Publishing a periodical always brings with it the exhilaration and agony of deadlines so being pushed for time is nothing new. Working on two jobs in addition to my life with the wonderful Kay and the rest of the family always keeps me busy. But this was a particularly interesting and somewhat rewarding week for me.
a periodical always brings with it the exhilaration and agony of deadlines so
being pushed for time is nothing new. Working on two jobs in addition to my
life with the wonderful Kay and the rest of the family always keeps me busy. But
this was a particularly interesting and somewhat rewarding week for me.
it is good to just stop, smile, and savor the small victories.
my “real job” in wholesale roofing distribution I spent much of the week
working on budgets. This is when one of my weaknesses turns into a strength and
I get to have some fun. My weakness is sometimes losing sight of what is going
on in front of me because I am constantly looking down the road. Well, that is
what budgets are all about. All that thinking and plotting is put into an
action plan called a budget and it is fun for me to work through it.
Saturday was spent working on a feature story that I have been wanting to write
for several years. It turns out that the timing was good as the product being
reviewed has just been re-introduced in a much improved version. The feature
(somewhat) tells the story of OnLink™ by MetalForming, Inc. of Peachtree City,
Ga. Read about it in our September issue.
would think writing a feature would be pretty regular but I only do four or
five a year. It is good to get into the weeds to learn about a company, a
product, system or trend. The real challenges is to come up with the fewest
words to get right to the point of how a solution benefits some or all roofing
received results back from a survey during this same week: 150 roofing
contractors weighing in on the topic of safety. Tom Watts drew the assignment
of presenting the survey in a feature article. With the help of our safety
experts providing some analysis and color commentary I think it will highlight
some of the challenges faced by the roofing industry as OSHA and the insurance
industry continue to raise the bar on safety.
is also quarterbacking our Website redesign. This is the fourth or fifth major
redesign of our Website since it first went up back in 1995. The new design is
powered by software that will allow us to take better advantage of the latest
technologies to deliver graphic, text, audio, and video content faster and
better than ever. Look for the new RC
online in October.
Last, but not least, a bit of self-promotion. This
week was the official beginning of my fundraiser for the Jimmy and Rosalynn
Carter Work Project in Haiti.
In early November I will join with Habitat for
Humanity's Carter Work Project
to build 100 core homes in Léogâne,
Haiti, near the
epicenter of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.
The 400 volunteers traveling to Haiti for the
project are raising $5,000 each to fund the trip and construction of the first
100 homes and many more homes that will be built in the near future. To learn
more about the project and to help me raise the $$$ follow this link (and share
it with others!): www.habitat.org/cd/cwp/participant/participant.aspx?pid=24257590
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By Rick Damato
Rick Damato is the editorial director of Roofing Contractor. He has held a number of posts in the roofing industry since 1974 and has contributed to the magazine since its inception in 1981. He can be reached at 770-331-7858 or on Twitter @RoofsByRick.