ORLANDO, Fla. — The FRSA’s 93rd Annual Convention and Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo welcomed the highest attendance in 10 years as the association successfully held the largest regional roofing products exhibition in the United States.
“This FRSA event was well-timed and well-organized to facilitate the education and training of roofing professionals in Florida,” said Lisa Pate, executive director of FRSA. “I believe our expo numbers grew this year due to the overall increase in construction activity in Florida as well as the demand for roofing professionals at a time when design and construction firms are facing a shortage of skilled labor.”
The convention and sold-out exposition for roofing professionals was held July 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando by the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Inc. (FRSA). In all, there were 25 continuing education sessions provided and 350 booths sold to accommodate more than 200 exhibitors of roofing products and vendor services.
Advanced registration numbers totaled 2,100, and more than 3,000 people attended the two-day expo. In addition, spouses and children programs were held at the convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Offsite events included golf, fishing and clay shooting tournaments. The expo also contained a silent auction and an FRSA Affiliates high-striker competition.
Keith Swope, CPRC, of Tampa Roofing Company Inc. was presented with the FRSA’s prestigious Campanella Award, which recognizes a professional who has served the interests of Florida’s roofing industry in an exemplary manner throughout their career. Eighteen of Florida’s best roofing projects were recognized during FRSA’s S.T.A.R Awards. The top Shining Star Award was presented to representatives of Advanced Roofing Inc. for the Frost School of Music project at the University of Miami, Coral Gables Campus.
“Due to the remarkable increase in booth sales at this year’s event, we anticipate more than 350 booth spaces will be sold for the 2016 expo,” said Cheryl Sulock, FRSA’s convention and expo director. “Well over 75 percent of the booths have already been reserved for next year.”
The 94th annual event is set for June 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center.