Slate Roofing Contractors Association

Slate Roofing Contractors Association

 

SRCA Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers:

Chairman of the Board: Gary Howes

Vice-Chairman: John Mahan

Executive Director: Joe Jenkins


Committees:

Finance Committee: John Mahan

Membership Committee: Nick Price (Chair), John Mahan

Nominating Committee: Gary Howes, Korby Grist (Chair)

Public Relations/Marketing: John Mahan (Chair)

Standards Committee: Joe Jenkins (Chair), John Crookston, Gary Howes

Education and Training Committee: Korby Grist (Chair), Joe Jenkins, John Mahan, Orion Jenkins, Brent Ulisky, Jason Klemm, Chad Brandon

Safety Committee: Nick Price (Chair)


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Education, Safety, Standards, Membership, Nominating, Public Relations


As per the SRCA board teleconference of February 11, 2015, all board terms will begin on March 1st of the year and end on the last day of February of the year. Board members serve three year terms.

SRCA Bylaws

Article 5, Board of Directors

Section 5.03 NUMBER AND TERM OF OFFICE

(a) Number. The board of directors shall consist of such number of directors, not less than five nor more than nine, as may be determined from time to time by resolution adopted by a majority of the directors then in office. A decrease in the number of directors under this paragraph (a) shall not have the effect of shortening the term of any incumbent director.

(b) Term. Each directorship shall have a term of three years. A director shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which he was elected and until his successor has been elected and qualified or until his earlier death, resignation or removal.

(c) Classes and Staggering of Terms. Upon the adoption of these amended and restated bylaws the board of directors shall divide the directors into three classes as nearly equal in number as possible and shall assign each incumbent director to a class. Directors of each class shall thereafter be elected to three-year terms as follows:

(i) The first class of directors shall be elected in 2013 and every third year thereafter;

(ii) The second class of directors shall be elected in 2014 and every third year thereafter; and

(iii) The third class of directors shall be elected in 2015 and every third year thereafter.

Upon any increase in the number of directors under paragraph (a), the board of directors shall allocate the additional directorship or directorships among the three classes, again keeping the classes as nearly equal in number as possible.

 

SRCA Board meeting of February 6, 2020 in Dallas, TX.

Above: SRCA Board meeting of February 6, 2020 in Dallas, TX. Left to right: Gary Howes, John Mahan, Korby Grist, Joe Jenkins, Nick Price. Missing is Orion Jenkins (who took the photo). The photo above it is the general member meeting in Dallas, TX, February 6, 2020.


Gary Howes

Chairman of the Board; Nominating Committee, Standards Committee

Gary Howes, Slate Roofing Contractors Association Board of Directors

Gary's board term will continue through February 2024.

Durable Slate Company, "Installation, Repair, Restoration, serving the Midwest, East and South."3933 Groves Rd., Columbus, OH 43232; Ph: 800-666-7445; Fax: 614-299-7100; www.durableslate.com; Email

Gary is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of The Durable Slate Company, based in Columbus, Ohio. Gary has overseen more than 1,000 slate projects across the country ranging from small slate repair projects to multi-million dollar full restorations as a lead foreman and general superintendent. Gary also helped write Durable Slate’s training and apprenticeship program when he was the head of our Quality Control Division.

Appointed to the Board on March 19, 2012 to serve out Bob Ruddy's term until December 31, 2014. Re-elected for 3 year term at member meeting of February 24th, 2015, to serve until March 1, 2018. Re-elected as Chairman of the Board at board meeting of February 24, 2015, to serve an additional year in this position. Re-elected as Chairman of the Board March 2, 2017, at our board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reelected to another 3-year term on February 7, 2018 (until the end of February 2021), at the general member meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Reelected as chairman of the board on February 6, 2020, at the board meeting in Dallax, TX.

Re-elected to another 3-year term on August 11, 2021 (until the end of February 2024), at the general member meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Re-elected as chairman of the board in 2021 for an additional 1-year term. Again re-elected as board chairman February 1, 2022 at the board meeting in New Orleans, LA.


