Gold Circle Awards

Western States Contractors Are Taking Home Awards

by Heidi J. Ellsworth, owner, HJE Consulting


Submitting your projects, leadership, and employees for awards is a great way to build the brand and culture of your company. A great way to do this is with the Roofing Alliance MVP and Gold Circle Awards. The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the NRCA, offers an opportunity for roofing contractors to take the stage every year during the International Roofing Expo® (IRE) with award-winning projects and employees. This last year, several roofing companies from the West were highlighted, and in 2020, it could be you.

Renaissance Roofing Inc., Belvidere, Illinois, received the Gold Circle Award for Outstanding Workmanship on the Cascade County Courthouse in Great Falls, Montana. The three-story building was commissioned in 1903 and built in the English Renaissance Revival style. A 15’ statue of Lady Justice sits atop a 35’ copper dome. This $3.8 million-dollar project required 17,000 man-hours and 55,000 pounds of copper. During the roof restoration, the courthouse was fully occupied and operational. The project as a whole required replacing the copper entablature and railings, copper guttering, batten seam copper roofing, fully soldered flat seam copper roofing, architectural copper paneling and detailing, as well as cast iron restoration, minor masonry restoration, and painting. Further restoration efforts included the cast iron around the drum of the tower, curved window sash and glass replacement, as well as the painting of these components.

Paul Filicetti, project architect and historic preservation architect on the project explained, “Renaissance Roofing spent countless man hours field investigating and understanding historic conditions and developing field and shop mockups to ensure the new copper roof met the intent of the drawings, maintained historic building and roof conditions, and met modern installation standards.”

The Roofing Alliance wants you to submit your projects for the 2020 Gold Circle Awards. The deadline for Gold Circle Awards is October 18, 2019. Applications and additional information can be found at

Miguel Lopez, Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Houston, Texas, was awarded with a Most Valuable Player Award. Holding the title of roofing and sheet metal general superintendent, Lopez has worked at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing for 22 years. His commitment to the safety of himself and others, his dedication to getting the job done right, and his ability to lead by example makes Lopez one of Chamberlin’s essential employees.

Lopez continues to further his safety education and his vast knowledge of the safety protection equipment required for the different commercial roofing systems with which he works, in addition to his awareness of any and all hazards on jobsites, make him an indispensable asset to the Chamberlin team. He is quick to identify and correct any unsafe situations or practices, whether it’s his crew or other trades working around them. Justin Lambert, safety director at Chamberlin commented, “He understands the importance of safety on a jobsite and takes his safety training seriously. He takes the time to walk the many jobsites he oversees before work begins and he inspects all equipment and fall protection system components meticulously, down to checking every extension cord for shock hazard.”

Jesus Zermeno, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, California, also was awarded a Most Valuable Player Award. Described as dependable, rational, compassionate, responsible, and charitable, Zermeno represents Antis Roofing and Waterproofing and what the company stands for effectively. Valued by his colleagues and supported by his wife and three children, Zermeno leads in a quiet but firm way that commands respect and nets results.

Jesus joined Antis more than eight years ago and now serves as Antis Roofing’s field supervisor. In this role he leads a team of technicians overseeing roof installations, repairs, and maintenances. He has an even-keeled and friendly demeanor that allows him to communicate well with clients and establish trust immediately. Narcisco Alarcon, Zermeno’s immediate supervisor commented, “We were growing so quickly I was stretched thin in my efforts to motivate and support the field technicians. Within days after his promotion to field supervisor I could see the team lose their stress and they were able to handle more jobs thanks to his leadership ability.”

To nominate your MVP visit for 2020 MVP Awards nomination form.

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