National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) CEO Reid Ribble knows the industry is struggling, but even as he prepares to step down, he is confident that it is in good hands.
“I can take a great deal of pride in how the NRCA conducted its affairs in 2020 and 2021, and I look forward to a very bright future,” he said. “I feel pretty good about the place the association is in.”
In this video, RC speaks with Ribble about the state of the industry as well as the impact the NRCA has had on it. While the roofing industry as a whole remained busy over the past year, Ribble noted that supply chain issues caused struggles in nearly every facet of the industry, whether it was manufacturers, distributors or contractors.
“I think for a lot of contactors in particular, 2021 was really challenging, and so they’re optimistic, hopeful, and wanting to have a better 2022,” Ribble said. “We’re more used to the volatility in pricing and supply, and so I think that the table is set for a better year as long as a recession doesn’t come in.”
On top of supply issues, the roofing industry’s workforce issues have only worsened in what many are calling the “Great Resignation” as Americans quit their jobs in record numbers. Ribble addresses these concerns with an update on the NRCA’s ProCertification program.
Ribble also touches on his upcoming retirement at the end of May, sharing why he feels it’s time to step away as the NRCA’s CEO.
“It’s time for a new leader and younger leader to come in and emerge and take the association to the next level,” he said.
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.