Celebrating 100 Years of FRSA and the American Roofer - August 2021

Fri, Aug 13, 2021

Joe Byrne, FRSA President Owner, Byrne Roofing Inc.

It is truly an honor to be fortunate enough to be the 100th President of FRSA and I look forward to celebrating this momentous year with all of you. I have seen a lot of great leaders in our organization over the years and I hope that I will be able to fill those shoes. I would like to thank my wife Vicki for standing beside me all these years and never saying “no” to some of the crazy ideas I’ve had over the years for our companies. We started our roofing company when we were broke, had our first baby, Jessica, and had just purchased our first home. I had a saying back then, “I’ll figure it out if we get the job,” which happened when I bid on a twenty-five story condominium and needed a larger kettle. I would like to give a special thank you to my Mom, who loaned us the money to buy that new kettle! I also want to let my children know how much I love them and how proud I am of them. Both were present during the 99th Annual Convention last month and installed me as FRSA’s President. I truly am a blessed man.

I remember in 1969, when I was only 17 years old and my cousin Billy Dalton, asked me if I wanted a job roofing with him for the summer. He said I could work outdoors and get a good tan. It seemed like a good idea, but I told him that I had tickets for a concert in upstate New York and needed a few days off so that I could attend. Two weeks later and a little worse for wear, I went to work with Billy and that was my start in this wonderful industry. The concert – that was Woodstock.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few people who have inspired me along the way; some you may know. Read More.

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