In a first-of-its-kind agreement for both associations, RCI, Inc. (RCI) and the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) have signed a cooperative plan to further the promotion, outreach, shared purposes, and over-arching goals of the two organizations. Designed to strengthen the mutual interests of the associations and the building envelope industry at large, the cooperative agreement advocates for a combined total of almost 5,000 members in North America. Through the agreement, RCI becomes NWIR’s first Affiliated organization.
The two groups have pledged to support one another’s publications, meetings, and membership recruitment efforts through a series of initiatives, including shared promotion and resources support.
RCI, a nonprofit association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design, was established in 1983 and currently serves over 3500 members in the United States, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
National Women in Roofing was founded in 2016 and already has over 1,000 members. The volunteer-based organization supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals by providing networking, mentoring, education, and recruitment opportunities “from the rooftop to the boardroom.”

The agreement was signed by RCI CEO and Executive Vice President Lionel van der Walt and NWIR Executive Director Ellen Thorp.