Some of the world’s most creative minds in architecture, design and building materials development met in New York City for the AIA Conference on Architecture.
In addition to show floor, attendees could choose from more than 160 educational seminars and workshops, and had access to one-of-a-kind tours of some of the city’s iconic buildings led by expert designers.
Jill Bloom, publisher of Roofing Contractor and sister publication Building Enclosure, was there and provided this exclusive photo gallery. Be sure to comment about your show highlight, if you were there.
Roofing Contractors and roofing industry stakeholders got a first-hand look at the lobbying frenzy known as ‘fly-in week’ at the nation’s capital in early March. Thousands of professional lobbyists and concerned citizens with a legislative agenda swoop into Washington D.C. during the first week in March to garner support for their specific issues. Roofers talked about immigration reform, regulatory reform and workforce development.
The effort, organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association, was the first of its kind in a new effort to elevate the roofing industry’s profile on Capitol Hill. Delegates from 47 states split up and covered roughly 87 percent of the members of congress during a full day of meetings. See who was there in RC’s exclusive photo gallery.
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RC Editorial Director Rick Damato continued his quest for more insight as to where the future roofers of tomorrow are coming from and what their career landscape will look like. He took a closer look at SkillsUSA, a national group serving young students across the country in an effort to empower workers to become world-class leaders and responsible citizens.
He ran into Mike Rowe, former host of the hit show “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel, and renowned skilled trades advocate, who will also appear on the show floor at IRE 2018 in New Orleans.
To Damator’s surprise, roofing was just about the only professional construction trade not represented at the annual championships in Louisville earlier this year.
Check out Damato’s exclusive photo gallery from the event, and read more about it here.
The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) hosted its 35rd Annual Trade Show & Seminars from Jan. 18-19. Contractors and exhibitors from around the Midwest converged on the Windy City for high-quality educational seminars and to get a first-hand look at the latest products, services and technology influencing the roofing industry. Visit www.CRCA.org for a full recap.
Roofing Contractors and industry professionals from around the world celebrated all-things roofing during the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans, Feb. 6-8.
Take a look at the highlights with our exclusive photo gallery from the 131,000-square-foot show floor. See someone you know? Please let them know by sharing the link to this page.
And Don't forget to check out our other photo galleries from IRE 2017, including Community Service Day, the Golf and Sport Shooting Tournaments, and the first-ever National Women in Roofing Welcome Day.
ROOFPAC, the National Roofing Contractors Association’s political action committee, hosted two fundraising events on the eve of the 2018 International Roofing Expo in New Orleans.
Dozens of golfers teed off at the NRCA/ROOFPAC Golf Tournament sponsored by Johns Manville at the TPC Louisiana. The event began promptly with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and followed a standard scramble format.
While they were taking shots on the green, other ROOFPAC supporters did some shooting of a different sort at the NRCA/ROOFPAC Sporting Clays Tournament at the High Point Shooting Grounds. The event was sponsored by Polyglass.
National Women in Roofing, an organization formed to connect, empower and recruit women working in various roofing-related fields across the country, hosted its first-ever National Women in Roofing Day Sunday on the eve of International Roofing Expo week.
The day started with optional wellness activities including group yoga and a guided walking tour of downtown New Orleans, followed by brunch. Keynote speaker Lelia Gowland, a New Orleans native and thought leader in workplace dynamics for women, then relayed her experiences advocating for women in workplace negotiations. Several breakout sessions with volunteer facilitators from across the roofing industry followed, and capping off the day was a networking and mentoring event featuring speaker Kelly Wade, CEO of Tampa-based North American Roofing.
Roofing contractors and roofing industry professionals from around the country again pitched in with some much-needed repairs and safety improvements to the homes of some well deserving New Orleans residents as part of the 9th Annual Community Service Day at IRE 2018 Monday.
More than 60 volunteers with expertise in different roofing-related fields put their building skills to the test, completing a wide range of projects for local seniors and military veterans.
“We began this tradition at the 2010 International Roofing Expo to make a positive difference in the lives of those still suffering the effects of Hurricane Katrina,” said event organizer Brandi McElhaney. “Nine years later, we are still going strong and helping families in multiple cities.”
Sika Sarnafil was again the main event sponsor.
For the 13th consecutive year, Roofing Contractor’s Best of Success conference brought together contractors and other roofing industry professionals from around North America to share their successes, failures and hopes of improving their businesses going forward.
This year’s conference in Tucson, Ariz. showcased a number of inventive, educational and motivating speeches from industry experts, roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Attendees were able to network amongst each other and learn about the industry from the point of view of their peers in a non-competitive environment. Get a glimpse of the event through the photos below and click here for further coverage.