Aug 5 Member
Lunch to feature "Catching
the Upturn: Ensuring Your Organization is Prepared to Return
CRA Golf Tournament
- August 26
to Note: CRA Safety Group Members Receive
General Dividend, IRS raises Mileage rate to 55.5 cents, Jeffco
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors and Keeping it Safe in the HEAT!
Featured Item: Management Performance and Financial Survey
"Catching The Upturn: Ensuring Your Organization
Is Prepared to Return to Prosperity"
Friday, August 5, 2011
Comfort Inn "Showroom" at
the Denver Merchandise Mart - 451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th
Friday, August 26
7:30 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club
8455 Heritage Drive
Thornton, CO 80602
$125 - Golfer
$500 - Foursome
$25 - Mulligan/Raffle Prize Package
to register for tournament.
February 16, 2012
Omni Interlocken Hotel
500 Interlocken Blvd
Your 2012 Calendar!
It's never to
early to start planning for your 2011 project(s) for a JOB OF
THE YEAR AWARD submission(s).
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COLORADO ROOFING ASSOCIATION
2011 CRA OFFICERS
P.O. Box 480084
Denver, CO 80248-0084
9101 Harlan Street #215
Westminster, CO 80031
Fax (303) 892-6322
Executive Director: Debbie Hathorne
Industrial Expositions, Inc.
Kirk Tiley, Tiley Roofing, Inc.
Dan Zahtila, Black Roofing
Dave Rueter, GAF
Slate Baker, Allied Building Products
Curt Boyd, Academy Roofing
James "J" Bretz, Excel Roofing
Brad Evans, Advanced Roofing Technologies
Dave Knight, GAF
Bob Lansford, United Asphalts, Inc.
Jeff Patch, Premium Panels
Rick Rosendahl, B&M Roofing Of Colorado, Inc.
Kelly Woods, Roofing Supply of Colorado
"To promote the ethics, education
and image of the roofing industry in the State of Colorado through
meetings and actions of the members."
The CRA newsletter is open for member input.
We encourage you to submit items that will benefit the members,
including new technical updates, community service achievements
in your local communities, educational seminars/ workshops, etc.
(no sales oriented pieces).
Contact the CRA office for more information
at 303-892-6966 ext. 2.
July 21 - CRA
Work Comp Safety Group Meeting at Pinnacol Assurance
Aug 4 - CRA
Aug 5 - CRA
Comfort Inn at Denver
Merchandise Mart. 11:30 am.
Topic: "Catching The Upturn: Ensuring Your Organization
Is Prepared to Return to Prosperity"
Aug 26- CRA
GOLF Tournament: Double Shotgun at Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club, 7:30am
Sep 1 - CRA
Sep 22- CRA
Pinpoint Seminar; Comfort Inn at Denver Merchandise Mart. 1:00pm
to 4:00 pm.
Topic: "Technical Update from NRCA's Mark Graham"
Oct 6 - CRA
Oct 20 - CRA
Work Comp Safety Group Meeting at Pinnacol Assurance
Oct 28 - CRA
Membership Luncheon Sponsored by the CRA Safety Committee;
Comfort Inn at Denver
Merchandise Mart. 11:30 am.
Nov 3 - CRA
Nov 18 - CRA
Membership Luncheon & Board Elections;
Comfort Inn at Denver
Merchandise Mart. 11:30 am.
Dec 1 - CRA
Farmers Insurance Exchange
7535 E. Hampden Avenue, Suite 302
Denver, CO 80231
Metro Construction, Inc.
1732 Wazee St., Ste 205
Denver, CO 80202-1284
Roofing Contractor - Comm/Res
3000 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216-5015
Another month goes by and more politicians/celebrities
are exposed for their indiscretions. It has become such a frequent
occurrence you can almost anticipate the process
or politician does something stupid, usually sexual in nature.
The media exposes the incident. The public gorges on the media
coverage. The exposee expresses remorse, or option b temporarily
denies the allegations and then eventually confesses in the wake
of overwhelming evidence. The guilty party proceeds to rehab.
And shortly after the public forgives and or forgets the incident
so the next person can take the hot seat.
