2023 Convention & Expo FAQs

Tue, Jul 04, 2023

What is the Convention? 
FRSA’s Convention and Expo run concurrently and have been an annual event for 101 years. This year’s Convention consists of educational seminars, auction, golf, fishing, clay and pistol shooting tournaments, the Welcome Reception, the Business Lunch and the FRSA Officer Installation Dinner and After Party. 

What is the Expo?
The Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo is a trade show where industry vendors display their products, services and equipment and roofing and sheet metal professional contractors gather to learn about the latest technologies and to network with fellow industry representatives.

Where is the Expo taking place?
The Expo is taking place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (Halls C-F) in Kissimmee, FL. 

What are the hours for the Expo?
Thursday, July 13 – 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, July 14 – 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

What is the cost to attend the Expo?
The Expo is free to attend for contractors in the roofing and sheet metal industry. Complimentary badges are available at www.floridaroof.com. For non-exhibiting manufacturers, distributors and suppliers there is a $295 fee per representative and $995 for industry service providers. 

Do exhibitors need to purchase tickets?
No, exhibitors only need a complimentary badge to access the show floor but are welcome to purchase tickets for any social events or seminars they would like to attend. 

How do I make a hotel reservation?
The host hotel is the Gaylord Palms Resort and the room block is currently sold out. We have a separate room block at an overflow hotel, Delta Hotels Orlando Celebration, at a discounted room rate of $109 for single and double occupancy. This hotel is 0.7 miles from the Gaylord Palms at 2900 Parkway Blvd., Celebration, FL 34747, phone: 407-396-7000. Resort and parking fees have been waived for this hotel. 

Is parking available?
Yes, you can self-park at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center for a discounted rate of $16.80 plus tax per day. Be sure to mention FRSA at checkout to receive this rate. Valet parking is available for $38 plus tax per day.

Can children attend the Expo?
Yes, but badges will not be issued to any attendee under 18 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and are NOT permitted on the show floor during exhibitor move-in or move-out.

Do you have events for the family?
Yes! There are Ladies’ Program events on Thursday and Friday and Kids’ Program events from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon. 

What is the cost to attend the Convention?
All events are available a la carte and the price will depend on purchase date. You may also purchase individual tickets for the sports tournaments on Wednesday. Tickets must be purchased to attend all FSRA seminars. Individual tickets can be purchased when registering for the event at www.floridaroof.com by clicking "Registration Now Open." 

Where can I buy tickets?
You are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time by registering online at www.floridaroof.com. If available, tickets may be purchased onsite at FRSA’s Registration Desk located at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center (City Hall Lobby – Level 3). 

FRSA Registration Desk Hours
Wednesday, July 12 - 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 13 - 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, July 14 - 6:00 am - 2:00 pm 

What is the cost to attend the educational seminars?
On Wednesday, July 13, FRSA is partnering with Certified Contractors Network (CCN) to offer a full-day seminar, Contractors Bootcamp, at a special rate. We’re also offering a total of 31 seminars. All courses are designed specifically for contractors. Tickets may be purchased for individual seminars at $50 per hour. We also offer a 7-hour package, beginning at $275 for FRSA members. A ticket is required for all seminars. Please keep in mind that tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

What is Free Lunch?
When you pick up your badges and any tickets you have purchased, you will also receive lunch vouchers for Free Lunch on Thursday and Friday. To participate in Free Lunch days, you must present the vouchers in the Food Court to receive your free lunch.

What about the Sports Tournaments?
We offer four different sports tournaments that will take place on Wednesday, July 12. We have a golf tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Course (cost is $175 per person if booked by June 20; $225 per person after June 20), a fishing tournament at Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral (cost is $150 per person if booked by June 20; $250 per person after June 20), a clay shooting tournament at Tenoroc Shooting Range in Lakeland (cost is $125 per person if booked by June 20; $175 per person if booked after June 20), and a pistol shooting tournament at Tenoroc Shooting Range in Lakeland (cost is $125 per person if booked by June 20; $175 per person if booked after June 20). To register for tournaments, visit www.floridaroof.com and click “Registration Now Open.” 

Will there be a Welcome Reception this year?
Yes! FRSA will host the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, July 12 at Wreckers Sports Bar. 

What is the Foundation Auction?
The Foundation Auction is the primary fundraiser for the FRSA Educational & Research Foundation. Exhibitors, suppliers, members and other businesses and individuals donate products, services, gift baskets, vacations and gift certificates to help raise money for this worthy cause. The money is used to provide educational seminars throughout the year and also funds scholarships awarded each year. 

Can I donate to the Foundation Auction?
Yes! A donation of any size is greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.floridaroof.com/item or contact John Hellein at 407-671-3772 ext. 123 or john@floridaroof.com

Can I bid on items at the Auction?
Yes! The Auction will be located outside the Expo Hall in the foyer. You can see and bid on items at any time online. The Auction site opens the week before the Convention on July 7 and bidding will close at 1:00 pm on July 14. Go to www.floridaroof.com/items to see what is up for grabs. 

I heard there is a lot of walking to be done. Is this true? 
Yes! So, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. It’s a bit of a hike from the parking lot to the FRSA Registration Desk and Expo Hall, so please add a few extra minutes when you’re making your plans to attend. 

What is the attire for the Convention and Expo?
Attire for the Convention, Expo and all social events is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so remember to pack a sweater or light jacket. 

Is there an event app?
Yes! Visit the app store on your smartphone and search “FRSA Convention” to download the event app. View the schedule, maps and exhibitor listings at your fingertips. Set up your company’s profile, receive the latest updates and meet new people. We will also have push notifications set up to remind everyone about upcoming events and seminars. Be sure to enable notifications for the app so you don’t miss a thing. 

Where can I find more information?
Visit our website at www.floridaroof.com, give us a like on FRSA Facebook at www.facebook.com/flroof, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flroof and Instagram at www.instagram/flroof. Be sure to use our hashtag #FRSA. 

Have more questions?
Please contact Zimari at 407-671-3772 ext. 100 or by email at zimari@floridaroof.com. Read more

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