Roofing firm owner, president emphasizes honesty, investment in employees | Marshall Roofing succeeds with focus on repair work | Weekly jobless claims point toward Sept. interest rate hike
August 21, 2015
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Roofing firm owner, president emphasizes honesty, investment in employees
Mary McNamara, owner and president of Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, has risen to the top in a male-dominated industry by promoting honest business practices and investment in employees. McNamara aims to use as little advertising as possible and instead rely on the company's reputation and kept promises to bring in word-of-mouth clients. Employees are also encouraged to tell the truth at all times, because "the sooner we know about mistakes, the sooner we get a chance to recover," she said. McNamara invests in her employees by providing them with leadership training when they are given additional responsibilities. The Examiner (Independence, Mo.) (8/18)
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Marshall Roofing succeeds with focus on repair work
Marshall Roofing in Virginia has succeeded by shifting away from builders to primarily offer repair work for homeowners. This change in focus insulated the company from economic and housing market downturns, and also provided more opportunities for word-of-mouth referrals. "Every job you do is an opportunity for them to refer their friends to you," said founder Troy Marshall. Fauquier Now (Warrenton, Va.) (8/18)
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Weekly jobless claims point toward Sept. interest rate hike
Jobless claims hit 277,000 last week, up 4,000 from the previous week. It is the fourth straight week claims have increased. However, figures still point to a strengthening labor market, which could mean a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in September. CNBC/Reuters (8/20)
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Energy & the Environment
Maine high school gets solar panel roof
Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine, will get 588 rooftop solar panels to produce 145 kilowatts. ReVision Energy will install the panels and will own the array for six years, after which the school can buy it at a discount. Penobscot Bay Pilot (Camden, Maine) (8/20)
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In the Office
Focus on what you do well to expand your company
The most successful companies achieve growth by building on their capabilities rather than following consumer trends, Gerald Adolph and Kim David Greenwood write. Growth opportunities should be assessed with clear eyes and a clear sense of what your company does well, even if sometimes new capabilities must be quickly developed, they write. Strategy+Business magazine (free registration) (Autumn 2015)
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Tips to bring your life and work into balance
The odds of having a stroke are much higher for people who work more than 55 hours a week, researchers say. Improve balance in your life by eating a nutritious diet, delegating responsibilities when possible and striving to get more sleep, said Simone Ryan, CEO of One Life Live It. (Australia) (8/20)
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Government & Regulatory
In N.H., it's Bush vs. Trump
Donald Trump, Jeb Bush at the Aug. 6 GOP debate
Trump, Bush at the Aug. 6 GOP debate (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush held rival town-hall meetings in New Hampshire on Wednesday night, giving Granite State voters a taste of their radically different political styles. Bush peppered voters with statistics and policy positions, while Trump blasted Aerosmith and accused his "low-energy" rival of being unelectable. The event highlighted Bush's continuing and so far fruitless struggle to trip up Trump and build a winning Republican coalition. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/20), (8/20)
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Boehner pressures White House to release "secret side agreements" with Iran
John Boehner Holds Weekly Media Briefing At Capitol
John Boehner (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is pressuring Obama administration officials to release "secret side agreements" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in a media report. According to the report, the country could use its own inspectors on military sites where work on a nuclear weapon is suspected. "The Obama administration has a lot of explaining to do. Why haven't these secret side agreements been provided to Congress and the American people for review?" Boehner said. The Hill (8/19)
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"Like" the Alliance on Facebook
Facebook members can "like" The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress by visiting the Alliance's new Facebook page. On the Alliance's Facebook page, you can receive information about the Alliance, including news and events, as well as news about Alliance members. "Like" the Alliance on Facebook.
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Roofing contractor is indicted in connection with an employee's fatal fall
James J. McCullagh, owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing, Jenkintown, Pa., was indicted on charges of allegedly lying to Occupational Safety and Health Administration authorities who were investigating the death of one of McCullagh's employees, according to the Department of Justice. The employee was killed June 21, 2013, after falling about 45 feet from a roof bracket scaffold while performing roofing work for McCullagh. The indictment alleges McCullagh failed to provide fall-protection equipment for his employees. See more information.
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