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Looks like Hurricane Season will again visit Florida and Texas this Year

This Blog Post is based on a Press Release 3/9/2018 ~ Chris Dilley

Mr. Dilley

Most accurate hurricane prediction organization say 2018 will be another big season – Get ready Texas and Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States – Puerto Rico – and the Northern Lesser Antilles were ravaged by major impact hurricanes in 2017. Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) prepares accurate preseason landfall predictions and tracking webinars for 11 United States hurricane zones. Since the disastrous 2017 hurricane season – GWO has received many requests to extend predictions into the Caribbean Lesser Antilles region.

GWO is reacting to the requests by instituting 2018 hurricane prediction zones for the Lesser Antilles – the Eastern Gateway for storms entering the Caribbean. GWO’s Zone 15 includes the Leeward Islands group that encompasses the Virgin Islands southward to the Island of Dominica. Zone 16 includes the Windward Islands from Martinique south to Tobago and Trinidad. Predictions will be available March 12th and can be acquired at GWO 2018 Hurricane Landfall Predictions and Webinars.

Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) is a working partner with the International Hurricane Protection Association (INHPA) – and GWO was cited by news media as being the “only organization that accurately predicted the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season – from beginning to end. When the 2017 hurricane season began last year – nearly every major hurricane prediction organization predicted a normal 2017 hurricane season – but only GWO GlobalWeatherOscillations.com had an accurate forecast”.

Professor David Dilley – Senior Research and Prediction Scientist for Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) – not only predicted that 2017 would be the most destructive and costly hurricane season since at least 2005 – but also predicted where the storms would make landfall (Texas above Corpus Christi – south tip of the Florida Peninsula – Eastern Louisiana to Alabama). GWO has consistently released the most accurate preseason and landfall predictions by any organization during the past 10-years

  • Prediction: 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season – (which includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico)

Professor David Dilley says that “some United States zones and the Caribbean Islands are currently in their strongest hurricane landfall cycle in 40 to 70-years. This is a Natural ClimatePulse Cycle that produced extremely active and dangerous hurricane conditions in some zones back in the 1950s and 60s in the Lesser Antilles – and in the 1940s in the United States.

Mr. Dilley predicts that 2018 will be somewhat of a repeat of 2017 – but some hurricane landfalls will occur in different locations this year. You can expect 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, 4 major hurricanes, the potential for 4 United States hurricane landfalls – 2 of which will likely be major impact storms. And once again – some Caribbean Islands will have another dangerous season. On the average, the entire Atlantic Basin has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2.7 major hurricanes.

The reason for another destructive hurricane season is 3-fold. Although ocean water temperatures have cooled across the Eastern Atlantic – the water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal from just East of the Lesser Antilles and especially in the Caribbean region and the Atlantic near the United States. This is very similar to the ocean temperatures of last year, and this will again be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and/or strengthening near the Lesser Antilles and close to the United States. Mr. Dilley also expects ENSO Neutral Conditions (no El Nino) that are conducive for active seasons, and the Bermuda-Azores High-Pressure Center will again be in a favorable location – thus allowing more named storms to strengthen as they move east into Caribbean region and toward the United States.

By utilizing ClimatePulse-Technology developed by Professor David Dilley, GWO issues very accurate preseason hurricane landfall predictions well before the beginning of the hurricane season. The model is based on natural rhythm cycles that control climate cycles and hurricane landfall cycles.

Global Weather Oscillations offers 3 levels of predictions – ranging from Basic to the Advanced Prediction that includes weekly outlook webinars and daily tracking webinars when a storm is likely to pose a threat to one of our prediction zones. By incorporating GWO’s preseason zone predictions for landfalls into our tracking webinars – GWO has the ability to provide much more lead time for storm preparation and safety.

Genesis Contractor Solutions Revolutionizing The Way The Roofing And Restoration Industries Facilitate Cash Flow

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Superb Crew is a business news website covering innovative technology and internet companies. They recently reached out to Jeff Posey to learn more about the recent technology launch of Beanstalk Solutions, a custom-built app for roofing contractors.

Started by a roofing contractor for roofing contractors, Genesis Contractor Solutions (GCS) is revolutionizing the way the roofing and restoration industries facilitate cash flow. To find out more about the company we sat down with Jeff Posey, CEO at Genesis Contractor Solutions:

Jeff Posey

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Genesis Contractor Solutions?

A: GCS is a cutting-edge solution for alleviating cash flow obstacles. Genesis Contractor Solutions is NOT a short-term lender nor credit check decision maker. We partner with roofing and restoration contractors to be a part of their growth and ultimate success, helping them operate debt-free. We offer knowledge, expertise, wisdom and now CRM technology to build strong, honest and transparent relationships in order to guarantee the success of all our contractors. GCS provides 48-hour funding and complete back-end administrative help along with unlimited material credit lines and discounts through top suppliers. Comprehensive claims management allows contractors to focus on selling and producing while letting GCS take care of the rest to maximize claims and exceed the expectations of homeowners.

