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Mark Nejmeh 732-995-3914


Foundation for Job Creation

Worship Work ?” providing Green Sustainable roofing Class


NEPTUNE, NJ August 4, 2015 – In 2009, a roofer started a small non-profit organization called “The Foundation for Job Creation.” He held rallies across the country to educate communities on what “Job Creation” truly is. Now the organizations founder, Mark Nejmeh, is sharing the knowledge of his trade through that same non-profit. Every Sunday morning from 7 am to 8 am Nejmeh takes time out of his own busy schedule to “Worship Work”; he offers valuable “green roofing” skill training seminars to his community at 1510 Corlies Ave, Neptune, NJ 07753.

He only charges $1

The best part of “Worship Work?” He only charges $1 per session. There’s no questioning Nejmeh’s qualifications- he runs a small roofing company in New Jersey and has been a roofer for over 35 years. His roofing company, has been in business since 1984.

So why learn to be a roofer? For starters, roofers earn a minimum of $16 per hour, and can earn as much as $65 per hour on the roof. They can also enter management in areas like sales, estimator, roof inspection observation, and project management, and can earn well over $100,000 yearly. There is a shortage of roofers nationwide and because of this the roofing industry is experiencing drastic changes. Quality of work is dropping and most work is being subcontracted.

Adding green roofing and sustainability practices to this sector of the building trades makes sense. By applying green vegetation to roofs it cools a building by 25%, and can make a roof last for 100 years. That would mean less energy to produce new roof materials and much less strain on landfills from roofs removed. This is a time to innovate in the roofing industry! None of this can happen without a firm understanding of the safety, materials, and skills required to install a new roof.

Prospective students must demonstrate sincerity and a willingness to learn. Each week students must have a new tool for their tool belt. All students will be graded on work ethic, attitude, and skills acquired. For more information, contact, or show up to one of his “Worship Work” weekly Sunday seminars. has never applied for a grant and relies on small donations and volunteer efforts at this time. will work with other private contractors on similar training offerings .

The roof consultants institute is holding their annual trade show and educational seminar. 63 new registered roof observers this year, no one passed the roof consultants test this year.

The RCI organization reported that they had 9 new registered waterproofing consultants in a year. 13 new registered exterior wall consultants, 9 building envelope consultants in the entire year. The RCI has now over 3000 members, 1200 of the 3000 are consultants the balance are contractors or manufacturers.

RCI awards banquet

Observations from the roof consultants convention.

What I observed most about the attendees of the convention was the following:
1. The group is very professional
2. The group is very sincere and interested in good roofing.
3. No one seems competitive because the demand for their services is so high.
4. Professional engineers and Architects respect the none degree holding Consultants equally as peers.
5. The industry does not have a twitter account and has not embraced data mining from the massive roofing industry
6. Thankfully suppliers are absent from the convention and have little influence over the RCI institute
7. The RCI convention has very few supporting contractors attend the event.
8. Most attendees of the convention comment that nothing seems new nd that innovation in the industry is scarce to non-existent.
9. There has not been a migration chart created by the RCI organization representing the potential collaboration of various parts of the industry, contractor, consultant, roofer, water proofer.
10. Although this is a technical convention there is little to zero participation from major Engineering Universities.
11. The concept of a start-up innovation has not been implemented at all .
12. There is no discussion of investing in Start-ups in the technology of roofing.
13. Few if anyone understands that roofing in the USA is a 35 Billion dollar industry stagnant
14. The management and volunteers of the RCI institute are polite , professional and gracious.
15. There is little discussion about bringing awareness to the students studying in school about job opportunities.
16. For the last thirty years the same complaint about the low bidder has been made but nothing has been discussed about the pre-qualifying procedure being written into specifications.

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. I am reporting to you from the roof consultants convention. I recently attended the Roof Consultants convention. I also attended region 1 meeting for roof consultants in which details of important issues are discussed. I had mentioned to the group that I was a contractor and the discussion of RRO registered roof observers came up.

