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Meet our 2022 Annual Convention Speakers

Education Session: Panel Discussion on Material and Supply Chain Issues

Speakers: Representatives from Carlisle, GAF, Johns Manville, and OMG Roofing Products

GARCA has put together a panel of industry experts of roofing manufacturers to provide an update on the issues facing the material shortages and what their plans are for easing the strain on roofing contractors. This hour session will give contractors the knowledge they need to plan accordingly until issues are resolved. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Education Session: Safety Management Systems vs. Safety Training Programs

Speaker: Daniel James, Account Executive, STC - Safety Training & Compliance

The health and safety of employees is the foundational element for any business. While many companies put in place standard safety programs in order to be compliant, few organizations build and sustain quality Safety Management Systems that are strategic and continually improve the overall working environment. 

Executives and Leaders will learn how to:

  • Understand Safety Management Systems – No, we are not just talking about safety software! 
  • Focus on performance – Outcomes over Activities
  • Standardize the Safety processes – What’s the framework? 
  • Use data to make decisions – What are the must-have tools?
  • How to level up the discussion – Safety is a bi-product of an Awesome Culture
  • Promote accountability – What should you expect from
  • field leadership? See Safety as a profit center or a line of defense for other profit centers.

Daniel James serves as the Senior Account Executive for STC Safety where he leverages his 21-years of industry experience and passion for helping people. Daniel assists his well-known commercial construction and manufacturing clientele in achieving cultural excellence through the creation and implementation of sustainable safety management systems across the country.

Education Session: Ask the Attorneys

Speakers: Philip Siegel, Stephen Phillips,  and Leanne Hendrick, Phillips,  Salzman & Siegel 

GARCA allows you direct access to the most knowledgeable legal minds in the country on roofing issues. HPSS Law has been providing legal services to the construction industry for over 35 years. 

Philip Siegel is a partner and shareholder with the firm Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel, P.C. His practice focuses on labor and employment matters within the construction industry. Philip has an undergraduate B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and he obtained his law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Stephen M. Phillips is a senior partner at the firm. His practice focuses on legal issues pertaining to the construction industry and particularly the commercial roofing industry. He has gained national recognition concerning legal issues affecting the roofing industry.

C. Leanne Prybylski is an attorney with the firm. Ms. Prybylski’s practice focuses on legal issues pertaining to construction, particularly in the commercial roofing industry. For over 10 years, she has been representing contractors in a variety of construction-related matters, including disputes involving claims of delay, nonpayment, defective work, and other breach of contract and tort claims.

Education Session: NRCA Update

Presenter: Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing

Keeping abreast of trends in the roofing industry is critical for successful roofing contractors. From his position as the chief elected officer of the National Roofing Contractors Association, no one has their finger more on the pulse of what is going on in the roofing industry throughout the country than Kyle Thomas. Kyle will provide an up-to-the-minute report on what he sees from his perspective in the association and the industry at large.

Kyle Thomas is vice president of Thomas Roofing Co, Mobile, Ala., a commercial roofing, sheet metal, waterproofing, restoration and construction services company serving Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to his current role as NRCA Chairman Elect, Thomas has served as a Vice Chairman and an NRCA Director in 2005-08 and 2011-14. He also served as chairman of the Future Executives Institute in 2006-08 and has been a member of the Educational Resource, Education Resource Oversight, Health and Safety, Manual Update, PAC Advisory and Technical Operations committees.

Education Session: Vertical Workforce Development

Speaker: Zach Fields, Vice President, CEFGA

Innovative approaches to transforming the public-school system into a skilled trade pipeline and connecting young people to "Craft Pro Careers". Learn how CEFGA is leveraging existing resources, state funding, legislation, industry and philanthropic support to set new precedents in reaching the next generation for our industry.

Zach Fields serves as Vice President for CEFGA and works to support over 160 skilled trade programs in Georgia’s public schools. He coordinates CEFGA’s K12 Pipeline initiative with trade associations, individual employers, philanthropic foundations, legislators, GADOE, and SkillsUSA. He is an NCCER Master Trainer and serves on boards for the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) and the Trade and Industrial Educators of GA (TIEGA) as well as CTAE Advisory Boards for the GA Department of Education and multiple school systems.

Keynote: How to Achieve the Impossible:

Speaker: Billy Riggs, Motivational Speaker and Orator

Extraordinary success is the result of extraordinary leadership. In this powerful presentation, magician and funny leadership speaker Billy Riggs impresses leaders and managers with the core beliefs held by all remarkably successful leaders, and shatters the illusions that limit growth. This presentation is perfect for leadership or board training and is entertaining, motivational and highly practical. Learn how your organization can achieve the impossible from a master of the impossible!

Billy Riggs has been called “a psychologist masquerading as a comedian and magician.” He was voted one of America’s Top Five Most Entertaining Speakers in a nationwide poll of conference attendees. As a highly skilled orator Billy moves audiences to action with his message of hope and inspiration. Add in his talent as a master magician, comedian, and spellbinding entertainer, and he delivers a presentation that audiences will remember long after the event ends. Billy’s presentations change lives, improve attitudes, turbocharge sales, and inspire exceptional service.

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