By Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA).
The Western Roofing Expo had one goal in mind for their in-person event this year: to help industry professionals improve their business and find a way to grow. With the big turnout of people from all areas of the industry in attendance this year, it’s safe to say that the 2021 Expo was a great success.
Thousands of people from roofing’s most innovative companies descended on Las Vegas Sunday, September 21 as the Western Roofing Expo kicked off. Over the next few days — manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, engineers, consultants and roofing contractors from throughout the West were all on hand at the The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
According to final registration statistics — 2,104 convention-goers converged for the 2021 show, connecting face-to-face to hear from leading experts, educators and colleagues and learning how to capitalize on the industry’s latest innovations, strategies and best practices.
Action-filled events included the annual golf and sporting clays tournaments, welcome event and lively-silent auction and exhibit floor. There was a great overall sense of industry camaraderie this year, and many of the people we talked to were glad to get back to business as usual!
Founded in 1997 in memory of Larry and Mary Davis, the Davis Memorial Foundation's mission is to support higher education, particularly as it relates to the development of a well-educated roofing and construction industry. Scholarships are granted every year to high school, undergraduate, graduate and vocational students throughout the country. To raise money and awareness for these scholarships, events like the welcome event and lively-silent auction, and annual golf and sporting clays tournaments have been established by the Foundation.
The requirements for these scholarships aren’t easy. Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors, official transcripts from high schools or universities, and a Q&A written application to be considered eligible. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Davis Memorial Foundation awarded these (10) outstanding students $5,000 scholarships each for a grand total of $50,000! Congratulations to all for your hard work and commitment to higher education – the Davis Memorial Foundation wishes you the best of luck in your bright futures:
The annual Golf Tournament was held bright and early in southern Las Vegas at Bear’s Best Las Vegas. 124 participants came out to play at the club. Across the valley, the annual Sporting Clays Tournament was also held concurrently at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City. The course was full with 52 participants, who also had a great time on the challenging desert terrain and windy conditions. A very special thank you to our Exclusive Tournament Sponsor: Beacon, our Title Sponsors: Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Western Roofing Magazine, Roofing Contractor Magazine and RoofersCoffeeShop.com — and all of the prize donators and tournament participants who help make the Davis Memorial Foundation’s tournaments a yearly success.
Later that evening hundreds gathered back at The Mirage Las Vegas, as Davis Memorial Foundation Chairman Chuck Chapman and fellow Trustee Bill Baley emceed the welcome event and lively-silent auction, sponsored by GAF. Fantastic donated items such as hunting trips, vacations, electronic merchandise, jewelry, and of course, roofing-related products were all on display for attendees to bid on. The night was a huge success, and this amazing support could not have been achieved without the generous support from members like you!
A special thanks to Davis Memorial Foundation Trustees Heidi J. Ellsworth, Greg Bloom, Dennis Ryan and Joel Viera for making the auction such a fun event. On behalf of the entire Foundation, its Trustees and staff – and most importantly the scholarship recipients – thank you for your continued support!
Every year, the WSRCA puts on a diverse educational program designed to keep roofing contractors ‘in-the know’ on vital roofing topics affecting the industry. On both Wednesday and Thursday, the seminar portion of the Western Roofing Expo was held prior to the opening of the exhibit floor. All seminars were very well attended this year.
For the opening of the trade show floor on Monday, current 2020 WSRCA President Leo Ibarra, along with incoming 2021 WSRCA President Rob Winkle, Immediate Former President Tom Asbury and WSRCA Executive Director Joel Viera, were on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon. The exhibit hall floor featured over 160 local, regional and national companies displaying their latest roofing products and services, many available only in the western market. The vast majority of the exhibitors were extremely pleased with the attendee turnout…and as you can see, the exhibit hall was quite busy!
Winding down the convention on Thursday, September 23, hilarious entertainer Ian Bagg made a guest appearance at the Annual Luncheon, sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products. He showcased his outlandish stand-up comedy routine that had the audience in stitches. He was quite the entertainer, and it made for a fun, relaxed atmosphere heading into the final portion of the Expo.
Immediately following the luncheon, guest speakers and entertainment, WSRCA presented its annual awards. Board Member of the Year went to Jackson Johns of National Roofing Company, in Albuquerque, New Mexico in recognition of his efforts the last year improving the Association. A huge congratulations to Jackson, and thank you for all that you do for Western States!
A prestigious award that is only given out every few years, WSRCA announced its Hall of Fame Award. In recognition of outstanding service to the roofing industry and Association, Chuck Chapman of Tecta America Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona was recognized as the 2021 inductee. Thank you, Chuck, for your incredible work ethic and dedication to WSRCA and the roofing industry!
Per the WSRCA bylaws, the new slate of board members and officers were announced, having them assume their positions, effective immediately. They are as follows:
Rob Winkle (President) - Roof Asset Management, Thousand Palms, California; Andy Clarke (SVP) - Global Roofing Corp., Phoenix, Arizona; Leo Ibarra (Immediate Former President) - Blue’s Roofing Co., Milpitas, California; Mike Trotter (VP1) - Front Range Roofing Systems, Greeley, Colorado; Mike Wakerling (VP2) - General Roofing Co., Oakland, California; Valorie Miller (VP2) - Jim Brown and Sons Roofing, Glendale, Arizona; Jackson Johns (VP2) - National Roofing Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Joel Viera (Secretary) - WSRCA, Morgan Hill, California;
Austin Barnhardt - Quality Roofing & Sheet Metal, Bozeman, Montana, Chris Bowman - Collins Roofing Inc., Lehi, Utah; Brian Butler - Wayne’s Roofing, Sumner, Washington; Tyler Canaday - Madsen Roofing & Waterproofing, Sacramento, California; Chuck Chapman - Tecta America Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona; Marcus Clinco - C.I. Services Inc., Anaheim, California; Dan Cornwell - CC&L Roofing Co., Portland, Oregon; Pete Harding - GoGreen Roofing Corp., Santa Clara, California; Kris Hitesman - Capitol Roofing Service, Sandy, Utah; Ron Lloyd - Kokua Roofing Service, Kailua Kona, Hawaii; Jake Magalsky - Ace Roofing, LLC, Missoula, Montana; Wendy Marvin - Matrix Roofing & Home Solutions, Vancouver, Washington; Hillary McPartlon - Brian McPartlon Roofing, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Travis Nelson - Brown Roofing Company, The Dalles, Oregon; Paul Reed - NorthWest Roofing, Denver, Colorado; Scott Riopelle - Interstate Roofing, Denver, Colorado; Stan Robinson - Pacific West Roofing, LLC, Hubbard, Oregon; Pete Schmautz - Star Roofing Inc., Phoenix, Arizona; and Wayne Sorensen - Top Line Roofing, Poway, California.
For his outstanding efforts in recruiting potential members to join the WSRCA, Greg Hayne of Hayne Coaching Group won the 2021 ‘Wrangler of the Year’ award. A custom-made belt buckle commemorated his win. Thank you for your commitment to growing our Assocation, Greg!
September 24-26 at the Paris Las Vegas
From everyone here at Western States, the Davis Memorial Foundation Trustees and WSRCA Staff – we would like to thank you for your continued support and for making the Western Roofing Expo THE premier roofing event in the West. Next year, the Western Roofing Expo will be hosted at the Paris Las Vegas from September 24-26, 2022. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll see you next Fall!
Original article source: WSRCA