Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director
Throughout 2022, this column will recap some of FRSA’s rich history, through accounts from minutes and a published book called FRSA The First Half Century. Elmer Blank, B & F Supply Co., Daytona Beach, chaired the first Convention and became the fourth FRSA President. He was joined on the Executive Board by John Caldwell Jr., whose father had been President the previous year. John Jr. served the Association as Secretary for several years. Blank was active in civic affairs in his hometown and served many years as a Volusia County Commissioner. His experience in that role, coupled with his energy and enthusiasm, injected vitality into our young organization. Members were urged to be active in community affairs. It was said that participation in local civic affairs would widen a contractor’s circle of friends and business associates. “It is a known fact,” one said, “that most people would rather do business with someone they know than a stranger.” Read more.