November 2018 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

Shari Carlozzi, Director of Safety Services at WTI & NWIR Chair Shari Carlozzi

Making our voices heard.

When you think back to how women’s rights have grown and developed over the past century, we really have come a long way. The right to vote and NOW (National Organization of Women) really opened up new opportunities and new discussions for the empowerment of women.

Just think about now much different our lives, jobs, and life experiences are from those of our mothers and grandmothers! Two-income opportunities, not because we have to, but because we want to! Buying cars, homes, our careers, being economically self-sufficient…taking ownership for what we do and how we live on our own terms. The differences are staggering…but as Oprah stated earlier this year, we’re just getting started… this new generation of women.

NWIR represents all of the hard work, sacrifice and true growth of women in non-traditional roles
(roofing and beyond), and we are proud of our growing list of accomplishments of and for all of our members who have, and continue to make our mission possible. We salute each and every one of you!

This past summer, NWIR supported Girls Build in Oregon to introduce and empower girls to consider construction and roofing through a series of summer camps. We sponsored a couple of truly remarkable ladies from the Women Roofers at the Rutherford Housing Partnership in North Carolina to share their experiences at with the campers. If you’re not familiar with the Women Roofers or Rutherford Housing Partnership, learn more here. They are truly a remarkable group.

Our NWIR community outreach focus of women in crisis has both an empowerment as well as
recruitment efforts for women who have survived physical abuse nationwide. Every day we (NWIR) not only promote but live the 4 pillars of our mission: Education, Membership, Mentorship and Recruitment to women within and outside of the roofing industry.

We all can make a difference and it’s not only your right, but your responsibility to make your voice heard on issues of public policy on a local, state and national platform. Issues that can affect and change our rights and the future of and for our families. So I wholeheartedly encourage each of you to make your voice count by making your vote count on November 6th .

If not you, then who?

My best to all of you,



Lorna Méndez, Recruitment & Organizational Development Manager, Schwickert’s Tecta America, NWIR Education Committee

Fall season if here! The Education Committee is putting all efforts to continue expanding your network. Mark your calendars for our webinar series on December 12th at 12pm ET on Generation Gap / Working with other Demographics focuses on how well do you relate to co-workers from different age groups?

Besides, the committee continues to produce our Safety series, presented by Michele Pratt of OSEA. You can find this month’s feature on the NWIR blog Is Your Fire Extinguisher in Good Order to Protect You? The Education Committee continues working on the Work-Life Balance series and will be more on the following months.

It was my pleasure to lead the September committee meeting, and we are all looking forward to continue sharing our knowledge and increase the level of engagement. Next month’s meeting leader will be Renae Bales from KPOST Roofing & Waterproofing, who will also be providing the November newsletter update.


Association Management Update

NWIR Association Management System UpdateIn June 2018, the Board of Directors approved a contract for a new association management system (AMS) and since then Ellen Thorp, NWIR Executive Director and Elizabeth Miller, Member Services Coordinator have been working to build and implement the new AMS. Commonly called a CRM in the for-profit world, the AMS will go live in early November as a new and improved member database, and also automates many of NWIR’s administrative functions that reduce staff time and overhead spent on association administration. Each member will receive an email that will ask them to go to the AMS (hosted by a software called MemberClicks) and update their profile and answer a few questions.  Council leaders will be able to access their member lists with the click of a few buttons and members will have access to a searchable and interactive member directory. Over the next few months, the AMS will grow to include resources for committee communication and file sharing, an updated events and Council calendar, and social communities.

NWIR in the News!

Member Alison LaValley, NRCA Vice President, was interviewed and quoted in this article titled “What If Choice-Not Oppression-Explains Why Few Women Are in Tech Jobs?” Read the article.

Member Wendy Marvin, CEO Matrix Roofing, receives Small Business of the Year award from the local chamber of commerce. Read the article. 


Another reason to love the roofing industry – friendships are born when you least expect it!

