From the Desk of the NWiR Chair

Jennifer Stone, Johns Manville; NWiR Chair


Shari Carlozzi, Tremco; NWiR Past Chair

The WORLD Award is being instituted in 2019 and will be awarded at the 2020 NWIR Day to honor an outstanding woman in the roofing industry. Details on the website; forward the printable pdf to colleagues.


Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

Membership Monday!

Keep your videos coming promoting why you are a member of NWIR for Membership Monday! Email us your Membership Monday videos and tell us why you joined NWIR and what benefits you get out of your membership with us. If you have trouble with submitting your videos, please contact:

Mardee Billingsley, Membership Chair

Christee Holbrook, Membership Vice-Chair

Kathleen Howard, Membership Secretary

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2020 by 2020

Help us reach our goal of 2020 members by 2020.

2020 NWiR Members by 2020


NWiR Brand Guide
Be sure to download the updated NWiR brand guide. The communications team has added new criteria, including a new font for the brand, Open Sans. The clean and modern font is available to anyone for download! Contact us with any questions.



Michele Pratt, OSEA; NWiR Education Committee

How to Read an SDS

In June 2016 OSHA implemented the program to have all SDSs’ (Safety Data Sheets) updated under GHS (Globally Harmonized System). Employers are required to have an SDS on hand for each hazardous chemical kept on site. If you come in contact with hazardous chemicals at work, you should have the proper training to protect you and your co-workers while at work. Read the full article here!

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Lee Lipniskis, CORE Contractors; NWiR Councils Committee Chair

Did you know that we have 33 councils across the US? Find one near you on our website. If you don’t see one, why not start your own? If you are a new council just getting started and looking for ideas for meetings and activities, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the other councils across the country. Just visit the councils page on the website and you can find contact info for leadership, along with a contact form. Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:

NWiR Dallas/Fort Worth Council

Happy Hour Mixer: NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Chapter had a happy hour/mixer on The Yard House on Thursday June 20th. What a wonderful time of friends, food and roofing talk!

Submitted by Casey Troxclair, KPost Company

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NWiR Dallas/Fort Worth Council

On 5/23 NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Chapter hosted a networking event at Top Golf in The Colony, where we also supported Red Nose Day. Please join us in supporting this wonderful cause to end child poverty! Thank you to all who attended

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NWiR Seattle Council

She Build: This spring the NWiR Seattle Council women strapped on their tool belts to help one single mother with some critical home repairs. Partnering with Rebuilding Together of South Sound, the ladies of the Seattle Chapter gathered for the city of Tacoma’s first ever SheBuild, taking place on National ReBuilding Together Day. Read their inspirational article here!

July Meeting: A big thank you to the wonderful Kelly McKay of McKay Wealth Management for coming out to our July Meeting. She spoke to us on the importance of investing in our future. Through Kelly’s informative presentation, the women of the Seattle chapter learned about how we can maximize our 401k contributions, the different pre-tax options, the value of an HSA account and much more. Kelly was quick to point out women specifically prioritize saving for things like childcare and beneficiary education rather than investing in their own future; she encouraged us to be proactive with our retirement and start by sending 3 to 15% of every paycheck into our 401k accounts and setting up a target date fund. She further encouraged us to set up an emergency fund which should hold up 3 months’ worth of salary and should only be used (yep you guessed it!) in the case of emergencies, primarily medical. If you are interested in learning about how you can better prepare for retirement, contact Kelly.

Thank you to the ladies who were able to attend this meeting! The Seattle Chapter’s goal is to provide educational and informative content in a comfortable and inclusive environment- if you would like to learn more about the Seattle Chapter or how you can get involved contact Brittany Wimbish.
Submitted by Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service, Inc.

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NWiR Tampa Council

Take a look at the latest Tampa Council newsletter. Download the PDF.

