North American Roofing Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Hot Chili Cook-Off, Sizzling Annual Growth

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – North American Roofing employees reap the harvest of a job well done, marking the occasion of the company’s 20th anniversary with an informal celebration and chili cook-off. First place winner Randy Talley takes home the 2013 trophy; second place runner up is Jarrod Jeffrey; and third place honors belong to Stacey Sordahl.


President and CEO Brian Verble, along with judges Grant Hower, approved contractor network manager, and Jennifer Stalnaker, collection coordinator, sampled some dozen or so chili entries ranging from mild to “raging hot” before announcing the winners.

Watch the VIDEO: North American Roofing Chili tasting, cookoff and 20th anniversary celebration. 

20 Years of National LeadershipAbout 70 North American Roofing employees celebrated the 20th anniversary with chili and cameraderie at national headquarters in Asheville.

 One of Asheville’s largest employers, North American Roofing relocated its national headquarters from Indianapolis in 1993. Today, about 15 percent of the 100-plus employees remain employed at the Dogwood Road location. Approximately 70 of those individuals attended the recent celebration that had all the appearance and feel of a tailgate party of close friends and a family get together rather than a typical company event. 

 Now the third largest roofing company in the United States, the company looks back on two decades of numerous awards and accolades for customer service and quality by GAF, Carlisle, Firestone and Seaman, some of the nation’s biggest manufacturers of building products. National clients include Home Depot, IKEA, Lowe’s and GE, among others.

Company Grows, Employees Profit

Plus, it’s not just the chili that’s hot at North American Roofing. Recent years track sizzling growth annually.

“North American Roofing has seen excellent revenue growth, on average 20% per year over the past few years,” says Verble, who notes that the company weathered the recession well. “We’re on track to break our sales projections for this year, which will exceed $100 million.”

One year ago, North American Roofing became an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) company in October 2012. That means North American Roofing is a breaking new ground as an employee-owned corporation. Employees of this dynamic company have plenty to celebrate.

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Dining Out For Life Ambassadors Needed

Ambassadors are the most important asset we have to ensure the success of this year’s Dining Out for Life event on Thursday, April 28th. Ambassadors serve as “meet and greet” hosts at participating restaurants during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each restaurant will donate 20% of their sales that day to support the mission of WNCAP.

The number one job of Ambassadors is inviting friends, co-workers, relatives, clients, etc. to dine at your restaurant on Thursday, April 28th so it’s a “win-win” for both the restaurants and WNCAP.  Ambassadors also distribute drawing/donation envelopes that allow diners to make an additional donation to WNCAP and provide an opportunity to win several prizes — our way of saying thanks to diners for participating.  Last year’s event raised $120,000 to support HIV/AIDS prevention, education and outreach in 18 counties of WNC as well as client services for over 400 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in our community

Check the list of currently available restaurants here, then email your top two restaurant choices to Chris by Friday, March 11.  He’ll be back in touch regarding a one-hour training session during the last week of March where you can meet other Ambassadors and receive all the information you need to be a successful Dining Out for Life Ambassador.  Your donation of time… just may help save a life!  Thanks to those who have already signed up. email Chris.

The Ask Asheville blog. Memories…

AskAsheville has been blogging for years and having fun doing it. It was never really a requirement, but a channel of expression for all of the information Asheville provides. We did not start years and years ago like some others, so they had seniority; but as far as we knew, we did not need a “license to blog.” Maybe we blogged too much for some, and too little for others. It does not matter. We have grown and we are now ready to go in bigger, better and different directions with Ask Asheville. Thank you to all of our contributors over the years. Keep your eyes open. This will be one of the last times you will see the blog site pictured above.

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Elevate School of Life and Art in Asheville NC – just $5 lesson

So what can you learn for $5 a lesson? Elevate is a new school of life and art offered by local Asheville artists and teachers who are passionate about their subjects, excited about sharing, and happy to teach both children and adults. Elevate was conceived by artists from the Highland Acting Company, who performed the popular Broadway musical “Godspell” for over five thousand people in the Asheville area beginning in 2009.

Elevate will be offering weekly classes beginning the week of March 7th for 10 weeks in downtown Asheville at 34 S. Lexington Avenue. Classes can be joined “in process” if there is availability during the first two weeks. Classes are being offered for various ages and skill levels in: Drama, Guitar, Graphic Design, Hip-Hop Dance, Sewing, Creative Writing, Math Tutoring, Programming, Crochet, Biblical Greek, Worship Dance, Book Binding, Paper Making, Intro to Art, Shoe Making, and more.

Asheville is known to be a unique city for both the visual and performing arts so it seemed only natural to offer classes to our community for those who would like to be taught a particular subject at an affordable rate. So, for only $50, based on ten weeks at $5 per lesson, students can expose themselves to various art and life subjects, learning new skills and knowledge. Our hope is that this learning experience will be both fun and rewarding.

50% of the proceeds go directly to the teachers, and 45% goes toward building a full-time community center for downtown Asheville. It is the dream of Elevate School of Life and Art to one day have its own permanent location where art and life skills can be shared and taught to the community.

To register and/or view class schedules and descriptions, as well as teacher bios, visit or call (828) 318-8895

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