John Mahan

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Public Relations/Marketing Committee Chair; Membership Committee; Finance Committee; Education and Training Committee

John Mahan, SRCA Board Member

John's board term will continue through February 2024.

Mahan Slate Roofing Company, Contact: Jack Mahan, PO Box 2860, Springfield, MA 01101; Ph: 413-788-9529; Toll free: 800-347-9529; Fax: 413-737-3002, Email

Bio: John Mahan started helping in the family slate business at the age of 10. He learned the trade by working alongside his father who started the company in 1979. In order to broaden his carpentry skills John worked for a home builder through high school and the 2 years following school. John returned to the family business in 2000 where he worked his way through the ranks to the lead foreman position. John has trained with the Copper Development Association and published articles in “Fine Homebuilding Magazine” regarding slate and copper roofing.

Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 to serve a 2 year term. Reelected December 31, 2010 to an additional 4 year term, until December 31, 2014. Re-elected for 3 year term at member meeting of February 24th, 2015, to serve until March 1, 2018. 

Reelected to another 3-year term on February 7, 2018, (until the end of February 2021), at the general member meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Elected as vice-chairman of the board in 2019 for a 1-year term, and reelected on February 6, 2020 for an additional 1-year term.

Re-elected to another 3-year term on August 11, 2021 (until the end of February 2024), at the general member meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Re-elected as vice-chairman of the board in 2021 for an additional 1-year term. Re-elected as board vise-chairman February 1, 2022 at the board meeting in New Orleans, LA.


Nick Price

Membership Committee Chair; Safety Committee

Stevens Roofing Corp., [Formerly Stevens & King Roofing Corporation]; Contact: Tom Jones; 818 West 39th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508; Ph: 757-489-8791; Fax: 757-489-8649; Email

Nick Price, SRCA Board Member

Nick's board term will continue through February 2025.

Stevens Roofing Corporation is a 65+ year old family-owned business. Nicholas Price is the current Vice President and a 3rd generation family member to manage the company. He has been with the company for over 10 years as Installer, Supervisor and Estimator.

Nick Was appointed to the SRCA board at the May 21, 2014 board teleconference, to replace Liam Tower. He will serve until the September, 2015 member Meeting when elections will be held for this board position. The board seat runs until December 31, 2016.

Nick was re-elected on March 2, 2017 for another three-year term. He was re-elected on February 6, 2020 at the board meeting in Dallas Texas for another 3-year term through February 2023.

Nick was re-elected for an additional three years on the board on February 1, 2022 at the member meeting in New Orleans, LA. His term will continue until February 2025. He was re-elected a year earlier than expected in order to offset the elections according to the bylaws.


Korby Grist

Nominating Committee Chair; Education and Training Committee

Grist Slate and Tile Roofing, Inc., 1345 Ravens View Drive, Victoria, BC, V9B 6P7 Canada; Ph: 250-727-3611; Fax: 250-727-3612; Contact Person: Korby Grist; Email

Korby Grist, SRCA Board Member

Korby's board term will continue through February 2023.

Korby is the President and CEO of Grist Slate & Tile Roofing Inc. Korby’s father, David, started Grist Slate & Tile Roofing in 1987 and Korby was brought into the family business at the age of 15. Korby’s first big project was in 1988, removing slate from the roof of The Fairmont Empress Hotel in preparation for the construction of their new reception tower. From laborer, to apprentice, to journeyman, to owner, Korby has done it all for Grist Slate and Tile Roofing.

He has certification as a Sheet Metal Journeyman and is a student in the art of slate roofing. Learning the old slating techniques from his father, Korby’s commitment to “building it to last,” is evident in the quality of his work. Korby carries on the Grist Slate and Tile’s reputation for exceptional customer service and workmanship. Grist Slate & Tile Roofing installs and repairs slate, concrete tile, clay tile roofing and custom copper flashings, specializing in historic slate roof restoration.

Korby was elected for a three-year term to the board on March 2, 2017, at our general member meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was re-elected on February 6, 2020 at the board meeting in Dallas Texas for another 3-year term through February 2023.

