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One Roof I had just graduated from high school and needed to find a way to make some money before heading off to college in the fall. My parents suggested that I call my Uncle Bob to see if there were any positions at his roofing company in Florida that I could fill for the summer. I always loved visiting my family in Florida and thought this would be a great opportunity to make some money to save for school and live the Florida life. Little did I know at the time, the opportunities that were presented to me that summer would be an outline for the rest of my life. My life truly would begin on that One Roof that I was introduced to. The theme I have chosen for the FRSA’s 99th year is One Roof. One Roof has several different meanings for me that I feel can resonate with all of our members during this time.

It always seems to go back to the people at the heart of the work and where they all convene together at that One Roof. Let’s all try to remember that we all started out on One Roof and it is that One Roof that brings us all together!

2021 Charity of Choice

There are so many different ways to help people. FRSA President For our family, taking care Adam Purdy, CPRC of children in need has President, Edwards Roofing Co. One Roof for the Contractor Members always been a passion. We Pensacola, Fla. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting your roofing have chosen Gulf Coast Kid’s business or have $100 million in sales; whether you are House as our Charity of Choice for the 2021 year. a fifth-generation roofer or a first-generation roofer Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a private, not-for-profit hustling for everything you can get. Each of us has the children’s advocacy center that provides services to same common thread of starting on One Roof. It is truly victims of child abuse. As a children’s advocacy center, the one thing that we all have in common that brings us they combine all of the professionals and resources together. This is a wonderful example of what can come needed for the intervention, investigation and prostogether to make such an incredible Association known ecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly to all as FRSA. We each have our own story of how we facility. Child victims and their families also receive got into the industry and that One Roof, that one oppor- mental health counseling at the center. Its goal is to tunity, that one person that it all started with. form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases in order to improve case outcomes and minimize One Roof for our Associate Members trauma to the children and families it serves. FRSA has It only takes One Roof to bring us together. With always been such a pivotal part in giving back to our each One Roof, we need manufacturers to create the communities over the years. products that we install. We need distributors to get In the end, it’s not important why, where or how you the products to our locations. We need the Insurance wish to help others; what matters is that you do so. In a Agents to help mitigate our risk and liabilities. Finally, world plagued by natural and man-made disasters and we need the Attorneys to help mitigate our contractual in a country struggling to emerge from a worldwide risks and to defend us when needed. Again, it is that pandemic, there is no shortage of people in need and One Roof that brings us all together and makes the no shortage of those who can give. The bottom line is: incredible community of members that we have here at those who can give should seriously consider doing so. FRSA. It’s important to remember that any donation, big or One Roof creates the incredible benefits that bring small and in whatever form, makes a difference in the us all together. We have the FRSA in its 99th year, the life of the people who receive it as well as those who FRSA Self Insurers Fund for all your workers’ comgive it. pensation needs, the FRSA Educational and Research Foundation that awarded $30,000 in scholarships this year, the FRSA Credit Union for your banking needs and Florida Roofing magazine that keeps us up to date on the latest roofing information. Without One Roof, none of these would exist today. If you want to play the long game, you need to build apurdy@edwardsroofing.com trusting teams. If your employees don’t trust you, your customers, your company and employees will all suffer. www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING


Profile for Florida Roofing Magazine

August 2020