Regional Chapters

checkmark–  denotes Chapter certified as meeting specific standards of operation.


Area: Alabama

Hunter Brendle – President
Brendle Sprinkler Co. 

Greg Willis Executive Director

Chapter Website

Arkansas Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association

Area: Arkansas

David Nabors – Chair
ArCom Systems, Inc. 

Coleman Farrar Executive Director
VSC Security & Security 


Area: Arizona

Jason Williams– Chair
Nexus Alarm & Supression

Makenna Leathers Executive Director
Metro Fire Equipment 


Area: North Carolina

Carl Jackson – Chair
Sunland Fire Protection 

John Turnage – Executive Director
Umpire Technologies Group 

Chapter Website

Chesapeake Bay

Area: Washington, DC and Maryland, and Northern Virginia (adjacent to Washington DC)

Jason Martin – Chair
Castle Sprinkler & Alarm Inc. 

Danielle Fowler – Executive Director
Potter Signal 

Chapter Website


Area: Colorado

Roger Wallace – Chair
Rapid Fire Protection 

Kim Cook 
– Executive Director
Globe Sprinkler 

Chapter Website


Area: Connecticut

Rick Russo Jr. – Chair
Connecticut Fire Prevention 

Chapter Website

Dallas-Fort Worth -Certified Chapter-

Area: Dallas-Fort Worth

Charles Bonczyk – Chair
American Automatic Sprinkler 

Chapter Website

Florida -Certified Chapter -

Area: Florida

Suzanne Saults– Chair
St. Petersburg Fire Protection 

Jessica Cox  – Executive Director

Chapter Website

Georgia -Certified Chapter-

Area: Georgia

Allen Cagle – Chair
Pro Tec Fire 

Bonnie Pinson – Executive Director

Chapter Website

Greater Bay -Certified Chapter -

Area: Northwest California and west of the Sacramento Valley

Dave Karrick – Chair
Aegis Fire Systems

Alicia Karrick – Executive Director


Chapter Website

Greater Kansas City ASCA -Certified Chapter-

Area: Greater Kansas City area

Mark McKenzie – Chair
Bamford Fire Sprinkler 

Brett Heinrich – Executive Director
Bamford Fire Sprinkler 


Area: Illinois, Indiana

Skyler Bilbo – Chair
Wente Plumbing & Heating Company 

Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Association -Certified Chapter -

Area: Louisiana

Randy Laguna– Chair
Merit Sprinkler Co. 
504-464-6236 ext 224

Ellen Ballard – Executive Director
Fire Tech Systems, Inc. 

Chapter Website

Michigan -Certified Chapter -

Area: Michigan

Doug Irvine, Jr. – Chair
Brigade Fire Protection

Chapter Website


Area: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Marc Haug– Chair
Allied Fire Protection 

New Jersey -Certified Chapter -

Area:  New Jersey

Thomas Bowlby, Jr. – Chair
Approved Fire Protection

Victor Lugo – Executive Director
Metro Fire & Safety Equipment

New Mexico -Certified Chapter -

Area: New Mexico

Paul Chavez – Chair
Premier Fire

Jeriod Towery –Vice Chair
Perfection Fire Protection

Northern New England -Certified Chapter-

Area: Vermont

Ryan Gadhue – Chair
Mountain Valley Sprinkler 

Ohio Fire Sprinkler Association

Area: Ohio

Bill Haussmann – Chair
A1 Sprinkler

Scott Huber – Executive Director
RTF Fire Protection 

Chapter Website

Pacific Northwest -Certified Chapter -

Area: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska

Josh Massingale – Chair
Wolfe Fire Protection

Ron Greenman – Executive Director
Wolfe Fire Protection

Chapter Website

Patriot Chapter -Certified Chapter-

Area: Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island

Chad Debuc – Chair
Rustic Fire Protection

Chapter Website

Sacramento Valley -Certified Chapter -

Area: California Sacramento Valley

Jordan Hopkins – Chair
Elite Automatic Fire

Paulene Norwood – Executive Director

Alwest Fire Protection

Chapter Website

San Diego -Certified Chapter-

Area: San Diego southward and surrounding area

Scott Uren – Chair
Titan Fire Protection 

Rhonda Gudger – Executive Director

Chapter Website


Area: Pennsylvania & Delaware

Ben Young – Chair
Telgian Corporation 

Ilyse Shapiro   - Executive Director

Chapter Website

South Carolina

Area: South Carolina

Nikki Ray– Chair
Rayco Fire Protection

Ashley McAdams – Executive Director

Chapter Website

Southern California -Certified Chapter-

Area: Los Angeles area

Jeff Bridges – Chair

Chapter Website

Tennessee -Certified Chapter-

Area: Tennessee

Casey Milhorn – Chair
Allstar Fire Protection 
David Pulliam– Executive Director
Pulliam Fire Protection Consulting

