The RICOWI Foundation

What We Do

The RICOWI Foundation supports roofing industry projects that investigate climate resiliency and related issues through evaluation and funding. The Foundation actively will seek proposals that will address these projects.

Mission Statement

The RICOWI Foundation identifies and provides funding for the advancement of research related to weather performance of roofing products and systems.

Guiding Documents
The RICOWI Foundation Sponsor Organizations

Board of Directors

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Annette Sindar
Chair

Eagle Roofing Products, Inc.
3546 N. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92377
Contact
work: 800-400-3245
mobile: 951-377-0176

Ms. Sindar is a volunteer director, serving as the Chair of the Foundation. She is currently employed as the Technical and Marketing Administrator of Eagle Roofing Products in Rialto, CA. Ms. Sindar also serves as the Vice Chair of the Cool Roof Rating Council Technical Committee. Being an active participant in various roofing organizations, she brings an understanding of the issues that impact the roofing industry, and the importance of research and education to improve the roofing industry for the betterment of the community. Ms. Sindar’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. Her duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. She has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between her duties as a director and her position with Eagle Roofing Products.

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Eric J. Velliquette
Vice Chair

Lakeside Construction Fasteners
6476 Hwy 135 North
Paragould, AR 72450
Contact
mobile: 740-244-5911

Mr. Velliquette is a volunteer director, serving as Vice Chair of the Foundation. He is a respected executive with a nineteen year leadership career as an entrepreneur, sales and marketing, operations, and new business development in manufacturing operations. He currently serves as Vice President of Lakeside Construction Fasteners in Jonesboro, AR. His education level includes He is active in the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), National Frame Builders Association (NFBA), Metal Construction Association (MCA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI, Inc.),Florida Roofing Contracts Association (FRSA), National Roof Contractors Association (NRCA) and Western States Roof Contractors Association (WSRCA. Mr. Velliquette brings a passion to improve the roofing industry, and through his involvement in the RICOWI Foundation will assist it to meet its mission. Mr. Velliquette’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with Lakeside Construction Fasteners.

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Michael J. Ennis
Treasurer

Single Ply Roofing Industry
1100 Rosehill Rd.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Contact
primary: 614-501-8909
mobile: 614-578-7875

Mr. Ennis is also a volunteer director, serving as the Treasurer of the RICOWI Foundation, Inc. Mr. Ennis is currently Technical Director of the Single Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI). His background includes 42 years of experience in the commercial building envelope industry. He was employed by Dow Chemical Company for 30 years as the New Products Development Leader. The last 12 years he has been Technical Director of SPRI, Inc. the industry association representing manufacturers of single-ply roof membranes, associated components, testing laboratories and design professions. He is a Registered Roof Consultant with RCI, Inc. and a member of ASJRAE and ASTM Committees D08, E60 and E05. Mr. Ennis serves on the Board of Directors for the Cool Roof Rating Council and RICOWI, Inc. and the RICOWI Foundation. With his vast experience in the roofing industry, Mr. Ennis is an asset to the Foundation as he will assist the Foundation reviewing research projects and their outcomes. Mr. Ennis’s background with finance will help the Foundation with budgetary items. Mr. Ennis’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with SPRI, Inc.

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David Balistreri
RICOWI Chair

RCI, Inc.
PO Box 1307
Waukesha, WI 53187
Contact
work: 888-549-1930

Mr. Balistreri is a volunteer board member. Mr. Balistreri is President of Building Envelope Consultants, Ltd. – a professional engineering company with six offices in the Midwestern United States. Mr. Balistreri is a second generation Registered Roof Consultant. He has performed thousands of roof condition assessments, quality assurance inspections, and provided technical design assistance across the United States. Mr. Balistreri represents the roof consultants nationally as the RCI liaison to the board of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI, Inc.) the leading think tank for the roofing industry. He currently serves as Chair of the RICOWI Inc. Board. He has been recognized as a building envelope expert in both state and federal court. Mr. Balistreri brings a wide knowledge as a business owner and of the roofing industry to the Foundation board. Mr. Balistreri’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with Building Envelope Consultants, Ltd., and RCI, Inc.

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Albert Janni

Duro-Last Roofing
525 E. Morley Drive
Saginaw, MI 48601
Contact
mobile: 989-737-3043

Mr. Janni is a volunteer board member. He also holds the position of Manager of Engineering Services at Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. He has over 40 years manufacturing experience with Duro-Last in various leadership roles. Mr. Janni brings a wealth of knowledge about product strengths and concerns. His dedication to outstanding product development, will be useful to the foundation as the board seeks to identify quality research projects. Mr. Janni has served as President, Treasurer and currently chairs the Member Services Committee for the Single Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI). Mr. Janni is a member of the technical committee for the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) and is a member of the Special Interest Group for the Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing systems (SIGDERS) – Phase V, VI, and VII & VIII in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada. In addition, he is also a member of RICOWI, NFPA, ICC, IIBEC, and ASCE. Mr. Janni’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.

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Michael Schroeder
Secretary

SDII Global
1508 Plume Grass Place
Round Rock, TX 78665
Contact
mobile: 512-200-1271

Mr. Schroeder serves as a volunteer director, and is the Secretary of the Foundation. Mr. Schroeder currently is the Senior Principal Engineer of SDII Global. Mr. Schroeder area of expertise includes structural, civil, geotechnical, foundation engineering, litigation support/expert witness, commercial roofing systems, and determining the cause and/or origin of failures. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in 21 states, and has taught numerous building envelope and forensic training courses. Mr. Schroeder has vast experience in observing roof failures and is committed to assist the RICOWI Foundation in setting the direction of the Foundation. He will be an asset in reviewing proposals that will make a difference in these failures. Mr. Schroeder’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He is responsible to accurately record the minutes of the meetings. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with SDII Global.

