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NRCA University's Future Executives Institute is a comprehensive and powerful learning experience focusing on leading and managing a thriving roofing business. This three-year program offers participants an in-depth look at management theory and practice, and a unique industry networking opportunity while developing their leadership and communication skills.

FEI is built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations: management, leadership, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, roofing industry issues, risk management, family relationships/succession and personal-development skills.

Courses are held at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and are taught by Northwestern University professors, industry leaders and field experts. Class size reflects qualified candidate applications and can vary. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria designed to ensure a candidate has a background that allows for sharing and learning from others' experiences and prepares him/her for the course work.

FEI is built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations: management, leadership, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, sales and marketing, roofing industry issues, risk management, family relationships/succession and personal-development skills.

Courses are held at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and are taught by Northwestern University professors, industry leaders and field experts. Class size reflects qualified candidate applications and can vary. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria designed to ensure a candidate has a background that allows for sharing and learning from others' experiences and prepares him/her for the course work.

FEI students learn the 10 core areas essential to small-business operations.
Courses

FEI is built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations.

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Application

Applications for FEI-10 will be accepted beginning January 2020.

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Graduates

Many graduates and FEI students have gone on to become NRCA directors.

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FEI students learn the 10 core areas essential to small-business operations.
Courses

FEI is built on 10 core areas essential to small-business operations.

Learn more

Young woman fills out application.
Application

Applications for FEI-10 will be accepted beginning January 2020.

Learn more

...
Graduates

Many graduates and FEI students have gone on to become NRCA directors.

Learn more

FAQs

Three consecutive years.
A new class starts every other year. The next class will be held Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, 2020. If you would like to be contacted when details are available for the next class, please contact Janice Davis, director of NRCA University Administration, at jdavis@nrca.net or (800) 323-9545, Ext. 7505.
Each year, the class meets in the fall for up to four days and up to two days during NRCA's annual convention.
Click here to see the tuition for the next class, as well as to find out more about the application program and requirements.
Tuition, books, handouts, most meals and social activities during the fall sessions and NRCA annual convention sessions. Hotel accommodations are included for the fall session only, and all students are required to stay at the hotel during this session. Students are responsible for hotel accommodations during the two-day session held in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo each winter.
Yes, you should register with Informa. FEI tuition does not include registration for NRCA's annual convention.
Class size reflects qualified applications and can vary. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria designed to ensure a candidate has a background that allows for sharing and learning from others' experiences and prepares him/her for the course work.
More than one student from the same company may apply to the program as long as each works in a different physical operation. However, it is not preferred. The success of the FEI experience is rooted in a student's ability to comfortably share thoughts and questions without hesitancy; therefore, two persons from the same company at the same location will not be accepted into the same class. A second candidate from the same company but different location will only be considered if there are seats available, and as such, is subject to an interview by the admissions committee.
Participants will be responsible for completing a variety of challenging projects and assignments. Some will involve individual projects about each participant's company. Others will be team assignments with other class members.
174 students have graduated since the program began in 2002.
To get the most out of this experience, a successful applicant will have the following.
  • Five or more years of industry experience preferred
  • A knowledge of his or her company's structure, operations, and financial and accounting methods
  • Increasingly responsible management experience
  • Be at least 25 years old