Genesis-Contractor-Solutions 

Q: What exactly do you do?

A: Genesis Contractor Solutions (GCS) provides 48-hour funding to contractors for insurance claims in the roofing and restoration industry. Genesis also offers funding on commercial projects opening up opportunities for smaller contractors. GCS offers unlimited capital for purchasing materials. Our services help to create positive cash flow for clients to help their businesses grow faster. GCS also offers Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) focused on assisting contractors to manage their businesses as efficiently and effectively as possible. As 3rd party claims administrators, we are comprised of educated, accredited experts with over 120 years of combined experience working with the Roofing, Restoration & Construction Industries. GCS removes the hassle for clients by managing claims from start to finish. Automation and technology enable specialization in estimating, claim management, insurance billing, file management, funding, advocacy, and consulting.

Q: You’ve recently launched a custom CRM for the Roofing and Restoration industry; could you tell us something more?

A: GCS is the only fintech company that offers a CRM for customers to manage their businesses. From within Beanstalk CRM, called Beanstalk Solutions, contractors can actually request and obtain the capital they need to keep their businesses growing. They can access unlimited lines of credit for materials, saving time and money. Employee retention is increased when payroll is met on time week after week. Roofers who embrace Beanstalk CRM are catapulting ahead of their competition who are stuck using archaic practices. In addition to leads, project management, and billing, it is centralized and automated for managing every aspect of your business. Additionally, its reporting capabilities give owners a clear picture of the state of their business at any time and from any Smartphone. It’s truly a way to measure your business by the numbers on a daily basis.

Q: What are the main features of Beanstalk Roofing & Restoration CRM?

A:

Request Funding
With the push of a button, contractors may request funding for their insurance-based jobs, breaking down barriers to growth and stability.

Unlock Unlimited Credit Lines
Order Materials without credit limits, allowing the contractor to never slow production and grow exponentially.

Retain Good People

Alleviating cash flow issues allows the owner to pay his salespeople faster, properly incentivizing them to sell more.

Increase Sales
Organize and track your leads in a way that forces efficiency, never allowing for overlooked leads or lost sales.

Manage Projects Efficiently
Job boards, information tracking, notes, reminders and more. Help keep projects organized and jobs on schedule.

Drive Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction
Homeowners recognize and appreciate the professionalism, communication and on-time completion, increasing the likelihood of future projects and referrals.

Real-time Project Dashboard
An easy-to-read snapshot of your daily business activities and sales scoreboard. It drives company competition which in turn drives revenue.

Reporting
Managing by the numbers increases revenue, aids in communication, helps recognize problems sooner and eliminates confusion.

Tracking By
Salesperson, Project, Numbers – Care to know your best performers, their stats, their whereabouts and more? Use tracking to inform hiring, firing, and expectations.

Comprehensive Claims Management
Increase profit by having your claim built the right way, eliminating errors, saving time and allowing for scalability.

 

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: Beanstalk Solutions CRM powered by Genesis Contractor Solutions will continue to trailblaze in the roofing and restoration industry using technology and automation. The success of our contractors will raise the bar and leave others fighting to survive. We continue to build and maximize partnerships with manufacturers and suppliers in order to support their growth as well. We’ll be continuously adding API integrations with other service providers allowing contractors to successfully run their businesses all from one place. Our goal is to continue crashing through the barriers that have prevented contractors from growing. Contractors who use Beanstalk CRM can’t help but be successful while delighting their customers, the homeowners, in the process.

Marin Property Owners Grappling with Roofer Shortage

With a roofer shortage, it makes it that much more critical to retain them. Keeping up with payroll and is the number one way to do that. Think about the time it saves to NOT have to look for new crews. Genesis helps get your money faster, so you can pay your crews faster and avoid shortage issues. Keep building everything you’re selling and watch your bottom line grow. Genesis Contractor Solutions

When Walter Cox worked with a building contractor to get a new roof on his daughter’s San Rafael home, he had no idea the contractor had not yet hired a roofer. It can be frustrating when looking for a roofer, and there isn’t one available, especially if it’s a roofing problem that needs immediate attention – visit roofer kansas city or a roofer more local to your area for your roofing needs

“It’s frustrating — maddening,” said Cox, who said it took five months to get someone out to the house, and this was after the old roof had already been removed.

Marin residents hoping to schedule an estimate for replacement or repair are likely to find themselves in a similar situation. Roofing services across the county have become increasingly difficult to book, as local roofing companies find they are in such high demand that they are already committed weeks or months out.

