As an industry we need to embrace the talent that is emerging both in our youth and in women who may not have traditionally thought of this as a career avenue.”
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 10, 2014
The Midwest Roofing Contractor Association (MRCA), serving the interests of roofing contractors and the overall industry for the US Midwest, announces the launch of the Women in Roofing initiative at their 65th annual conference held in Dallas, TX. The launch of Women in Roofing (WIR) includes a leadership board of leading professional women who will forward the goals of the new group for mentoring, networking and education.
Visualized by current women roofing professionals, the organization will focus on networking for women within the industry with a focus on mentoring for incoming young women, professionals and business owners. With an increasing number of women owned roofing companies and women is C Suite positions for roofing publications, technology, distribution and manufacturing companies, the time is right to create a support structure that will not only mentor but provide ongoing education for career success in the industry.
“This is traditionally a male oriented industry,” stated Steve Little, president MRCA and Head Coach for Dallas, TX based KPost. “When this concept was presented to me, I knew it was the right time to help launch this initiative. The MRCA has been active in developing enriching initiatives including our current Young Contractors Committee (YCC) and the MRCA/NRCA CERTA “torch training program for roofers”. As an industry we need to embrace the talent that is emerging both in our youth and in women who may not have traditionally thought of this as a career avenue.”
As co-chairs of the new group, Shari Carlozzi, Hapco, National Sales Manager and Heidi J. Ellsworth, EagleView Technologies EVP of Marketing worked with Little and the MRCA to launch the idea of gathering Women in Roofing at the MRCA conference to form a volunteer organization. “I have worked in the roofing industry for close to twenty years,” stated Ellsworth. “It is an amazing industry where you can find a balance between family and business. The group of professional women that are forming are power houses in the industry and will provide the energy and wisdom to create an organization that will provide excellent networking opportunities along with amazing mentoring and education for women throughout the industry.”
The initial leadership committee will include Co-Chairs Shari Carlozzi, Hapco, National Sales MGR; Heidi Ellsworth, EagleView Technologies, EVP with the following leadership support from Alma Garnett, Convoy Supply, President; Mary Rhinehart, Johns Manville, President; Sheree Bagado, Owens Corning, Vice President, Customer Experience; Jill Bloom, Publisher Roofing Contractor Magazine; Karen Edwards, EagleView Technologies, Marketing Director; Pillar Garcia, Georgia Pacific, Sr. Mgr Analytics; Lindy Ryan, SVP Tecta America & incoming NRCA President 15’-16’; Monica Gwaltney, Diamond Roofing; Kathy Hendricks, ABC Supply; Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF; Rachel Pinkus, MRCA, Executive Director; Dene Ellie – Founder “No Roof Left Behind”; Aileen Struble, KPost Company, SR EST and Jayne Williams, KPost Company, CFO & NRCA PAC Chair.
The inaugural reception for Women in Roofing for all women attending the MRCA conference at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, Grapevine, TX Thursday, December 11th from 4:30 – 5:30pm. The Women in Roofing leadership Committee will meet Friday, December 12th from 10:00-11:30am.
About Women in Roofing
Women in Roofing is a volunteer based organization with the goal to provide networking, mentoring and education for women roofing professionals. With a strong focus in mentoring and education for incoming women into the roofing industry, the organization will also create opportunities for continuing education, support and networking for professional success.
For More Information: Heidi J. Ellsworth