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Thomas Furey of Furey Roofing & Construction receives Certified Solar Roofing Professional designation

Posted 10/26/12

Rosemont, Ill.—Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE™) Inc. has announced its newest Certified Solar Roofing Professionals™ (CSRPs™). RISE’s board of directors has conferred the CSRP designation on the following individuals for meeting established eligibility criteria, passing a challenging examination and agreeing to develop themselves professionally to remain current with changes in the field. The CSRP designation applies only to the individuals named. Companies are not certified. The following CSRPs successfully passed a rigorous exam Sept. 18 to obtain certification:

Dane Bechtholdt, estimator for Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo.

Kate Bechtholdt, solar division manager for Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo.

Gabriel Chong, special projects manager for Sunetric, Honolulu

Thomas Furey, president of Furey Roofing & Construction Co. Inc., Providence, R.I.

Tony Huggins, environmental and energy solutions manager for Schwickerts Tecta America, Mankato, Minn.

Joe Idacavage, president of Accredited Solar, Emerald Isle, N.C.

Ben Kogus, solar business manager for GAF, Wayne, N.J.

Dean Secchiaroli, regional manager for Eagle Rivet Roof Service Corp., Boston

Jonathan Shick, building technologist for Allana Buick & Bers Inc., Honolulu

Clinton A. Sockman, vice president of renewable energy for Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Brian Watson, western division sales manager for Champion Domestic Energies LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information about RISE and the CSRP designation, visit or contact John Schehl, RISE executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7503 or

RISE was created by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and National Roofing Contractors Association to provide a means of evaluating and certifying solar roofing professionals to support the widespread use of rooftop solar energy. RISE evaluates and certifies solar energy installers for knowledge about critical roof system construction and maintenance practices necessary to support successful rooftop solar energy installations based on principles regarding the installation and maintenance of rooftop solar energy systems without adversely affecting roof system performance and service life. RISE also provides the public with tools to identify skilled rooftop solar energy professionals.

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