Submitted by Bridget Jenkins Wilson, Cardinal Roofing

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NWiR Arizona Council

Annual Roof Donation:This year NWiR Arizona Council donated a free roof to Avis Lopez. Avis was a social worker who quit her job to care for four siblings who were going to be split up because they couldn’t find a place who would take them. Due to the children’s nationality they were stuck in the middle of politics and no subsidies were available. Frustrated with the system Avis decided to make a difference and with some help from coworkers and friends started Avis Angels. She has up to 17 kids with little help from the government.

The project was brought to us in January by Rebecca Hyman with Gryphon Roofing. The council voted and decided to take on the project. Avis needed a brand new roof, her shingles were delaminated and there had been a few leaks on both of her roof top air conditioning unit. IKO agreed to donate the shingles and Polyglass the peel n stick for the patio. Lyons Roofing was the first to volunteer to install the shingles, Hardacker Roofing jumped in second to tear it off. Then our council members took the ball and ran with it. Minnie at Elite Roofing Supply rounded up from the manufacturers the remaining materials that were needed and roof loaded them for us. JBS Roofing agreed to do all the wood work and install the patio. ABC Supply roof loaded the IKO shingles and the Polyglass peel n stick for the patio. Bryan Hill with WRECorp (Western Roofing Evaluation Corp.) agreed to inspect the roof, create a scope and be the project coordinator between all of the roofing companies, so that when issues came up we had a go to person.

We asked Avis to create an Amazon wish list where members could purchase items that she needed to run her house such as bath soap, towels, deodorant,toothpaste, laundry and dish detergent. We planned a site visit and surprised Avis and the kids with Gorman Roofing services delivering a truck load of donations. Julie Hill with WRECorp and Minnie Robles with Elite delivered pizza’s for the family to enjoy lunch.

Although Avis was received a free roof it is the members of NWiR that received the biggest gift of all, the gift of giving. We all walked away knowing we helped a wonderful family who needed help.



TAMKO Building Products

By Kim Eckerman, Director of Communications, TAMKO

Too many women have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, often in the form of dishonest or unethical behavior. So, what if you could work for a company that expects everyone to be honest ALL the time, even when they are not at work? And what if that company took things a step further and required annual training for all employees in an effort to prevent harassment and help ensure ethical behavior?

While it may sound too good to be true, that company exists. I know, because I work there. At TAMKO, we call it the Rule of Basic Honesty – simply stated, employees are expected to be honest and this is enforced at all levels of the company. Plus, prevention of harassment and making ethical choices is a major focus of our company’s Chief Compliance Officer who travels to TAMKO’s locations nationwide on an annual basis to conduct training on these company policies and reinforce expectations.

I love working for a company that truly expects the best from ALL people at ALL times – regardless of gender. There are not two sets of rules. There are not select groups of people to whom the rules do not apply. There is no one too powerful or too tenured to be immune from being held accountable for violating these deeply-held values. For instance, TAMKO does not tolerate harassing or discriminatory behavior. Employees who witness such behavior are given multiple ways to report it, including submitting their concerns anonymously. TAMKO is also committed to ensuring that employees who report concerns regarding harassing or discriminatory behavior are not retaliated against.

Since 1944, TAMKO, its management and its employees have worked tirelessly to create a culture that includes mutual respect and inclusivity for all, from the boardroom to the manufacturing floor. TAMKO strives to hire the best people for the job and is committed to providing them a work environment where they can be the best version of themselves. As a result, employees become not only co-workers, but also our friends and colleagues; women and men working together every day in in an atmosphere of shared values and ethics.

TAMKO’s founder’s guiding principles were simple: work hard, do your best, be fair and honest, and hire people you can trust to do the same. These simple, foundational truths put success within the reach of all, both men and women. And if, in her TAMKO career, a woman decides to have a baby, she is greeted with a paid pregnancy and child bearing leave; and of course, there’s paid parental leave for fathers and adoptive parents as well.

