As National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) CEO Reid Ribble readies to step down this year, RC asked what he thought of his legacy and what he wished he could do differently. Of the latter, he shared an answer many can appreciate.
“I would say that if there’s one thing that I felt that, when I leave NRCA, will be nagging me, was that I did not and was not able to have enough time with the 60 people that work for NRCA,” he said. “They get up every single day and work on behalf of the industry. I’m intensely proud of their work.”
In this interview with RC Publisher Jill Bloom and Editor Art Aisner, Ribble looks back on the past five years he served as NRCA CEO before he retires in May. He highlights initiatives like ProCertification that he and the NRCA worked on and shares his thoughts on the current state of the industry.
Among the initiatives he helped promote is elevating the reputation of the industry. Ribble points out that people who work with their hands are often looked down upon, and it’s up to the industry and the NRCA to turn that around.
“We’re never going to get anybody outside of the industry to respect what we do until we respect what we do,” he said. “Once you have self-respect, there is nothing that can pull that away.”
The interview took place prior to the 2022 International Roofing Expo, where Ribble presented as the keynote speaker. Check roofingcontractor.com for our post-IRE coverage and what Ribble shared during his presentation.