Dennis Conway takes over as chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association in June.
Dennis Conway takes over as chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association in June.

Conway is co-owner and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., a company he bought 21 years ago with partner Scott Howard. The company employs 150 and has had contracts with plenty of high-visibility clients on the Las Vegas Strip. The national association he will head has about 3,500 members. Conway has seen an uptick in his own business outlook, but says finding qualified workers is one of the most pressing problems for roofing contractors around the country. Roofing mechanics, foremen and journeymen who can replace an aging workforce are in particularly short supply. Government regulations and rising health care costs are two other problems the industry faces, Conway says. As for new limits on workplace exposure to silica dust announced last month by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Conway isn't buying it. "I have been in the roofing business for 35 years and not had one employee have a problem inhaling a little bit of dust," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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