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Building Solid Relations for Lasting Success Success in business and in life means different things to different people but it doesn’t take a session with Dr. Phil to know that real success is impossible unless you treat other people with kindness, regard and respect. Business relationships, whether you realize it or not, are the fuel that feeds your professional success. Successful business leaders know how to build and maintain relationships. It’s relatively easy to start relationships, but it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain them over time. Too often we get so caught up in the daily operations of our business life that we end up neglecting customers and other critical relationships with employees, vendors and industry associates and then are left to wonder why these relationships diminish. Strong relationships matter! It’s important to cultivate long-term customers and establish good vendor relationships that will carry you through challenging times. Additionally important is the need to engage and collaborate with other roofing professionals to share mutually beneficial best practices and industry resources. In business terms, that means making connections with people who can be mentors, who can share information, and who can help create other connections. Like any other relationships, business relationships need to be maintained and require a willingness of the parties to give, share and support, not just take or receive. The following strategies have worked well for me and I’m confident they can help you build solid business relations, too. ♦♦Listen and take notes. Jot down and keep detailed notes about the people you meet. Record topics that come up in your encounters. Include: hobbies, sports, travel, family, business connections, etc. Being able to recall this information for future reference affords you the opportunity to forward relevant articles, links and other information that might be of interest to your contacts. Details

Left to right: Rich Nugent, CEO of Nations Roof LLC and incoming president of NRCA; Nelson Braddy, King of Texas Roofing Company and current NRCA President; FRSA President Rob Springer, CPRC and Bruce McCrory, recent past president of NRCA.

on these topics also make great conversation starters at your next meeting. ♦♦Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry.” A consultant is angry. A customer complains about delayed service. An associate feels slighted. Sometimes, regardless of the issue or who is at fault, you have to take the blame and face the criticism head on. Admitting mistakes and correcting missteps will take you far when it comes to maintaining and strengthening relationships. Often times, people just want a simple apology and to know that you have a plan for getting back on track. ♦♦Look for the good and praise it. Make a point each day to catch someone doing something noteworthy and then let them know about it! Praise helps others feel good about themselves and lets them know that you recognize their efforts. ♦♦Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” While it’s important to be viewed as an expert in the field, people appreciate honesty even more. The benefit of this scenario is two-fold. First, it creates an opportunity for you to confer with another associate for their advice, confirming for them that you value their input and their opinion. Secondly, it creates an opportunity to follow-up, once you do have the answer, potentially strengthening that relationship as well. ♦♦Learn to accept advice, ideas and input from unexpected sources. Consider information based on its merits, regardless of the perceived “status” of the giver. Why not listen to the guy in the tool room? Or the new helper in the field? After all, managers don’t have a monopoly on creativity and thinking outside-the-box. ♦♦Don’t go it alone. Invite your contacts to join you for coffee, lunch or to attend an event you would both enjoy. It could even be an industry related networking function. For some people, networking events fall into the same category as a root canal, so having at least one friendly face there to count on can give them the added confidence to attend. Plus it will likely strengthen your relationship. ♦♦Remember to say ”thank you” to the people who got you where you Continued on page 22


Unified Tile Installation Standards Thirty-Plus Years in the Making By John Hellein, RFM Editor Someday soon, the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition will be delivered to the public as a 2010 Florida Building Code equivalent standard to the Fourth Edition. The new edition represents a complete restructuring of the manual, the culmination of thousands of hours of industry collaboration by members of FRSA and the Tile Roof Institute (TRI), formerly the National Tile Roof Manufacturers Association (NTRMA). The Fifth Edition seeks to continue to provide unified standards for tile manufacturers and the roofing contractors who install tile roofs and builds on cooperation that began in the early 1980s. Industry Challenges in the Early Eighties Jerry Dykhuisen, who started serving on FRSA Staff in 1979 recalls that FRSA formed a “Roof Tile Council” within the first couple years after his arrival. The Association recognized the need for greater involvement in the tile segment. Dykhuisen remembers that at that time there were a lot of “two man shops that supplied maybe five contractors each” with the tile they needed and that bigger players such as Monier were becoming more prevalent in the State. FRSA Honorary Member Bob Ferrante worked at Gory Roof Tile as the technical service manager when it was purchased by Monier and he stayed on in the same position. He recalls the days before any unified installation standards existed. “Manufacturers were competing against each other by lowering standards,” he said when I spoke to him recently. As an example, he mentioned homes that had been initially quoted with 43 pound underlayment according to the install instructions of one manufacturer might then be quoted by another using 30 pound felt. Or maybe 10 penny nails were lowered to 8 penny. He summarized the situation then by saying that instead of competing on service, performance and quality, specifications were being reduced in an attempt to undercut a competitor’s bid. Dave Faulkner, currently at 3M, worked sales and marketing at Lifetile (later a part of Monier Lifetile). He paints