Chapter Website

Upstate New York -Certified Chapter-

Area: Albany, NY & Surrounding

Justin Petcosky  – Chair
Petcosky Fire Protection 

Chapter Website


Utah Rocky Mountain Chapter -Certified Chapter-

Area: Utah

Mark Winder, Jr. – Chair
M & M Fire Protection 

Brent Heiner – Executive Director
The Safety Team, LLC 

Chapter Website

Virginia -Certified Chapter -

Area: Virginia

Bob Beckwith – President
United Sprinkler Co. 

Steve McGee – Executive Director
VSC Fire & Safety Inc. 

Chapter Website

What is a Certified Chapter -Certified Chapter -

Certified Chapters have met the required standards of operation of a chapter that best serves its membership and reflects the quality of services those members have come to expect.

Although AFSA is a national association, many of the most important and significant achievements of the association are accomplished at the local chapter level. Changes in code requirements, licensing laws and training have the most direct effect on a contractor’s bottom line.

The most convincing arguments for change come from the same people who have to live with these changes. Members also experience the personal side of the association where they can network their services and enjoy friendships at the many chapter’s activities and events.

AFSA considers one of the most important benefits of membership in the American Fire Sprinkler Association is access to and participation in its Chapters. Therefore AFSA actively promotes and encourages strong, active chapters.

Affiliated State Associations

These are independent state associations affiliated with AFSA to provide services to AFSA members.

Affiliate Program Rules

I. The Affiliated State Association must have a minimum of 50% AFSA contractor members to qualify and remain eligible for the program.

A) On June 1st of each year, the State Affiliate will forward to AFSA National a list of their contractor members so that the percentages can be verified. 
B) Remember, as the percentage of AFSA contractors increase, so does the amount of funds from AFSA. 
C) AFSA will encourage its members to join the local state association. 
D) If the Affiliated State Association has a significant increase in AFSA contractor members, the funds ratio can be adjusted upward upon request and verification by the Affiliated State Association. (2 upward adjustments are allowed each year.)

II. The Affiliated State Association must meet a minimum of 4 times per year and forward meeting notices, meeting minutes and sign in sheets to AFSA within one month of the meeting.

III. The Affiliated State Association can participate in the Chapter Rebate program based on the percentage of their contractor members that are members in good standing with AFSA. Active AFSA Chapters receive $500 to $1500 annually if minimum requirements are met.

Example 50% of the State Association contractor members are also AFSA National members

  • 1 to 20 contractors: $500 (for an AFSA Chapter) | $250 (for an Affiliate with 50% AFSA members)
  • 21 to 40 contractors: $1000 (for an AFSA Chapter) | $500 (for an Affiliate with 50% AFSA members)
  • 41+ contractors: $1500 (for an AFSA Chapter) | $750 (for an Affiliate with 50% AFSA members)

IV. AFSA will reimburse the Affiliated State Association up to $750.00 for each meeting held based on the percentage of AFSA Contractor membership in the State Association. 

A) Reimbursement will be paid to the Affiliated State Association after the meeting notices, minutes, and attendance list are on file at AFSA National and the Executive Director has received a check from the State Association. The Executive Director will use the Expense Reimbursement Form under the online Chapter Resource Center to request this reimbursement. A copy of each of the items (notices, minutes, attendance list, State Association check) should be included with the reimbursement request.

B) Please note: AFSA National does not pay the Executive Director directly, we reimburse the Affiliated State Association for their staff expenses. Therefore, the reimbursement check will be made out to the State Association, not the Executive Director.

C) Reimbursement requests must be filed with AFSA National by December 31st of the year the meeting was held or the requests will NOT be paid.

Example: 50% of the State Association Contractor members are also AFSA National members, the State Association would receive 50% of the $750.00 (or $375.00) per meeting to help pay the Executive Director’s salary and travel expenses.

V. Affiliated State Associations will be eligible for an annual visit by the AFSA President or other AFSA Staff member plus receive increased communications and programs from AFSA.

VI. Affiliated State Associations are entitled to a complimentary link on the AFSA Website and complimentary copies of Sprinkler Age magazine.

VII. Affiliated State Associations will receive national coverage in Sprinkler Age magazine for their projects and activities.

VIII. Affiliated State Associations will receive support from AFSA for hosting charity golf tournaments or other charitable functions with advertising, contributions, attendance and free giveaways and bags.