By Evelyn Witterholt, RCS Reporter.
Although the Roofing Alliance just celebrated its 25-year anniversary, its work in advancing the roofing industry is far from finished. The foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association continually has created valuable resources for roofing industry professionals. Through education, volunteering and networking opportunities, the Roofing Alliance has been an indispensable asset. Dave Lawlor, president of the Roofing Alliance and national sales manager for ROCKWOOL, spoke about the Alliance’s future in an episode of Roofing Road Trips.
With education at the forefront of the Alliance's initiatives, it currently is working with Clemson University to provide students with a roofing-specific course curriculum. Although roofing education is a part of construction management courses, a roofing course curriculum dives deeper into the subject.
“Young people are going to come into the industry and be knowledgeable about roofing,” Lawlor says. “They're going to know it's a great place to work, and they can build a career.”
One great aspect of the Roofing Alliance is how it seeks to grow the industry by providing funding for research and construction projects. Although the deadline for this year’s funding requests has already passed, it’s a good thing to keep in mind for any future projects.
Among other plans for the next year or so, Lawlor plans to add up to 10 new Alliance members during his presidential term. “The networking opportunity is fantastic with Alliance membership,” Lawlor says. “Joining a group of people who are lifting an organization and industry is fantastic.”
Listen to the entire podcast to learn all about the Roofing Alliance’s plan for the new year and beyond!
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