15th Annual Best of Success Moves to Miami for 2019
RC Encourages Roofing Contractors from Everywhere to Take Their Talents to South Beach for Intensive, Two-Day Conference
For 15 years, Roofing Contractor has brought together the best and brightest in the roofing industry to a friendly, non-competitive environment where roofers can learn and exchange the tools needed to excel. The tradition continues this year, Sept. 15-17, at the J.W. Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa.
With a new slate of dynamic speakers, enhanced networking opportunities and new attractions added to an expanded schedule, the 2019 Best of Success will be one roofing contractors won’t want to miss.
For the first time, RC is expanding the intensive, two-day learning experience with events on Sunday, Sept. 15.
At 2 p.m., National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a nonprofit designed to empower women in the roofing industry, will host an educational session called “Know Your Worth at Work — and how to leverage it.” The interactive session will explore how to assert and articulate ideas in the workplace. Attendance is $15 for NWIR members and $40 for non-members.
The day will culminate with an opening night welcome reception.
With much of the meet-and-greets out of the way during Sunday’s events, the conference begins in full swing at 7 a.m. Monday morning with an event-wide breakfast followed by opening remarks from Best of Success founder and RC Publisher Jill Bloom.
Immediately following Bloom, Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, will kick off the presentations at 8:15 a.m. by talking about his company’s journey and penchant for giving back to the communities it serves.
Other highlights from day one speaker sessions include an update on the legal pitfalls of scaling a company properly by attorney Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law; the key elements of operating successful service and maintenance departments by Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing in Cincinnati; and a panel discussion on measuring career wins and losses by four recent winners of RC’s Roofing Contractor of the Year award.
Following breakfast on day two, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) CEO Reid Ribble will fire up the crowd with an update on NRCA initiatives and continue to make the case for how roofing contractors can help uplift the industry with just a few steps of direct action.
Ribble said he’ll update the audience on how the NRCA’s ProCertification system performed in its first year. He will also demonstrate the progress the industry has made by speaking with a unified voice before members of the congress after two successful fly-in lobbying campaigns. A highlight of last April’s Roofing Day in Washington, D.C. was getting a face-to-face meeting between NRCA’s executive leadership and Acting White House Chief of State Mick Mulvaney.
“That’s something that has never happened before and it’s a big deal for the industry,” Ribble said in a recent chat with RC. “It’s also the direct result of putting 400 people in the room a year before when Mulvaney, then the Trump Administration’s Budget Director, addressed participants of the first-ever Roofing Day fly-in in 2018.
“We finally became real and relevant to Capitol Hill,” Ribble continued, noting that he and Sabino, NRCA chairman, have testified on the industry’s behalf since then. “They’re now coming to us as a leader on topics like immigration reform.”
Other highlights from day two include presentations by Douglas Sutter, president of Sutter Roofing, on lessons learned as a fourth-generation roofing contractor; and the latest about a joint roofing apprenticeship program between perennial RC Top 100 Roofing Contractors List members Advanced Roofing and Tecta America. Click here for the full conference agenda.
A Winning Tradition
Also new this year, the Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) will announce the winner of its inaugural award program called the RT3 Innovator of the Year. The organization, which consists of forward-thinking roofing contractors and industry professionals focused on technology to move the industry ahead, aim to recognize one individual for contributing to the advancement of the roofing profession through technological innovation.
Each year at Best of Success, RC also honors the residential and commercial roofing contractors that employ industry best practices, take care of their employees, and excel at quality workmanship and customer satisfaction with the Contractor of the Year Award.
RC Editorial Director Rick Damato and Editor Art Aisner will deliver the awards at the end of the day on Sept. 16 before the hundreds of roofing contractors and industry professionals. This year, RC received roughly 100 nominations from commercial, residential and industrial roofing contractors representing all regions of the United States.
Catch all of the excitement and invaluable information live by registering at www.BestofSuccessConference.com. For those who cannot attend in person, be sure to register online to view presentations from the comfort of your favorite device.