The McLeran crew at work in Larkspur. Brian McLeran, the company’s owner, said his schedule is booked for months. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

The McLeran crew at work in Larkspur. Brian McLeran, the company’s owner, said his schedule is booked for months. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

Brian McLeran, the owner of San Rafael-based McLeran Roofing, said the booming business is like nothing he has ever seen in his 44 years in the industry.

“We’re scheduled through 2018,” he said. “We are scheduled completely. I can’t put any more work in.”

At San Rafael’s Miranda’s Roofing Co., the story is the same, with business booked into March, said Gilbert Nichols, a sales associate.

“It’s been as good as I’ve ever seen it,” he said.

Many in the roofing business said last year’s heavy winter storms are to blame.

“Customers who thought they had a few more years because our winters had been dry in California for years, their roofs didn’t hold up like they were expecting,” said Sara Lopez, office manager at McLeran Roofing. “They’re having to do replacements.”

McLeran said many of Marin’s long-time roofing companies are not doing as much work as they used to.

“What’s happened is you got a lot more work on one end, and on the other end, you got the companies going through generational change,” he said. “This is not just roofing, but a lot of industries. With generational changes, you don’t see same volume (of work) being produced by all the companies.”

Nichols said he thinks there are not enough qualified workers in the field, as younger workers are not entering the construction industry.

“The old guys like me are fading away and dying off,” he said. “The young people realize they can make a pretty fat living dealing with the computer madness. They’re getting out of the construction trade.”

Cox, the owner of San Rafael’s Master Builders of Marin, said the roofing industry is in desperate need of workers.

“I would say that if anyone is willing and able to get out and get a contractor’s license and do honest work and meet his commitments, he or she can do very well right now,” he said. “There’s more work than there are people.”

Patrick Newman, the owner of Novato’s Northgate Roofing, said the last year-and-a-half has been busier than he has ever seen. He said typically during this time of year, he would be responding to service calls on a week-to-week basis but right now he is booked through the next month-and-a-half. He said he thinks the healthy economy is enabling homeowners to pursue more projects.

“People can afford to make decisions to put on roofs, where before they put it off,” he said. “People have extra income or the ability to get a loan.”

At San Rafael’s Aussie Roofing, the company is booked through summer but has a list of customers it’s trying to work into the busy schedule. Office manager Nila Guastella said her advice is to call roofing businesses as early as possible.

“If you’re considering a re-roof, you want to get on the phone now if you’re considering it for the next 18 months or so,” she said.

Lopez said residents may be able to get a quicker response if they contact their homeowner’s insurance companies rather than roofing businesses.

“A lot of insurance companies have contractors that when they have a claim, they send out their adjuster or contractor to give a proposal,” she said. “Sometimes a customer who contacts their insurance company can more easily get someone to look at something.”

The wildfires around wine country in October also raised concerns about a regional labor shortage during the lengthy reconstruction, although the ripple effect on Marin is unclear. The fires destroyed more than 5,000 homes.

“We had a real problem of worker shortage before the fires,” said North Coast Builders Exchange president Keith Woods, according to the Press Democrat. “It has been magnified a hundred times over with the disaster.”

Beacon Roofing Supply Completes Its Acquisition of Allied Building Products

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (Nasdaq: BECN) (“Beacon” or the “Company”), the largest publicly traded distributor of roofing and complementary building products in the United States and Canada, announced today the successful completion of its previously announced acquisition of Allied Building Products Corp. (“Allied”) from global diversified building products group CRH plc (LSE: CRH, ISE: CRG, NYSE: CRH) (“CRH”).

Completion of the Allied acquisition further strengthens Beacon’s position as one of the largest publicly traded wholesale building materials distributors in the United States and Canada, with approximately $7 billion in revenue and 589 branches throughout all 50 states and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon also becomes the fourth largest wallboard and acoustical ceiling tile wholesale distributor in the U.S., with more than $1 billion of revenue in the interior market category. The Allied acquisition also significantly expands Beacon’s geographic footprint in New York, New Jersey, the Upper Midwest and other major U.S. markets.

Paul Isabella, President & CEO of Beacon, stated, “We are pleased to announce the completion of the Allied acquisition and we look forward to the successful integration of these two great companies. Beacon and Allied’s leadership have worked closely together on the integration planning to ensure a collaborative approach and an outcome that preserves the expertise and strengths of both organizations. I want to thank the Beacon and Allied teams for their tireless work and cooperation to successfully complete the financing and closing processes efficiently and on schedule. This combination is about driving growth through the expansion of our geographic footprint and range of products and creating increased value for our customers and shareholders. This is a milestone day in the long and successful histories of both companies and we are thrilled to start the new year as one company.”

