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.
Miami was chosen as the Convention site for 1942, the year which would mark the start of the third decade of existence for the Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Florida. The President selected to guide the Association into the new decade and through the opening of the war years was William M. Palmer of Miami.
The war, with hardships caused by loss of working men and lack of supplies, would bring new challenges to the members but perhaps never again would the Association be threatened as it had been through the Florida Land Bust and the Depression years. At the beginning of the 1930s, the survival of the Association had been in doubt. By 1941, the Association had gained a solid foothold in the industry and was beginning to make its presence known to the State Legislature. The founding fathers were still active, still solidifying the foundation which would carry the Association through the difficulties of future years. The pace was set. Read more.