September 2018 Newsletter

A Letter From The Chair

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

In my new role as Safety Solutions Director with Tremco, I am constantly aware of the risks we take daily to fulfill a job well done.  Attention to detail has never had so great an impact on any career as it does in the roofing industry. We take great care to lead with safety and promote diligence and accountability for not only ourselves, but those with whom we work…it’s what brings us home at the end of the day.

So as a woman, what does safety mean to you? Perhaps we should look at safety from a more diverse range of perspectives:

Suiting up for safety.  I cannot tell you how many times I and so many of my female roofing colleagues have tried on safety harnesses only to find that they come nowhere close to fitting us for proper protection, let alone comfort.  I have yet to see or find a harness designed to “fit” the needs of women, but let’s keep our fingers crossed, I hear that there is a company who is focused on fitting the needs of women in fall harness development.

Traveling for business.  Do you know that little voice that sends a chill up your spine when you’re walking down a hotel hallway or climbing into a cab or Uber late at night?  Listen to it. It’s your good sense talking to you. Plan your itinerary for earlier arrivals and coordinate or share rides with a colleague when you can.  Take the hotel shuttle bus to your hotel, and if you must, double check your cab/Uber driver’s ID when you get into the car. Turn on your maps app to your destination to make sure you are heading in the right direction. And by all means, if it doesn’t feel right, make other arrangements.  Once you arrive at your hotel, ask for a room that is close to the elevator for easy entry and departure from your room.

Roadside assistance is a great service, either through AAA services or through your auto insurance agent. Check your auto insurance, you may be surprised to learn that many insurance companies provide roadside assistance in your policy.

Let’s make safety your #1 priority on the rooftop and as well as in your daily business routines.  Use your attention to detail to be aware of your surroundings. Our world is changing and we need to adapt. Your safety means the world to me, so keep safety in your daily routine…on the roof and on the road.  I’ll keep looking for a great safety harness designed for women’s comfort and security. If you find one, please share it with the rest of us!

All my best to you,



Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing, NWIR Recruitment Chair 

Thank you to those ladies who have sent photos, videos, and stories.  We’ve been able to share via social media the joy of being a woman in the roofing industry!

Remember, the best way to create interest in our industry via social media is to share it.  When you see a post from NWIR on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram, share it!

As always, please continue to send us your photos, videos, and stores, so we can continue to share what it is like to be a woman in roofing! Send items to


NWIR staff is working on implementation of a new membership database that will allow you to update your information, keep track of local council activity, automatic membership renewal and dues payment and much more!  We had to take down membership registration for a couple days for some housekeeping and testing, but it is back up and running now. Join or renew your membership online.



Kayla Schlicker, Duro-Last®, Inc.; NWIR Education Committee

As summer winds down, the Education Committee is ramping up for the fall! Mark your calendars to tune into the next installment of our webinar series on September 26 at 12:00 pm EDT. “Are we Networking or Netweaving?” focuses on perfecting your elevator speech as well as different approaches to expanding your network.

In addition to the fall webinar, the committee continues to produce exciting newsletter features. The first of which is the continuation in our Safety series, presented by Michele Pratt of OSEA. You can find this month’s feature “How to Beat the Heat” below. A new addition to our feature articles is the Education Committee’s series on Work-Life balance. We’re excited to share that the first three topics will be on Pregnancy and the Workplace, Breaking Motherhood Barriers, and Perfectionism and LETTING IT GO! Stay tuned for those topics and more in the coming months.

It was my pleasure to lead the August committee meeting, and we are all looking forward to the development of the Education Committee continuing. Next month’s meeting leader will be Lorna Mendez of Tecta America, who will also be providing the October newsletter update.


How to Beat the Heat

Outdoor workers are at risk for heat exposure illness if they spend a significant part of their shift

outdoors. If workers have significant time in the direct sunlight executing strenuous tasks for long periods of time or if the tasks at hand require heavy clothing (personal protective equipment) they are at even greater risk.

Read the full article on our blog to learn more about heat safety and get a link to a free heat index app.



