Happy Holidays, all!
It's come down to the wire, but here it is.
First and foremost, Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Holidays. Since I will not be seeing you all, I wanted to wish you all the best for this holiday season.
I owe a big thank you to all our CRA board members, committee members, our training center instructors and assistants, the young professionals group, all our volunteers, and most of all, Debbie Hathorne and Diana Johnson, for their unwavering work and dedication to this association. We could not function without the help of all of you.
Thank you to all those who volunteered for all the events we held this year, from the trade show, golf day, clay shooting, luncheons, webinars, and most importantly, community service projects the CRA and our members have done this year.
This first year as President of the CRA has definitely been an experience and learning curve, and I thank you all for your support and help guiding me through this year. Through this journey, I have made some incredible friends and connections, learned a little bit about public speaking, realized how valuable this association is to our industry, and most importantly, realized how much I enjoy this world I have been graced with.
As the year draws to a close, I would like each of us to reflect on the positive things that have happened to us this year and cherish them, whether they are professional, personal, or any other kind of success. Along with the good, we should also consider the difficulties that we have all faced in recent years and how, as an industry, we have persevered in doing what we do to support our communities, keep our customers dry, and keep our staff members employed—possibly during some of the most difficult and nerve-racking times of our roofing careers.
While I am sure many of us are still working our way out of the mess that the last three years have produced, including dealing with material shortages, labor shortages, thefts, insurance carrier delays, and so on, we stood firm and demonstrated that we are a great industry within ourselves, and I am excited to see what our industry can achieve next year.
I hope to meet more of you in the coming year at one of our many events, starting with the annual CRA Trade Show on January 25, and hear some of your success and failure stories, as this is what makes our industry stronger. We can all learn from one another and help our industry grow. Let us keep working hard to bring 2023 to a close and 2024 under control. Let us do everything we can to keep our employees safe and ensure that they can spend the holidays with their families.
Thank you to my fellow members for helping CRA thrive.
My warmest wishes to you for a safe, healthy, and festive season.
A BIG THANK YOU to our 2023 sponsors!
ANNOUNCING THE 2023 CRA BOARD OF DIRECTOR
Announcing the 2024 Board of Directors
On December 4-5, 2023, the membership was balloted for the purpose of ratifying the actions of the Board and Nominating Committee with respect to the 2024 Board of Director openings.
We are pleased to congratulate the following individuals who were voted in as your 2024 CRA Board of Directors.
Guy Mumford, Kudu Roofing (President)
Scott Patz, Rocky Mountain Reps (Vice President)
Scott Ponzio, RTP Roofing Co. (Treasurer/Secretary)
Suzie Boyd, Academy Roofing (Past-President)
Marcus McDermett, American Heritage Restoration
Steve Miller, Bighorn Rain Gutter
Scott Patz, Rocky Mountain Reps
Ryan Plunkett, Supreme Roofing Done Right
Pat Sweet, Sweet Roofing
Vance Roth, Cleasby Mfg
Kevin Wieland, Elite Roofing Supply
Jamie Williams, Next Wave Roofing
TRAINING, SEMINARS & WEBINARS
Better late than never. Sporting Clay Photo Gallery.
We are sorry these are late, but here is the October 13 Sporting Clay Tournament photo gallery.
Thanks again to everyone for a great annual event. Extra windy, but still a fun time had by all. We had over 160 shooters and 20 volunteers who took time out of their busy fall season to enjoy some time off of work for a day of camaraderie and to test their shooting skills and abilities. Participants were treated to a tasty BBQ box lunch followed by prize give-a-ways, the announcement of the tournament 1st, 2nd, and Middle of the Road teams, and our top two individual men and women shooters.
CRA YEP 2nd Annual Holiday Gala is a blast!
The CRA Young & Emerging Professionals Group hosted a casino night to kick off the holiday season. What a great night of networking, food and drinks, table games, and just plain fun! Thank you to all that attended and extra thanks to our sponsors! Check out the photos.
We are busy working on the 2024 Calendar.
Save these dates!
Trade Show | 1.25.24 | Vendor Registration
Excitement is once again building for CRA’s annual Trade Show. We are back at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and in our normal January timeframe... so be sure to save the date and join us on January 25, 2024.
VENDORS! CRA's trade show is designed to provide a place to share your latest innovations and the hottest trends in equipment and materials used in the roofing and associated industries. The show provides a platform in Colorado for exhibitors to meet and connect with customers and potential customers on a one-on-one basis; to generate awareness on new products and services, and to allow attendees to compare existing products and services.
We are looking for vendors to be a part of the show's continued success. Whether you want to showcase your products and services, establish a presence in your target market, or build your company's image, the 2024 CRA Trade Show is for you. Sign up today for this low-cost opportunity to meet face-to-face with your customers and prospects.
ACT NOW to save money… EARLY BIRD pricing ends 12.23.2023.
Click here to view the full 2024 Event Calendar – calendar includes additional event dates, member luncheons, pinpoint seminars, Training Center courses, etc.
ITEMS OF NOTE
Are you aware of the Interagency Task Force to Combat Child Labor Exploitation?
In February, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Interagency Task Force to Combat Child Labor Exploitation to enhance federal efforts to protect children from exploitative situations following a 69% increase in findings of illegal child labor between 2018 and 2022, according to DOL.
