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Founding Sponsor TAMKO Deepens Relationship with National Women In Roofing as Diamond Sponsor

A woman-led company for more than 65 years, TAMKO increases support of national trade group whose goals focus on mentoring and connecting women in the male-dominated field of roofing

When Ethelmae Humphreys took the reins at TAMKO Building Products, Inc. in the early 1950s, she was probably the only female executive in the roofing industry. Thankfully, today, that’s no longer true.

“The thought that I was in over my head must have entered my mind at some point, but the situation didn’t frustrate me because I’d always been told and believed that I really could do anything that I set my mind to — so I went about doing it,” said Ethelmae, 92, TAMKO’s longtime chairman of the board and second-generation family leadership of the company, about her entry into the roofing business.

The roofing industry has come a long way from the workforce disparity of the 1950s, and that’s thanks in part to trailblazers like Ethelmae and the work of organizations like National Women In Roofing (NWIR).

National Women in Roofing (NWIR)

TAMKO was one of the first manufacturers to sponsor NWIR as a Founding Sponsor when the trade group started two years ago. And recently, TAMKO deepened its relationship with the organization, pledging its support of NWIR at the Diamond Sponsor level.

“NWIR was a natural fit for TAMKO,” said Kim Eckerman, TAMKO director of communications and member of the national NWIR Communications Committee. “Our company is built on a deeply-held belief in the freedom of all people, regardless of gender, race or religion, to be as successful as they choose to be, pursuing their passions in business and life.”

NWIR is volunteer-based and its focus is on supporting and advancing the careers of women in the roofing industry, whether on the jobsite, or as executives, and everything in between. NWIR’s membership includes men in the roofing industry who support the inclusion of women, and since forming in 2017, the group has quickly grown to more than 1,100 members.

“Our focus is on connecting and empowering women so that their training and leadership skills can help drive the overall betterment and professionalism of the roofing industry,” said NWIR Chair Shari Carlozzi.  “We are bringing the industry to a new level of excellence by supporting and promoting the contributions of women as an essential component of the future of roofing.”

As a Diamond Sponsor, a TAMKO representative will speak during the upcoming National Women In Roofing Day, February 9, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the second year for the event that leads into the International Roofing Expo only days later and serves as an annual connection point for hundreds of NWIR’s members who attend.

About National Women In Roofing

National Women In Roofing (NWIR) is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals. We provide networking, mentoring, education and recruitment opportunities from the rooftop to the boardroom, for the young professional at the start of her career to the seasoned manager in the executive suite. For more information, visit


TAMKO Building Products LLC is a leading independent manufacturer of residential roofing shingles crafted with American pride for more than 75 years. At TAMKO, the popular Heritage® shingle series and Proline shingle series feature the best roofing colors on the market that are backed by a brand name recognized for its rich history, core values of honesty and integrity, quality products and processes, authority with building professionals and support for its community. For more information about TAMKO, visit our website at