Registered Roof Observer RRO big money

RCI International convention and trade show

Roof consultants convention

The consultants were discussing the shortage of Roof observers more often called RRO’s . Apparently the roof consultants institute has a test to for observers to actually be designated as an RRO . The RCI has managed to get the requirement of having a designated RRO requirement written into the specs for government and some large companies.For the RRO approval there is a test. The test requires a discussion of all roofing systems. The concern of the consultants is the shortage of educated tested and available observers. Many of the roof consultants have supposedly used college students with zero experience in roofing or have been forced to use their design staff. My comment was simple “I never met an RRO that was worth a damn” and further more since the consultants claim that the job of the RRO is just to watch and observe and that’s it I cannot see a logical need for the RRO. seems to me like a big ripoff and can be better served with a few video cameras. Well as usual I ruffled some feathers. I needed to step back and figure out why what I say comes to be such an insult to these fine men.
Most RRO’s roof observers are former roofers or are supposed to be. Many consultants suggested that they turn to the union for RRO’s .This would be an issue since Union guys just love inspecting scab non-union work and oh yeah what is that picket line there and burly guys with guns doing at the foot of your ladder?

RRO registered roof observers are usually former or now even present day roofers

Registered Roof observers 732-995-3914

I needed to think for a few minutes . Then I had the ah ha moment. You see Roof consultants are willing to pay up to $100 dollars per hour for a registered roof observer in some parts of the country, makes sense low supply high demand. But I still did not get why my comment upset the consultants so much, but then, I had another ah ha moment. The RRO is part of the profit model of the roof consultant. A roof consultant if paying $100 for a RRO will charge the government or private customer $300 per hour . You see every time I open my mouth and people get upset you can figure I might have reached into their pockets and by accident scratched their family jewels.

A RRO can earn as much as $100 plus per hour.

If you are a roofer this is a grand opportunity to use your experience and expand your income, travel a bit in your off season or when you need a break. It may also be a great opportunity for you to earn new techniques all around the country. This could make you a better roofer. Just make sure you get paid.

Register to take the RRO exam at You will also need to be recommended by three professionals so start sucking up.

You roofers can always call me Mark Nejmeh 732-995-3914 and we can help you get some knowledge ON the roof. This should be part of your career path my friend and a great way to make a difference. The roof is our laboratory.

If you have an idea for a better way to roof or an invention please contact me and we will consider funding you through my company

I have a question. Which one of you roofers would like to talk about WOMEN? Now lets talk about them in the roofing industry. There are so few women in roofing that at a roof consulting or roofer convention I want to look away because hey I am staring. I mean what the hell, women stand out in the roofing industry. I am reporting to you from the Roof Consultants convention in San Antonio. So far I have seen two real deal women in the consulting role. They were on their game but not 100% there. They seemed to gather data well but you could tell they had zip hands on experience and have not faced the physical challenges of the roof.

Other women I have meet here have been rather attractive women in sales. It seems like the roofing industry has caught on to the fact that men do not like to say no to women. The pharmaceutical industry has used this technique for years. Pretty woman shows up and says lets do lunch and by the way use these drugs for your patients. The doctor mouth open shakes his head YES and the rest is history.

Women in roofing more to come

Women in roofing can be intoxicating. Three cheers

You will be seeing more women in roofing now because of three things. They will sell because men will buy, they will get WBE minority status, and because it is a politically correct gesture. I am not for helping women get started in roofing and I am not for helping men get started in roofing. I think if you wanted come and get it. As for the sales women, well i do not talk with sales people and I do not do lunch. I am a roofer and I am busy but OKAY maybe I will sit down with a drop dead gorgeous salesperson.

‘They call me a chauvinist pig. I am, and I don’t give a damn’

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Be sure to check in for observations from the Roof Consultants Convention. For now I will be reporting and blogging on individual subjects.

Roof Consultants Convention

It is critically important for all of you that are roofers and customers of roofers to pay close attention to all details if you have an interest in keeping a dry home or building. Why? Because water infiltration causes mold. Secondly as home inspectors and mortgage companies become tougher on the condition of properties they will demand that you credit the buyer for remediation of the water damage or they will make you fix the leaks and prove the condition to the mortgage company .

I believe strongly in hiring a roof consultant if they are qualified. Careful to understand that most Architects and engineers have little University training when it comes to roofing. You should check the reviews and references on all consultants just as stringently as you check the reviews on a contractor. You need satisfaction in managing the shelter that you have invested in.

