Roofing Alliance Announces Winners Of NRCA Industry Awards
Student Competition Winning Team - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Student Competition Best Individual Presenter - Tony Centro, University of Florida
Best of the Best Winner - Brandon Reese, Korellis Roofing Inc.
Outstanding Workmanship - Renaissance Roofing, Inc.
Student Competition, MVP, Best of the Best and Gold Circle award winners are all recognized
Rosemont, IL - The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), has announced the winners of the 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition, the Best of the Best Award and the Gold Circle Award winners.
All were recognized at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on February 12, 2019. The event was held in conjunction with the 2019 International Roofing Expo.
In its fifth year, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition welcomed five finalist teams to the 2019 IRE to give oral presentations as the final segment in the competition. This year, the teams were tasked with submitting
a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee, formerly installed by Rackley Roofing Co., Carthage, TN.
Judges reviewed the written proposals, submitted December 10, and selected five teams as finalists for the competition. On the morning of February 12th, six roofing industry experts judged the oral presentations and the Roofing Alliance announced Minnesota
State University, Mankato as the winning school and Tony Centro of University of Florida as the Best Individual Presenter.
In its 19th year, winners of the MVP awards were recognized, and the Best of the Best winner was announced. The Best of the Best award is an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, MA, and Professional Roofing magazine.
Brandon Reese, who was an MVP Winner of Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Work Place, and a Finalist for Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship, was named the Best of the Best Winner.
Reese is a foreman with Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, IN. He is an integral member of his company’s team. Along with his excellent detailed work and customer service, he is a leader in working safely. In addition to his role
with his company, Reese's commitment to his country speaks for itself. He served three deployments and was awarded a number of medals.
Bringing together his career and his military experience, Reese works with Helmets to Hardhats, a national non-profit organization that connects National Guard, Reserve and retired and transitioning active-duty members with opportunities in the construction
industry. He credits the military for his leadership skills, work ethic and endurance in challenging situations. He is part of recruitment efforts to bring other soldiers into the program. Whether it is on the roof or in military
uniform, Reese carries himself with professionalism.
Finally, the Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged every year to submit their best work in order to win a Gold Circle award in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.
More than 99 winning companies have been recognized for their achievements since the award’s inception. This year’s Gold Circle Award winners for outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services included:
- Mahan Slate Roofing Co., Inc., Agawam, MA with the Dartmouth College Baker Tower Renovations project in Hanover, NH
- Renaissance Roofing, Inc., Rockford, IL with the Cascade Courthouse, Copper Roof Replacement & Exterior Repair project out of Great Falls, MT
Safety Preparedness and Performance Winner
- Nations Roof of Villa Park, Villa Park, IL – with the Rolls Royce North American Headquarters project in Indianapolis, IN
About The Roofing Alliance
The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence.
Composed of 166 members representing extraordinary leaders from the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and service provider communities, the Roofing Alliance has committed $13 million to enhance the performance and long-term viability of
the industry and allocated more than $5 million to fund 46 research, education, technical and philanthropic programs and projects. Serving as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Alliance members
are focused on giving back and supporting high-quality educational programs and ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues. For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit