President's Column - Cherish the Past, Challenge the Future - September 2022

Wed, Sep 28, 2022 at 8:00AM

Matt Criswell, FRSA President Owner, Weathershield Roofing Group Inc.

Congratulations to Joe Byrne on an incredibly successful 100th Anniversary Convention and Expo! This issue of the magazine is dedicated to highlights from the event. If you missed it, you missed a great time.

I’m honored to serve as FRSA’s President as we head into our 101st year. During the Officer Installation Dinner in July, my beautiful wife, Jackie, inducted the new Officers who will serve as FRSA Executive Committee. I’ve had the distinct pleasure and honor of serving on this Committee for the last few years and this is not something that I take lightly.

For 100 years, this Association has stood tall and proud because of the numerous men and women who have formed a bond within the roofing industry. Every industry has an Association that represents the masses, but nothing like the men and women of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. That brings me to my next group of men and women to thank.

The amazing staff at FRSA continuously work through ups and downs, hardships and, most recently, the COVID pandemic. It is quite possible that our 100th year would not have been as successful if it wasn’t for these individuals.

I’d also like to thank the men that I have served on the Board with: George Ebersold, Bruce Manson, Brian Swope, CPRC, Adam Purdy, CPRC, Joe Byrne, Les Sims, CPRC, Manny Oyola and, most recently, Tibor Torok. You gentlemen help to propel me with new initiatives, ideas and support – the likes of which I never knew possible. Thank you all very much!

Each year, the President chooses the theme for the coming year. After consideration, I selected “Cherish the Past, Challenge the Future.” I chose this title to highlight the past, the men and women that helped form this Association and pave a way for the many contractors just like me who did not grow up in the family business. Yet, I wanted to look toward the future and what we can do as decisions makers today to continue to propel this industry by the way we conduct our business and teach the younger generation the pride we display in our individual companies. Which segues into my next initiative. Read more.

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