The Usual Subjects slick roof consultants

Roof consulat realroofers

Find a roof consultant you can trust and make sure they have the proper education. RCI is an organization that realroofers belong to Roof Consultant

A contractor doing the work should not be considered a roof consultant. A roof consultant goes beyond the roof , They understand everything that connects to the roof and that surrounds the roof.

Want a great roof , hire a roof inspector or and a roof consultant. I highly recommend it.


The 2015 Roofing convention

The solar industry is taking on a form of its own. They are not with the roofing industry and they will be the root cause of a great deal of repair work. Gaf is recommending all roofing contractors prepare to work with Solar companies. Solar is more of a Wall St play as they prepare to bundle SREC’s and create a new financial instrument for trading.

Insurance is a problem and an opportunity for Wall St.if they actually participated in risk management someone will make a fortune. The fact is the entire industry is seriously under insured. More and more companies are calling their workers subcontractors.
Two reasons for this:
1. Hard working illegal immigrants that can work legally as independents.
2. Insurance industry completely out of touch and lazy.

GAF finally admits that Asphalt formulations have been a problem.

Asphalt is on it way out as a waterproofing agent

Venting is a consideration causing many problems all over the country yet the science of venting is rarely Known.

The NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) has fallen short for all roofing contractors. The NRCA is losing its punch and way too expensive.

The attendance of the @roofingexpo was dominated by sales companies and Hail Storm chasers that strictly sell hard and subcontract.

The newest addition to the aisles were software companies and big Lead generation companies.

SEO might as well be a type of roofing because it is a major topic of discussion.

The internet is the driver of most sales.

Innovation is scarce in the roofing industry.

It was not the same old roofing convention as JM , Certainteed and GAF try to provide non traditional services for roofing contractors mainly because the NRCA has failed.

The biggest worry for the roofing industry should be Homeadvisor , Houzz, and others online services as they try to steer leads only to those contractors that pay them. Think of them as companies that steal your brand and make it their own.

There should be serious concerns since home ownership continues to dwindle and student loans strangle investment in the home.

TPO was the biggest conference with a complete confusion over which is the proper formulation. TPO will be the focus of a major class action suit since MOLD is showing up under roofs that are NOT leaking.

Another crisis in roofing is training.

Consolidation of suppliers is a red flag as service and quality of materials falters.

Solar bracket companies were plentiful at the show but none of them followed good roofing practice.

The industry is spinning out of control.

Everyone wants to be a REALROOFER

roofers learning

roofing expo in New Orleans Louisiana

A Former College athlete and Roofer has invented a new device for tearing off cedar shakes. For years roofers have had a difficult time removing tediously the hand nailed artistry of prior roofers. As painful as it may be to remove another mans handicraft it must be done when the system is failing.

Cedar Shake Expert 732-995-3914

Former college athlete invents the perfect tool for Cedar Shake roof replacement

On the road in New Orleans far from the fast balls this young man has boot strapped his company by doing roofing work. You as a roofer should support his innovation by purchasing one of these handmade tools and make your life easier. Real Roofer has purchased and we are happy with the tool.

Cedar ripper Cedar Shakes

Experts use the right tools for Cedar Shingle tear-off and install @realroofer

For the best Cedar shingle siding or Cedar shingle roofing call 732-995-3914 Mark Nejmeh

So now lets talk about what is important with Cedar Shakes Installation. This product must be installed by a professional. The product is scarce and if installed properly the material itself will maintain strong value. It comes mainly from the West Coast so east Coast installs are carrying a pretty heavy transportation cost on top of the material cost.

Most roofers need very experienced woodworker on the crew because remember this is a wood product. Siding and roofing have different skills and should not be undertaken by just the average roofer and Siding person.

The key elements to consider is the design of the roof. Copper valleys and flashing should not be used with cedar as the cedar will eventually eat away at the copper. Stainless Steel or Terne metal is a much better choice or even Lead coated copper.

For the best install call a competent roofer that has good reviews in this type of work.

