ROSEMONT, Ill. — The National Roofing Contractors Association will accept applications for its next Future Executives Institute (FEI) class beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

FEI is a comprehensive and powerful learning experience focusing on leading and managing a thriving roofing business. This three-year program, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, offers participants an in-depth look at management theory and practice and a unique industry networking opportunity while developing their leadership and communication skills.

FEI is a leadership-focused program built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations: leadership, management, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, marketing, roofing industry issues, risk management, family relationships/succession and personal-development skills.

Daniel Ritter, commercial division manager at Academy Roofing Inc. in Aurora, Colo., is a graduate of the FEI-8 class, and said he is a better roofing professional, employee and business professional following the program.

“The learning opportunities provided by the FEI program have had immediate applicability and I believe will continue to do so,” Ritter said. “Even better, the friendships and business connections with my counterparts in the industry have been spectacular. I walk away with increased knowledge, diverse experiences and solid friendships.”

Class size reflects qualified candidate applications and can vary, but is limited to 40 participants. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria designed to ensure a candidate has a background that allows for sharing and learning from others' experiences and has prepared him or her for the course work.

The application deadline is March 31, 2020. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at

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