October 2018 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

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

My message this month is short and sweet.

This year has been a tremendous reflection of women supporting and empowering other women. From the growth of NWIR and our increasing number of councils in development, our collective widespread efforts to promote and support women-based industry activities such as the Rutherford House participation in the Girls Build program this past summer, to NWIR expanding our affiliations within and outside of the roofing Industry.

Empowerment must be a collaborative effort to make a difference, not just on a national level, but with each and every one of us in each and every council nationwide. Let’s make sure to focus on empowerment and support in our daily lives…talk the talk and walk it as well. It does make a difference and we make it happen!

As we plan our 2019 NWIR Day in Nashville and our vision of empowerment and support has never been stronger! Your input is essential to help us achieve this, so tell us what you would like to see in our presentations and breakout sessions during NWIR Day 2019.

This day celebrates and empowers all of us, so mark your calendars for NWIR Day, February 9, 2019 and send us your suggestions now (info@nationalwomeninroofing.org)… we are listening!

Best always,



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.



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 Arizona Council

GAF had a wonderful a hands-on product training and demo for NWiR Arizona Chapter on August 13th. The education was a great adventure for all of our members. It was held at the Elite Roofing Supply yard in Glendale Arizona followed by a wonderful lunch where we all were able to mingle and talk about our experience.

The Tile Roofing Institute hosted an educational meeting at our local ARCA office in Phoenix on September 6th, it helped us learn the fundamentals of clay and concrete tile installation. We received an overview of the minimum standards and options, roofed a couple of table top mock ups with tile and accessories available in the Southwest market, followed by a Q&A discussion over lunch.

  • Meetings:
    We will be forming our 2019 board, per NWiR by laws October 10/24 10-11:30 am will be our first board meeting. ALL NWiR members are welcome to attend however only board members will have the ability to vote.
  • November 30th 11:30-1:00 Paint and Sip event
  • December 13th ARCA holiday party we will network there and support ARCA

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NWIR Connecticut/New York Council

The NWIR-CT/NY Council co-hosted a fundraiser with one of our members, Tammy Strong, and her company, Disaster Restoration Services. A Family Fun Day was held on September 15th to raise money for the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp located in Connecticut. During the event, we helped “Stuff-A-Truck” with in-kind gifts needed for the camp. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn-out. Disaster Restoration Services was able to raise almost $6,000 for the Camp, which will allow two additional campers to attend next summer!

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NWIR Central PA Council

For our November meeting we wanted to focus on community service – so we are going to support an organization called Caitlin’s Smiles. Caitlin’s Smiles is a non-profit organization that provides arts and craft kits to hospitals and clinics where children wait for lengthy treatments.

We are going to participate in their Volunteer Night at Elizabethtown College – where we’ll make greeting cards and craft kids.

Date: November 12
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Koons Activity Venue (KAV) in Brossman Commons, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA 17022
RSVP: Katie Bicksler (kbicksler@crsreps.com)

More information on the organization: www.caitlins-smiles.org

They ask that every attendee brings one box of ziploc baggies (sandwich or snack size). If you can’t attend but you would like to still help – they are always looking for these items: Office supplies such as copy paper (of all colors), staplers, staples, notepads and postage stamps would be helpful as well as gift cards for office supply companies.

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NWIR Orange County Council

The RCASC 29th Annual Jim Nienow Golf Tournament was full of networking and relationship building. Shirley Lidtke, C.I. Services, and Christie Bravo, Bravo Roofing, worked the NWIR booth; they educated people about the organization and recruited new members.

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NWIR Oregon Council

Congratulation to Oregon Council on their one-year anniversary!

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NWIR Seattle Council

Welcome to the newly formed Seattle Council! Their first meeting was well attended and they have all their board member spots filled.

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NWIR Tampa Council

This month the Tampa Council highlighted its members who work at Springer- Peterson Roofing. Left to right is Diana King, Kelli Anderson, Kim Anderson, Carla Mendez. Read about them and how they got into roofing on the NWIR blog.

Featured Sponsors

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

Beacon Roofing Supply
Founded in 1928, Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. is the largest publicly traded distributor of residential and commercial roofing materials and complementary building products, operating 554 branches throughout 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Beacon and its family of regional brands, please visit www.becn.com

Cotney Construction Law
Cotney Construction Law is a national law firm that advocates for the roofing industry. The firm serves as General Counsel to Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors (TARC), Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), National Women in Roofing (NWIR), Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) and a number of local roofing associations. Cotney Construction Law’s practice areas include construction law, litigation, arbitration, contract review & drafting, immigration, employment, OSHA defense, licensing defense, bid protests, lien law, bond law and alternative dispute resolution. The firm has offices throughout Florida, as well as locations in Charlotte, Denver, Grand Rapids, Houston, Mobile, and Nashville. For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

IKO is a worldwide leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. A family-owned business established in 1951, IKO remains firmly rooted in its founding values of craftsmanship and innovation to provide best-in-class products, services and value. Committed to a high level of vertical integration, the company also maintains its founder’s belief of the importance of controlling the raw materials used in its manufacturing process. IKO operates more than 25 manufacturing plants throughout North America and Europe. For more information on IKO and its full line of roofing product solutions, visit www.iko.com.

National Roofing Partners
National Roofing Partners (NRP) continually improves the facility management capabilities of its customers by analyzing existing roof conditions, recommending and providing high-quality single-source roofing replacements and services with dedicated support and technology. Building on the strong expertise of tier one commercial roofing contractors with more than 120 service locations and 8,000 employees nationwide, the network provides exceptional roofing and building envelope service, technology and maintenance for customers. Learn more at www.nationalroofingpartners.com.

RoofersCoffeeShop is committed to being the roofing professional advocate by supplying consistent information, education and communication avenues for all roofing professionals, and especially contractors, while promoting the positive growth, education and success of the roofing industry overall. Visitors to the site continue to find excellent opportunities for sharing information while participating in important ongoing conversations concerning new technologies, safety and the overall roofing trade. From the rooftop to the board room, RoofersCoffeeShop is “Where the Industry Meets!” For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com.



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.

Remodeling Show and Deck Expo
Sept. 24-25 in Frisco, Texas
NWIR Member Thea Dudley, VP of financial services at SRS Distribution, Inc., is speaking on Tuesday, October 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – 50 Shades of Confused: Taking the grey out of lien waivers, joint checks and other instruments of torture.

October 10-12, 2018, Charlotte, NC
NWIR METALCON Panel – Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Building a Strong and Sustainable Business with Diversity
A panel of industry-leading women roofing professionals will discuss the importance of gender and generational diversity in business.  Focusing on the need for strong communications, emotional intelligence and collaboration, the panel will focus on how to bring increased balance and emotional intelligence to the process of growing a strong and sustainable business.

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 karen@casimirgroupllc.com.