a similar picture. People in the field were exploiting the lack of unified application procedures to drive costs down. “It wasn’t good for the industry,” Faulkner says. “You had manufacturers writing letters – more from the sales than technical side – to get a job.” The manufacturers recognized that such an environment was not good for anyone, including themselves. Ferrante, who was serving as the chair for the FRSA Tile Council joined with other industry members to see what could be done to develop a standard method of installation that provided manufacturers, contractors and homeowners with as uniform a system as possible — a level playing field for the industry. Joe Byrne of Byrne Roofing in West Palm Beach recalls that there were “a lot of manufacturers with similar techniques. It was confusing to building officials and inspectors.” For him, unified standards were more about providing inspectors with straightforward documentation. He recalls conversations with Ferrante, Walt Millet of Altec Roofing in Jupiter and Reese Moody about the need to tackle the issue. Ferrante collected the various manufacturers’ installation guides and discovered that there were “not big differences” between the standard guidelines. From these written guidelines, a base draft was developed and NTRMA accepted the manual. In the second half of the Eighties, lab testing was performed for rain and wind uplift. At the time, three tile roof systems comprised the unified standards: ♦♦Traditional battens ♦♦Direct deck and ♦♦Mortar set. The first two mechanically fastened systems were just starting to be used in the State while mortar set was predominant. Following the testing, NTRMA brought its findings back to FRSA. Assured that the manufacturers were seeking to maintain a high level of quality with the Continued on page 14







Trent Cotney ◆ FRSA Legal Counsel

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine is a concept arising from negligence and premises liability. Generally speaking, an attractive nuisance is something on real property that may entice children to enter your property and potentially be harmed by the nuisance. A property owner that is aware of an attractive nuisance must take precautions to protect children from it. What are attractive nuisances? They can include things such as swimming pools, wells, equipment or machinery, or dangerous animals. In some cases, even roof tops have been considered attractive nuisances if the owner is aware that children like to climb on the roof. To protect himself or herself from liability, a property owner should try to eliminate attractive nuisances or otherwise prevent children from obtaining access to the nuisances by installing fencing or other measures to prevent access. Property owners can also use signs or warn children and lock up areas that may contain attractive nuisances. Keep in mind that a sign may not be enough to prevent liability under the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine, especially if the child is too young to read. Furthermore, if the owner is aware of a child playing with a particular piece of equipment or entering his or her property, then that knowledge element may lead to liability under the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine. For roofing contractors, it is important to address the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine in the contract documents between the roofing contractor and the owner. The contract should clearly define whose responsibility it is to maintain the construction site during the course of construction. In other words, during the Keep in mind that a sign course of conmay not be enough to struction, it needs to be defined who prevent liability under will control the job the Attractive Nuisance site. On residenDoctrine, especially if the tial projects, it is child is too young to read. often difficult to fence off the entire construction area. However, roofers can take precautions to remove exposed materials and check for nails on a daily basis, among other things.

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Author’s note: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation. Trent Cotney is Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator, Qualified Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator, General Counsel and a director of the Florida Roofing Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRSA), a director of the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association (WCRCA) and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Pinellas County Contractors Association (PCCA). For more information, contact the author at (813) 579-3278 or Follow Trent Cotney at, on YouTube at FLConstructionLaw and on twitter @trentcotney.



