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by , from the 7/2004 issue of Sprinkler Age, page 8

AFSA's 2004 convention and exhibition, Solutions for Success, offers 16 seminars with information, materials and hands-on training that contractors manufacturers, suppliers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) can put to use immediately. Below are biographies on each speaker presenting at this year's event. Descriptions of the seminars were featured in the June issue of Sprinkler Age. For convention details visit www.sprinklernet.org to download a convention brochure and registration form. Regular registration ends on July 30, 2004. After that date, all attendees must register onsite.

Avoiding Rejection, Steve Leeds, Tom Noble

Steve Leeds holds a B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco and has practiced in the field of fire protection and safety for 30-plus years. Currently he serves as fire protection engineering subject matter expert and fire marshal at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Leeds holds memberships in the SFPE, Institution of Fire Engineers, and the NFPA (where he serves as a member of four technical committees: NFPA 75, 45, 241 and 750), Alameda County Fire Prevention Officers Association and the Bay Area Fire Protection Forum.

Thomas Noble is a plans examiner for the City of Henderson, Nev. Building and Fire Safety. He is a member of AFSA and NFPA. He is a NFPA certified Fire Plans Examiner and Fire Inspector, IBC Building Plans Examiner, and IFCI UFC Code Inspector and NICET Certified.

Corrosion in Fire Protection Systems, Gregory K. Morrell

Greg Morrell is the director of sales and engineering for Fire Protection Systems Corrosion Management, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in engineering, and a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC). He has over 16 years of experience in fields of corrosion and microbial control in water treatment applications.

Establishing an Apprenticeship Program - Part I, Contractor Roundtable Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jack Viola; Panelists: Bob Hollis, Don Kaufman, Tom McKinnon, Bill Rhodes, Manning Strickland

Jack Viola, H.F.P. Sprinkler, Inc., Holyoke, Mass. is a veteran of 34 years in the sprinkler industry. Viola is a 1970 graduate of Westfield (Mass.) State College, where he received his B.S. in psychology. He was instrumental in the formation of AFSA, was on its initial board of directors, was the first AFSA secretary, and served as chairman of the board in 1998 and 1999. Viola has experience in all phases of the sprinkler business, starting as an apprentice, then moving on to project manager, sales manager and designer with a NICET Level IV Certification. Currently, he is president and chief executive officer of H.F.P. Sprinkler, Inc., one of New England's major sprinkler contractors.

After high school, Bob Hollis attended A.I. Prince Tech, where he studied drafting and design. With experience as a designer, estimator, and project manager, Hollis has been active in the fire sprinkler industry for the past 33 years. In 1991, he and his wife, Brenda, established Central Connecticut Fire Protection, Inc., of which he is president. Hollis is a past chairman and current active member of AFSA's Connecticut Chapter. He is also a member of NFPA, the Connecticut Chapter of ABC, the American Subcontractors Association, the State of Connecticut Sprinkler Licensing Board, as well as AFSA's Apprenticeship & Education and Membership Committees.

Don Kaufman is president and owner of Kaufman Fire Protection Systems, Inc., in Albuquerque, N.M. He has served as the vice president of AFSA's New Mexico Chapter, chairman of the New Mexico State Apprentice Council, and chairman of the New Mexico State Board for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. With 29 years of experience in the sprinkler business, he was instrumental in starting the New Mexico Chapter. He became co-chairman of the Apprenticeship & Education Committee in 1999.

Tom McKinnon entered the fire protection industry in 1984 after working as project engineer and project manager for Atari and Intel Corporation. His first employer was Stop Fire, Inc., a premier residential and service contractor located in San Jose, Calif. He worked his way up through the company to the position of construction manager responsible for all field operations. In 1993, Stop Fire was acquired by Grinnell Fire Protection Systems, and McKinnon was named residential division manager. In 1996, he founded AEGIS Fire Systems, Inc., located in Pleasanton, Calif., a full-service fire protection firm serving the Greater Bay Area. McKinnon has served as chairman of AFSA's Northern California Chapter, and as chairman, secretary, and now treasurer of CAFSA UAC.

William (Bill) Rhodes is a corporate vice president and division manager with HFP Sprinkler Corporation in Windsor Locks, Conn., where he has worked for 18 years. Rhodes is a NICET Level III Automatic Sprinkler System Layout Technician and holds a Fire Protection Contractor's License in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He has been active in AFSA for many years. He is a past chairman of the Connecticut Chapter and has been a member of its board of directors since 1996. Rhodes is also an active member of AFSA's Apprenticeship & Education Committee and the Legislative Committee.

Manning J. Strickland is founder and president of Strickland Fire Protection, Inc., College Park, Md., which was established in 1983 and has grown to approximately 65 employees. He started his career in fire protection as an apprentice in 1961. He rapidly advanced through the ranks as journeyman pipe fitter, foreman, area superintendent, and general manager. Strickland served as chairman of AFSA's Chesapeake Bay Chapter in 1991 and 1992. He currently serves on the following AFSA committees: Executive, Apprenticeship & Education, Budget & Finance, Chapter Grants, Convention Site Selection, and Insurance/Safety. He is also a member of ABC and NFPA.

