Marty Hastings

Marty Hastings

In 2011, the CRRC Board of Directors created the Marty Hastings Award in honor of its longtime Board member, Treasurer, and Technical Committee member who passed away from cancer. Mr. Hastings contributed greatly to the CRRC and is fondly remembered for his upbeat attitude, enthusiasm, and sense of humor.

To commemorate Mr. Hastings' contributions to the organization, the CRRC created an annual award for a volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to the CRRC. Nominations for the award are solicited from the CRRC membership, and the recipient is selected by a Board-appointed committee. The award includes a $500 donation made in the recipient's name to a charitable organization of his/her choice as well as complimentary Membership Meeting registration and travel costs.

Marty Hastings Award Recipients

2023 - Dr. Frank Klink

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Dr. Frank Klink is an outstanding volunteer and a valued contributor to the CRRC. He first became involved with the CRRC in the early 2000s, while working for 3M. In 2011, he was appointed to the CRRC Technical Committee as an alternate, and then was appointed as a voting member in 2014.

After 34 years at 3M, Dr. Klink retired from the corporation in mid-2019 and immediately became a CRRC General Interest Member to continue his active participation in the organization. In 2021, Dr. Klink was elected to the CRRC Board of Directors, and shortly after, he was appointed as the chair of the CRRC Education Committee. As the committee chair, Dr. Klink has gone above and beyond to serve the organization by actively participating in many committee projects and by supporting staff. Dr. Klink is also an authorized CRRC Educator and has collaborated with staff over the years on research projects, papers, and presentations.

Dr. Klink contributes to meeting discussions with insight, thoughtfulness, and care, and is well-liked and respected by other members. The CRRC is greatly appreciative of Dr. Klink’s many years of dedication and contributions to the organization.

As part of this distinguished award, the CRRC has made a donation in Dr. Klink’s name to the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science Museum was founded in 1907 and is “dedicated to collaborating with our community to create a world where everyone has the power to use science to make lives better” (

2022 - Darrel Higgs

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Mr. Higgs was an outstanding volunteer and valued leader of the CRRC for over 15 years. He served on the CRRC Board from 2013 until his retirement in June 2022, and was also the Board Treasurer between 2016 and 2022. During his tenure on the Board, Mr. Higgs was instrumental in helping guide the CRRC to a financially successful in-house operation. Mr. Higgs also served as the Vice Chair of the CRRC Technical Committee (2010-2011) and was a member of the CRRC Method Evaluation Working Group (2012-2018); CRRC Retesting Working Group (2012-2019); and CRRC Random Testing Working Group (2015-2022).

Mr. Higgs is recognized as an industry thought leader with extensive experience in product, application, and building codes. The CRRC is greatly appreciative of Mr. Higgs’ many contributions to the organization, as well as his thoughtfulness and pragmatic approach to decision making.

As part of this distinguished award, the CRRC has made a donation in Mr. Higgs’ name to the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). The JRLA is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit that provides leadership-focused education to help its students achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree.

2021 - David Yarbrough, PhD

David Yarbrough

Dr. Yarbrough has been a valuable contributor and technical resource to the CRRC for over 20 years. He attended the CRRC’s first meeting during the early formation of the organization and would go on to serve as a long-standing member of the CRRC Technical Committee. Over his tenure, Dr. Yarbrough made many contributions to the CRRC, including supporting the organization through the research and development of many of its test protocols. He is also widely recognized for his generosity in helping others understand the importance of radiative property testing. Whether it has been in the classroom setting, working alongside other experts, or taking time to teach others one on one, Dr. Yarbrough has made a lasting impact on this industry.

Dr. Yarbrough selected New Life International to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. The mission of this organization is to provide safe water and deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

2020 - Scott Kriner

Scott Kriner

As one of the longest-serving members of the CRRC Technical Committee, Mr. Kriner was a valuable contributor and technical resource to the CRRC for over 20 years. Over his tenure, he served as the Chair of the CRRC Technical Committee (2011 - 2012) and as a CRRC Ex-Officio Board member (2011-2012). His important contributions include helping with the development of the CRRC Product Rating Program and the creation of the CRRC Color Family Program.

Mr. Kriner selected the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. The mission of the Foundation is to honor first responders in memory of firefighter Stephen Siller who was killed on September 11, 2001, and to help provide mortgage-free homes to veterans, first responders, and their spouses, who have been catastrophically injured or killed in the line of duty.

2019 - David Cocuzzi

David Cocuzzi

For over twenty years, Mr. Cocuzzi has been a valuable contributor and expert technical resource to the CRRC. In 2002, Mr. Cocuzzi was elected to the CRRC Board of Directors, in which he served as the first Chair from the roofing industry between 2005 and 2008. As Chair, Mr. Cocuzzi helped increase the organization’s revenue and stabilize its finances. He was also integral to the establishment of the CRRC Color Family Program, which enabled the coated metal industry to rate hundreds of products with the CRRC.

In 2018, Mr. Cocuzzi was appointed to the Technical Committee as an alternate voting member (he previously served on the Committee from 2005–2006) and was welcomed back to the Board of Directors as an Ex-Officio member. The CRRC deeply appreciates Mr. Cocuzzi’s passion and commitment to the organization.

Mr. Cocuzzi chose the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. The MSAA is dedicated to improving lives through ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners.