What I find almost more interesting than the scandals themselves
is the shock and interest level of the public. The public seems
to automatically hold celebrities and politicians to a morale
standard due to their iconic positions. Why is everyone so shocked
a congressmen texted revealing pictures to young girls and why
is everyone so shocked a famous movie star/governor had a child
with an unattractive house keeper? Here is my guess as to why
the interest levels spike so high. I think we put ourselves into
the position of the celebrity and wonder, why did they make such
a poor decision? How can they in one instance perform so well
and in another like a complete ass? In most cases the celebrity
or politician is rich, good looking, and respected by all yet
this does not seem to stop them from the looming scandal which
could have easily been avoided. Our brains cannot comprehend
their thinking process and the lunacy of their poor decisions.
Actually, I think we are making an assumption the celebrity or
politician is mentally stable based upon their status. Because
they are doing well in politics or sports or film we make an
assumption they are normal functioning human beings while maybe
they are NOT.
I recently read a book by Jon Ronson called "The Psychopath
Test". The book outlines a checklist created by a famous
psychiatrist named Bob Hare used to determine if someone has
psychopathic tendencies and guess what, this is not a test you
want to get a high score on. Here is the checklist:
Item 1. Glibness/superficial charm
Item 2. Grandiose sense of self-worth
Item 3. Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Item 4. Pathological lying
Item 5. Coning/manipulative
Item 6. Lack of remorse or guilt
Item 7. Shallow affect
Item 8. Callous/lack of empathy
Item 9. Parasitic lifestyle
Item 10. Poor behavioral control
Item 11. Promiscuous sexual behavior
Item 12. Early behavior problems
Item 13. Lack of realistic long-term goals
Item 14. Impulsivity
Item 15. Irresponsibility
Item 16. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Item 17. Many short-term marital relationships
Item 18. Juvenile delinquency
Item 19. Revocation of conditional release
Item 20. Criminal Versatility
While I am sure most of these celebrity scandal types are
not certifiable psychopaths, I think they share some characteristics
indicating mental health deficiencies, some are more obvious
than others. In certain areas of life these deficiencies may
serve as attributes depending on the perspective and context.
I think there is an autonomous presupposition that doing well
in one aspect of life translates into doing well in all aspects.
One of the most intriguing pieces of the book is the dispersal
of psychopaths within our society. Overall about 1% of the population
is psychopathic but if you look at where the highest concentrations
are, that is the interesting part. Approximately 2-3% in prisons
and 4-5% reside in highly influential positions like politics,
corporate executives, and so forth. Kind of a scary statistic,
but nonetheless I think in a weird way it sort of makes sense.
It appears to me, between the statistics and the checklist certain
personality types tend to stick out in society for better or
for worse and maybe even some combination of the two.
To a much lesser extent I think all of us tend to deal with
this same sort of catch twenty two, when our weaknesses become
our strengths and our strengths become our weaknesses
just a matter of perspective and context. It is constantly a
balancing act of knowing or learning when to use those characteristics
and when to tone them down. Some people seem to do a much better
job at it than others. I think I am certifiable now after this
Tiley Roofing, Inc.
P.S. Be sure to join us for the next
Membership Lunch on August 5th (details below) and if
you have not signed up to play in this year's Golf Tournament
on August 26, I suggest taking the time today. We are filling
up fast and close to being full!
|ABC Supply Co.
Academy Roofing, Inc.
Advanced Roofing Technologies
Allied Building Products
American Roofing Supply
Black Roofing, Inc.
Boulder Roofing, Inc.
D & D Roofing, Inc.
Fowler & Peth
Front Range Roofing Systems
J & K Roofing
Moody Insurance Agency
Roofing Supply of Colorado
Tamko Building Products
Weather Guard Building Products
W.R. Grace & Co.
B&M Roofing of Colorado
5 Membership Lunch to feature "Catching the Upturn: Ensuring
Your Organization Is Prepared to Return to Prosperity"
Friday, August 5, 2011
Comfort Inn "Showroom" at the Denver Merchandise Mart
451 E. 58th Ave (I-25 & 58th Ave)
Note: Lunch rescheduled from July 29 to August
On August 5, 2011,
the CRA has asked Jake Appelman, a senior consultant with FMI
a management consultant and investment banker for the construction
industry, to speak at our membership luncheon. He will present
a seminar on "Cataching the Upturn: Ensuring Your Organization
is Prepared to Return to Prosperity."
While the recession may be over, uncertainty in the economy
surely still exists. Many organizations in our industry are still
searching for work, dealing with increased competition, and struggling
with making difficult decisions. The tendency in these times
is to focus on the short termwhat do we need to do to make
it through the month? However, great leaders recognize that you
cannot sacrifice the longer-term view. To be successful, now
is the time to take key steps that will position it when the
upturn reaches the construction industry.