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Cam Fentriss ◆ FRSA Legislative Counsel

ICC Why? In Florida’s world of building codes, we may not all have the same understanding about the Florida Building Code (FBC), the International Building Code (IBC), and what Florida should be doing about living under one or the other or both. We all need to be on the same page, and the first step is to make sure we all understand the same things. I would love to say this piece will have simple, straightforward, and correct answers, but that’s not likely. All I can do is spell out a few things and hope that people will read this and agree or express a different view. First, a little background. The Florida Building Code was initially adopted in 2001 and that version was based on the 1997 Standard Building Code (SBC) from the Southern Building Code Congress (with an express regional emphasis). The FBC might have been based on the International Building Code instead, but the IBC was not yet adopted in 2001. By 2004, it was time for the first three-year code review cycle, and, because the IBC was now adopted, the Florida Building Commission used the 2003 IBC for the basis of the 2004 edition of the Florida Building Code. For 2007, the Florida Building Code was revised to include Give me one good (or not) changes reason why ICC’s that appeared in 2006 version profit interests... the of the IBC. At this should mandate point, Florida had a good prodthat we operate uct in the Florida under a generic Building Code model code that is and a good way incorporate barely relevant to to worthwhile changFlorida’s climate es from the IBC and topography. every three years. Also important to point out is that this is the way that model codes are typically used – as a basis or foundation for a set of rules that will be tailored for the specific needs of a state or jurisdiction. 10


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But some interest groups now want to turn everything inside out by: ♦♦Throwing out the Florida Building Code ♦♦Adopting the model IBC as Florida’s code (not as a base, but as THE code) ♦♦Adding a separate set of Florida-specific provisions ♦♦Throwing out Florida-specific provisions every 3 years ♦♦Forcing people to fight to re-adopt anything Florida-specific every 3 years No one has yet provided a good reason for doing this (undoing all the work over the last fifteen years and requiring everyone to re-do all the same work every three years when nothing has changed). In fact, it has mostly been characterized as six of one, half a dozen of the other. If that’s true, then why do it? Why undo all the work that has gone into creating and refining the Florida Building Code since 1999? Why are interest groups (chief among them the International Code Council or ICC) willing to spend a lot of money lobbying to upset all that work and destroy all of Florida’s well-established provisions? It can only be because they have something to gain from it. What is most likely is that these groups want to wear down everyone in Florida so that we will eventually be operating only under the generic IBC with few Florida-specific provisions. They want Florida to get to the point where it sees no reason to have a Florida Building Code. If that works out, then Florida’s codes will be controlled by the International Code Council so it can collect a lot more money from everyone here. It will also mean that Florida’s code will have lots to say about snow and ice but little about high wind and hot, humid conditions. It is very important for us all (building officials in particular) to understand that this plan is not intended to bring IBC provisions into the Florida Building Code. The plan is to use the International Building Code only and grudgingly accept a few Florida provisions in a separate book. With these facts about what some are trying to accomplish to so dramatically change Florida’s building codes and, knowing that if successful, no one in Florida would have much of a chance of tailoring the code to meet the needs of this state, how is this good for the people of Florida? How is it good for making sure that structures are safe and property insurance coverage is available? Give me one good reason why ICC’s profit interests and the convenience of architects or contractors who work in more than one state should mandate that we operate under a generic model code that is barely relevant to Florida’s climate and topography.

–RFM– Anna Cam Fentriss is an attorney licensed in Florida since 1988 representing clients with legislative and state agency interests. Cam has represented FRSA since 1993, is an Honorary Member of FRSA, recipient of the FRSA President’s Award in 2002 and received the Campanella Award in 2010. She is a member of the Florida Building Commission Special Occupancy Technical Advisory Committee, President of Building A Safer Florida Inc. and past Construction Coalition Chair (1995-1997).