Establishing an Apprenticeship Program - Part II, Tim Higgins, John Upshaw

Timothy Higgins has been associated with the sprinkler industry for 29 years. He started in 1974 as a trainee engineer in Los Angeles and applied for apprenticeship training in 1976. During his apprenticeship, he worked on many types of sprinkler systems including warehouse, high-rise, underground, fire pumps and special hazard systems. He became a journeyman sprinkler fitter in 1982, he attended the first Certificate Program for Fire Protection Engineering offered at UCLA, and received his certification in 1984. In 1993, Higgins founded Quick Response Fire Systems, Inc. in Hayward, Calif., specializing in residential sprinkler systems. He served as president of Quick Response until June of 2003, when Quick Response Fire Systems, Inc., and Aegis Fire Systems merged. He is currently vice president of Aegis Fire Systems, a member of SFPE, NFPA, AFSA and serves on the board of the California AFSA.

John Upshaw has been program director of CAFSA Apprenticeship Program since 1994. He has over 20 years of experience in human resource management for construction industry employers. A graduate of San Francisco State University in Business/Journalism, he began his career at the Bank of America's world headquarters in San Francisco. In 1985, Upshaw started his own consulting firm, Employer Services Group, catering to construction industry contractors in the areas of manpower development and training. He serves as president of the California Association for the Advancement of Apprenticeship and Training, which is made up of program directors and coordinators of merit shop training organizations comprised of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal Contractors, Independent Roofing Contractors of California, the Western Electrical Contractors Association, Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors, Masonry Contractors Association, and Painting & Decorators, along with the CAFSA.

How to Develop, Implement and Maintain an Effective Safety Program, Jim Persons

Jim Persons is an environmental, health and safety consultant with over ten years of experience in providing clients with written safety programs, audits, and training. He has conducted confined space entry, scaffold, and fall protection seminars for a number of major companies, utilities, and construction companies throughout California, and is regarded as one of the west coast's most knowledgeable instructors with respect to safety at heights. His keen sense of humor and practical approach to worker safety is a benchmark of his seminars. He is a member of the National Safety Management Society and International Society for Fall Protection.

Insurance Issues: Past, Present, & Future, Don Becker, Robert Leonhart

Don Becker entered the fire protection business in 1958 and by 1962 had formed his own company, Midland Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. Becker also formed B.I.C. Design Company in 1974, serving the fire protection industry as designers and engineers. As chairman of the board from 1991 to 1995, he is an ex-officio member of AFSA's board of directors. He chairs the Technical Advisory Council and also serves as a member of the Insurance Committee.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Becker is the author of the "Dueling" Audit Trails and is active within the Audit Trail Center (RJC & Associates, Inc.). In participation with RISC and AIG, the Audit Trail Center provides a shield of protection against frivolous claims. It has become the 24-hour center for available data for the purpose of protection the sprinkler contractor owner's assets.

Robert Leonhart has 31 years of experience in Commercial Lines and Program Development. He was the recipient of the Presidents' Award in 1992 from the Independent Insurance Agents Association of America. As the program manager for three national accounts for CNA, Leonhart sits on the Program Consultants committee nationally and is advisor board member for CNA Commercial Insurance. Current activities include managing three national trade association's insurance programs and overseeing the underwriting division nationally for AFSA's general liability program.

NFPA 13 Update, Bob Caputo, Roland Huggins

Bob Caputo has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 25 years. He's been a volunteer fire fighter and trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego. Caputo attended the University of New Mexico and holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple western states. He is a past president of the San Diego Fire Protection Association and a former chairman of the AFSA's SoCal Chapter. He is a member of NFPA and AFSA. He represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee and teaches seminars for both NFPA and AFSA. He is also the author of AFSA's Project Management Tools program.

Roland Huggins is AFSA's vice president of engineering and technical services. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, registered in Fire Protection Engineering, and is a member of NFPA and SFPE. Huggins is also a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee, NFPA 13 Discharge Criteria, NFPA 25, and NFPA 5000 (Building Code) Technical Correlating Committee. NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the 1999 and 2002 editions of the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook. Other national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, NICET, and SFPE.

NFPA 20 Fire Pump Update, Chris Dubay

Christian Dubay is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with NFPA's Systems and Applications Engineering Department, where he is the Staff Liaison for NFPA's Automatic Sprinkler Systems Project covering NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, NFPA 24, and NFPA 291. He also serves as the staff liaison for NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist. Dubay edits the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, instructs NFPA's sprinkler system, fire pump, and inspection, test and maintenance seminars and served as a technical advisor during their development. Dubay regularly writes and speaks about these topics, and participates in fire investigations where these applications are involved.

Dubay holds a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, is a registered P.E. in the State of Connecticut, and is also a member of the SFPE.

