The Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) gave its Partner of the Year Award to Malvern, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. The Partner of the Year Award is given to a company or individual that has gone above and beyond to provide opportunities and resources that contribute to the growth and success of Hispanic construction firms, and works closely as an active partner with the HCAC.

“CertainTeed has done an incredible job working to meet the needs of Hispanic contractors in the Carolinas and implementing bilingual resources and certifications in Spanish for them,” said HCAC executive director Lissette Velez. “Over the five years they have been an HCAC partner, CertainTeed has partnered with us on several initiatives to enable growth and success of Hispanic firms. This includes providing initiatives and training for small businesses, free training to roofing contractors, bilingual business resources for its customers, informational newsletters and free marketing tools.

“The fact that CertainTeed is committed educating contractors on best practices and providing free certifications, even in Spanish, allows Hispanic contractors to better compete and stand out in the marketplace,” Velez said. “We thank CertainTeed and its team for their support over the years.”
“It’s an honor and privilege to work with and support our colleagues within the Hispanic community,” said Alex Pecora, director of residential roofing product management at CertainTeed. “We support HCAC’s efforts to celebrate and honor diversity in the construction industry, and we are proud to accept the Partner of the Year Award.”

Lissette Velez, executive director at HCAC, and Manaya Robertson, territory field sales and marketing specialist at CertainTeed

Jose Benitez and Nelson Benitez, co-owners at NJR Construction LLC; James Mitchel, business development manager at JE Dunn Construction; Chiquitha Lloyd, director of diversity and inclusion at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Chad Smith, senior project manager at Holder, Edison Foard, RJ Leeper Construction, Joint Venture; Manaya Robertson, territory field sales and marketing specialist at CertainTeed; Juan Carlos Hernandez, owner at Matrix Renovations Corp.; and Celia Cruz and Jose Luis Montoya, owners at NC1 Construction Inc.