Former NRCA President, Tecta America Co-Founder Don McNamara has Died

Former NRCA President, Tecta America Co-Founder Don McNamara has Died

The roofing industry is mourning the loss of one its long-time leaders in Don McNamara.

McNamara, 81, was the former owner of Milwaukee-based F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc. (FJAC) for decades and was an influential figure in both regional and national roofing associations.

A graduate of Marquette University Law School, McNamara became a CPA and started his professional career as a tax attorney. He then joined one of his clients and became majority owner of FJAC in 1967. He retired in 1995, but rejoined his family business to lead it toward the consolidation of companies that formed Tecta America Corp. in 2000.

“It is a rare talent to have someone like Don who could manage and control all the type-A people at the beginning of Tecta’s formation,” Said Kim Schwickert, a Tecta co-founder and chairman of Schwickerts. “Without that calm personality I think Tecta would never have gotten off the ground.”

He served as the company’s first CEO and later on its board of directors.

“Don was an imposing man – physically as well as intellectually – but also warm, caring and a lot of fun,” said current Tecta President and CEO Mark Santacrose. “He was the first person I met at Tecta in 2001 and he taught me a ton about the company, the roofing industry and the cast of characters that made up Tecta at the time. He cast a huge shadow and it was my privilege to follow him in my role and my honor to know him.”

McNamara had several roles with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and ultimately served as president from 1986 to 1987. He was a past recipient of the NRCA’s J.A. Piper Award, and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association’s James Q. McCawley Award, the highest awards bestowed by each organization.

Current NRCA CEO and Wisconsin native Reid Ribble said McNamara was instrumental in getting him involved in the organization decades ago, and was often a mentor in business.

“He was a giant in our industry and will be sorely missed,” Ribble said.

McNamara is survived by his wife Valerie, their 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Visitation will be at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wis., on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shorehaven, Salvation Army and St. Jerome Catholic Church.

Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:03:00 +0000

Have a Policy for Side Jobs and Moonlighting

Have a Policy for Side Jobs and Moonlighting

RCS Influencer Michael Hicks says this his company allows side jobs but with conditions.

Our policy is fairly simple and straightforward. Side jobs are permitted with a few qualifiers:

  1. It can’t be any larger than 10 squares. If it’s bigger than 10 squares have the owner contact us and if we get the job there’s a commission for the reference.
  2. If you do a side job, you need to buy the materials from the company
  3. In no way can a side job interfere with your work duties at the company
  4. Work for a competitor and you’re done

Although I recently had several guys doing a weekend side job for a “company,” if you could call a pick-up truck and some hand tools out of the garage a “company,” which had supposedly shut their doors.  We had bid the job, and I’m sure we were quite a bit more expensive.  I guess the promise of one last good job was too much temptation for the retired owner, and the guy waved some big bucks in the face of a guy that came to work for us when the other place closed down.  This individual got several of our other guys to help him, and they were spotted on the roof on a Saturday.

All of them were excellent guys, losing them all for a lapse in judgement would have been tough and they were given the ultimatum to grab their tools and exit the roof immediately as HRI employees, or stay and finish the job as ex-employees.  They all chose to leave, and a thunderstorm passed overhead an hour later.  Not sure what happened, don’t care, but I see the job got finished eventually.

Michael Hicks is owner of Hicks Industrial Roofing. See his full bio here.

Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:28:04 +0000

Reliant Roofing Surprises Three Local Families with New Roofs

Reliant Roofing Surprises Three Local Families with New Roofs

Jacksonville, Fla. —  Reliant Roofing recently announced that the three finalists selected for its first annual Every Shingle Heart giveaway will all receive new roofs. Their Every Shingle Heart initiative was created to give back to the community by providing a free roof to a local family in need. Once the nominations came in, the Jacksonville company realized they could not choose just one family. On Aug. 22, they invited all three finalists to the Reliant Roofing office and surprised them with the news.

Angela Billings, Toni Luther and Ruby McMullen all experienced roof damage from Hurricane Matthew. They were ecstatic to learn that they would be receiving brand new roofs. McMullen, who’s on disability, often went without groceries so she could pay her bills on time. Though her home desperately needed a new roof after Matthew, it was out of reach for her. She’ll no longer have to worry.

Luther’s roof damage from Matthew was so severe that she was about to lose her home if it was not replaced. Her daughter Tina, a disabled Veteran, returned home to try to help. “There’s mildew and mold because of the water. It’s been leaking now since the storm,” Velazquez said. “She really couldn’t maintain it because of her health, and so it’s been one thing after the other and I’m trying to pick up the pieces.”

Billings, who recently underwent a double mastectomy and lost her fiancé, is grateful that she and her son will no longer have to worry about constant leaks damaging her home. “Every time it rains, we have some new leak. It’s been difficult ever since Hurricane Mathew,” she says. Now she has hope. She says, “Cancer and losing somebody you love, there’s always someone who has it worse than you. I know it sounds terrible, but it’s true. You look around and you think my life isn’t so bad.”

Reliant Roofing owners Sean Shapiro and Cameron Shouppe were touched by the stories of these local families. Shouppe says, “As soon as I saw their reaction I knew we found the right people. This was a major item causing stress and grief in their life and this was going to make a huge difference for them.” The company looks forward to giving these three deserving families a fresh start.

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Published at Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000