February 26, 2015 New Orleans:

Sometimes you get to play with the big boys. Sometimes you become the old wise roofer and you get to be looked up to. The International roofing expo was a great chance to get a birds eye view of your peers and for me an opportunity to share and perhaps mentor. Like other industries that are traditional small business industries the roofing industry can be a great place where you can support a family if you put in enough effort. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has shown a concern for the image of the industry. Worried that the image of what a roofer “is” could be in jeopardy, they have begun to create a campaign to inform more potential roofers of a profile that fits.

Earlier today when speaking with Bill Good President and Chairman of The NRCA we discussed how roofers tend to be either athletes or outdoors people. Here is an example of some new people that are in the New roofing industry.

I randomly had the opportunity to meet Juan and Phil partners in
a roofing business. Two former College Basketball Stars who become good friends that they can trust on the court and that they can count on in the Board Room. Here is what they had to say. Needless to say I believe in their future. I believe in their teamwork.

“Juan Merino at 6’9, is from Medellin, Colombia and after playing for the Colombian National basketball team came to the USA in 1995 to play high school basketball in Wilmington, Delaware.
Phil Graham at 7’1, is from Manchester, England and after playing for the English National team and came to the USA in 1996 to play high school basketball in Hazard, Kentucky.
We met at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN in 1998 where we both played the center position, playing for the same position was something that could easily had caused tension between us if we had looked at it from a selfish viewpoint. However, we challenged each other day after day on the basketball court, strengthening our friendship and improving our basketball skills. We learned to trust and hold each other accountable for our actions.

CEG Roofing

Two team mates from the CEG roofing team Dalton, Georgia

We both completed our bachelor degrees in Business Administration in 2001 (Juan) and 2002 (Phil)
After leaving college our friendship continued to flourish and Phil asked me to be the best man at his wedding in 2002.

Our career paths took us in different directions; Phil moved to Dalton, GA with his wife and shortly after started a family. He worked in the property investment industry for years and after 2008 started to work as a general contractor and then specialized in roofing in 2011.

Juan moved to Indianapolis and worked as an operations manager for a distribution company and then moved to multiple cities around the world (Seattle, WA/ Fresno, CA/ Shimonosaki, Japan/ Durham, England/ Medellin, Colombia) before Phil asked him to join his business in 2013.

Phil was looking for a business partner who would not only matched his hard work ethics and enthusiasm, but also someone that he could trust.
Utilizing our past experience in the basketball court we can now use these set of skills to develop a strong business. Our goal is to strengthen our presence in our local region and continue to grow our business. We are a young business and our focus is to have good procedures in place so we can provide a great service to our customers.”

I have a feeling that these two men will be the leaders of the roofing industry or much more

Well I already know the answer to that question. I have been very different since being a kid. I can assure you that I do not think like you do. My style is “by the hip” and because of this I meet so many amazing people.

Once I met a girl, it was just after returning from a summer of a Job Creation political action tour across the USA . I was riding the Path Train and I was not in the best mood. I sat next to this young woman about 27 years old . She was tiny and quite warm with an open heart.

I looked over at her and saw she was reading one of those self help books about positive thinking. I was utterly appalled. I felt it was the most stupid subject matter I had ever heard of. I asked her why she would read such garbage. She looked up at me and said why would I ask. Her smile was so welcoming and before long we were trading email addresses. Her stop was soon near and she began to prepare her depart. I never knew her mother was sitting just across the way until I saw the mother grab one of her bags for her. She slid through the crowded cab and smiled back and told me to write to her. Over the next few weeks a few things happened. One, I soon found that she was friends with another random friend I made 50 miles away. Second, she told me that at 25 years old she had a massive stroke while working in finance in Germany for a Wall St Company. She had lost everything that a young woman could ever want. She had been engaged, she had wealth , and she had success. She lost it all. I had not talked to her for a few years now but I always remember how she changed my negative attitude one day into a positive one.

Today she wrote to me . She had written a book. Here is the link to the website.

I probably still do not believe most of what she believes but I can tell you that she changed me for the better one afternoon.

Thanks for using me as a roofer.

Recently many of you have seen on television the advertisement for joining a class action suit against GAF building materials.

