Thank you to everyone who attended and came out to support our local roofing association May dinner meeting.

Our spot light featured Manufacture was Natalie Walgis and Tyler Allwood of Eagle Roofing Products. They took this opportunity to present us with some new products from Eagle.

Our guest speaker Trent Cotney – FRSA Legal Counsel offered our Roofing Contract a one-hour CE credit. The class was very informative and we had a lot of interaction from the group. Great advice in obtaining payments from our customers and a lot of Do’s and Do Not’s. Thank you Trent and Show us the $$$.

Natalie Walgis and Tyler Allwood of Eagle Roofing Products.

Natalie Walgis and Tyler Allwood of Eagle Roofing Products.

News Alert

Our Big win in Sarasota County made national news!

The roofing industry had a big win on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Sarasota County with a county commission vote against a proposal to pay about $1.5 million to bring a large national roofing company to Florida. The local economic development council, along with the state’s Enterprise Florida, dressed up the extremely vague and secret proposal as no more than a warm and fuzzy corporate headquarters relocation where all the jobs would be administrative (paying an average salary of $60,000 per year) and related mostly to out of state roofing work and would not compete with existing businesses and workforce demands. The whole thing just did not add up and had a bad odor to it. Only a person who does not understand the business of construction would tell a story like that and expect to live happily ever after.

Thankfully, the Sarasota County Commission agreed and voted it down. It is important to note here that the Sarasota County Commission is very supportive (as are we) of economic development that is truly that. Their comments were thoughtful and showed they not only heard and understood our concerns, but they also appreciate the overall policy and practical implications for the community. We thank them.

  • Commissioner Alan Maio
  • Commissioner Paul Caragiulo
  • Commissioner Christine Robinson
  • Commissioner Charles Hines

No one should ever support a proposal that is just a handout to a company to come to Florida and drive existing companies out of business, especially companies that were not built on a handout.

Those who worked hard in the effort to stop the corporate handout includes:

  • Sarasota/Manatee Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association (SMRSMCA)
  • Sutter Roofing
  • Alvin Singleton Roofing
  • Paul Furr Roofing
  • Green Roofing, Rachel Beckner
  • FRSA and Cam Fentriss, FRSA Legislative
  • Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX)
  • Manasota Air Conditional Contractors Association (MACCA)
  • And a host of Roofing Contracts that were there in support of our industry.

Great team work everyone!

Due to the lack of participation with the idea to bus our employees to the 2016 FRSA Convention foreman and trade show on Saturday 6/18/2016 – Ideal is Closed.

REMINDER: There is No June Dinner meeting due to the FRSA Convention that will be held in Orlando Florida June 16 – 18th, 2016.

Let’s not forget that we need everyone’s support for the Affiliate competition “Nascar Simulator” We need four people for our team and our time slot is at 4:00 pm Friday the 17th at the tradeshow. The winner will be announced at the Star Awards.

See you all at our next dinner meeting on July 26, 2016 and our guest is Bob Harrigan, ABC 7 News Meteorologist

April Dacas, President

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A Note from the President – May 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended and came out to support our local roofing association April dinner meeting.


Krystal Amick

Krystal Amick was awarded the 2016 Presidents award. SMRSMCA truly appreciate her dedication and hard work.


Joan Spencer, OSHA

Our guest speaker Joan Spencer, OSHA was very informative and she definitely kept our attention during her presentation. If you were not there you missed a lot of good up-dates.


REMINDER: Our annual charity roof is scheduled for May 21st – Bee Ridge Women’s Club of Sarasota @ 4919 Andrew Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34233


FRSA along with Sunniland has offered $ 350.00 each towards transportation to the convention on Saturday June 18th for our employees to attend the foreman’s class and trade show. The focus is to get them there about 7:30a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in bussing your employees for this event we need to hear from you within the next week. This will allow us to get an idea of how many buses would be required and what the additional fees would look like.


