January 2016 Newsletter

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President’s MessageSafety Spotlight
Event AnnouncementsCode Notices & Updates
Items of NoteCommittee Announcements
Member Benefits & ToolsNational News from NRCA

President's Message

Ray-hat-smHello CRA members and Happy New Year.  My name is Ray Phillips and I’m one of the owners of RTP Roofing Company and your new CRA President for the next two years. I want to take this opportunity to thank Brad for all of his hard work being our President these past two years.  It has been a pleasure to serve under him and to learn from him.  I would also like to take this time to thank Stephanie Garrett for serving on the Board.  We will surely miss her. Brad will continue to serve on the Board for another year and we are pleased to have his continuing support.  I also want to welcome our new Board member Jeff Johnston – we are looking forward to having him come aboard.

Who is Ray Phillips and RTP Roofing Company? Our story began when I started the company back in 1995 with my mother-in-law, Eileen Ponzio, and my wife Kendra, in our basement and myself as the only laborer.  A few years later, my brother-in-law, Scott Ponzio, joined the company and for the last seven years my cousin, Barbara Neil, has helped run the office.  We primarily stick with residential roofing and gutters.  We are an employee based company; currently employing between 22 – 25 employees.  I’m probably going to be one of the smallest roofing company CRA presidents that we’ve had so far.  So that being said, hopefully I will help debunk the idea that some people believe that CRA is just for the big roofing companies, because we are certainly not one of the big companies.  My hat goes off to the bigger companies; however, everybody has their own comfort zone and I like the size that we are at currently. I’m looking forward to the next two years as being your President and can’t wait to meet more of the CRA members and start new relationships.

One of my biggest challenges as the new CRA President is being as good as our past Presidents and representing the CRA in the proper way it should be.  I really believe in the CRA, what it represents, and what it stands for.  I want to make CRA members proud of what we do, day in and day out. To me, the CRA is a place where we can come together as a group, learn from each other, help promote our profession, and be the best we can in order to help others. Bear with me as I get started writing the President’s newsletter column every month. My messages might not be as long or in depth as some of our past Presidents, but they will be from the heart.

We have the CRA Trade Show coming up on Thursday 1/28/16 and I will be at our CRA booth, so please come up and introduce yourself. I will be the one with the Cowboy Hat on.  I’m as down to earth as a person can be, so don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello.

Ray Phillips
RTP Roofing Company
CRA President

One final BIG THANK YOU to our 2015 Sponsors!

2018 Industry Leader Sponsors
A to Z RoofingGAF Materials
ABC Supply Co.
GCP Applied Technologies
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Gulfeagle Supply
Advanced Roofing TechnologiesInterstate Roofing
Johns Manville
Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet MetalK & P Roofing LLC
Architectural Sheet Metal & PanelsMalarkey Roofing Products
B & M Roofing of ColoradoMoody Insurance Agency
Beacon Roofing Supply
Owens Corning
Black Roofing, Inc.Pinnacol Assurance
Daly & Black P.C.Premium Panels
CertainTeedRoofLine Supply
Elite RoofingSPEC Building Materials
Elite Roofing Supply - CO, LLCTamko Building Products
Flatiron SteelTecta America - Colorado
Flynn Southwest LPThe Roofing Company
Front Range Roofing Systems
2018 Silver Sponsors
Alpine Roofing Co., Inc.GBS Enterprises Roofing
American Roofing SupplyRTP Roofing Co.
Boral RoofingSchafer and Company
Boulder Roofing, Inc.Sheffield Metals
C3 Group Public AdjustersSuperoofs
Cleasby Manufacturing

EventAnnouncementsTS15roomCRA TRADE SHOW … Come find out what’s new in Colorado’s roofing industry.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Location: The Denver Mart – PLAZA Building, 451 E. 58th Avenue, Denver CO 80216.
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Attendees – Register to Attend

Vendors – Reserve a table.

Current list of vendors.

