Fun & Friendly Competition for the Roofing Industry
by Ali Turner, editorial & multimedia manager
Global Roofing Group, a nationwide commercial roofing contractor headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted its First Annual Roofing and Sheetmetal Olympics in April 2023. Held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona, a multi-use events facility, the inaugural event was a tremendous success. It was a great opportunity to show off the skills of over 250 Global Roofing Group field team members in a fun and competitive way.
all photos courtesy of Jeff Dorman.
There were several exciting events, including a TPO competition, PVC competition, EPDM competition, sprayfoam and coating competition, cap metal competition, thermoplastic creative competition, metal creative competition, and Garlock workhorse skill competition. Global Roofing Group worked closely with the National Roofing Contractors Association to help support its ProCertification® program. The competitions were modeled off of the demo boards used in the two-part ProCertification process. Additionally, the winners of each competition received a sponsorship to complete their own ProCertification process.
Gold medal winners were: single ply TPO, Gonzalo Rivera; single ply EPDM, Shawn Kelley; single ply PVC, Dionicio Trujillo; sprayfoam, J. Medina; and metal, Lucio Corral.
Not only did winners receive sponsorships, but they also received cash and prizes. Medals were given to challenge winners, creating a wonderful marketing opportunity for employers to market their outstanding employees. National Roofing Contractors Association CEO McKay Daniels made a special guest appearance at the event.
“We are excited to host this industry-changing competition,” said Global Roofing Group CEO RJ Radobenko. “We look forward to growing this event annually, and we invite other National Roofing Contractors Association members to compete against us.”
The two-day Roofing and Sheetmetal Olympics included a hosted mixer and dinner for the sponsors with the Global Roofing Group owners and leadership team. There were sponsorship opportunities for competitions, hats, shirts, food, beer, and ProCertification. On the WestWorld grounds, the Olympics had spots for RVs with water and electric hookups. A few attendees brought their own RVs and then spent the night.
Founded in 1971, Global Roofing Group employs over 450 people, has over 500 subcontractors, and serves clients in nearly all 50 states. The company is an industry leader in single-ply, metal, foam, tile, modified bitumen, BUR, shingle, coatings, and more.