Mike Silvers, CPRC, Owner of Silvers Systems Inc, and FRSA Technical Director
Back in March of 2019, FRSA participated in its first Future Builders of America (FBA) Leadership Summit (see May 2019 Florida Roofing article). The FBA was founded by members of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) in 2003. The Summit is attended by high school students active in FBA throughout Florida. They spend several days at the camp learning about the construction industry and participating in other camp activities. At the Summit, we’ve had the opportunity to present a course on roofing for eight different groups of students. Each class is 75 minutes in length and our objective is to expose the students to the many career paths that the roofing industry offers while also providing them with some basic roofing knowledge. The first part of the class includes a presentation called “Why Roofing?” which is meant to answer the question in 20 minutes. The second portion of the class involves hands-on roofing applications on mockups, which helps keep the students engaged.
During our first Summit presentation we used a two-ply self-adhering low-slope system for the hands-on demonstration. The reviews we received on the classes were very positive. Shortly after that, Les Sims, CPRC, Armstrong Roofing Inc., San Mateo, FRSA Educational Research Foundation Endowment Trustee and Chairman of the Foundation Board of Governors, was one of our volunteer instructors who suggested to the Trustees that FRSA and the Foundation become Diamond Sponsors of the next event. A commitment was made to support the Summit the following year.