The Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) has moved its 2021 Western Roofing Expo (WRE) to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

The WRE is now set to take place Sept. 21-23 at the Mirage-Las Vegas. When the WSRCA found out the World Series of Poker would be taking over the RIO All-Suites Hotel & Casino in the fall — interfering with the WRE scheduled for Oct. 3-5 in the same venue — WSRCA board members took advantage of the opportunity.

“WSRCA leadership has been nimble throughout the ups and downs that the pandemic has provided, and the association has come out on top of this situation. We are thrilled to have a new and exciting venue for 2021," said WSRCA Executive Director Joel Viera. "The Mirage has a larger convention center, which allows us to hold larger crowds in a safer manner. We are really excited to reconnect the roofing community with each other in September at a really beautiful venue."

The Mirage has an 89,000-square-foot trade show floor, making it the largest WRE trade show space to date. In addition, the WRE will feature 24 educational seminars, two keynote luncheons, and the Davis Memorial Foundation's Welcome Event and Live Auction.

“I am very excited that we have the opportunity to have an expo this year," said WSRCA President Leo Ibarra. "Joel and the staff have done an amazing job battling adversity over the last year to bring you the best Western Roofing Expo possible. I understand that over the past year, we did not get the same networking experiences that we are typically lucky enough to enjoy. With that said, I genuinely cannot wait to see you all in person at the Mirage, as well as at some of the great educational seminars that WSRCA will be providing.”

In addition to the new WRE venue, the Davis Memorial Foundation announced that Bear’s Best Las Vegas, a golf experience that brings together 18 of Jack Nicklaus’ favorite holes into one Las Vegas golf course, will be the host of the foundation’s Bob Porter Golf Tournament. The Sporting Clays tournament will return to the Pro Gun Club. Both events, as well as the Welcome Event and Live Auction, will be held Sept. 21, with proceeds going to the Davis Memorial Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

The new date and venue brings the 2021 event into alignment with the WSRCA's future WRE events, which are currently scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • 2022: Sept. 24-26 at the Paris-Las Vegas

  • 2023: Sept. 23-25 at the Paris-Las Vegas

  • 2024: Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Paris-Las Vegas

  • 2025: Sept. 28-30 at the Paris-Las Vegas

  • 2026: Sept. 27-29 at the Paris-Las Vegas

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WSRCA Announces New 2021 Western Roofing Expo Dates, Venue

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IKO and NWiR Step Up To Help SoCal Women’s Shelter

HILLSBORO, Texas — After an electrical fire tore through Alexandria House, damaging the home and its roof, the SoCal Council of National Women in Roofing (NWiR) and several industry partners, including shingle manufacturer IKO, stepped forward to ensure that the shelter’s residents can take comfort in having a safe, secure roof overhead.

Located in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles, Alexandria House is a transitional residence that provides safe and supportive housing for women and children moving from emergency shelters to economic stability and permanent housing.

In March 2020, the second and third floors of the home caught fire and caused damage to the roof. With a replacement estimate in excess of $70,000 for the roof, and significant other damages to address inside the building, the home’s development director reached out to the SoCal Council of NWiR for help.

“When I received the phone call from Alexandria House, the first thought that came to mind was, ‘I’m going to call IKO,’” said NWiR Council Chair Maria Alcala.

She reached out to Juan Trujillo, IKO’s territory sales rep in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

“This whole project began when Maria, who works at RoofLine and is a member of NWiR, called and asked if IKO would be able to donate materials to help restore the house,” explained Trujillo. “IKO and its distributor, RoofLine, were able to provide 6,000 square feet of shingles for the project.”

Thanks to product support from IKO and local IKO distributor RoofLine Supply and Delivery, as well as labor donated by Final Touch Construction, roof construction wrapped up in mid-March of this year. The building is now sporting 60 squares of IKO’s Cambridge® Weatherwood Cool Plus architectural shingles, which were used to comply with California’s Title 24, Part 6 cool roof requirements.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without IKO,” said Alcala. “It’s a beautiful job.”

Alexandria House is a community-oriented transitional house and neighborhood center. More than 92% of the women who have moved through its program have secured financial stability and permanent housing.

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NTRCA Announces 2021 Award Winners and Board of Directors

FORT WORTH, Texas — The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) — a regional association for professional residential and commercial roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and associates who maintain the highest industry standards — announces this year’s 2021 board of directors and 2021 award winners.

