New Orleans—The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Jude Laperouse, former president of Edward J. Laperouse Metal Works Inc., Houma, La., is the first recipient of the John Bradford Volunteer Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 135th Annual Convention held Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
The John Bradford Volunteer Award is a new award developed by NRCA’s Awards Committee to be presented to an individual in the roofing industry who has consistently demonstrated outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Laperouse started volunteering his time with NRCA more than 30 years ago. In 1988, he was elected to NRCA’s board of directors and served three terms. In 1991, he was elected to the Executive Committee and served as a vice president until 1993. He also served on numerous NRCA committees, including the Affiliate Relations Committee, Building Codes Education Operating Committee and Manual Update Committee.
Laperouse’s volunteerism extended beyond NRCA. He served as president of the Rotary Club of Houma from 1982-83 and was named Outstanding Rotarian of the Year in 1986, as well as The Courier’s Most Useful Citizen in 1987. He spent his career managing Edward J. Laperouse Metal Works, a roofing company started by his father, and retired in 2016.
The John Bradford Volunteer Award is named after John Bradford, who served as NRCA’s president from 1982-83 and was a past president of the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association. He was instrumental in the development of the Montana Roofing Contractors Association, served on many boards during his roofing career and enjoyed civic involvements.
Since 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association has been the home for generations of entrepreneurial craftsmen and enterprises who shelter and protect America’s families and businesses and each other. Our vision is the recognition of our members as professionals and to unite the industry to that purpose. NRCA is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit nrca.net.