- Identify the steps necessary to take now to ensure your organization
is in position to capitalize when the economic begins its recovery
- Understand the challenges organizations face when they try
to shift attitudes and strategies from difficult times to more
- Identify the four keys to leading an organization through
difficult times and back to prosperous ones
- Explore the role leadership plays in navigating people through
the current economic situation
Who should attend? CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents,
Senior Executives, Human Resources, CFOs, Owners, and anyone
dedicated to ensuring their companys success.
MARK your calendar to attend the August 5 lunch, then EMAIL
your RSVP to email@example.com.
CRA Golf Tournament - August 26, 2011
Get off the roof and join us for a fun and competitive
round of golf with friends and roofing associates!
Heritage Todd Creek
8455 Heritage Drive
Thornton, CO 80602
Pro Shop: 303-655-1779
29th Annual CRA
Golf Tournament Highlights
New for 2011 - DOUBLE
7:30 a.m. (Round Full)
1:30 p.m. -
Spots still available - Sign Up Today!
18 Holes - Scramble Format
Lunch & Raffle Prizes
Plus . . .
Closest to the Pin Contest - Men
Closest to the Pin Contest Women
Longest Drive Contest - Men
Longest Drive Contest - Women
Click here for full
tournament details and/or to register.
Want to Sponsor the tournament?
Click here for sponsorship
ITEMS TO NOTE
CRA Workers' Comp
Safety Group Gives Back To Member, IRS Raises Mileage Rate, Jefferson County Online Permits/Inspection Requests
CRA WC Safety Group .
. . Pinnacol Continues to Put Money Back Into the Hands of Policyholders
For the seventh consecutive year, Pinnacol Assurance issued
a general dividend to their policyholders. This year, $41.25
million was given back to more than 50,000 qualifying businesses
throughout the state - roughly 85 percent of policyholders.
The dividend is a portion of a mutual insurance company's
surplus that is paid to stockholders. Because Pinnacol doesn't
have stockholders, they return a portion of their surplus to
policyholders who earn it through their commitment to workplace
safety and effective claims management.
# # #
Portions of Pinnacol's $41.25 million general dividend also
include association programs. For the Colorado Roofing Association
Program, this year's dividend will be shared among the following
qualifying participants of the CRA Workers' Compensation Safety Program
who have met our group standards of safety and compliance.
- ACADEMY ROOFING, INC.
BLACK ROOFING, INC.
D & D MONARCH SHEET METAL, INC.
D & D ROOFING, INC.
TILEY ROOFING, INC.
Congratuations and thank you to these
members for "keeping it safe!"
IRS Mileage rates will
increase July 1
In response to the recent increase in the cost of gasoline,
the Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional
standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers
may use the optional standard rates to calculate deductible costs
of operating an automobile for business and other purposes. The
rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles
driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31. The rates will take
effect July 1. Click here for more details.
Jefferson County Online
Permits and Inspection Request/Results
Contractors! Jefferson County has an online permit
and inspection request/results feature that will save you time
and money! This site allows the contaractors to obtain their
permits online 24/7 and to do their inspection requests and see
the results. Results will also be emailed to you when the results
are uploaded wirelessly from the inspector in the field. Several
contractors are already utilizing this feature on their smartphones
in the field.
Click here for details.
Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
It's that time of the year again - time when severe weather
presents challenges for outdoor workers in industries ranging
from construction to farming. Summer is the peak season for thunderstorms,
which can bring hail, wind, and lightning, although lightning
can strike at any time of the year.
Lightning is particularly deadly in Colorado, which ranks
10th among states with the most lightning deaths and injuries,
according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA says certain workers are at greater risk from lightning
than others. Workers in the following occupations are among those
with the most risk:
- Explosives handling or storage
- Heavy equipment operation
- Plumbing and pipefitting
- Construction and building maintenance
- Farming and field labor
- Telecommunications field repair
- Power utility field repair
Tips for Lightning Safety on the Job
Here are some tips to protect outdoor workers from the danger
- When thunderstorms threaten, don't start anything you can't
stop quickly. Pay attention to the daily forecasts so you know
what to expect during the day. Also pay attention to early signs
of thunderstorms, which include high winds, dark clouds, rain,
distant thunder or lightning. If these conditions are evident,
do not start any new task that you can't quickly stop.
- Assess your lightning risk and take precautionary action.
