Regional Chapters


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

Alabama

Area: Alabama

Hunter Brendle – President
Brendle Sprinkler Co. 
334-270-8571

Greg Willis Executive Director
334-567-4257

Chapter Website

Arkansas Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association

Area: Arkansas

David Nabors – Chair
ArCom Systems, Inc. 
501-225-4910

Coleman Farrar Executive Director
479-986-9090
VSC Security & Security 


Arizona

Area: Arizona

Jason Williams– Chair
480-421-8411
Nexus Alarm & Supression

Makenna Leathers Executive Director
804-222-1381
Metro Fire Equipment 


Carolinas

Area: North Carolina

Carl Jackson – Chair
910-443-0626
Sunland Fire Protection 

John Turnage – Executive Director
919-624-3456
Umpire Technologies Group 

Chapter Website


Chesapeake Bay

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

Jason Martin – Chair
410-286-3314
Castle Sprinkler & Alarm Inc. 

Danielle Fowler – Executive Director
410-972-1122
Potter Signal 

Chapter Website

Colorado 

Area: Colorado

Roger Wallace – Chair
 719-337-6550
Rapid Fire Protection 

Kim Cook 
– Executive Director
 704-213-4368
Globe Sprinkler 

Chapter Website

Connecticut

Area: Connecticut

Rick Russo Jr. – Chair
Connecticut Fire Prevention 
203-877-7983

Chapter Website


Dallas-Fort Worth -Certified Chapter-

Area: Dallas-Fort Worth

Charles Bonczyk – Chair
American Automatic Sprinkler 
817-529-1693

Chapter Website


Florida -Certified Chapter -

Area: Florida

Suzanne Saults– Chair
727-556-2790
St. Petersburg Fire Protection 

Jessica Cox  – Executive Director
813-784-3624

Chapter Website


Georgia -Certified Chapter-

Area: Georgia

Allen Cagle – Chair
770-554-5285
Pro Tec Fire 

Bonnie Pinson – Executive Director
770-310-2754

Chapter Website


Greater Bay -Certified Chapter -

Area: Northwest California and west of the Sacramento Valley

Dave Karrick – Chair
Aegis Fire Systems
925-417-5550

Alicia Karrick – Executive Director

510-398-9185

Chapter Website


Greater Kansas City ASCA -Certified Chapter-

Area: Greater Kansas City area

Mark McKenzie – Chair
Bamford Fire Sprinkler 
913-432-6688

Brett Heinrich – Executive Director
Bamford Fire Sprinkler 
785-825-7710


Illinois-Indiana 

Area: Illinois, Indiana

Skyler Bilbo – Chair
Wente Plumbing & Heating Company 
217-342-2242


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. 
318-688-8800

Chapter Website


Michigan -Certified Chapter -

Area: Michigan

Doug Irvine, Jr. – Chair
Brigade Fire Protection
616-784-1644

Chapter Website


Minnesota-Dakotas

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

Marc Haug– Chair
Allied Fire Protection 
701-232-7008


New Jersey -Certified Chapter -

Area:  New Jersey

Thomas Bowlby, Jr. – Chair
Approved Fire Protection
908-226-5313

Victor Lugo – Executive Director
Metro Fire & Safety Equipment
201-635-0400


New Mexico -Certified Chapter -

Area: New Mexico

Paul Chavez – Chair
Premier Fire
505-898-9197

Jeriod Towery –Vice Chair
Perfection Fire Protection
505-410-4007


Northern New England -Certified Chapter-

Area: Vermont

Ryan Gadhue – Chair
Mountain Valley Sprinkler 
802-865-3600


Ohio Fire Sprinkler Association

Area: Ohio

Bill Haussmann – Chair
A1 Sprinkler
937-859-6198

Scott Huber – Executive Director
RTF Fire Protection 
513-942-1500

Chapter Website


Pacific Northwest -Certified Chapter -

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

Josh Massingale – Chair
Wolfe Fire Protection
360-794-8621

Ron Greenman – Executive Director
Wolfe Fire Protection
253-576-9700

Chapter Website


Patriot Chapter -Certified Chapter-

Area: Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island

Chad Debuc – Chair
Rustic Fire Protection
508-431-9938

Chapter Website

Sacramento Valley -Certified Chapter -

Area: California Sacramento Valley

Jordan Hopkins – Chair
Elite Automatic Fire
916-672-8415

Paulene Norwood – Executive Director

Alwest Fire Protection
916-296-0635

Chapter Website


San Diego -Certified Chapter-

Area: San Diego southward and surrounding area

Scott Uren – Chair
Titan Fire Protection 
858-722-1470

Rhonda Gudger – Executive Director
951-326-4600

Chapter Website


Schuylkill

Area: Pennsylvania & Delaware

Ben Young – Chair
Telgian Corporation 
480-621-5074

Ilyse Shapiro   - Executive Director
610-642-7427

Chapter Website


South Carolina

Area: South Carolina

Nikki Ray– Chair
Rayco Fire Protection
864-207-8545

Ashley McAdams – Executive Director
864-561-4088

Chapter Website


Southern California -Certified Chapter-

Area: Los Angeles area

Jeff Bridges – Chair
949-413-0526

Chapter Website


Tennessee -Certified Chapter-

Area: Tennessee

Casey Milhorn – Chair
Allstar Fire Protection 
615-349-5278
David Pulliam– Executive Director
Pulliam Fire Protection Consulting
901-484-0605

Chapter Website


Upstate New York -Certified Chapter-

Area: Albany, NY & Surrounding

Justin Petcosky  – Chair
Petcosky Fire Protection 
607-296-7969

Chapter Website

 


Utah Rocky Mountain Chapter -Certified Chapter-

Area: Utah

Mark Winder, Jr. – Chair
M & M Fire Protection 
385-630-8064

Brent Heiner – Executive Director
The Safety Team, LLC 
801-544-0363

Chapter Website


Virginia -Certified Chapter -

Area: Virginia

Bob Beckwith – President
United Sprinkler Co. 
540-659-4675

Steve McGee – Executive Director
VSC Fire & Safety Inc. 
757-544-0520

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.