Contractors & Associates in Colorado’s Roofing Industry — this is a great chance to catch up on the latest industry trends, to make important contacts with suppliers and to compare existing products and services. The trade show offers a great networking opportunity for you to make and reaffirm business and personal contacts while educating you and your employees on the newest in Colorado’s roofing industry.  Along with FREE trade show and seminar admission, the CRA provides a complimentary lunch buffet and refreshments to all show attendees and exhibitors.

FREE SEMINAR: “How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection,” Join us before the show opens for a free seminar presented in partnership with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Both commercial and residential roofing projects are vulnerable to OSHA inspections — it is important that all employees and sub contractors follow company safety rules and OSHA standards.  Once OSHA knocks on the door or drives up to the job site, it’s likely too late . . . 90 percent of being ready that day happens before that day.  Join us and learn firsthand what OSHA Inspectors are looking for.  “How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection” will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m.    The seminar is FREE, but all trade show attendees and exhibitors wishing to attend must sign up in advance!

SHOW ADMISSION:  Register to Attend in advance and have your admission badge waiting for you at the registration desk located at the entrance. Or – although it might take a little longer, just present a business card at the door for admission and we’ll print your badge on-site.

SPONSORS:  Thank you to the following companies for taking the opportunity to sponsor our show. We are truly thankful for the support!

Entrance Bag Sponsor – DaVinci Roofscapes

Lanyard Sponsor –  Beacon (RSG/Roof Depot/ProCoat Systems & Statewide Wholesale)

Stadium Cup Sponsor – RoofLine Supply

Morning Session Seminar Sponsor – Pinnacol Assurance

Buffet Lunch Sponsors  –  Premium Panels Inc., RoofLine Supply, Spec Building Materials and TAMKO Building Products

DON’T MISS THE SHOW:  The CRA trade show provides both contractors and suppliers an opportunity to meet one-on-one and to expand their networks and capitalize on new business opportunities.  Register Now to attend on Jan 28!

Awards2016Header_bCRA AWARDS DINNER – Feb 24, 2016.  We are excited to invite you to our 15th Annual Celebration of the CRA Awards Dinner – an inspiring evening where we all can take the time to congratulate each other and ourselves on the difficult, complex, dangerous and exciting work we do every day!  This year’s dinner is being held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel located at 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield, CO.  Cocktails at 5:30pm and Dinner at 7:00pm. The Awards submissions have been judged and the winners selected. We are pleased about the number and variety of jobs that we continue to see each year and can’t wait to share them with you along with the accomplishments of the CRA in 2015. Corporate tables of 10 will be available for $700 and individual dinner reservations are $75.   A night of honoring and sharing the exceptional “people and projects of the CRA” will be re-energizing and an inspiration to all!  Mark your calendars to attend,  then look for your invitation to arrive in the next couple of weeks and be sure to send back your RSVP by February 19th.

Awards Dinner Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.  Please call Debbie Hathorne today at 303-484-0549 for more information or email her at debbie@coloradoroofing.org.

Click here to view the full 2016 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates,  member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.


codenewsupdates The following city and/or counties have made updates this past month. Please log-in to the Code Guidelines to see their updates.

Have you heard of upcoming building code changes? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at debbie@coloradoroofing.org.The CRA Building Code & Standards Committee is tasked to represent our members in code, inspection and enforcement issues related to the roofing industry and to facilitate improved communication between the roofing industry and Colorado Building Departments and Code Officials. Through the Code Guidelines on the CRA Website and in this monthly column, committee members share Building Department news and updates.


CRA_ArtcontestflierCHILDREN’S ART CONTEST –  CRA’s PR/Marketing, Community Service and Trade Show committees worked together to bring a children’s art contest to members of Colorado’s roofing industry this year.  These committees are proud to announce CRA’s inaugural Art Contest, “Roofs Keep Us Safe & Dry!” The contest promotes the importance of a roof to children in Colorado while spreading awareness of what the CRA does for the community.  The contest is open to any child (within one of the three accepted age groups) who lives in Colorado, including CRA member employees’ families and relatives.  Through the contest, the CRA would like to encourage roofing professionals to talk to children about what they do as roofing contractors/industry professionals and why their jobs are important.  Click here for 2016 CRA Art Contest details, flyers and registration forms (available in both English & Spanish).  Entries are due by January 21 and will be voted on at the CRA Trade Show being held on Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Be sure to share this contest information with your co-workers, families, friends!


