Wendy Lites

The NWIR Mentorship Committee is proud to announce the addition of Wendy Lites, from RoofConnect based in Sheridan, AR, to its committee! This addition makes the committee complete as of June 2018. “We are so excited to have Wendy join our group.

She is the perfect addition to an already awesome team of women. We look forward to working and collaborating with her on upcoming initiatives and events nationwide,” said Mallory Payne, NWIR Mentorship Committee Chairperson.

Wendy joined the RoofConnect team in April 2013 as a Customer Service Specialist, bringing with her years of customer service related experience. In 2016 she made the change to sales and spent a year as a Regional Account Manager working with Public Sector customers. She recently moved to National Accounts as a National Account Manager for our Central United States region.

Wendy is a graduate of the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a member of National Women in Roofing, PRSM, and ICSC. She and her husband are blessed with two boys and enjoy spending their free time in the outdoors.


Jennifer Keegan, GAF & NWIR Education Committee

Women’s Mentoring Group Webinar

National Women in Roofing Mentoring 103 WebinarThanks for joining us to talk about mentor groups and celebrate the development of the NWIR mentor circle guide! A special thanks to our panelists Emily Riley of Intertek and Barbara Schane of Johns Manville for sharing their experiences and journey with us. We had 156 registrants to our webinar but if you missed it, no problem! The webinar is hosted on the NWIR website – watch it now or any time. We hope you left inspired and motivated to start a mentoring group or breathe new life into your mentoring initiatives. Send us an update on your efforts and successes and we’ll include this in future communications – email Shelly Duhaime.

Our next NWiR Education Webinar for third quarter:

Are You Networking or Netweaving?

The NWIR Education Committee will provide original content and review helpful techniques to developing the infamous elevator pitch and optimize your networking abilities while understanding the differences between networking and netweaving.

Interesting in becoming an Education Committee Member? Contact Shelly Duhaime at 203.240.3105 or shelduhaime@gmail.com.

Model Men
Want to show your support of women in the industry? Want to influence our educational content and help craft material that speaks to both the men and women in our organization? Join the men who were inspired to get involved following the NWIR event at the WSRCA last month and get involved with the education committee. A special shout out to 5 Guys Roofing and Sales Transformation Group for starting the conversation. Want to make a difference and join these model men? Please contact Jennifer at Jennifer.Keegan@gaf.com.

Leveraging the Multi-Generational Team
Do you work on a multi-generational team? Work in the family business? Lead a team with millennials through baby boomers? We want to hear about your successes, challenges, and how you leverage the multi-generational strengths to your advantage! Please contact Jennifer at Jennifer.Keegan@gaf.com.

Choosing the Right Fall Protection
Fall Protection can pose its own set of challenges for proper fit and comfort for female employees. In choosing a harness specifically designed for the female worker look for these three unique features, (1) shoulder straps kept at the side and away from the chest, (2) front positioning loop and back/leg pads for better hip support, and (3) stretchable webbing so there is no bunching, binding or kinking. Read more.


We need your photos and videos! 

In order to recruit more women from outside our industry, we need to show just how great roofing can be! 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 the roofing industry! Send items to michelle@rackleyroofing.com.



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 Arizona Council participated in the ARCA’s Annual Golf Tournament, sponsoring a team that kept up with all of the golfers. Jennifer George, Valorie Miller, Sarah Weiss and Kim Avila joined members Sherri Kruser and Minnie Robles at the Elite booth. The ladies did wonderful during their golf game and helped establish NWiR at local events. Member Julie Hill from Wrecorp volunteered at the event as our event photographer.

Convention: NWIR Arizona Council is also heavily involved in the ARCA’s annual Convention and trade show coming up October 4th through the 6th, 2018. We look forward to hosting a seminar and having some fun activities to give more exposure to NWIR and the wonderful members who are involved.

Our seminar topic will be a collaboration with the ARCA Young Professionals and our keynote speaker will be Tracy Bullock from Bullock Training and Development. Tracy will be speaking about “A Brand Called YOU- Personal Branding & Professional Development”. Our key event, Craft and Swap, will give the opportunity to have all who would like to join us to paint and craft as we share some time together getting to know each other and give the opportunity to share our crafts with each other.

Remember, join us for the ARCA 2018 Convention. Register here.

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NWIR Atlanta Council

The NWIR Atlanta Council has started a Flickr account, check out all the awesome photos.

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NWIR CT/NY 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. The Burn Camp is a safe, natural, outdoor environment for kids 8 to 18 from around the world who have survived life-altering burn injuries.  In addition to donating the proceeds from this event to the camp, Family Fun Day will also feature “Stuff A Truck”, where we hope to fill a truck with everyday supplies needed for the camp.

For more information or details on how you can get involved, please contact Tammy Strong at tammy@drscleanup.com.