GREEN LINK Engineering’s Sales and Business Development Coordinator, Dana Castle, was excited about attending the first National Women in Roofing Day prior to the 2018 International Roofing Expo in New Orleans. She knew it would be an opportunity to expand her knowledge, grow professionally and meet other women in the businesses. But, she didn’t expect to form a deep friendship that has changed her and her son’s life.

Read her story here.


Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc. & NWIR Councils Committee

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 Central Pennsylvania Council

Reminder that we are going to participate in Volunteer Night at Elizabethtown College – where we’ll make greeting cards and craft kits for Caitlin’s Smiles. We are meeting November 12 from 6 – 8 pm at Koons Activity Venue (KAV) in Brossman Commons, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA 17022. RSVP to Katie Bicksler.

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NWIR Northern New Jersey Council

NWIR Northern NJ Council would like to welcome you to Wine Down Wednesday, on November 14th! Come join your fellow women in roofing for the opportunity to connect over wine at Uncorked Wine Shop & Lounge, 650 Union Blvd.,Totowa, NJ starting at 5:30PM. This informal event will give you a chance to mingle and discuss any issues or advice over a glass of wine. Members and non-members are welcome, so bring any colleagues who you think might be interested! RSVP here!

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NWIR Orange County Council

Orange County’s Quarter 3 Event was held at the Honda Center for an Anaheim Ducks hockey game. Antis Roofing and Waterproofing hosted and sponsored the event- huge thank you to Susan, Cori, Angel, Karen, and the rest of the Antis team! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NWIR raised and donated $240 to Susan G. Komen of Orange County to help their mission of eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Upcoming: The Orange County council will be volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for our Q4 community outreach day. Volunteers will help to sort and package fresh produce, non-perishable food, or food drive items at a distribution center.

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NWIR South Florida Council

South Florida NWIR partnered with RCASF this October to address one of the hottest topics in the Roofing Industry: Labor Shortage Solutions: How to find good labor in a labor deficient market. Michael Corbit ( Director of Business Development, CareerSource) and Julia Costin (Business Relationship manager, CareerSource) partnered together to inform our business owners on the issue and how their resources could help their business thrive.

Our next meeting will be November 13th at Boral Showroom featuring “Steep Slope Roofing 101” sponsored by GAF and Boral. Please RSVP to Keep in mind elections will be December 5th so please make any nominations before then.

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NWIR Tampa Council

NWIR Tampa Council members had a great time at the GAF plant tour & luncheon on October 18th. Members had the opportunity to see the shingle production process from start to finish. Thank you to GAF for sponsoring this event!


Featured Sponsors

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

KPost Roofing & Waterproofing
KPost, The Official Roofing & Waterproofing Company of the Dallas Cowboys is an industry-leading commercial roofing and waterproofing, contractor who’s core values are SAFETY, QUALITY, and VALUE. KPost’s services include commercial roofing (both new construction and roof replacement), waterproofing, specialty installations, repair & maintenance and lightweight insulating concrete.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress
The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving. More information about the Alliance is available at

TAMKO® Building ProductsTAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and MetalWorks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. Since 1944, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our Web site at

Tecta America
Tecta America is the nation’s premier commercial roofing contractor with more than 60 locations from coast to coast. Tecta America’s unyielding commitment to quality, expertise, and professionalism have helped it become the industry leader in commercial roofing. Providing installation of all types, replacement, repairs and maintenance, new construction, disaster response, sustainability options and more, Tecta America offers the responsiveness of a local roofing contractor backed by the resources and stability of a national provider.



2019 NWIR DAY Save the Date!

Be among professional, like-minded, good-spirited women from all facets of the roofing industry to gain insight and inspiration. Learn how to maximize your career in this exciting industry through  discussions with colleagues and by leveraging the opportunities to grow professional networks and meet new peers throughout the day. The first 200 registrants will receive a wonderful swag bag of gifts from NWIR and our sponsors. Learn more.

Upcoming national/regional events with NWIR

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.

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 Karen Edwards at