WELCOME New Members(s).  5280 Waste Solutions, LLC, 7010 Broadway, Ste 107, Denver CO 80221, Ph: 303-335-6753 (Equipment Supplier) and Colorado Roofing Solutions, 13091 S. Jamaica Ct #220, Aurora CO 80014, Ph: 720-600-7236 (Roofing Contractor – Comm/Res)

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2016 CRA Membership Dues Invoices Mailed Late December. Your CRA 2016 Membership Dues renewal invoices were mailed in to you the last week of December. If you have not received your invoice, please contact the CRA Office immediately.  We also want to remind you that upon renewal of membership each year, and in compliance with our bylaws, all contractor members must forward a current Certificate of Insurance* showing the following:

  • General liability coverage of at least $500,000.
  • Workers’ compensation coverage reflecting roofing or sheet metal classifications.
  • and ALL MEMBERS must sign and return a copy of the Code of Ethics with their dues payment!

*This information MUST be on file for all contractor members in order to RENEW your membership. Be sure to please add CRA as a “certificate holder” and have your agent send us your current certificate.**

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Beacon Roofing Supply Announces Acquisition of Denver, Colorado-Based Statewide Wholesale. (BUSINESS WIRE) Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (Nasdaq: BECN) (“Beacon”) announced today that it has acquired Statewide Wholesale (“Statewide”), a distributor of residential and commercial roofing and related products located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1983 by Randy and Dawn Rehbein, the Statewide acquisition provides Beacon with a new location on Denver’s south side to better serve customers across the whole Denver metropolitan area. Statewide founder Randy Rehbein, who will remain with the Company, stated: “Dawn and I are thrilled to pass the torch to Beacon, which presents a tremendous opportunity for Statewide’s loyal customers and employees. We have watched Beacon quickly become the powerhouse in the Denver market, and we look forward to being able to benefit from Beacon’s footprint to better serve our customers with broader product offerings and even more efficient deliveries. We chose to align with Beacon because Beacon most closely matched our culture and values and shares our belief that success comes from hard work and great customer service. I am very excited for Statewide’s future.”

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IRS releases 2016 standard mileage rates . The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the 2016 optional standard mileage rates for calculating deductible costs associated with using an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. On Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be 54 cents per mile for business miles driven. The standard mileage rate will be 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes and 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization. Read more.


oshaU.S. Department of Labor | Dec. 9, 2015

Roofing company owner pleads guilty to charges related to employee’s fatal fall.  Roofing company owner James J. McCullagh pleaded guilty Dec. 9 criminal penalties, including willfully violating an OSHA regulation causing death to an employee, making false statements, and obstructing justice. The case stems from a 2014 incident where a worker who was not provided with fall protection fell 45 feet from a roof while performing roofing repairs on a church in Philadelphia.”No penalty can bring back the life of this employee, but the outcome in this case will send a clear message,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. Read more.

The defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of 25 years in prison, a possible fine, supervised release, and a $510 special assessment.


International-Roofing-Expo2Register today for the 2016 International Roofing Expo® [IRE] — which is heading east to sunny Orlando on February 17-19, 2016.  With more than 1,100 booths on the show floor, there is no better place to find hundreds of the newest, best and most innovative products and services that will shape your business and drive new profits.  There is also no better place to attend top-notch educational sessions to help improve your skills and run your roofing business!  If you haven’t made travel plans, please do so at the earliest opportunity; hotel rooms in Orlando, Fla., are filling quickly. Go to www.theroofingexpo.com for complete information.