Korby serves on the Nominating Committee.


Orion Jenkins

Education and Training Committee

Jenkins Slate Masters, Contact: Orion Jenkins, 298 Old Beech Road, Grove City PA 16127; Ph: 814-786-7496; Email

Orion Jenkins, SRCA Board Member

Orion's board term will continue through February 2023.

Orion started his endeavors in the slate roofing industry at a young age, touring slate quarries around the world with his father, Joseph C. Jenkins, author of “The Slate Roof Bible”.

Orion has attended many Slate Roofing World Championships and participated and presented at Numerous Slate Roofing Contractors Association conferences.

He’s on the SRCA Education and Training Committee and a dedicated member of the National Slate Association. Orion has decades of experience working with slate and copper, as well as an artistic hand.

Orion was appointed to the board on July 17, 2019 in an interim position to fill a board vacancy. He was elected on February 6, 2020 at the general member meeting in Dallas Texas for a 3-year term through February 2023.


Chad Brandon

CB Specialty Roofs LLC, 1082 Smith Gap Road, Bath, PA 18014; Ph: 610-837-6955; Cell: 610-217-8354; Email

Chad Brandon, SRCA Board Member

Chad's board term will continue through February 2025.

Chad is a specialty roofing expert with over 35 years of hands-on experience in steep and low sloped roofing applications. His slate roofing industry experience started at ground level working with his stepfather in Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.  As a foreman, Chad successfully completed hundreds of complex slate and copper roofing applications and repairs.  Additionally, Chad performs specification writing for complex roofing applications, forensic assessments, and umpiring services. Chad was elected to the SRCA board on August 11, 2021 at the general member meeting in Las Vegas NV, for an extended 3-year term through February 2025.


Former Board Members:

James Warden

Milligan Construction LLC, 55 Porter St., Providence, RI 02905; phone: (401) 781-5878; cell phone: 802-535-5634; Email Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008, to serve a 3 year term until December 31, 2011. Replaced by Chuck Wagner, February 28th, 2012.

Robert Ruddy

Acadian Shore Slate Roofing, 1719 Mariaville Road, Mariaville, Maine 04605; Ph: 207-537-5783; Email

Bio: Bob was born in Belfast, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 16 children, in the log house his grandfather built. He learned early on, growing up in slate country. In 1973, he apprenticed with Steve Squitiro, a second generation tin knocker, now owner of Acoma Roofing. In 1980, Bob moved back up country and worked for the Eilenberger Brothers and then on his own until 1991 when he moved back to West Virginia and started Mountain State Slate Roofing. Bob and his wife Joelle live a traditional, off grid life on a farm in Doddridge County and all work is done as it was in the past. Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 to serve a 2 year term until December 31, 2010. Reelected December 31, 2010 to an additional 4 year term, until December 31, 2014. Resigned for personal reasons on 3/15/2012. Replaced by Gary Howes.

Joe Jenkins - Executive Director

Joseph Jenkins, Inc., 143 Forest Lane, Grove City PA 16127; Ph: 814-786-9085; Fax: 814-786-8209; Email

Bio: SRCA Founder, author of the Slate Roof Bible, publisher of the Traditional Roofing Magazine, started working on slate roofs at the age of 16 in 1968. He maintained a slate roof contracting business in northwestern PA through 2015. Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 for a four-year term. Jenkins voluntarily resigned his board position to open it up for a new member to fill. His appointment as Executive Director by the Board obviated the need for him to be a board member. Replaced on the board by Chris Short, February 21, 2013.

Liam Tower

Former Education Committee Chairperson, Former Membership Committee member

Slate Affair Inc., P.O. Box 677, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450, contact: Liam Tower, Ph: 802-848-7679; Fax: 802-848-7679; cell: 802-793-8349; Email

Bio: Liam started slate roofing for a company called Middlebury Slate Co. in the summer of 1997 as a laborer.  By 2000, Liam had started his own slate roof company called Slate Affair Inc., with the idea of specializing in 100 year roof systems like slate, tile and copper standing seam. He joined the SRCA in 2007 and became a temporary board member at the first SRCA conference where he did a slate siding work-shop.  Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 to serve a 4 year term until December, 2012. Elected Vice-President December 2008 to serve a 2-year term on the Executive Committee. Re-elected Vice-President, December 2010, to serve an additional two-year term until December 31, 2012. Re-elected to Board, December 2012 to serve an additional 4 year term until December 31st, 2016. Submitted resingation April 1, 2014. Replaced by Nick Price.