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The spring Board of Directors and Committee Meetings has been scheduled for April 10-12 at the Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate. The still-to-be-named Young Contractors Council will be holding its second meeting. We encourage under-40 members to attend and participate in other meetings as well. For more information, contact Cheryl Sulock at (800) 767-3772 ext. 177 or

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unified standards, FRSA embraced the effort to reduce the bad installations. A couple of years of FRSA tile meetings followed and then Hurricane Andrew hit and threw the industry a curve ball. Where building codes in South Florida had been rated at 110 mph, the storm mandated new, higher standards. As a result, the previous tile roof testing that had been conducted was no longer valid and new tests had to be conducted. FRSA and NTRMA continued to work together on a consensus basis and FRSA/NTRMA published the “Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, First Edition” in November 1996. It ran 53 pages and, according to the abstract on the first page, “The consensus document process included meetings over a period of eight (8) years, made up of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, academia, roofing consultants, and engineers.” Along the way, FRSA recognized Ferrante with the Earl R. Blank Memorial Heart Award “for exceptional service by an FRSA Associate Member” in 1994.

A marked up page from the First Edition Installation Manual hints at the amount of work required to revise it.

The Third Edition, published in June 2001, grew more than 30 pages, providing additional diagrams and detail but still limiting itself to the three systems covered in its predecessors. It wasn’t until the Fourth Edition, published in August 2005, that foam adhesive guidelines were incorporated into the manual. The first Miami-Dade NOA for a foam adhesive system had been issued in 1994, in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and now the system had proven itself in the field. You can read more about the development of foam adhesives for roofing applications on page 17. The Fourth Edition, with updates that resulted from issues following Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004, grew to 164 pages.

Contractor’s Perspective Joe Byrne recalls that when the First Edition hit the streets it took building officials and inspectors some time to get used to the idea of a unified manual. However, printing the manual and making it available to the officials made it easier for the inspectors when they showed up onsite. “There was a better pass rate,” Byrne says, “The inspectors had something to compare the installation to.” Now, he says, the idea of a unified tile install manual is “second nature” to them. Overall, Byrne feels that the tile install manuals have Waiting for the Fifth Edition in the Field had a positive effect for him in Palm Beach County. When On the facing page, John Campbell of Eagle Roofing an inspector arrives onsite, Byrne has trained his employProducts provides the rationale for the major reformatting ees to diplomatically make sure that he has taken the time that occurred in the Fifth Edition. For Joe Byrne, the difto look at the install manual. “We ask, ‘Did you look in the ferences are something like the differences between a piano permit bag?’” The manual allows the contractor and the inspector to, literally, work off of the same page. While mostly and guitar and he’s waiting to see what that will mean in the positive, Byrne did say that he used to be able to complete field. The Fourth Edition spread everything out (piano) and smaller jobs, say 20 squares, in a single day, but that they contractors could take the system that they were using and now take two days to complete as a result of the installation submit it as part of a permit application. The Fifth Edition (guitar) provides much the same information (all updated process. to meet current code requirements) but the redundancy has been removed and sometimes a single table replaces multiSecond, Third, Fourth Editions The Second Edition of the manual was only a few pages lon- tudes of pages. Byrne recognizes that there will be a learning curve for ger (57) when it was published in January 1998. Comparing the Second Edition to a marked up First Edition, one the new manual when he works with building officials. He can see that while there were a multitude of updates and is hopeful that the new format will improve the permitting adjustments, the manual maintained the same basic struc- and inspection process. “I thought we’d improve by [each ture. Terry Johnson of Entegra Roof Tile in Okeechobee separate] system,” he says, speaking of the initial meetings was another manufacturer heavily involved in the develop- to discuss the Fifth Edition. “I didn’t know we’d redo the ment of the first two editions. He recognized the benefit to whole thing.” He recognizes improvements have been made the industry, ultimately to the homeowner, that standard- but wonders if the Fifth Edition will be permit user-friendization brought. He collected information provided by the ly. “Inspectors ask me, ‘When is that new manual coming FRSA and NTRMA committees and prepared the first two out? Will it make things easier?’” “We’ll wait and see,” he answers. editions for publication.