In connection with the Allied acquisition, a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”), invested $400 million in Beacon and Nathan Sleeper, a CD&R partner, was appointed to Beacon’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Sleeper previously was a member of Beacon’s Board of Directors from October 2015 through May 2016 in connection with Beacon’s previous acquisition of Roofing Supply Group (“RSG”) from a fund managed by CD&R.

Robert R. Buck, Chairman of Beacon’s Board of Directors, added, “Together, Beacon and Allied will have more than 150 years of combined experience providing service excellence in the building products industry. Having this unique opportunity to combine two great companies of this magnitude is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the people across both organizations. I also am pleased to welcome Nate Sleeper back to our Board of Directors. His deep industrial sector expertise and leadership will prove to be extremely valuable as we continue moving our growth strategy forward.”

The Allied acquisition provides significant strategic and financial benefits:

  • Expanded Exteriors Geographic Footprint: The expanded geographic footprint provides Beacon a presence in new markets – particularly in New York, New Jersey, and the Upper Midwest. With this transaction, Beacon will operate locations in all 50 states and will expand its presence in other key markets including Texas, Florida, Colorado, and California.
  • Expansion into the Interior Business: The combination provides Beacon with entry into the adjacent interior business, including wallboard and suspended ceiling products, and strengthens the combined company’s competitive positioning through extended product offerings. The interior category shares many attractive investment qualities and characteristics with the roofing products distribution business.
  • Enhanced Growth Strategies: Beacon remains committed to increasing market share through organic growth focusing on a wide range of roofing and complementary products. Through the combination, Beacon will be well-positioned to leverage Allied’s various market advantages, including its established private-label business and robust e-commerce platform, to further Beacon’s organic growth strategies.
  • Significant Cost Synergies Expected: The combined company is expected to realize $110 million in annual run-rate synergies within two years of closing.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains information about management’s view of Beacon’s future expectations, plans, and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and often use words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “believe”, “will likely result”, “outlook”, “project” and other words and expressions of similar meaning. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, but not limited to, those set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of Beacon’s latest Form 10-K. In addition, numerous factors could cause actual results with respect to the Allied acquisition to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the possibility that the expected synergies and cost savings and financial impacts from the Allied acquisition will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that the Beacon and Allied businesses will not be integrated successfully; disruption from the Allied acquisition making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships and the risk of customer attrition. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Beacon’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while Beacon may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point, Beacon specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, other than as required by federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Beacon’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

About Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.

Founded in 1928, Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. is the largest publicly traded distributor of residential and commercial roofing materials and complementary building products, operating 589 branches throughout all 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Beacon and its family of regional brands, please visit www.becn.com.

Contacts

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.
Joseph Nowicki, 571-323-3940
Executive VP & CFO
JNowicki@becn.com

It’s no mistake that we have two ears and only one mouth!

Jay Mays’ intelligence is out-weighed only by his ability to make us laugh! Or maybe it’s the reverse, but either way, what a treat it was to have him visit our office on Thursday afternoon. While most employees begrudgingly attended what stared at them from their Outlook calendars as a 2 hour training commitment, it didn’t take long for them to crack a smile, embrace Jay and relish the experience as it unfolded.

Right from the start, Pitchlab’s engagement with Genesis Contractor Solutions fostered a valuable Team Building experience. For a company who works as long and hard as we do, we don’t typically take normal business hours to interact with each other and practice life skills. In a fun and disarming way, Jay had us all on our feet, talking, laughing and not sneaking glances of our phones. And that includes the Millennials too!


Team members enjoy a giggle while practicing their story-telling skills.

Active listening and dramatic pauses immediately increase the value of your conversations. And public speaking occurs whether you are in front of many people or even just one. As we strive to provide excellent customer service, the skills Jay taught us will help in both our personal and professional lives. In person, over the phone, in meetings, even over email, Jay gave us ideas and suggestions about how to be more vulnerable, more authentic, more visible…all culminating in an over-arching goal, to be more ENGAGING.

Here are some Pro Tips we’ve already started using…

  • Vulnerability (and authenticity) builds trust and connection.
    There’s nothing funny about a confident person who’s doing well…No vulnerability or mistakes.
  • Levity is brevity. Keep setup brief.
    Too many details detract from your key hook and can cause you to quickly lose your audience.
  • Leverage story linking and the value of a “Segue.”
    Keep notes on what is interesting and relevant in your personal life that you could leverage to not only BE relatable, but also to relate it to your Sales Pitch?

    “No, seriously boss, we’re in a TRAINING session.” Jay Mays explains the value of brevity.

    As the ‘Butterfly Whisperer’ we can’t thank Jay enough for taking the time to pass along his expertise. Channeling nerves into excitement, pausing at appropriate and even dramatic times and being sure to actively listen will no doubt improve our customers’ experiences and our very own.

    For more about Jay and his services, run, don’t walk to www.pitchlab.io.

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