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Douglas Thagard

Fontana Paper Mills, Inc.
13733 Valley Blvd.
Fontana, CA 92335
Contact
work: 909-823-4100
mobile: 310-623-2211

Mr. Thagard is a volunteer board member. He also is the Product Manager for Fontana, Inc. in Rancho Mission Viejo, CA. He manages all technical aspects of company finished products, all new product development and new product information. Along with his extensive experience in manufacturing, Mr. Thagard brings a thought process to help the Foundation strategically address roofing issues through reviewing research projects. As a board member, Mr. Thagard duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with Fontana, Inc.

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Richard K. Olson

Tile Roofing Institute
PO Box 40337
Eugene, OR 97404-0049
Contact
work: 541-689-0366
mobile: 541-954-4555

Mr. Olson is a volunteer board member. He is the President and Technical Director of the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). He has been involved with the roofing industry since 1978, having operated a multinational tile manufacturing company prior to taking the helm of the TRI in 1991. He has been involved with numerous industry groups, including NRCA, IBHS, CRRC, ASTM, WSRCA, FRSA, CRSA, and CSA. He has been a member of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI, Inc.) since 1990 and served as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Olson will bring vision to the Foundation. He has experience in all areas of management, finance, sales, product, and government. He is also currently the District Governor of the Eugene, OR Rotary Club. Mr. Olson’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with TRI.

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William G. Morgan

Malarkey Roofing Products
3131 N. Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217
Contact
work: 503-283-1191
mobile: 503-680-8630

Mr. Morgan is a volunteer board member. He currently is Corporate Claims Manager at Malarkey Roofing Products. He is member of the Cool Roof Rating Council Technical Committee, and RICOWI, Inc. Mr. Morgan has participated as a volunteer team member of Hail and Wind Research Investigations. His experience in both his manufacturing career, and his experience on research investigations will assist the Foundation in meeting its mission. Mr. Morgan’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with Malarkey Roofing Products, Inc.

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Joel May

BASF
1609 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Contact
work: 586-801-0250

Mr. May is a volunteer board member. Mr. May is creator and director for Disaster Durable Solutions by BASF Corporation. He is a multi-disciplined subject matter expert, LEED Green Associate, engineer, constructor and building materials manufacturer who holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Development. He works closely with the insurance community, contractors, designers, government and non-government agencies to build resilient communities. Mr. May is connecting scientists, academics, producers and other experts that are providing safer, stronger construction solutions with multiple economic benefits. He serves on several boards to advance sustainable construction, building science education and code. Mr. May also developed and overseen relief efforts/grants for housing, urban development and community stabilization/rebuilding. Mr. May brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation board, and will be able to provide a broad view to the board. Mr. May’s duties are contained in the RICOWI Foundation Bylaws. His duties include attending the Foundation Board Meetings, and voting on board decisions. He has agreed to abide by refraining from any conflict of interest votes that occur between his duties as a director and his position with BASF Corporation.

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Joan Cook
Executive Director of RICOWI Foundation, Inc.

The RICOWI Foundation, Inc.
6314 Kungle Road
Clinton, OH 44216
Contact
work: 330-671-4569

Ms. Cook is currently volunteering to oversee the Foundation. Ms. Cook is a seasoned professional who has focused on “making a difference” in communities, companies, and families, through employer driven workforce and industry initiatives. Her 40 years’ experience in addressing manufacturing and industrial distribution industry issues has led to local, regional, national and international recognition. Her work has taken her across the US and internationally, special economic development/workforce projects included working with NASA; National Center for Tooling / University of Toledo; Cepacimex among many others. She possesses diverse skills that allow her to strategically lead and grow an organization. With both private and nonprofit experience, she has led successful start-up and turn around operations focusing on sustaining initiatives.

As a consultant, she has enjoyed working for both national and international organizations, serving on local, state and national boards and committees. She served as Executive Director to RICOWI (Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues, Inc.), an international think tank that focuses on extreme weather impact on buildings, from 2009-2019. Her time there led to expansion of industry and volunteer involvement. Her previous experience leading non-profits resulted in successful grant awards that received national recognition for excellence in results.

Since 1996, Ms. Cook has served as a Team Leader with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Serving as a Team Leader has given her the opportunity to not only review high school and college programs across the United States, but to share best practices with the programs, discuss concerns with employers, educators, government and students about various issues.

Ms. Cook will provide vision and leadership to the Foundation. Her past experience with nonprofits, profits, employers, community, education and government will assist with developing a broad base of support for the Foundation. Ms. Cook will keep the Foundation focused on its mission. Ms. Cook’s duties are listed in the Foundation Bylaws. Ms. Cook is a non-voting member of the board. She has agreed to abide by the Conflict of Interest policy.

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Jordan Lemke
Executive Director of RICOWI, Inc.

RICOWI, Inc.
84-425 Makaha Valley Road
Waianae, HI 96792-2135
Contact
work: 330-730-8496

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Dear Colleague,

We are excited to announce the first annual Fall Fundraiser to help kick start the RICOWI Foundation! We need to raise $17,700 for the first full year of operation. The funds will be used to support operating costs of searching for grant opportunities that will be used to fund research in our field.

We have a Reception scheduled for Wednesday October 2, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Please join us and bring friends, family and colleagues! This will be a fun night: food, refreshments, 50/50 drawing, and a silent auction!

The Foundation Board is also asking for your support through event sponsorship, pledges, or a donation for the silent auction. We are looking for gift cards- any kind, tickets to events, golf, hotel stays, flights, or any items that can be either given out at the event, or can be shipped directly to the winner.

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