During thunderstorms, no place outside is safe. But you can minimize
your risk by assessing the lightning threat and taking the appropriate
actions. Count the number of seconds from when you see the lightning
flash until you hear the thunder. If you count 30 seconds or
less, you are in immediate danger. Stop what you're doing and
seek safety in a substantial building. If a substantial building
is not available, a metal-topped vehicle with the windows up
is your next best choice.
Objects and Equipment to Avoid During Thunderstorms
- Stay off and away from anything tall or high, including rooftops,
scaffolding, utility poles, ladders, trees, and large equipment
such as bulldozers, cranes, backhoes, track loaders, and tractors.
- Do not touch materials or surfaces that can conduct electricity,
including metal scaffolding, metal equipment, utility lines,
water, water pipes, and plumbing.
- Leave areas with explosives or munitions.
If a Co-worker Is Struck by Lightning
Call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Management Services phone
number. If the victim's heart or breathing has stopped, immediately
Source: Pinnacol Assurance.
US Labor Department Launches
National Outreach Campaign to Protect Workers from Heat-Related
"If you're working outdoors, you're at risk for heat-related
illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death,"
said Secretary Solis. "But heat illness can be prevented.
This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country
with a very simple message water, rest and shade."
OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English
and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace
training. A new Web page provides information and resources on
heat illness for workers and employers (see http://osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html)
Source: OSHA, Colorado Compliance Assistance
Network Newsletter, Summer Edition 2011.
REDESIGNED CRA WEBSITE
The CRA is proud to announce the unveiling
of the redesign of coloradoroofing.org.
The CRA board is committed to developing our website as a
place consumers value as a trusted source for education and information
for one of the biggest decision making processes a homeowner
makes - investing in a new roof! We have worked to redevelop
the CRA website by establishing a new and refreshed online presence
with two purposes:
- To provide Consumer Education about selecting roofing contractors
for roofing projects and to motivate home owners and building
managers to choose CRA Contractor Members for their roofing needs;
- Continue to provide membership information to CRA Members
about the activities and operations of the association.
The site has a new look that is attractive, easy to use and
visually interesting through the use of movement (rotating photos,
scrolling text and/or other effects). The site is more user friendly
and developed to encourage consumers to "take action"
by contacting a member contractor for his/her roofing project.
The contractor search function has been upgraded to a more modern
search using a zip code based system that produces member lists
in a random order each time so that A's are not always at the
top and Z's are not always at the bottom.
The membership area will continue to provide you with association
information, event announcements, newsletters, press releases,
photo galleries, etc. Based on past website usage, the Code Guidelines
are our most popular feature. This area is now password protected
so that only members will be able to view the information.
We encourage member feedback on the new site. It is a member
benefit that exists to help educate and provide information to
both you our members and consumers looking for a new roof. Please
help us in making the site a better and more useful tool.
Send your suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1. Be sure to double check your
company information in the Contractor Search and Alpha memership
lists. Email changes to email@example.com.
- 2. In January we introduced our
new logo, please be sure to download it and add it to your website.
Then we ask that you please link the logo back to us at: www.coloradoroofing.org.
This will increase our ranking with Google and send potential
consumers to our redesigned site... and ultimately to you our
- Download the new logo
here, then link it to www.coloradoroofing.org.
ITEMS TO NOTE . . . FROM ACROSS THE NATION
As the industry settles into its busiest time of the year,
NRCA continues to be presented with a mixed bag of economic news.
Reed Construction Data reported nonresidential construction in
the period from January to May 2011 was 2 percent higher than
the same period in 2010; nonresidential construction starts in
May were up 17 percent from May 2010. And the weather has created
work, too: Hailstorms that hit north Texas in May reportedly
damaged more than 300,000 homes.
However, the Producer Price Index for inputs to construction-a
weighted average of the cost of all goods used in construction-increased
7.5 percent from May 2010 to May 2011. That's more than double
the national Consumer Price Index, which weighed in at 3.6 percent
for the same period. Major contributors include diesel fuel,
which was up 40 percent; copper, steel, gypsum and asphalt price
increases also contributed.
A mixed economy isn't slowing the spread of federal regulation
though the industry but did get a reprieve of sorts when the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced
in June that it will allow a 30-day "phase-in" period for its
new fall-protection rules. During the phase-in period contractors
will be able to use the "old" methods of fall protection
on residential projects-including slide guards-but still are
susceptible to citation for not using those methods properly.
The new rule now will be enforced effective Sept. 16.