Please do not forget to place our next dinner meeting on your schedules. It is Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:00 pm. Our guest speaker is Trent Cotney CE credit. You should receive an invite approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

Again, I look forward to the accomplishments that we will make as a team this year!



April Dacas, President


Let the New Year begin! As we all work together to achieve the goals to take our local association to a new height, I am truly excited about working with all of you to accomplish these goals.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Donnie Harp, President and Lisa Pate, Executive Director of FRSA for swearing in our 2016 – 2017 board.

I also want to thank our board members in advance for committing their time and hard work for the betterment of our association. Our Board Members are:

  • Alvin Singleton
  • Chuck Floyd, Vice President
  • Chris Rajala
  • David Mull
  • Josh Brown
  • Joe Capotosto
  • Katie Boulton
  • Krystal Amick
  • Kurt Stapleton, Immediate Past President
  • Lynette Dickson
  • Tom Jacques

  • I also want to thank every one of you that came out to support our association as we launched our new season with a few more Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams for SMRSMCA.

    In order to keep our goals in the forefront of everyone’s mind I have included them.

  • Building Membership
  • Continual education Meetings – goal is to have at least three this year.
  • Review and up-date the Disaster Preparedness & Response Company Hand book for SMRSMCA Members – Companies Working Together.
  • More involvement and in-sight from the members in regards to our yearly charity roof.
  • Chris and the team will work on our site and the goal is too keep the calendar and the site up to date.
  • I promise that the board will always have an open ear to your concerns and opinions in regards to your local association. What I cannot promise is that we may not always have a solution to each problem.

  • Please do not forget to place our next dinner meeting on your schedules. It is Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:00 pm. We plan to have OSHA in the house. You should receive an invite approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date.

    Also, board members please schedule yourselves accordingly for the next board lunch meeting on April 5th @ 11:30.

    Again, I look forward to the accomplishments that we will make as a team this year!


    April Dacas, President

    REMINDER: Do not forget to tell someone about our association and what we are doing for our industry and community.

    The Annual Memorial Skeet Shoot will be at Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays, Knights Trail Park in Nokomis at 1:00pm. Be there at 11:00am for registration, lunch and warm up.

    There are also sponsorship options available.

    Click here to download the registration form in pdf format.

    For More Info: Please contact

    Josh Brown

    Branch Manager

    Sunniland Corporations
    6493 Parkland Drive
    Sarasota, FL 34243

    (941) 518-7434

    SMRSMCA Newsletter – August 2014

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Dear SMRSMCA Member and Prospective Members,

    I hope everyone was able to attend last month’s 92nd Annual FRSA Convention in Orlando! We had a great time socializing while learning about the latest roofing products and services available to our great industry. We Won FIRST PLACE in our affiliate council competition! This year it was a pitching contest and with special thanks to Dakota Wilson, Forrest Wilson, Jake Westman, and Brett Witham, we clinched the win! The trophy will be on display at the dinner meeting this month.

    Upcoming Dinner Meeting
    Mark your calendars for our dinner meeting this month on *Tuesday, August
    26th, at 6:30pm.

    Upcoming Events
    August 26- Dinner Meeting.
    October 24- Golf Tournament.
    December 5- Christmas Party.

    Charity Job
    We are currently searching for our next charity roof project! If you know
    of someone in need please email us at

    Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan from *ABC WWSB Channel 7 *will be back to speak about Suncoast seasonal weather trends. Bob has 28 years of experience as a meteorologist and is eager to share his forecast predictions with the SMRSMCA. What can we expect for the remainder of Hurricane Season? Also one lucky participant will *win* a *48+ inch HDTV* !!! Bob will draw a number from those in attendance, so be sure to register before we sell out.