Barry Smith

Formerly Nominating Committee Chair, Education Committee Chair

Smith Slate Roof Restoration, Contact Barry Smith, 9505 Mitchell Road, Union City PA 16438; Ph: 814-438-2717: Email

Bio: An SRCA founding member, Barry apprenticed with Joseph Jenkins in 1996-97, just as Joe was finishing up the book, "The Slate Roof Bible" and contributed to the book as a photographer, photo subject, and proof reader. He has written a number of slate and copper articles for "Traditional Roofing Magazine," and given various related presentations. Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 to serve a 4 year term until December 31, 2012. Elected President, December 2008 to serve a 2-year term on the Executive Committee. Re-elected President, December 2010 to serve an additional two-year term until December 31, 2012. Re-elected to Board, December 2012 to serve an additional 4 year term until December 31st, 2016. Resigned November, 2016.

Chuck Wagner

Membership Committee

Wagner Roofing Company, 4909 46th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781; Contact: Chuck Wagner; ph: 301-927-9030

Chuck is President of Wagner Roofing Company.  Wagner Roofing was established in 1914 by his grandfather, Otto Wagner.  Otto died in 1937 and the company was operated by Jack Saunders Wagner, Chuck’s father, until 1962. At that time Chuck and his brother, Jack, managed the company until 1991.  In 1991, Chuck became President and CEO.  Wagner Roofing Company  specializes in historic restoration of churches, government buildings, schools, and residential properties. The business has a large sheet metal shop and warehouse and provides custom metal fabrication.  The Company performs repair and re-roofing of slate, tile, copper as well as modified and single ply roofing. Elected to SRCA Board February, 2012, to serve a 4 year term until December 31, 2015. Mr. Wagner was reelected to an additional 3-year term at the member meeting of February 18, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, to serve until December 31, 2018. Mr. Wagner retired from the SRCA board in late 2018.

Chris Short

Safety Committee Chairperson, Membership Committee

Short Slate, LLC., Contact: Christopher Short, 142 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722; Ph:  732-444-2244; 212-537-0173; Email

Married with four children, Chris Short resides in Colts Neck, NJ. He is the founder and President of Short Slate, a small team of talented craftsman and craftswoman slating in the New York City and New Jersey areas. Chris has consulted with other members and has posted quite a few slate and slate related instructional videos on Youtube to help further our craft. Chris was active in discussions in 2012 during the drafting of our new SRCA guidelines and specifications. Chris was appointed on February 21st, 2013, to fill a vacancy left by Joe Jenkins. He was re-elected in February of 2014 to serve out his term until the end of 2015. Mr. Short was reelected to an additional 3-year term at the member meeting of February 18, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, to serve until December 31, 2018. Nr. Short retired in December 2018.

Chris Paulin

Vice-Chairman of the Board, Membership Committee Chair, Standards Committee

Paulin Slate and Copper, 627 West Market, No. 8, Akron, Ohio 44303; Ph: 330-242-1574; Email

Elected to SRCA Board December, 2008 to serve a 4 year term until December 31, 2012. Elected Secretary/Treasurer, December 2008 to serve a 2-year term on the Executive Committee. Re-elected Secretary/Treasurer, December 2010, to serve an additional two-year term until December 31, 2012. Re-elected to Board, December 2012 to serve an additional 4 year term until December 31st, 2016. Re-elected at Vice-Chairman of the Board at board meeting of February 24, 2015, to serve an additional year in this position. Chris was re-elected on March 2, 2017 for another three-year term. Re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board March 2, 2017, at our board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reelected as Vice-Chairman of the board on February 7, 2018, at the board meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Paulin's membership terminated in July of 2019.