A roofing contractor and foreman in California were sentenced
to one-year jail terms because of a fall-related death. According
to a Cal/OSHA investigation, none of the roofing crew members
were wearing any fall-protection equipment on a four-story building;
there was no perimeter protection; the employees had not been
trained in safety; and there were no written company safety policies.
OSHA also is considering an additional new rule to require
employer reporting, via a "checkbox," of any injury
that is a musculoskeletal disorder. NRCA has commented in opposition
to the proposal; they are concerned OSHA is using this proposal
as a first step in developing new ergonomics rules, and they
are concerned employers should not be put in the position of
drawing medical conclusions about the nature of an injury.
OSHA is also, by the way, now examining the health effects
of silica, formaldehyde and styrene, products commonly used in
There also have been a number of recent developments on the
- In May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 2007 Arizona state
law that requires employers to use the federal E-Verify electronic
system to verify the legal status of newly hired employees and
permits the state to revoke business licenses of employers found
to have knowingly hired illegal immigrants.
- The Department of Labor recently issued a 78-page proposed
rule that would change the H-2B temporary guest worker program-generally
by making it more cumbersome and expensive. For example, the
proposed rule would require employers to contact all previous
U.S. workers before using the H-2B program and would require
employers to advertise a job up to three days before an H-2B
worker starts. NRCA has commented in opposition to the proposal.
- The Obama administration has intensified a crackdown on employers
of illegal immigrants, recently notifying an additional 1,000
companies that it intends to inspect their hiring records. A
total of 2,338 companies have been audited by the Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency since Oct. 1, 2010. One
California roofing contractor recently had three years of I-9
files reviewed by ICE officials and found discrepancies with
90 (of the company's 230) employees. The 90 employees have 30
days to provide valid documentation or they must be terminated.
NRCA has been concerned about-and involved with-reports that
the Obama administration is planning to issue an Executive Order
that would require federal contractors to disclose additional
information about their political contributions as part of the
contracting process. In response, the House of Representatives
passed the Department of Homeland Security's spending bill, H.R.
2017, with an amendment that would preclude such an order. The
bill passed by a vote of 231-188.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, we all will be required to buy compact
fluorescent lights (CFLs) as a result of legislation passed in
2007. Although there are some legislative proposals to repeal
the act, they are not gaining much traction, never mind the fact
that CFLs, among other things, contain small amounts of mercury
and other toxic materials. The Environmental Protection Agency's
website contains three pages of instructions about what to do
if you break a CFL bulb in your home (including shutting off
your heating and air conditioning system), and the Department
of Energy advises the new law will "empower consumers with
A number of NRCA representatives, led by NRCA Associate Executive
Director of Technical Services Mark Graham, participated in the
latest round of hearings for the new International Green Construction
Code (IGCC), scheduled to be completed by November and published
in March 2012. The IGCC will significantly affect our industry;
at the recent hearings, a number of proposals were considered
for reroofing, but none were passed.
Plans for the 2012 International Roofing Expo® and NRCA's
125th Annual Convention are coming together nicely. The event
will be held Feb. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center
in Orlando, Fla.; the headquarters hotel will be the new Hilton,
adjacent to the convention center. Information is available at
New pilot credit will
help manufacturers qualify for LEED® points
Under a new pilot credit, manufacturers whose products have
been reviewed through Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Inc.'s UL
Environment Environmental Claims Validation, Sustainable Product
Certification, Environmental Product Declaration or EcoLogo programs
will qualify for innovation points within the LEED program. Click here for full story.
EnergyWise Roof Calculator
Online has been updated
NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online has been updated
to include information from the American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the International
Code Council's International Energy Conservation Code. Click here for full story.
Colorado Association has partnered with NRCA, one of the construction
industries oldest and most respected trade associations to bring
you the latest roofing publications, DVDs, educational webinars
and other NRCA products. CRA receives a commission on items purchased
through the "CRA Bookstore" which in turn will help
fund the CRA educational opportunities and pin-point seminars
we provide to you, our members, each year.
Featured Item: 2009 NRCA
Management Performance and Financial Survey
NRCA has made available its 2009 NRCA Management Performance
and Financial Survey, which allows you to compare your company
with others in the industry using the results of NRCA's member
survey. The survey provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks
with regard to roofing contractors' financial performances. The
survey results are divided into five sales volume categories
and nine geographic regions. The member price for the survey
is $75, and the retail price is $125.
Click here for more information or to purchase.
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