2018 - Hashem Akbari,PhD

Dr Hashem Akbari

Dr. Akbari has been a significant and invaluable contributor and expert technical resource to the CRRC since the beginning. As one of the founders of the CRRC, Dr. Akbari was instrumental in the creation of the organization in 1998. His extensive research and work on reflective surfaces as a senior scientist and the leader of the Heat Island Group at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory through the 1980s and 1990s greatly contributed to the establishment of the CRRC. He currently serves as an Ex-Officio Member of the CRRC Board of Directors, is a member of the CRRC Technical Committee, and is the Chair of the CRRC’s International Committee.

In addition to his participation with the CRRC, Dr. Akbari is also a recognized global authority on cool surfaces and is a founder of the European Cool Roofs Council and Global Cool Cities Alliance. Over the past 35 years, he has also authored numerous highly-technical papers and journal articles on the radiative properties of surfaces.

Dr. Akbari selected the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. The mission of the PCRF is to provide medical and humanitarian relief to Arab children throughout the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, politics or religion.

2017 - Mike Ennis

Mike Ennis

Mr. Ennis was am outstanding volunteer and invaluable leader to the CRRC for many years. First elected to the Board of Directors in 2007, Mr. Ennis served as Vice Chair from 2008 to 2010, and then as Chair from 2010 through the end of 2016. Mr. Ennis continues to serve on the Board as an Ex-Officio member. Mr. Ennis’s leadership of the organization was characterized by his unfailing, consistently pleasant demeanor through even the most challenging issues. He encouraged his colleagues to speak up and provide input, and worked hard to make all CRRC members feel welcome and valued. Through his example, Mr. Ennis has provided a template for the role of Board Chair that results in an engaged membership and actively involved Board of Directors. Mr. Ennis also regularly attended Technical Committee meetings and often volunteered to serve on working groups, providing his technical insight. The CRRC is greatly appreciative of Mr. Ennis’s many contributions to the organization.

A life-long collie owner, Mr. Ennis chose the Tri-State Collie Rescue to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. This volunteer-based organization provides veterinary care and temporary homes for owner-surrendered, stray, neglected or abused collies. These collies are eventually paired up with permanent, loving owners.

2016 - Ronnen Levinson, PhD

Dr Ronnen Levinson

Dr. Levinson has been an invaluable technical resource to the CRRC for many years as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors (since 2011), a member of the Technical Committee (since 2009), a member of the Methods and Instruments Subcommittee (since 2015), and a co-coordinator and facilitator for the CRRC's laboratory training workshops (since 2001). Dr. Levinson has contributed tremendously to CRRC's mission, as evidenced by the significant time he has volunteered in pursuit of improved test methods, practices, and standards, such as the development of the CRRC-1 Test Method #1, laboratory-aging practice ASTM D7897, alternative methods for measuring the reflectance of roofing aggregate, and ASTM E1918 precision and bias study.

Dr. Levinson selected the Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Energy Efficiency to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name, in honor of Dr. Rosenfeld's contributions to energy efficiency and cool roofs, and to celebrate Dr. Rosenfeld's 90th birthday on June 22, 2016. The Rosenfeld Fund supports graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley who are committed to energy efficiency research and related scholarly pursuits.

2015 - Andre Desjarlais

Andre Desjarlais

Mr. Desjarlais has supported and advocated for the CRRC for many years, offering leadership, research, and expertise as an Ex-Officio member to the Board of Directors since 2002. In addition, Mr. Desjarlais' work on the CRRC Technical Committee helped establish fair and unbiased standards and policies that have allowed the CRRC to expand rating opportunities to numerous roofing materials. Mr. Desjarlais' extensive work at the ORNL facility has enabled him to help balance institutional and field performance knowledge with academia interest to develop nationally recognized standards.

Mr. Desjarlais selected Danny and Ron's Rescue, a dog rescue in South Carolina, to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. As an owner of six rescued dachshunds, Mr. Desjarlais is appreciative of this particular organization and its dedication to this task.

2014 - Jonathan Humble

Jonathan Humble

Mr. Humble played an active role in supporting and advocating for the CRRC since the beginning of the organization. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors from 2002-2006, Mr. Humble provided invaluable expertise as the longtime Chair of the Ratings, Codes, and Standards Committee and CRRC S100 Standards Committee. CRRC members expressed an appreciation for Mr. Humble's personal initiative as a driving force behind codes development and completion of key objectives aligning with the CRRC Strategic Plan. His tireless efforts led to the development of the ANSI/CRRC-1 Standard and subsequent versions, as well as its adoption in various codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code, the International Green Construction Code, and the ASHRAE standards.

Mr. Humble selected the Architectural Scholarship Fund at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name. SARUP prepares future urban planners and architects with a focus on resource conservation and community-based learning.

2013 - David Roodvoets

David Roodvoets

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Roodvoets served on the Board of Directors in addition to serving on the Technical Committee and various working groups. CRRC members cite his wealth of knowledge, his strong voice, and his fair and balanced opinions as invaluable contributions to the organization. Mr. Roodvoets has been a dedicated advocate of the CRRC.

Mr. Roodvoets selected The Conservation Fund, an organization that has protected over seven million acres of historic, environmental, and culturally significant spaces across the country to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name.

2012 - Gregory Crawford

Gregory Crawford

In 2012 presented the first annual Marty Hastings Award to Gregory Crawford of the American Iron and Steel Institute. Mr. Crawford was an invaluable asset to the CRRC, contributing his time and expertise to the Board of Directors and Technical Committee in addition to performing the role of Board Secretary from 2004 to June 2012.

Mr. Crawford selected Disabled Sports USA Far West to receive a charitable donation made by the CRRC in his name.