Today begins the National Roofing Contractors Association’s yearly Roofing Day in Washington D.C. The two-day industry event provides roofing professionals from across the nation the opportunity to join together and share with Congress on the critical issues facing the roofing industry. While this year may look slightly different — being fully virtual — we remain encouraged and excited to join alongside our peers in pursuit of a stronger roofing profession. Our President and Co-owner, Chad Collins, speaks on the importance of Roofing Day in D.C, the issues most critical for the roofing industry and our role as an industry leader in framing the future.
- What does Roofing Day in D.C. mean for companies like Bone Dry Roofing? What does it mean for the industry as a whole?
Roofing Day in DC gives organizations the opportunity to speak to elected officials about issues that impact companies like ours on a daily basis. Having like-minded roofing professionals and industry stakeholders under one roof at the same time (no pun intended) is extremely powerful. As we are the economic engine that powers this economy, our representatives and senators need to hear from the voices of small business owners.
“As we are the economic engine that powers this economy, our representatives and senators need to hear from the voices of small business owners.”
On the other hand, the consistency and clarity that come from advocating for key issues benefit the industry as a whole. At the end of the day, the issues that impact our business impact other roofing contractors and the roofing industry across the country. Speaking together as “one voice” on behalf of the entire industry helps amplify our message and reinforces the importance of educating elected officials on key issues.
- What are a few industry issues you’re most personally interested in?
I am most interested in seeing increased funding for career and technical education to address workforce shortages. Additionally, I want to see meaningful immigration reform occur that meets the roofing industry’s workforce labor needs, for the construction industry as a whole, not just roofing, is an incredible career opportunity.
There is so much opportunity and growth potential; therefore, we want to see every effort made to make sure hard working and career-minded individuals find their way to what has the potential to be an incredibly rewarding career path!
- How is Bone Dry serving as an industry leader in any of these national roofing conversations?
For 20 years, I have advocated for the value of professional association, or in other words, learning from predecessors and investing in an industry that provides for the general well-being of everyone. Bone Dry makes it our mission to give back to the community with time, energy, and other resources to insure that we are “paying it forward.” We have always looked at our seat at the table as a long term investment in the overall expansion of the industry. Ultimately, what is best for the roofing industry as a whole will benefit us as individual contractors as well.
“Bone Dry makes it our mission to give back to the community with time, energy, and other resources to insure that we are “paying it forward.”
NRCA’s Roofing Day is a critical event to bring the roofing industry’s needs to the forefront of our elected officials’ attention. Advocating for policy change and addressing critical issues with members of Congress is crucial for advancing the roofing industry forward into 2021. Issues like vocational funding to address workforce shortages, a strong buildings component in federal infrastructure legislation and immigration reform are among the advocacy issues to be addressed at this year’s Roofing Day in D.C. Bone Dry Roofing is proud to represent small businesses and be a part of this advocacy initiative.