TAMKO’s remarkable companywide culture has drawn international attention. The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) recognized TAMKO in 2015 with the international group’s highest award for “exemplifying the best a company can be in valuing, practicing and upholding the best in organizational ethics and compliance.” It was the first time that the SCCE has given this award to a leadership team.

With an award-winning culture built on solid family values and sound policies, it’s no surprise that TAMKO is celebrating 75 years in business in 2019. For 75 years, TAMKO’s employees have been and continue to be wonderful people who reflect our core values of honesty and integrity and believe in our foundational policies. The result has been quality products, quality relationships and mutual success for all.

TAMKO is proud to be a founding sponsor of NWiR and a 2019 Diamond Sponsor for this important industry organization.

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Firestone Building Products

Dr. Amy Randall, Global Director of Research and Development for Firestone Building Products, recently shared some advice she would give to her younger-self coming up in the industry.

“The best advice is that people matter. Build your relationships personally and professionally. Be genuine, honest, and transparent with others. Trust takes time to build but respect can be given immediately. You never know where the help, inspiration, or opportunity will come from but it will only come if people see that you are open to it.”

Amy added “When I joined Firestone Building Products, I was leading a team of very tenured and experienced teammates. The fact that I showed them the respect that they had earned and that I was transparent about myself and my vision for the future helped me very quickly strengthen our product innovation pipeline and guide the team to completing several large product launches that had stalled.”

An excellent reminder that business, regardless of industry, is built on great relationships, trust and respect.

Amy, along with the Tennessee Chapter of National Women in Roofing, will be hosting a lunch & learn at the Bridgestone Tower in Nashville on August 21 titled “Why Materials Matter to Products and their Performance”.

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ABC Supply

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of roofers will grow 11 percent by 2026. With the continued demand for roofing projects comes more job opportunities. We sat down with a handful of women working at ABC Supply to get their advice on how women can succeed in this growing industry.

From managing deliveries and branch operations to working with contractors and solving their business challenges, the roles and responsibilities are different for each of these women. However, they all have two things in common: Their love for construction and the belief that women can create successful, lucrative careers in the industry.

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NWiR at the IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium

Many NWiR members attend the IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium. If you are interested in meeting up with other NWiR members, please make a post on the NWiR facebook page.

NWiR Day

Join us! National Women in Roofing (NWIR) is hosting a one-day conference in Dallas, Texas on February 2, 2020 in advance of IRE. By attending, you will connect, discover and cultivate new relationships with roofing professionals. Plan to travel on February 1 to be ready to start the day bright and early on February 2…. Read More

NWiR at the IRE 2020

NWiR has a strong presence at the International Roofing Expo and we encourage all NWiR members to attend!   On Sunday, February 2nd, please join us for the third annual NWIR Day. The program is a full day this year, running from 9am-7pm.  NWIR members should register for this event with their IRE registration. A delegation… Read More

NWiR at the IIBEC Annual Convention

Many NWiR members attend the IIBEC Annual Convention & Tradeshow and NWiR has a significant presence there, including an informal get together, an education session, and a booth at the trade show. NWiR will be presenting original research on mentoring and coaching women at the IIBEC Convention being held March 26-31, 2020 in Houston. Jennifer… Read More

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NWiR at the Best of Success Conference

Many NWiR members attend the Best of Success conference and NWiR will host a Mentoring & Education Reception at the Best of Success conference on Sunday, September 15th from 2:00pm – 4:30pm. Registration details coming soon.

Know Your Worth At Work (and how to leverage it)

Presenter: Thea Dudley

Ever struggle with asking for what you want you at work? Join us for this interactive session on how to quantify your worth, the pitfalls we can get caught in, how to overcome them and how to articulate and demonstrate your worth when negotiating new opportunities, as well as creating opportunities from a current situation. More information here.

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The newly created Events Committee is looking for women to join the committee. Please contact Melissa Mulligan if you’re interested.

Are you speaking at an upcoming industry event? If so we want to know about it and share that information with our members. Email the information to Communications Committee Chair Anna Anderson.