During the NTRCA Awards Banquet, held March 26 at the Fort Worth Zoo, the winners of the annual “Industry Leader of the Year” award and the “Associate of the Year” award were announced and recognized for their significant contributions to the North Texas roofing industry. Past winners meet annually to choose each year’s new honoree in each category.

The "Industry Leader of the Year" honor, the association's most prestigious recognition, was awarded to Catherine Awtrey, president of Texas Roof Management. The "Associate of the Year" honor was awarded to Ray Buckner, now retired from Johns Manville.

The 2021 NTRCA board members were also sworn in during the NTRCA Awards Banquet.

The NTRCA board officers for 2021 are:

  • President: Kirk Scott, owner at Scott Exteriors

  • Past President: Kyle Davis, owner at Super Roofman

  • President-Elect: Carolyn Coleman, owner at Tice Enterprises Ltd.

  • Treasurer: Craig Rainey, executive vice president at Supreme Roofing

Other members of the 2021 NTRCA board of directors are:

  • Kanish Ali, owner at Legends Roofing

  • Jesus Arzate, territory manager at GAF

  • Huntter Byrd, outside sales at ABC Supply Co.

  • Todd Etler, director of service and maintenance at Green Roofing and Construction

  • Bret Foster, president at Bret Foster Roofing

  • Kyle Frazier, sales manager at Frazier Roofing and Guttering

  • Aimee Greenleaf, North Texas territory manager at CertainTeed

  • Larry Johnson, operations manager at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Chad Perkins, area sales manager at Owens Corning

  • Scott Shaeffer, account manager at Roadrunner Roofing Supply

  • Oscar Villarreal, territory manager at Southern Shingles

Additionally, the following experts will serve as Ex Officio NTRCA board advisors in 2021:

  • Karen Ensley, attorney/partner at Ensley Benitez Law, PC

  • Kristin Lonergan, partner at Sleeper Sewell Insurance

Golden Hammer Award Winners

NTRCA Golden Hammer Award winners were also recognized during the event. NTRCA’s annual Golden Hammer Awards acknowledge outstanding roofing projects completed during the prior year. Entries are judged each year on logistical challenges, quality workmanship, uniqueness, difficulty, time constraints, innovative solutions and safety challenges.

Contractors selected to win this year’s Golden Hammer Award for community service projects were:

  • KPost Roofing & Waterproofing for its Collins Residence Project (with support from CertainTeed)

  • Outback Roofing LLC for its U.S. Navy Veteran Home Project (with support from ABC Supply Co. and Owens Corning)

  • PROCO Roofing & Construction for its John T. White Project (with support from ABC Supply Co. and Atlas Roofing Supply).

Commercial contractors winning a Golden Hammer Award this year were:

  • Brettco Roofing for its Pierce Burch Water Treatment Plant Project (with support from ABC Supply Co., CertainTeed, GAF, INSURICA, McElroy Metal Inc. and SRS Distribution)

  • SPS Roofing Inc. for the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Project

  • Texas Roof Management for its St. Mark’s School of Texas Tornado Restoration Project.

Residential contractors selected to receive a Golden Hammer Award this year were:

  • Joe Hall Roofing for the Cousins Residence Project (with support from Daltile Perennial Roofing)

  • TexCity Roofing for its Burleson Project (with support from Southern Shingles)

  • Tice Enterprises, Ltd. for its Ollman Residence Project (with support from Roadrunner Roofing Supply and DaVinci Roofscapes).

Contractors selected to receive a Golden Hammer Award this year in the metal roofing category were:

  • Classic Superoof LLC for its Dr. Smith Residence Project

  • Ramon Roofing for the 2020 Street of Dreams Home Project (with support from SPEC Building Materials and Polyglass)

  • Texas Roof Management for The First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Project.

Tile contractors winning a Golden Hammer Award this year were:

  • Paradigm Roofing for its Lake Ridge Apartments Project (with support from Beacon Roofing Supply)

  • PROCO Roofing & Construction for the Normandy Project (with support from ABC Supply Co. and Boral Roofing Products)

  • Ramon Roofing for its Tognana Italian Clay Tile Project (with support from SPEC Building Materials).

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