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Gary Stephens has been a devoted member of the South Coast Shingle Family since October 25, 1986. He will be ending his 32 year run on December 1, 2018. Prior to his time with SCS, he was a roofing installer for Whitcomb Roofing (Artesia, CA).
Gary and his wife Toni are excited about being able to spend more time with their two daughters and five grandkids.
South Coast Shingle thanks Gary for his dedicated service and for playing a big part in the success of SCS during his time with the team!
In May of this year, Frank Paour (JB Wholesale) decided to call it a career and turn a new page in life! We want to give a big thank you to Frank for his years of service to our Board of Directors, and to the industry.
Frank joined our Board of Directors in 2005 after a recommendation by current Board Member Ross Riddle (South Coast Shingle).
For the next 13 years, Frank would serve with great dedication on our Golf and Scholarship Committee, taking special enjoyment in working with vendors in support of our Annual Jim Nienow Golf Tournament.
Frank sees the management of Connerly and Associates, beginning in 2006, and the outstanding leadership of Executive Director Julie Cisneros as a turning point for the association, with Julie becoming “our true leader and the voice of our association.”
35 Years of Work in the Industry
Frank started his career in 1983 with Atlantic Pacific Building Materials, working there until 1994 when the business closed due to the rise of big box stores and the failing economy. That same year, he assumed the role of Branch Manager with Structural Materials Co. in Montebello, working with Chis and Paul Byrne. Their outside salesman Gerry Tabert became a longtime coworker of Frank, with the two of them working together for nearly 20 years.
When Structural sold to Beacon in the summer of 2012, Frank accepted the opportunity to open a new branch for Roofing Supply Group in Hawthorne. After RSG sold to Beacon, he eventually moved to JB Wholesale in 2015, staying with the company until his retirement in May of this year.
“This industry has brought me many good friendships and endless great times,” Frank reflects. “I want to thank all the vendors I worked with, and so many of the great employees that I worked with and helped mentor during these years. I am happy to see so many of them still working and carrying on until their day of retirement.”
Over a Decade of Service to RCASoCal
It was truly a pleasure having Frank on our Board of Directors for so many years. He could always be depended on for his creative ideas. But just as important as that, Frank was always a great listener. His ability to show attentiveness is one of his great strengths. He constantly welcomed the flow of ideas, and genuinely desired the best for RCASoCal.
“Frank gave me pointers and, due to his support, I could do my job better,” says RCASoCal Executive Director Julie Cisneros. “Each of the Board Members holds the key to the success of the association. The Board, including Frank, have shown me great trust in leading the association, and have given me flexibility with ideas and staff support to build the association we have today.”
Frank, on behalf of the association and its Board of Directors, we salute you and thank you for your years of service to our association and our industry!
Our 2018 Project Reroof has been successfully accomplished!
As you may know, Project Reroof is our annual contribution back to our communities of what we do best – putting a roof over the heads of needing charitable organizations.
This year’s recipient was First Southern Baptist Church. The church’s congregation primarily consists of homeless persons. They offer a number of services geared towards helping those in need get back on their feet by providing shelter, food boxes, clothing, hot showers and two wholesome meals daily for upwards of fifty people.
Of course, our Project Reroof is impossible without the dedication of the companies who volunteer to make it happen. We want to send a tremendous THANK YOU to the following for giving back to the community through this year’s Project Reroof.
Thank you for making this happen!
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RCASoCal takes great pride in offering its James A. Nienow Memorial Scholarships every year!
We look forward to awarding scholarships to immediate family members and employees of RCASoCal members in memory of the late James O. Nienow. Jim worked for Roofmaster for over 30 years and left a unique impact on the roofing industry.
We are excited to help as many deserving applicants as we can, depending on the success of our Annual Jim Nienow Golf Tournament on September 11!
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 12, 2018!
We look forward to the opportunity to help our member families and employees with their educational and professional dreams.
In Loving Memory of
Rebecca “Becky” Keeley
Dear RCASoCal Members,
We are tremendously saddened to inform you that beloved staff member, incredible co-worker, and extraordinary friend Becky Keeley passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Sacramento, California.
RCASoCal members know Becky as the person who enthusiastically greeted them at association meetings, tirelessly helped set up and run our annual golf tournaments, graciously took calls to address membership needs, and so, so much more over the course of these past 12 years. She also proudly served the Roofing Contractors Association of California for 20 years, and was a valuable representative of the roofing industry.
Becky was a huge part of our association. She loved working with RCASoCal and was always eager to help with our activities.
(Pictured Right, Becky, Front, at our Annual Christmas Party helping with the raffle.)
Becky, Julie and Simone always felt a great deal of pride working together on RCASoCal scholarships and preparing for our Jim Nienow Golf Tournaments. They loved knowing that all of their hard work was going toward impacting the lives of our members and their families, and planting a seed towards fulfillment of their dreams. Becky’s open-hearted spirit will live on and be saluted in all of our benevolence, community work and charity, including our Jim Nienow Scholarship program and Project Reroof.
(Pictured Below, Becky, Left/Front, with her co-workers.)
To say the very, very least, we are shocked and extremely grieved by the loss of Becky. She was passionate, hardworking, sweet and giving, with a kind of selflessness that we rarely see.
As you may know, RCASoCal Executive Director Julie Barajas-Cisneros and Becky were close friends for over 15 years.
Becky will be missed beyond words.
As you can imagine, Becky’s family has been devastated by her loss.
A GoFundMe page for Becky has been created here, if you feel so led to help her family during this very difficult time. RCASoCal has contributed a generous donation on behalf of our association that will be tremendously felt by her family. You are more than welcome to offer a personal donation if you so desire here.
We thank you for your love, kindness, and support at this time.
Roofing Contractors Association of Southern California