By Cayden Wemple.
COVID truly changed the trajectory of all things that happen in-person and Roofing Day was no exception to that. Although Roofing Day is a relatively new conference that was formed in 2018, it’s still wildly popular and had some 400 attendants the first year and a similar result the next year. Deborah Mazol of NRCA and James Ellsworth sat down with host Heidi J. Ellsworth to discuss the advantages of having the conference in person on a new episode of Roofing Road Trips.
Deborah said that the thing that is so great about an in-person Roofing Day is, “Folks come to Washington, DC, meet face-to-face with their members of Congress, attend briefings on different aspects of the industry, and also have a chance to meet with all different professionals industry-wide, whether it's manufacturers, contractors or communications professionals.” She continues, “It's really valuable, I think, going in person to see your legislators and let them know about the issues facing you day in and day out. They're always happy to hear from us.”
During the pandemic, the conference pivoted and moved online, like most other events. One silver lining with moving online, was that travel costs were eliminated, but Deborah said that they still “missed the in-person connection.” The face-to-face conference has a lot more value and James agreed with that sentiment stating, “It's just wonderful because being in person with the staffers, you have that connection. You have that time to really share your emotions. You can get a lot across on a virtual setup, but there's nothing like sitting down with them in person sliding issues across the table to them, they look at, they take their notes.” He continues, “It really makes a difference when you're able to be with them. Also, you feel almost more prepared when you're there in person, you're walking through those halls, you feel that sense of importance when you're there. It really heightens the experience for you.”
Listen to the podcast here to learn more about Roofing Day.
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Cayden is a reporter for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When he isn’t writing about roofs, he’s usually playing guitar or writing songs for his musical endeavors.
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