The suit is relative to cracking in the Timberline shingles.

The true suit should probably go against all manufacturers of the roofing materials that are currently being installed throughout the USA. These material are placed on homes, schools, offices, and we all wish for new manufacturing plants but there probably will not be too much of that ahead in the future. American made is the nature of 99% of all roofing materials. When I started as a roofer I recall how the performance of the roof was always related to to whether or not the roofers were trained and had the desire to do the right job. I recall being 17 and working for Conte Roofing out of Saddle Brook, NJ. We were just replacing flashing materials on the walls of a commercial property, it was myself and a few roofers over 40. We would cut the height of the flashing and set it up the wall with hot tar. The point is the next day there was a leak, the crew blamed me and I was devastated. I always wanted to do the job right. I was making $8.00 per hour back in 1980 when that happened. I knew back then that all I had to do is do the job right and the materials would hold up. In the case of that leak years ago I stand by my word that I did not work in that area of the leak but that was 33 years ago so I guess it does not matter.

First Day Roofing

My point is that at least back then we could count on the materials, today that is not the case.

Today materials are substandard and in my opinion so is the work ethic in America on the roof. I doubt if there are too many young roofers that actually care especially with governments promising their futures in comparison with the $15 McDonald’s employees.

Here is what is publicized:

In re: Building Materials Corp. of America Asphalt Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 8:11-mn-02000 (D.S.C.)

If You Own Property With GAF Timberline® Roofing Shingles Made Between 1998 and 2009, then you might be a Class Member in the above referenced lawsuit. A proposed settlement of this class action has been preliminarily approved. IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER, THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT WILL AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

Settlements have been reached with Building Materials Corporation of America (known as GAF Materials Corp.) (“GAF”) involving Timberline® roofing shingles (“Shingles”). The lawsuits claim a defect that might cause the roofing Shingles to prematurely crack, split or tear. GAF claims that the Shingles were not defective and that GAF’s warranty appropriately covers any problems.

The Settlements include two Classes covering Shingles made: (1) between 1999 and 2007 at GAF’s plant in Mobile, Alabama and (2) between 1998 and 2009 at other GAF manufacturing plants.

You may be included if you own any property in the United States with Timberline® Shingles made during the relevant time periods.

The benefits you may be eligible to receive are based on: (1) the location of your property, (2) where your Shingles were made, (3) the date your Shingles were installed and the date on which you make a claim, (4) the type and extent of damage to your Shingles, and (5) the size of your roof.

You may be eligible to receive: (1) replacement shingles (comparable to the Shingles installed) and/or (2) a cash payment. The Settlements will not reduce the benefits you may be entitled to under any existing GAF warranty.

The attorneys representing the Classes are asking the Court for attorneys’ fees (up to $6,890,000 in total) and costs and expenses (up to $1,115,000 in total). Counsel will also request an incentive payment for the Class Representatives. The payment of costs and expenses, and the incentive awards, will be paid by GAF and will not reduce the benefits under the Settlements.

The attorneys representing the Class covering Shingles made in Mobile are also asking for a portion of the additional benefits going to Class Members with property outside South Carolina. These fees will not be paid by GAF and would in these instances reduce a percentage of the enhanced benefits to some Class Members.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the settlement, you may opt out of the settlement by sending a request for exclusion form to the address noted in question 15 of the Long Form Detailed Notice postmarked no later than March 16, 2015. If you exclude yourself from the settlement, you will not receive any money or other benefits from the settlement. If you stay in the settlement (i.e. do not exclude yourself from the settlement), you may object to the settlement by explaining in writing why you do not like the settlement postmarked no later than March 16, 2015 to the addresses noted in question 19 of the Long Form Detailed Notice. If you do nothing (i.e. submit no claim or request for exclusion) you will not receive any benefits from the settlement but will nevertheless be bound by the settlement. All Settlement Class Members who do not exclude themselves will be bound by any judgment approving the settlement and will give up any right to sue GAF for any known or unknown claims relating to Timberline® roofing shingles.
This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel for the parties, and controlled by Heffler Claims Group, a third party claims administrator. This is the only authorized website for this Lawsuit.

For more information, please call toll free (866) 759-6518.


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