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Fifth Edition Tile Install Manual Addresses Industry Concerns with a Concise Revision By John Campbell, National Sales and Marketing Director at Eagle Roofing Products The need for the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition became apparent when the “mixing of systems” became prevalent in the market. The Fourth Edition’s recognition of four acceptable methods of applying tile roofs served our industry well as System 2 applications (mechanically fastened directly to the deck) become commonplace and as adhesive set systems were gaining popularity. Several contractors, however, discovered loopholes and began to choose elements of each system that they preferred and inadvertently created hybrid applications that too often lead to premature failures. For instance, the use of wood battens mixed with mortared penetrations conspired to create a tile roofing system with a life span roughly equivalent to an asphalt shingle roof. There were examples of the mixing of systems that actually enhanced the lifespan of tile roofs such as topically installed valley metals and soakers over hot mopped #90 felt but these modifications were the exception. Inspectors rarely discerned between systems in the field and often searched through the Fourth Edition for drawings that replicated the work performed in the field, regardless of whether they located the detail in System 1, 2, 3 or 4. The need to rewrite our manual in a manner that virtually ensured the proper application of tile roofing systems became the responsibility of the FRSA Roof Tile Committee. In addition to the use of “mixed systems,” substantive changes have taken place in the Florida roof tile industry since the release of the Fourth Edition. These changes include: ♦♦The proliferation of self-adhered underlayment as the preferred substrate for tile roof systems. ♦♦The acceptance of metal and plastic structural hip and ridge support as an alternative to partially encased mortar and sporadically attached “wood nailers.” ♦♦The use of both single and dual component foam adhesive on reroof installations. Our Committee engaged underlayment manufacturers and selected testing standards for self-adhered membranes to ensure the expected level of performance. Fortunately, through technical bulletins, these standards were released exclusive of and a few years prior to the completion of the Fifth Edition. The committee also aspired to reduce the amount of pages in the manual from nearly 170 to approximately 60. This was accomplished via the creation of a simple matrix that enables roofing contractors, builders and inspectors to quickly ascertain the compatibility of attachment methods and flashing

details thereby eliminating the redundant drawings that existed in some of the systems. The creation of the matrix facilitated the elimination of four separate systems of application in favor of detailed drawings that recognize all of the acceptable methods of addressing details. In addition to eliminating drawings, we took the time to create new drawings to both improve the appearance of the manual and address some of the changes in the Fifth Edition such as the requirement of primer on all metals that contact underlayment and increased drip edge overlaps. A matrix was also created to address the myriad of hip and ridge structural support systems and their compatibility with the various field tile attachment methods. This matrix alone replaced 30 pages of details. The relationship between the TRI and the FRSA has had its challenges over the years. As a board member of both associations and the co-chair of the Roof Tile Committee, I was honored to be asked to act as a liaison between the organizations in an effort to provoke the cooperation necessary to create the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition. The complexion of the FRSA Roof Tile Committee and the TRI Board changed several times during the development of the new manual, however, a core group of industry professionals remained steadfast through the arduous process. I would estimate that the creation of the new manual was a result of over 40 formal committee meetings and a few thousand hours of volunteers’ time. Working together, with the guidance of the FRSA’s Executive Director Lisa Pate, we are proud of the end result. The US Constitution was created and implemented in less time than the Fifth Edition. Let’s hope this version prevails as long.


FRSA “Road Show” Will Offer CE Course on Using the Fifth Edition Tile Manual FRSA Director of Technical Services Mark Zehnal, CPRC, will be conducting one-hour continuing education courses for roofing contractors and building officials throughout the State. For more information about class availability, contact Mark at (800) 767-3772 ext. 169 or


Following Hurricane Andrew, Bob Ferrante Worked to Develop Foam Adhesive Tile System By John Hellein, RFM Editor Before Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida in 1992, tile roofs in the state were typically either mortar set or mechanically fastened. The storm pushed many homes well past the breaking point and mortar set systems were particularly affected. Contractors who prefer to use mortar found themselves without a system to install tile roofs following Andrew. Bob Ferrante, who worked at Monier Roof Tile, played an instrumental role in the development of an alternative to mortar: polyurethane spray foam adhesive. “After Andrew, we did evaluations of performance on roof tiles, both mechanically fastened and mortar.” At that time, South Florida building code called for 110 mile-per-hour wind loads, significantly lower than what they experienced during Andrew. Ferrante began to search for something that would provide higher wind loads that the new codes required. A change in the composition of roof tiles caused some of the issues with mortar set systems. In the 1950s and 60s, Ferrante explained, tiles were manufactured with a “low extrusion system,” either hand-made or using low pressure. As a result they were not as dense as the tiles used today. In the late 1960s, companies like Monier and Boral introduced “high extrusion” tiles that used low-slump cement and high pressure. Something similar to a play dough machine was used to push the tile out and cut it. Different tile profiles were created using different inserts. While mortar bonded relatively well to the older, low extrusion tiles, it was not able to bond well with the newer tiles. In the field, the daily heating and cooling cycles succeeded in breaking the mortar bonds to the high extrusion tiles. A Spark “I attended a RICOWI meeting and watched a slideshow of a system performance during a wind event,” Ferrante recalls. The slideshow depicted an air conditioner unit that had gone airborne as a result of the high winds. The AC unit penetrated the roof system at the impact point but the high winds had been unable to lift the system itself. Though the system was not tile – it was a commercial flat deck – the use of foam sparked the idea to use foam adhesive with tile installations. The foam adhesive performance impressed