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NWIR Northern NJ Council

The next meeting of the NWIR Northern NJ Council has been set for Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30-7PM. The event will be held at Allied Building Products and we will be featuring guest speaker Greta Bajrami, founder of the Golden Group Construction Corp in Massachusetts. More details on the meeting’s agenda will be forthcoming. Please see the attached flyer for more details and follow the link below in order to RSVP.

Additionally, we have started preparing for an event in September, which will be a build for Habitat for Humanity in Patterson, NJ. If you are interested and able to attend, please follow the instructions on the attached document. It will be on Saturday, September 29th from 7:45AM-3:30PM and will take place in Patterson, NJ.

RSVP by July 11th for July Meeting: https://nwirnj.app.rsvpify.com/

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NWIR Oklahoma Council

Oklahoma Council has formed!  Planning the first council meeting in Oklahoma City in July.  Current members in Oklahoma who would like to assist please contact Tammy Johns at 405-230-2567 or tjohns@tjohnsroofing.com.

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NWIR Oregon Council

  Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair
There was a great turnout of middle school and high school girls and we had a high interest from teachers who would like us to come speak at career days. We brought hands-on equipment like a roofing nailer, hammer tacker and safety equipment which one of the volunteers was always wearing.  It gave the students something to touch and ask questions about. We had a chance to connect with many people who still didn’t have roofing on the radar as a construction career option. Time and again we heard “I never thought about roofing” or “YOU work in roofing”?? Wendy enjoyed the opportunity to share that she happened to own a company.  It offered another perspective. We also discussed the many options within our industry (sales, installation, management, business ownership, distribution, etc.). We look forward to participating again next year. We also hope to have a hands-on demonstration booth as well.


NWIR Profiles

These three young women are the future of AAA Roofing in California.
Riverside, California-based AAA Roofing by Gene was started nearly 30 years ago by Gene Smith. He knew one day he would likely pass the business on to his son(s), but probably never imagined that would happen after he had daughters instead. Miranda and Madison Smith along with their friend Priscilla Arvizu are NWIR So Cal members who are leading the company into the future. Read their full story here.

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Progressive Roofing of Louisiana’s Highlights Female Roofers
For National Women in Construction Week, Progressive Roofing featured two of its female roofers that work out of their New Orleans office. Learn more about them and see how they are changing the role of women in roofing.

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From Temp to President: Christee Holbrook steps in as new leader of Graham Roofing.
In 1997, Christee Holbrook joined the team at Graham Roofing, Inc. as a temporary accountant and later was hired in a full time accounting position. Christee’s level of responsibility has grown as the company has grown since joining in the 90s including her most recent role as Chief Operating Officer. Holbrook officially stepped into her new role of President and CEO in March of 2018, when Bobby Hooks, one of the original founding members of GRI, officially retired. Along with Holbrook, two other team members have become managing partners and stepped into new roles – Suzanne Richardson now serves as Vice President and CFO along with Jonathan Poland serving as Vice President and Branch Manager of Tupelo Operations

Featured Sponsors

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

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
Antis Roofing and Waterproofing is a fully licensed, bonded and insured provider of roofing, waterproofing and decking services for homeowner’s associations and multi-family residential communities that operates in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Antis has built its reputable brand on superior workmanship, honesty and transparency. www.antisroofing.com

Derbigum Americas, Inc.
Derbigum strives to develop innovative products and services for the sustainable construction and renovation sector, specifically offering building owners smart roof solutions to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and improve the sustainability of their roof. www.derbigum.us.

GAF Materials Corporation
GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world. The company’s success is driven by a commitment to empowering its people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation. www.gaf.com.

Polyglass USA
Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems for low- and steep-slope applications. Providing quality, innovation and service at its best, Polyglass adds value worldwide. www.polyglass.us.

SRS Distribution Inc.
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in McKinney, TX, SRS has grown to become the third largest and one of the fastest growing roofing distributors in the United States. They currently operate under a family of 23 distinct local brands encompassing more than 220 locations across 42 states. www.srsdistribution.com.



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.

WSRCA Convention June in Las Vegas June 10-12
(Mentoring & Networking Reception June 10 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. and booth #159 at trade show)

FRSA Convention June 27-29
(Mentoring & Networking Reception June 27 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.and booth #118 at trade show)

SAVE THE DATE: NWIR Day on February 9 in conjunction with the IRE in Nashville, Tenn.
Details coming in August, but go ahead and book your hotel now! Check out details on the event.

Upcoming industry events

National Roofing Week is June 3 – 9, 2018NWIR is a sponsor of National Roofing Week. The goal of this week is to increase awareness across the U.S. about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the industry. Learn more.

Help NRCA promote National Roofing Week by joining in their social media Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap is safe, free and will post only one message on your behalf. Signing up for NRCA’s Thunderclap will take five seconds. Choose to choose “Support with Twitter,” “Support with Facebook,” “Support with Facebook page,” “Support with Tumblr” or all four!

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.