November/December 2016 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

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

It has been a great month. I have had the honor of spending time with women in the roofing industry at several events this month. We are viral! Women in roofing are standing out in every part of the industry and I could not be prouder.

At the MRCA (Midwest Roofing Contractors Association) show, we had excellent involvement with a booth and networking & mentoring event. Kudos to the team, Rebekah Blanton with Division 7 Roofing out of St. Galena, OH and Mallory Payne, National Roofing Partners out of Dallas, TX for making it happen. Rebecca was our event coordinator and made sure our booth and activities were flawless. The booth was busy throughout the convention and the excitement was contagious.

The networking & mentoring event was filled with both men and women. Mallory and her team made it a night to remember and an example for all future NWIR events. I was honored to speak at the mentoring event with Jill Bloom from Roofing Contractor Magazine. We were both inspired as the attendees shared their stories and overall support; empowering each other and promoting roofing career success.

I then had the honor of visiting with the women of Chicagoland. What an amazing group. They have put together a strong group of women with a wide range of roofing experience. They are already making a difference. Led by Stephanie Creed of Contractors Express, Inc., they are meeting every other month with educational and community service activities.

We are seeing local councils starting and growing across the country. On the west coast, the women of southern California also completed a community service project that provided a new roof for a women’s shelter. It was highlighted in our newsletter last month and you will see more about it as you read this newsletter. It is truly inspirational what can happen when we all come together.

Speaking of which, the NWIR Board of Directors met at the NRCA offices for our first official in person meeting. It was an excellent day with the passage of the final bylaws, board member approvals and all the necessary paperwork officially signed. During the day, the team spent most of the time working on the overall structure of mentoring, education, networking and recruiting programs. We are focused on growing councils, membership and partners. The day ended with the beginnings of a five-year plan that will focus on scalability, sustainability and empowerment.

And at my last event of the month, I had the honor of thanking our first sponsor, The Alliance for Roofing Progress, at their fall meeting held in Chicago. The support of the Alliance for NWIR has been amazing. They are very excited about the progress NWIR has made this year. We have come a long way in the last year and it is due to the support of many sponsors and individuals. Together we are taking this association to the next level.

Now it is your turn; become a member, join a council, volunteer for a committee. The power of the women in this industry is phenomenal and the support we are receiving from men across the country is unprecedented. It shows that working together and empowering each other is truly how we find success. Don’t wait, sign up now at

Membership continues to grow with over 230 members.  Please join today for the low rate of $60 per year and help support the work of National Women in Roofing.  Interested people can sign up for membership here. Sign up now!

We are so honored to be supported by several Founding Sponsors, like National Roofing Partners (NRP).  National Roofing Partners is the most trusted name in the Commercial Roofing Industry, and has the largest combined, self-performing National Footprint in North America. No matter where or when your roofing service needs occur, “We’ve Got You Covered”. NRP is owned and operated by “Best-in-Class” Tier 1 Roofing Contractors with over 120+ service locations and 8,000 employees nationwide.

MRCA Recap
The MRCA event in Columbus, Ohio was a true success!! Thanks to all of the wonderful ladies who helped to run the booth and the mentoring committee who set up the reception. Everyone’s efforts combined made a truly memorable event. We had success with new members signing up to be a part of our association as well as some new companies who were interested in giving their support. The reception had an outstanding turnout of women as well as men; standing room only!! During the event Heidi Ellsworth of HJE Consulting and Jill Bloom of BNP Media shared their stories of how the roofing industry has shaped their lives and how the women in their lives have mentored them. There were some unexpected mentors mentioned as we all think of mentors being our seniors; mentors do not always have to be those older than you, or those with more experience. They can be the people right around you. Everyone has something to share and something to give and we all have something we can learn from those around us; young or old, experienced or inexperienced.

Ladies who helped with the booth were Melissa Walker, Natasha Gale, Chelsea Henderson, Mallory Payne, Katie Bicksler, Jami Spice, Gwen Maechling, Christina Martinez, Rebekah Blanton. Special thanks also to our sponsors for the networking reception: Duro-Last and SRS Distribution.

International Roofing Expo
NWIR is looking forward to having a significant presence at IRE and hope to see MANY of you there.

Networking Reception and Mentoring Event
Tuesday, February 28
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location tbd

Education Session
“Successful Career Path Case Studies for Women in Roofing”
Wednesday, March 1
7:45 am- 9:15am

And we’ll have a booth during the trade show. Please stop by to say hello!

Community Outreach

Fran Nichols, Committee Chair

Community Outreach is happy to announce Vice Chair Diana King with Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal. Committee members include Ashley Agar with NRP, Rebekah Blanton with Division 7 Roofing and Gwen Machling with Professional Restoration. I am very excited to work with this great team!

Hope everyone is having great success with their Holiday Toy/Food drive. Send in your progress pictures as you receive them!


Linda Foster, Arvinyl Laminates LP

The Southern California Chapter of NWiR had their first Community Outreach event, The Alexandria House located in Los Angeles.  This is a transitional residence providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelters to permanent housing.   The residence, play house, and back house were in need of roofing repairs.  A special thanks to Careylyn Clifford who suggested this should be our first project for reaching out to women in the community in need. The event went off with great success with the generosity of many people.  Supreme Roofing, L.A Roofing, Bravo Roofing, Lomanco, Malarkey, Certain Teed, Inovate Rapid Ridge, Tropical and MB Technology. We had our master chief Maria put together a great BBQ for all the workers, staff and residence of Alexandria House.

Other Councils are in development in several areas of the country.  Stay tuned to your email for notices of organizing meetings and upcoming events for these new Councils.


Shelly Duhaime, Committee Chair

The Education Committee is looking for your help! Do you work in the roofing industry? Would you like to share your story? If so, please submit a picture of yourself with the answers to the following questions to Courtney Bynum at and you could be featured in our upcoming presentation “Real Women in Roofing”.

  1.  How long have you been in the roofing industry?
  2. What did your career path look like to get to your current position (i.e., degrees/education, certifications or specific training programs)?
  3. Do you have any advice for someone looking to enter the roofing industry?
  4. What is one thing that you love about working in the roofing industry?

If you are not currently a member of the roofing industry, but would like to know more information, please visit the National Women in Roofing website and stay tuned for upcoming presentations on key topics affecting women in our industry.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Hilary Morgan, Committee Chair 

It was a busy month for the governance committee. At this month’s board meeting, the Board officially appointed officers, adopted bylaws, and submitted our solicitation registration. The Board adopted policies such as conflict of interest, antitrust compliance, whistleblower, records retention, and code of ethics.

Call For Photos

We love seeing your photos of women working in the roofing industry; in the boardroom, on the rooftop, or at a meeting or conference.  Please send high resolution pics to and include details about who is in the picture.

Sending photos indicates agreement with the “Consent & Release” policy posted here.