Ferrante but some testing revealed the modifications would be necessary in order to use it with tile. He attended an annual conference of the Polyurethane Foam Association and spoke to foam manufactures about his idea. At the time, Polyfoam was offering low-pressure solutions that highly atomized the foam for use in marine and flotation applications; they expressed interest in Ferrante’s idea.

Forty Questions Development of spray foam adhesive specifically for roof applications began in earnest with a meeting at the Fort Lauderdale Holiday Inn. Representatives from code bodies, manufacturers, engineers, architects and academia were invited along with roofing contractors. Ferrante presented his idea to the group. “I told them, here’s an application that has capability,” he says, and then asked them, “Will it work?” From that discussion, Ferrante says he walked away with 35 to 40 questions concerning a range of topics such as: How long would it last? Would rodents eat it? How would bugs affect the product? Polyfoam went back to the lab to test the product against the issues raised by these questions. The refinement of the adhesive was followed by test applications at homes in Stuart, Miami and Broward with the permission of local building officials. In June 1994, Miami-Dade issued its first spray foam adhesive notice of acceptance to Polyfoam for tile roof applications. Polyfoam turned to Ferrante, who was still working at Monier, and asked him to take the product to market. “I was really hesitant,” he says, “with a wife and young children.” Tony Gillett, Monier Vice President at the time, saw the great opportunity and told Ferrante that if he ever wanted to come back to Monier, the door was open. That was all he needed and Ferrante soon found a ready market. “A few contractors started to buy the product,” he says “and then the system caught on.” The rest, as they say, is history. The Polyfoam two-component system was followed by other manufacturers with both one and two component systems and the Fourth Edition FRSA/TRI Tile Installation Manual incorporated High profile tile paddy detail from 3M foam adhesive systems as an al(formerly Polyfoam) POLYPRO® AH-160 ternative to mechanically fastened Roof Tile Adhesive and mortar set applications.

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Building for a New Generation By Lisa Pate, CEM, FRSA Executive Director Over the past 92 years, FRSA has expanded in many different directions to meet the needs of the industry and our growing membership, allowing us to stay in the forefront of not only the Florida roofing industry, but to be recognized at a national level as well. Change and flexibility over the years have enabled us to move forward and meet new challenges head on. Three years ago, FRSA’s leadership decided to sell the FRSA building and move into a new facility that would better accommodate the current, smaller staff and remove “landlord” as part of our title. With the sale came the opportunity to utilize funds to develop more member services and focus on the future of the industry. FRSA’s leadership agreed that a facility that could house a training center, in addition to staff offices, would be an ideal venue for us. We set out looking for the perfect location to call home and found it just a half mile away. The land that our new facility is built on was originally the track of land that FRSA was hoping to purchase in 1982 but, due to other issues, could not purchase the property. Thirty-two years later, we’re back. The new facility consists of 7,500 square foot of space to accommodate the FRSA staff that will include the Educational Foundation and Credit Union, a conference



