Roofing contractors gathered in Columbus, Ohio last week for the 67th annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Association Expo. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the attached Columbus Convention Center, from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.
Some highlights from this year’s convention included “Navigating the Future”, which focused on emerging technologies throughout the industry, as well as how to plan, implement and leverage those technologies in a way that benefits your business.
This year’s auction theme was Day of the Dead, and in addition to the in-person experience, folks also had the opportunity to bid online, allowing those who couldn’t physically attend, an opportunity to help out a great cause.
The event concluded with Chris Spielman’s keynote address. Spielman, a two-time All-American linebacker at The Ohio State University and a Lombardi Trophy winner, retired from the NFL following his wife Stefanie’s breast cancer diagnosis. His speech highlighted the struggles and triumphs faced throughout their journey, as well as the thriving charity he established in her honor, The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
For the 12th straight year, Roofing Contractor’s Best of Success conference brought together contractors and other roofing industry professionals from around North America to share their successes, failures and hopes of improving their businesses going forward.
This year’s conference in Marco Island, Fla. showcased a number of innovative, informative and inspiring speeches from industry experts, roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Attendees were able to network amongst each other and learn about the industry from the point of view of their peers in a non-competitive environment. Get a glimpse of the event through the photos below and click here for further coverage.
Photos by Proshots Event Photography
Roofing Contractor Editorial Director Rick Damato is among the volunteers that pitched in with the Habitat for Humanity Project headed by former President Jimmy Carter.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter continued their annual tradition of pitching in to help Habitat for Humanity make a huge difference for well-deserving families in some of the country’s most distressed communities when it comes to affordable housing.
This year, the Habitat for Humanity ambassadors hosted the 33rd annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in August in Memphis, Tenn. They joined dozens of volunteers — including Roofing Contractor’s Editorial Director Rick Damato — during the week-long event.
Take a look at the images he captured while working on multiple jobsites.
Editor’s Note: BNP Media, Roofing Contractor’s parent company, was a sponsor of the event.
Teaming up with Tim Tebow and Mike Holmes to help Fox’s “Home Free” contestants build dream a home for personal heroes.
CertainTeed expanded its role in season two of Fox’s “Home Free.”
The ten-episode show, hosted by football player-turned minor league baseball prospect Tim Tebow and celebrity contractor Mike Holmes, challenged Americans from across the country to compete for a chance to win a dream home for their personal heroes. Among the people this year’s contestants were competing for were a wounded military veteran, a firefighter and an organ donor.
For each project, the teams had access to CertainTeed’s comprehensive line of building products, including siding, roofing, and fence, deck and railing on the outside, and gypsum wallboard and insulation for the interior.
Click above to view a photo gallery of the projects featured on the show, and find more information at http://www.certainteed.com/homefree/.
The 94th Annual FRSA Annual Convention and Expo drew roofing contractors and other roofing professionals from around the region to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from June 16-18.
The event featured more than a dozen continuing education sessions over three days and roughly 350 booths on the show floor. More than 2,700 people attended the event, according to officials with the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association. Planning for next year’s convention and expo scheduled for June 22-24 in Orlando is already well underway.
The 42nd annual Western Roofing Expo was the best yet in terms of attendance. More than 3,500 roofing contractors from throughout the region converged on Las Vegas last week for the Western Roofing Contractors Association’s signature annual event. That total well surpassed attendance figures for the 2015 Expo.
Highlights included innovative new product releases on the show floor, dozens of educational seminars, and formal and informal networking opportunities.
The Association also formally elected Brad Baker, owner of Professional Roofing in Bellevue, Idaho, the next president and named Michael Tory, of Tory’s Roofing & Waterproofing in Hawaii, immediate former president.
Roofing contractors, suppliers and manufacturers also helped raise money for the Davis Memorial Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to deserving college students across the western United States with the annual welcome party and silent auction, and golf tournament.