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 Orange County Council

Please join us on October 10th 2018 from 7-10pm at the Honda Center in Anaheim for the Ducks vs. Coyotes hockey game! This event is sponsored by Antis Roofing and Waterproofing. Space is limited. In order to reserve your ticket, we are asking everyone to pay $20. All proceeds collected will be donated to Susan G Komen in honor of October’s Breast Awareness Month. All tickets will be purchased through Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Barnes with Bravo Roofing at or 714-672-9061. Looking forward to a great Quarter 3 Event with you! We hope you can make it!

Thank you to SG Wholesale for sponsoring the council’s Wine and Paint Night event and thank you to Duro-Last for sponsoring the second quarter Angel Game event.

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NWIR Central Pennsylvania Council

The August meeting was held on Thursday, August 23rd at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, PA. We had 20 women in attendance for a roof walk/inspection performed by Robert Ganter Contractors out of Quakertown, PA. Robert Ganter Contractors also demonstrated how to properly flash a pipe, curb and parapet wall using self-adhered EPDM single-ply membrane. A media crew from WFMZ was there to capture our night of education and networking! Check out the news story!

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NWIR Oregon Council

Happy Anniversary to the Oregon Council!  They are celebrating their one-year anniversary with a special member-only wine tasting event on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom, 404 SE 6th Ave Portland, OR 97214. RSVP to Kaitlin Bliss at

Regular meetings resume Tuesday, October 9th hosted by Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal. Location & topic TBD.

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NWIR Seattle Council

Thanks to the efforts of Lucinda Creasy (president) and Lori Swanson (vice president) the Seattle council is now active. Stay tuned for upcoming meeting dates and events.  For more information, email Megan Roth

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NWIR Tampa Council

The Tampa Council held a successful behind-the-scenes tour of the Straz Center last month.



Meet the Women of Quality Roofing

Susan Jenkins, Miriah Akers and Tara Cole (and Lucy) – pictured left to right – all hold key roles in the business, handling sales and marketing, accounting and human resources. Lucy serves as the company’s Chief of Happiness Officer. The three women are members of the Tampa council and were recently featured in the council’s newsletter. Learn how they got into roofing and what being a member of NWIR means to them. Read their story.


Featured Sponsors

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

ABC Supply
ABC Supply Co. Inc. is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest wholesale distributors of select exterior and interior building products. Since its founding by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982, ABC Supply’s sole focus has been serving professional contractors—taking care of them better than any other distributor and offering the products, services and support they need to build their businesses. A 12-time Gallup Great Workplace Award winner, ABC Supply is an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed.

Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, ABC Supply has more than 700 locations nationwide. More information is available at

DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at

Known as the “World’s Best Roof®”, Duro-Last®, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom-fabricated, thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems. Factory controlled custom-fabrication can eliminate up to 85% of field seams, resulting in lower on-site labor costs and easier installation. Duro-Last’s roofing systems are sustainable and extremely durable. Over two billion square feet of Duro-Last membrane has been installed throughout North America. Duro-Last is headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan with additional manufacturing facilities in Grants Pass, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi; Sigourney, Iowa; Carrollton, Texas; and Ludlow, Massachusetts. For more information on Duro-Last, call 800-248-0280 or visit

Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales of approximately $3 billion and holds leadership positions in many of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 7,500 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at

Rackley Roofing
Established in 1974, Rackley Roofing has become one of the leading industrial and commercial roofing contractors serving Tennessee, including the Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga areas. As a full-service roofing company, we have dedicated, in-house crews who each focus on one specialty—installation, service, metal fabrication, sheet metal installation, and others. In addition, Rackley Roofing uses only full-time employees for all roofing services. These employees enjoy a full complement of benefits, allowing Rackley Roofing to hire and retain the best possible workforce. Rackley Roofing prides itself on a reputation for unparalleled service and customer satisfaction. Learn more at



Recap of FRSA Convention and WSRCA Convention

Thank you to sponsors: Certainteed at FRSA Convention and Antis Roofing at WSRCA Convention. Over 250 men and women were educated at these events and exposed to the message of empowering women in the roofing industry. Looking forward to our participation next year too!

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.

Best of Success
Sept. 24-25 in Frisco, Texas
Several NWIR members will be attending the Best of Success conference hosted by Roofing Contractor. We’ll have a post on our Facebook page so NWIR members can connect with each other and plan to meet up while there.

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