Duro-Last’s annual National Sales Seminar, held January 20th through 22nd in Orlando, Fla., welcomed more than 1,900 guests representing over 250 companies. The highly-anticipated event honored multiple contractors for their outstanding dedication and workmanship over the past year.

The top honor of 2018 Contractor of the Year was awarded to a longtime Duro-Last contractor during the annual Awards Banquet. Parsons Commercial Roofing from Waco, Texas, earned the Contractor of the Year distinction for their exceptional work on complex projects, attention to detail, customer service, and outstanding sales throughout 2018. Parsons Commercial Roofing, an authorized Duro-Last contractor for more than 20 years, also earned the distinction of a Duro-Last Platinum contractor over this past year and achieved over $8 million in sales.

Additionally, Duro-Last Project Awards were recognized throughout Seminar activities for the fourth year in a row. This category-specific competition honored contractors who completed outstanding projects in six unique divisions. Award winners and categories included:

Project of the Year Award
Recognizing the project that best utilizes all aspects of a Duro-Last Roofing System and demonstrates a dedication to outstanding workmanship, best practices, innovation and customer service.
Contractor: Elliott Roofing of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Project: Osage Casino & Hotel – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky Award
Recognizing the project that best utilizes Duro-Last products for the entire roofing system – from Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky.
Contractor: Freeman Sheet Metal of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Project: Holt High School – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Metal Roofing Award
Recognizing the project that best utilizes EXCEPTIONAL® Metals metal roofing and wall panels.
Contractor: Independent Roofing Systems of Jackson, Mississippi
Project: National Warmwater Aquaculture Center (NWAC) at Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center – Stoneville, Mississippi

Sustainability Award
Recognizing the project that best utilizes Duro-Last products or services to reduce the environmental impact of the building.
Contractor: Versatile Roofing of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Project: Buchanan Elementary School – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Specialty Membrane Award
Recognizing the project that best utilizes Duro-Last roll good products, including Rock-Ply and Shingle-Ply prints.
Contractor: Crossmark Roofing Solutions of Charlotte, N.C.
Project: Freedom High School – Morganton, N.C.

For more information on the projects that were recognized during the Duro-Last National Sales Seminar, visit the Duro-Last YouTube page at www.youtube.com/DuroLastRoofing to view the award videos.

A Lot of Education, A Little Fun
The theme of this year’s Seminar was “Power of Partnership,” highlighting the value of the strong partnerships between Duro-Last and authorized contractors, and the opportunities that those partnerships provide. Breakout sessions hosted by Duro-Last employees and industry experts covered topics such as contractor websites, employee recruitment and retention, tax reform changes, Duro-Last installation tips and tricks, Duro-Shield Coatings, EXCEPTIONAL Metals insights, cost savings with Duro-Guard Polyiso, and more.

While education and networking were at the core of Seminar activities, contractors were able to relax and celebrate throughout the event as well. Attendees dressed to the nines for the annual Awards Banquet where contractors were recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout 2018, and everyone enjoyed a night of New York City magic at the finale party on the New York City set at Universal Studios.

Another fun event, the annual Dick Jozwiak Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted over 25 teams this year. With an overall score of 65, Rodney Castilleja, Zach Cross, Jeff Strain and Kevin Strain from Parsons Commercial Roofing took home the First Place title.

“Every year we work hard to fill the Duro-Last Sales Seminar with as much relevant and helpful information as we can while also making it fun,” said Duro-Last Chairman of the Board, Jack Burt. “We know it is something our contractors look forward to and we never let them down.”