The maximum civil money penalty under current law for a child labor violation is $15,138 per child. DOL is calling on Congress to increase civil monetary penalties.
There have been reports of illegal child labor in the roofing industry. Contractors should consider taking the following precautionary steps, which were recommended in a letter the Department of Agriculture sent to meat and poultry processors in April.
- Determine whether illegal child labor is being used anywhere in your supply chain.
- Include strong language in supplier, subcontractor and vendor contracts to prohibit illegal child labor, including but not limited to putting in place stronger sanctions for doing so; regular unannounced investigations of vendor activity; and more effective reporting, monitoring or auditing where appropriate.
- Adopt standards for suppliers, subcontractors and vendors that will better guard against the use of illegal child labor, including but not limited to hiring high-road contractors that create procedures for workers to report labor law violations without fear of retaliation, particularly contractors who have effective and trusted partnerships with workers, unions and/or community organizations.
IRS Boosts Mileage Rate for 2024
The IRS has announced the 2024 optional standard mileage rates for calculating deductible costs associated with using an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck is 67 cents per mile for business miles driven. The standard mileage rate is 21 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes and 14 cents per mile driven in service to a charitable organization.
During 2023, the business mileage rate was 65.5 cents per mile and the medical and moving rate was 22 cents per mile. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.
It is important to note under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers cannot claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses. Taxpayers also cannot claim a deduction for moving expenses, except members of the Armed Forces on active duty moving under orders to a permanent change of station.
Source: IRS Notice 2024-08.
As we head into the new year, I wanted to take the opportunity to mention several notable new laws going into effect on January 1st.
If you are aware of any specific legislation coming up in 2024 that will affect our industry, please contact me so that we can follow and share with the membership. With your help, we can continue to work together for positive changes in the roofing industry.
Be sure to check back in 2024 for an update because construction defect legislation is on the horizon, as are rumors of wage theft and employee misclassification legislation.
Happy holidays to you!
Next Wave Roofing
Government Relations Committee Chair
This month's Building Code updates/notices:
We have a couple update for you this month:
Broomfield, City and County of - Broomfield has a new State Electric Ready and Solar Ready Code for all new commercial and new residential properties with an effective date of January 1, 2024, which is based on permit issuance and not permit application.. Read more.
Park County - The county is transitioning to the 2018 Building Codes, has a new tool for calculating snow loads and upgraded software to track permits and schedule inspections. Read more.
Pueblo Regional Building Department - Effective 1/2/2024, Regional Building will require plan reviews for Residential Solar projects prior to issuing the permit. The plans will be checked to see that the electrical design is correct and that all needed documents are part of the plan set. Read more.
Routt County - Routt County building department has completed the adoption of the 2021 Building Codes Effective January 1st, 2024. Read more.
Resources you can use!
The Building Code & Standards committee has been working hard to bring you a best practice resource document for low slope roofing applications. We are excited to announce that is done and ready to share with all of you.
We have also developed a "Buyer Beware - Understanding Total System Warranties" page on our website that you can use to help your clients understand that all low-slope warranties are not the same. Check it out.
Have you been using the other resources and tools available on the Member Education Page? You should!
Material Price Escalation and Volatility Contract Provisions courtesy of HPPS Law.
Have you heard of any upcoming building code changes with any of the municipalities you work with? Please share them with us by emailing the BC&S Committee via Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CRA Marketing Committee is Here for You!
We want to help you increase your digital footprint and are bringing you tips each month to help you get there!
December Marketing Tip:
How to Calculate Your Marketing ROI
Want to measure the success of your marketing efforts? In this video, Kate from OTM shows you how to calculate your Marketing ROI in just a few simple steps!
Step 1: Calculate the total cost of your marketing efforts, including advertising spend and agency fees.
Step 2: Track your sales revenue directly generated from your marketing campaigns.
Step 3: Use the formula (Revenue - Investment) / Investment * 100 to calculate your Marketing ROI.
Step 4: Analyze your results and optimize your strategy for better returns.
By calculating your Marketing ROI, you'll gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of your campaigns and make smarter decisions to drive business growth. Whether you're a small business owner or a marketing professional, this video will guide you through the process with ease.
Don't forget to like, share, and subscribe for more tips and tricks on marketing and business success.
Helpful Member Benefits & Tools
The CRA Board of Directors has issued an advisory with additional information and details about these public adjuster clauses we have seen being used in Colorado that basically state that the roofing contractor may negotiate or act as a public adjuster on behalf of the owner. This is against Colorado’s Residential Roofing Law (SB38) and it is required that you must be a licensed public adjuster before you take on this role. Click here to view the advisory.
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.
RoofersCoffeeShop Free Classified Ad. RoofersCoffeeShop is the premier networking site in the roofing industry, helping contractors find information, materials, services, tools, labor and training in one place. Share ideas and stories in our RCS Forum, and visit their classified ads section to sell and find items and get help. Use promo code CRA for your FREE classified ad.
OSHAlogs.com - new in 2023. More info coming soon!!
Colorado Contractors Legislative Advocacy Coalition - CRA partners with several other construction associations to make our voices heard as joint members of the Colorado Contractors Coalition. Together we have successfully passed legislation including payment reform (public and private to 5%), bonding requirements, pro-rata liability and construction defect reform policies. Check out the CCC website for more information and to keep up with our CURRENT advocacy efforts
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