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nrca NRCA believes 2016 to be a critical year for the entire U.S. business community.  Whoever wins the election, our industry is likely to see changes made in the administration of federal regulatory agencies, and when it comes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); NRCA thinks that’s a good thing. The agency continues to challenge state plans where it believes fall-protection rules aren’t as “effective” as the federal rules, never mind the data suggest exactly the opposite. And OSHA has announced it will issue its final rule addressing worker exposure to crystalline silica by the end of next month—much earlier than expected given the number of comments the agency received.

In November 2015, President Obama signed a bill that will allow OSHA to increase its maximum penalties for the first time in 25 years; OSHA officials have indicated they intend to do just that. In addition, it is likely state safety and health agencies will follow the lead, according to reports from officials at those agencies. As just one example, a federal serious violation now carries a maximum fine of $7,000; it is expected to increase to $12,471.

NRCA won a small but important victory in December 2015 when the House and Senate approved a major surface transportation bill that included a “permit streamlining” amendment that will bring great efficiency, transparency and accountability to the federal permit review process. The idea to pass this type of bill began five years ago; NRCA has been an active participant in a broad coalition the entire time. NRCA now hopes passage of this bill will enable and encourage legislators to focus on broader regulatory reform legislation that NRCA has long supported.

Some new Obamacare deadlines for small businesses now are in effect. As of Jan. 1, the insurance mandate expands to include businesses with 50 to 99 employees. Those who do not offer coverage must either offer it or pay a penalty that kicks in if at least one worker gets a subsidy to buy insurance through an exchange. The fine totals $2,160 per full-time worker, not counting the first 30 workers. And new reporting requirements affect all employers with 50 to 99 employees even if they don’t offer medical insurance as a benefit. Firms have until Feb. 29 to report details of any employer-provided health care—or lack thereof—to the Internal Revenue Service.

As NRCA went to press, Congress is considering two major bills that will fund the federal government through Sept. 30. The bills are the culmination of literally months of work and contain a number of provisions important to the roofing industry. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bills in their present form. Among the particulars are the following:

  • A five-year extension of the renewable energy investment tax credit (including rooftop solar), with a gradual phase-down, plus language that allows the credit to become effective when a project commences construction. NRCA advocated strongly for this extension.
  • Permanent extension of beneficial reforms for pass-through businesses (provisions from the S-Corp Modernization Act that NRCA has supported for many years)
  • A five-year extension of bonus depreciation (50 percent for 2015 through 2017, 40 percent for 2018 and 30 percent for 2019)
  • A one-year suspension of the Health Insurance Tax under the Affordable Care Act
  • Amendments to improve the operation of the H-2B temporary worker program
  • An increase of $339 million from the previous year’s funding for job training and workforce development programs


This month’s highlighted member benefits and tools. 

  • Start Marketing Your CRA Membership to Consumers!  A beneficial marketing tool for you to use in promoting your CRA membership to customers. Just click on the link, print as many as you need and start using in your sales packets and presentations right away.
  • Concerning Ladder Liability.  Help us in educating consumers and concerned citizens about the liability and risks involved with unattended ladders set for inspectors.
  • CRA Safety Group Workers’ Comp Program.  Receive a 4% upfront discount, group or individual loss history dividend calculation and much, much more. Members of the program automatically belong to the CRA Safety Group whose focus is on continuing safety education and training and improving safety in the roofing community. In partnership with Moody Insurance Agency and Pinnacol Assurance. Call Kim Burkhardt. at 303-824-6600 to receive additional information regarding this program. 
  • CRA Dental Program.  CRA program offers a choice of competitive dental plan through Delta Dental. Brought to you in partnership with Employee Benefit Designs. Contact Jerry Ressatar for more information at 303-220-8209. 
  • busybusy.com Smartphone App.  Receive 5% member discount and 30-day free trial. This tool provides a mobile time sheet app that helps your employees more accurately track their time, report their location and record the projects they are working on all while saving your company money! Call Pete Scifo at 303-759-8235.

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