Challenges and Solutions on the Current Labor Shortage in Roofing


Duration:60 minutes


Demand in the roofing industry is growing each year, but a skilled labor shortage is leaving contractors unable to accept all the additional work – to the tune of $3.6 to $7.2 billion dollars left on the table in 2018.

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the labor shortage with a panel of low and steep-slope contracting and manufacturing professionals. Learn why businesses are finding it difficult to scale up to meet the rising work demand, and leave with solutions you could implement to potentially overcome staffing woes. Attendees will also be the first to hear the results from ARMA’s recent member survey regarding the labor shortage.

  • Explore the internal and external causes of the labor shortage
  • Discuss actionable approaches for combatting labor challenges  
  • Learn how major asphalt roofing manufacturers are helping to combat this important issue as ARMA releases the results of its recently-completed member survey
  • Find answers to your questions from award-winning roofing contractors and leaders in the manufacturing side of the roofing industry

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Reed Hitchcock


Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Assn

Executive Vice President
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

Reed Hitchcock is the Executive Vice President of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and has over 25 years of experience building relationships, uniting stakeholders, establishing coalitions, and advocating on industry issues. In his career, Reed has served as senior staff executive for trade associations in the building products, transportation, and hospitality industries. He has presented as an industry spokesperson and managed key industry initiatives, including product performance, codes and standards, and environmental issues.

Reed works closely with boards of directors and association committees to improve, establish, and maintain best practices in financial management and implementation of association programs and services. He has collaborated with organization leaders to develop strategic plans and initiatives and to see them through to implementation.

Additionally, Reed has led international industry coalitions around issues related to energy, the environment, health and safety, and management of joint U.S. – European research to gather information regarding activities with REACH and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). He has also been responsible for consensus building among stakeholders in multi-billion dollar industries, ensuring interests are collectively and effectively represented, and has served as executive oversight for organizations involved in environmental markets, risk management, transportation, building design, and construction.

Greg Malarkey

Senior Vice President/COO
Malarkey Roofing Products®

Greg Malarkey has been immersed in the asphalt roofing industry for his entire life. Malarkey Roofing Products was founded in 1956 by his grandfather and has remained a family owned company for over 60 years.

During his tenure at Malarkey Roofing Products, Mr. Malarkey has lead product development, quality control, sales, marketing and technical services. He has developed more than ten new roofing products and holds the patent to The Zone® nailing area, which assures product performance through quality shingle installation. These, and other product contributions, have influenced roofing industry product designs across the country.

When the Texas Department of Insurance created a roofing products impact-rating classification system, Malarkey Roofing Products was the market leader, becoming the first company to achieve a Class 4 impact resistance product rating. Mr. Malarkey then worked with the insurance industry to expand education and adoption of Class 4 impact-resistant products.

Mr. Malarkey is the current chairman of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Service Award from Western States Roofing Contractors Association.

Gary Harvey

General Manager

Wedge Roofing

General Manager
Wedge Roofing

Gary Harvey was born and raised in London and moved to the United States in the mid-1970s. He has been working in the roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope field for more than 30 years, including both residential and commercial roofing companies, where he gained exposure to cutting-edge roofing solutions and an incredibly diverse portfolio of projects.

Gary joined the Wedge Roofing team in 1996, and as a general manager he oversees a facility with approximately 50 employees split between residential and commercial, which he refers to as “the best of both worlds.”

In his spare time, Gary gives back to the industry by lecturing, teaching, and mentoring in Green Building, spray foam roofing/insulation, and building envelope practices. An accomplished soccer referee at the collegiate, state, and national levels, he lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his family.



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