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room and ample space for a training center with additional garage space for storage. Renovations for Phase I began in February with new paint, carpeting and drywall upgrades, so that staff could begin moving from FRSA’s home of 32 years to a new location. It took untold hours to clean out and purge three decades worth of history and accumulated material, packed into 18 huge speed packs (think double wide refrigerator box), 136 packing bins and 4 moving vans that were set on a continuous loop to make the move. Leaving the FRSA building was bittersweet for some of our staff, many of whom had worked in the building for over 15 years. It was like leaving the comfort of home to reach out and begin a new chapter in our lives. The potential for new opportunities is certainly exciting and overwhelming and we’re looking forward to the challenges. Phase II renovations – still ahead of us – include upgrading the plumbing and adding more restroom space, building out space for the Credit Union, and upgrading the building to be ADA compliant. As all of you know, permitted work, will take a bit longer to complete. Our hope is that the contracted work will be completed by mid-May. During the January 2014 Board of Directors and Committee meetings, the Educational Foundation approved a $10,000 request from the Executive Committee

to sponsor the training center for a period of one year. The training center consists of approximately 2,200 square feet of conditioned space, which can be subdivided for smaller sessions. The garage portion offers about 900 square feet of outdoor space, which can be utilized for hands-on seminars. Not only will the training center be available for seminars provided by the Educational Foundation, it will also be open to other industry partners, organizations and supplier members. As the industry and technology continue to change, FRSA will continue to be a leader in the education arena. High speed wi-fi, top of the line projectors, laptops and audio visual equipment will be included in the training center. FRSA realizes that there are many different ways to teach and will focus on bringing a high level of instruction media into play. Through the Educational Foundation and other partnering providers, we’ll be able to target seminars with hands-on components, webinars for distance learning, classroom instruction and combinations of all the above. With the shrinking job market growth for skilled workers in the industry, FRSA will focus training on a variety of levels, to include foremen and superintendents, mid-level management, owners and for what we refer to as the young professional next generation contractor. Each one of these groups has a preferred method of learning that works best for them. Over the coming year, we’ll focus on developing methods and seminars to help grow our educational potential. We’ll also pair with manufacturer members and help them with training on their products and services. The FRSA Educational and Research Foundation has been in existence for 31 years and was originally formed to develop and provide educational material for the industry. Long before continuing educational credit hours were mandated by the State, FRSA was providing industry education on roofing systems; OSHA; workers’ compensation; asbestos; the PRIDE – professional roofer improvement, development, and education – program; foremen and superintendents training and much more. Over the years as education interests change, so does the focus of the Foundation seminars. Developing educational programs is only a small portion of what the Foundation undertakes each year. Educational scholarships are available to all roofing industry members and their children or employees and are awarded during the annual Convention. The Silent Auction, also held in conjunction with the Convention, collects merchandise, industry products, vacation packages and gift baskets to auction and raise money for Foundation programs and services. Each year the Foundation Endowment contributes funds for research within the industry and has grown to over $1 million in pledges. With the recent sponsorship donation of $10,000 toward the training center, the Educational Foundation takes the lead in making education more affordable. Not a member of the Educational Foundation? Visit to find out more.


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Save The Date! FRSA Hosts the Industry’s Largest Regional Trade Show By Cheryl Sulock, CMP, FRSA Director of Convention and Trade Show

FRSA’s 92nd Annual Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo is right around the corner! Join us July 10-12, 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida for the largest regional trade show in the roofing industry. This year’s Convention and Expo will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly The Peabody) and the Orange County Convention Center. The Convention will kick off on Thursday, July 10 and will offer contractors business essential seminars and continuing education classes while still leaving time for social activities including clay shooting, golfing and fishing tournaments. Activities at this year’s event will include a Thursday evening open house reception, Friday business lunch, the S.T.A.R. Awards on Friday night and Santa’s All-Star Saturday Night Party with a “Christmas in July” theme. The Expo (Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12) will offer attendees dedicated time to discover new products and services, participate in live demonstrations and network with industry professionals in the highly popular two-day format. The silent auction, daily cash prizes, daily beer busts and a baseball-themed affiliate competition will make the expo floor the place to be. The theme for 2014, “Developing Industry All-Stars,” will focus on five key topics and will build on the energy from the first annual S.T.A.R. Awards. ♦♦Safety ♦♦Training and Education ♦♦Association Participation ♦♦Relationship Development ♦♦Service to Your Community The S.T.A.R. Awards Your Time to Shine Since 1922, FRSA members have represented the best that the Florida roofing and sheet metal industries have to offer. The Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing (S.T.A.R.) Awards shine the spotlight on the best of the best roofing projects throughout the State. Contractors will compete in multiple categories designed to include companies of all sizes. The winners will be recognized at a special Friday evening dinner and will be featured in a presentation Saturday on the trade show 20


