Message from the President

December is such a busy time. There is much to be done to close out the year and plan for the next, but it is also a time to reflect on our blessings and friendships.

We are blessed to have so many members willing to step up and take a more active role in the leadership of the MBCEA. Two of of our hard-working friends will be joining the National Board on January 1st. I am pleased to share the results of our recent election: C. Tucker Cope, Jr. of C. Tucker Cope & Associates Inc. and David Bergholz of Chief Buildings. On behalf of membership and the Board, I thank all the candidates for their commitment to the MBCEA and welcome Tucker and Dave to the Board.

Our friendship with the MBMA is one for whom we are particularly thankful. Board Member, Dave Leinbach of The Kaiser-Martin Group and Sasha Demyan recently had the opportunity to represent the MBCEA at the December MBMA meeting. Dave did a fantastic job of communicating to the manufacturers that we have common points of connection.  He used several powerful quotes in his presentation that I am happy to share here:

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.  James Cash Penny

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
Henry Ford.

I think this sums up our evolving and strengthening relationship with the MBMA. Dave asked and they answered!  Many manufacturers have committed to promoting the MBCEA to their builder networks via a postcard campaign, e-newsletters and/or MBCEA presence at their builder meetings. And it is already happening. Click here for a recent blog post from Ceco.

We are thrilled with this response.  For too long, the MBCEA has been the best kept secret in the industry. Membership in the MBCEA pays for itself in training, access, knowledge, best practice, etc. but we are only as strong as our membership.

With help from the manufacturers and suppliers, I have no doubt we will not be a secret for long. I would also like to give a shout out to the MBCEA Board. As we continue to promote and grow our Association, we are asking more and more of leadership. Many Board members are voluntarily attending conferences and meetings for the greater good. This is time spent away from their own business and families. On behalf of our membership, please know your efforts are truly appreciated.

I urge you to check out our recently updated website. We went live earlier this month. We can continue to fine-tune it, so please forward comments/suggestions to Sasha. Overall, we are pleased with the clean new look.

Lastly, we are exploring an idea for a new training video. If anyone involved in Roof Retrofitting would like to get involved, please contact Sasha.

From my family, to each of yours, best wishes for a happy holiday and prosperous New Year!

Thanks and Stay Safe.


Keith Wentworth
President, MBCEA
Vice-President, Dutton & Garfield, Inc.

P.S. Registration is now open for Attendees and Exhibitors for Conference 2019: May 1-3 in Myrtle Beach, SC!