Florida Roofing Magazine- March 2022

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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Joe Byrne

My thanks to the Board and Committee members who participated in the quarterly meetings held on our GoToWebinar platform. I wish we could have met in person. This persistent virus hit our staff, which relegated us to virtual meetings instead. Even so, a lot was accomplished and progress continues as a result of very successful meetings. Chris Dawson, FRSA Legislative Counsel, has been hard at work keeping track of the bills that are of great interest to our membership, especially the Chapter 558 Reform bill. Prior to the start of session, Chris, Ralph Davis, Phillip Lane and Wallace Fulton attended a political reception on our behalf and were able to distribute contributions to various candidates that support industry issues. They were also able to provide testimony at a hearing. The House may amend the bill and add the Statue of Repose relief as a flat rate of seven years for all types of construction. Chris will be able to provide more details as time progresses. FRSA Members were sent a detailed report from Chris on bills that are important to the industry. There is a lot of information in his report and it is very insightful for those of us that follow politics. The Executive Committee reviewed and approved the current financials and it looks like we’re on track for a positive year. All profit centers are doing better than budget. The Convention Committee is working on finalizing plans for FRSA’s 100th Anniversary Convention and Expo, which includes plans to have Governor DeSantis speak at the “Celebrating 100 Years” Luncheon. Speaking of our Governor, he has stated that he’s grateful to the Freedom Convoy for getting the message out about defending our God-given freedom. Keep an eye out as we launch plans for FRSA’s 100th Anniversary celebration. We’ve bought out two hotels for the Convention – the Hilton Daytona Beach and the Hard Rock Daytona Beach. The hotel room blocks will be opening soon, so please be sure to make your reservations as early as possible. Both venues are sure to sell out. FRSA Director of Convention and Expo, Cheryl Sulock, is leaving FRSA after almost nine years to work with another association. She has done a great job and we wish her well. Jessica Vega, who was originally hired as Cheryl’s assistant, will be taking over her position. Jessica comes from the show decorator side and has experience in event planning. She’s a great addition to FRSA and has hit the ground running. FRSA’s new website has been refreshed. Take a few minutes to look it over at www.floridaroof.com.

Please get involved in FRSA, your state trade association: join one of our committees or subcommittees and contribute. Remember, this is your Association and participation is welcome in all areas to assist our hard working staff, as well as supporting the industry that we love. As always, God Bless!

Joseph R. Byrne byrneroof@aol.com

Joe Byrne, FRSA President Owner, Byrne Roofing Inc.

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