NFPA 25: KnowledgeÑThe Key to Success, Russ Leavitt

Russell Leavitt, SET is president of TVA Fire & Life Safety, Inc. and the CEO of Fire Materials Group, LLC. He holds a degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Level IV certification from NICET. He is a licensed contractor in 30 states and has over 20 years of experience in the design, installation, and testing of fire protection systems. He serves as a principal of the NFPA 25 technical committee and an alternate on the NFPA 5000 (building code) correlating committee. Leavitt has conducted seminars for AHJs, contractors, and designers throughout North America. He is a fire protection consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies and has worked on projects in Central and South America, the Far East, and Europe. Leavitt is a member AFSA, NFPA, and SFPE.

NFPA 5000 Building Code Update, Ray Bizal

Ray Bizal serves as regional manager for NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Codeª, and is responsible for expanding field outreach and support for the building code by working with state and local building officials and building associations to include them in the code development process. He also serves as staff liaison to NFPA's Building Code Development Committee and to the NFPA Building Officials Forum, and assists in code enforcer training programs. Prior to joining NFPA, Bizal was manager of code development for the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). He also served

as director of strategic business initiatives, as liaison to governmental agencies for model codes adoptions. He is a registered Fire Protection Engineer in California.

Plan Review for AHJs, Steven Scandaliato

Steven Scandaliato, SET is a principal partner with Scandaliato Design Group, Inc. and Fire Protection Solutions, LLC. He is on the Technical Advisory Council for AFSA and represents AFSA as a member of the NFPA 13, 15 and 5000 Committees. Scandaliato has become a nationally recognized speaker on automatic sprinkler system design and engineering. He is a member of AFSA, NFPA and SFPE.

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Residential Sprinklers - More Than Meets the Eye, Dan Mendoza, Jr.

Dan Mendoza is a licensed C-16 sprinkler contractor and the general manager of Advanced Automatic Sprinkler, Inc. of Hayward, Calif. (A.A.S.I.), one of the leading residential fire sprinkler companies in the country. He has been exclusively involved in residential fire sprinkler systems for over 15 years. He is a member of SFPE and HFSC, and is the current chairman of AFSA's Greater Bay Area Chapter. Mendoza and A.A.S.I. have been instrumental in the production of radio public service announcements promoting fire sprinklers throughout Northern California along with assisting in the development of local fire sprinkler ordinances and standards.

Seismic Bracing, Steve Leyton, Stephen Scandaliato

Now in his 24th year in the fire sprinkler industry, Steve Leyton began his career in contracting as a designer, and worked his way up to estimator and project manager before moving over to the consulting/engineering fields. He started Protection Design & Consulting in 1995, and has focused the firm's work on architectural clients, as well as contracting clients. Leyton is a member of AFSA, NFPA, the California Fire Prevention Officers, Northern and Southern Sections, and is on the board of directors for the San Diego Fire Protection Association. He is AFSA's principal member on the NFPA 14 Technical Committee, and an alternate on NFPA 5000 Building Systems and Equipment. Leyton has worked on all manner of projects including residential, commercial, industrial and high-rise, the United States, Mexico and overseas.

Special Hazards - High Expansion/AFFF, Gus Santerre, Martin Workman

Upon discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1969, Gus Santerre began a career within the fire protection industry. He graduated from the Penn State Apprenticeship program and worked 16 years for ASCOA in the capacities of fitter, foreman, regional superintendent, and district manager. He also worked for National Foam as a regional sales manager for 11 years. Santerre is a principal in Integrated Protection Services, a company specializing in providing foam fire protection for flammable liquids within refineries, large chemical facilities, fuel tank storage terminals, aircraft hangars, and mobile apparatus. He is a graduate of San Diego Welding Institute, an instructor with National Foam at the University of Nevada Reno Fire School, and a member of the NFPA 11 Technical Committee for foam.

Martin Workman has been involved in the fire sprinkler industry for 20 years. Starting out as an apprentice in 1984, Workman worked his way up as a journeyman, designer, estimator, manager, then instructor for an apprenticeship training program. He joined Viking Corporation in 1997 as product manager, Special Hazards. Workman is a principal member of the NFPA 30 committee. He is NICET certified and is a member of NFPA, AFSA, ASPE, and the Society of Military Engineers.

Sprinklers and Performance-Based Design, Roland Huggins, P.E.

Roland Huggins is AFSA's vice president of engineering and technical services. See speaker descriptions for the seminar "NFPA 13 Update" on page 12.

Understanding Current Protection Methods for Storage Facilities, James Golinveaux, Martin Workman

With over 21 years of experience in the fire protection industry, James Golinveaux is currently senior vice president of research and development for Tyco Fire and Building Products. In addition to the industry support through his NFPA technical committee memberships (13, 88A, 101, and 5000), he has also contributed his time as a presenter for multiple national education seminars sponsored by organizations such as the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, universities, and Highly Protected Risk (HPR) insurance companies. Golinveaux has authored many technical papers as well as being a subject matter expert for the 19th edition of the Fire Protection Handbook and contributed to editorial text for the 2002 NFPA 13 handbook.



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