As the economy was in turmoil in the fourth quarter of 2008
and bailouts and loans seemed the only ways to salvage the financial and
automotive sectors of the economy, Roofing Contractor
and Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing turned
to contractors to take the pulse of the roofing industry in an exclusive
All this talk about stimulus plans is making me crazy. I
hate to be so cynical (not really - but it does not feel 100 percent right
sharing it with you), but using the words “federal government” and “solution”
in the same sentence makes me suspicious.
Basketball Hall of Famer and Emmy-winning broadcaster Bill
Walton will be the keynote speaker at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas on Feb. 3 where
he is sure to grab the attention of the thousands of roofers who are looking
for a winning formula in the industry.
Regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum, you
are likely looking forward to a change in Washington. If you are a business
owner or manager, you are especially excited by the prospects of a new cadre of
leaders generating optimism among consumers.
Monroe Porter is the president of PROOF Management
Consultants, a company specializing in business consulting for contractors. He
is also founder of PROSULT Networking Groups developed to help noncompeting
contractors, and his business management column is a mainstay of Roofing
For the last few years, anything green has received
incredible attention. The high price of oil, the threat of global warming, and
a strong economy have caused us to view the world through green-tinted glasses.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel like I am drowning in a sea of
I recently spoke with Allen Bradley, the CEO and President
of Amerisafe Inc., a provider of high hazard workers compensation insurance. He
shared some insight on the roofing market from the insurer’s perspective.
Chip Macdonald is the owner of Best Safety LLC and Roofing
Contractor’s safety columnist. I spoke with him recently about
the prospects for the roofing industry in 2009 for our State of the Industry
report, and he was quick to point to several signs of a tough road ahead, as
well as some hopeful trends.