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floor. For specific categories, criteria and applications, visit The deadline for entry is May 31. Make it a family affair! Families are encouraged to participate in FRSA’s Annual Convention and several events are being planned just for them. The Ladies of FRSA will gather for a fun paint-along class on Friday and a topiary craft project on Saturday. The kids will have three days full of games, crafts and special treats and will be invited to join in the fun at Saturday’s Christmas in July party. Registration and hotel reservations will be available soon. Keep an eye on for the latest updates and information. Reserve a Booth Now While They are Still Available Booths are currently available, but are filling up quickly. Don’t miss out - contact Cheryl Sulock at (800) 767-3772 ext. 177 or to reserve a booth today.

–RFM– Walking the FRSA Expo trade show floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

Affiliates’ Corner NEFRSA Provides $2,000 for New Roof on Haiti Pastor’s Home NEFRSA raised $468 when it passed the hat at its February meeting to raise funds in support of Jacksonville’s Southpoint Community Church’s ongoing mission to Haiti ( Individual NEFRSA members Tonya Steele NEFRSA/FRSA member Vincent Marino of Affordable Millennium Metals, Jerry Rowe, BRC Roofing & Construction, Ralph Roofing, Jacksonville, in Carries, Haiti. The Southpoint DeCicco, Intracoastal Roofing Co, and Community Church mission is supported by NEFRSA. Johann Bowman, US Roof Recycle, Vincent Marino of Affordable Roofing (Jacksonville) each made special contributions to travels to Carries in northern Haiti with other members of the mission and the NEFRSA Board Southpoint Community Church twice a year. The $2,000 of Directors voted to contrib- raised by NEFRSA includes funds to provide a new roof ute close to $1,000 to make on a pastor’s house (like the one pictured above). The up the balance of the roof was installed early this month. Though the thin cor$2,000 NEFRSA rugated metal roof would never pass inspection under the donation. Florida Building Code, the residents are blessed by their s e i r new home and roof. r Ca






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Coming Soon: CFRSA 19th Annual Golf Tournament

NEFRSA Conducts Fall Prevention Certification

FRSA affiliate CFRSA is hosting its annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 17. The tournament will be held at the Remington Golf Club in Kissimmee and will once again raise funds for the Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando ( and Give Kids the World in Kissimmee ( F o r more information on the tournament, visit

On February 27, Sunniland Corp, Jacksonville, and Loretta Hartley hosted over 140 roofing mechanics, laborers and contractors for Fall Prevention Certification in cool and breezy weather. The course was conducted by FRSA-SIF Safety & Loss Control consultant Matt Savin. Prior to the presentation, participants were treated to a hot dog, hamburger and baked bean lunch followed up with Loretta's special brownies.





Below left: Jeffrey Hewitt, Sonny Hewitt and Shawn Hewitt of Gold Key Roofing in Orlando. Below, NEFRSA member employees participate in an FRSA-SIF fall protection seminar.


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are. A personal note of appreciation goes a long way in strengthening relationships with customers, colleagues, and other professional associates. People who build great relationships don’t think about what’s in it for them. They are givers. They see giving as the best way to establish a solid relationship and a lasting connection. For them it’s all about the other person. They enjoy connecting with people who embrace the same approach- where everybody wins. Successful professionals in our industry understand that building solid relations plays a pivotal role in the lasting success of their business. They make time to nurture and build valued connections. They get it! And like it or not, they understand that the old saying really is true, “It’s not what you know but who you know!”

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Extra Innings Best of Success Coming to Florida The tenth annual “Best of Success” program focusing on Roofing professionalism is coming to Florida. Be sure to mark your calendars now to attend. The event will take place September 21-23 in Marco Island. I will provide additional information in the coming months and urge every business owner to attend. You can find out more at S.T.A.R. Awards The deadline for submitting S.T.A.R. Awards projects is May 31. Major League Baseball Opening Day scheduled for March 31! 22


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