    SMRSMCA Website
    Our association Webmaster, Ray Miller, CEO of Realtech Services, has been working hard to improve our association website and make it more user
    friendly. The updated website creates exclusive advantages for members of SMRSMCA such as including information about your business along with your
    company logo. In addition, it will include a hyperlink that will allow the prospective client browsing the SMRSMCA site to go directly to your company website. Chris Rajala, who is spearheading the project, will be at the dinner meeting to answer any questions you may have. We plan to have Ray Miller speak about the revamped website sometime this fall. If you have not submitted your company logo, please email it to:

    Visit our Website!

    Thanks again to all of those who attended last month’s annual convention and represented the SMRSMCA. We look forward to seeing you at the dinner
    meeting in a couple of weeks!


    Kurt Stapleton

    SMRSMCA Newsletter – May 2014

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Dear SMRSMCA Member, and Prospective Members,

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the change in our meeting date this month. We are moving the meeting to Thursday, May 29, at 6:30pm. This is a very important “Round Table Meeting” to address job safety. We know this is a hot button topic right now and your association is here to help. We will be having a

    safety consultant and safety equipment manufacturer on hand to help answer questions and address those topics that directly affect our bottom line.

    The Association’s website ( is undergoing some major changes. Chris Rajala leads this committee in updating our membership, current event calendar, and making improvements to the website so it will be a more useful tool for our members and the community. Great job, Chris!

    Krystal Amick has been doing double service as the association secretary and treasurer. You’ve seen Krystal checking in members during association meetings, but she does a lot more. Keeping the books, taking meeting minutes, arranging the dinners, as well as numerous other duties are all examples of the excellent service she provides to us. The next time you see Krystal, be sure to let her know you appreciate all she does for our association.

    April Dacas has graciously agreed to chair our membership committee. A survey is in the works, so please check your email and mail and return it promptly so the Executive Committee will know how to improve the association and better serve its members.

    July will be here soon and that means it’s time for the 92nd Annual FRSA Convention. Save the date: July 10-12th. The Hyatt Regency (formerly the Peabody) is our host hotel and rooms are selling out fast. Go to for more information and make those reservations. This is sure to be another sell-out. The FRSA Expo is across the street at the Orange County Convention Center. Be sure to visit the trade show which will have all of the vendors displaying their latest materials, equipment, and services that will help you stay ahead of the competition.

    Also at the convention is the affiliate council competition, and this year it’s a pitching contest. So start warming-up those arms! And if you have an ex-ball player on your roster, be sure to get him/her signed up so we can win!

    If you know a fellow contractor or vendor who would make an excellent member of the SMRSMCA, please let us know. The real value of our association is in our members and we want to continue to be the best affiliate roofing association in the state. Our rich tradition and leadership is unequaled in Florida and we want to keep it that way. Thanks again to all of those who attended last month’s luncheon meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming dinner meeting!


    Kurt Stapleton

    20 Reasons to Join

    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Join Now – 20 Reasons to Join

        1.   Develop personal relationships with suppliers and manufacturers representatives
        2.   Continuing Education Credits
        3.   Latest Code Updates     
        4.   Community Service Projects     
        5.   Disaster Preparedness Information    
        6.   Ad Campaign to Educate the Public    
        7.   Informative Guest Speakers     
        8.   Fellowship with YOUR Peers    
        9.   Friendship    
        10. Fun Activities     
        11. Great Golf Tournament    
        12. Opportunities to grow YOUR Business    
        13. Shared knowledge from YOUR Peers     
        14. Legislative Updates     
        15. Create Contacts with the Municipalities     
        16. Networking with Established Roofers     
        17. Sharing Information    
        18. Support to Construction Technology Careers     
        19. Trade Show Information    
        20. Web Site Advertisement

    Wind mitigation is a term that first popped into our collective vocabulary in October 2007. Now it is something that dictates the way we work. There have been multiple iterations to the law and varying types and levels of enforcement by the municipalities in our area. Coming soon, this section of will guide you through the ins and outs of wind mitigation and hopefully provide some clarity.