AFSA Announces Senior Management Changes

DALLAS – The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has announced a trio of staff promotions effective immediately. Roland Huggins, PE, will become Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services; Marlene Garrett, CMP, will be elevated to Vice President of Meetings & Operations; and Roger Gragg will assume the position of Director of Marketing & Information Technology. All will report directly to AFSA President Frank Mortl III, CAE.


Roland Huggins, P.E., has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services. Huggins is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is registered in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Huggins has served on the NFPA Standards Council and is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee, NFPA 13 Discharge Criteria, NFPA 5000 Building Code Correlating Committee, and NFPA 101 Technical Committee on Industrial, Storage, and Miscellaneous Occupancies. NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the Sprinkler Handbook and the Fire Protection Handbook. Other national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, and NICET.


Marlene Garrett, CMP, has been promoted to Vice President, Meetings & Operations. In her new role, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction for each department head in pursuit of various projects and goals within the AFSA organization. She has oversight of all AFSA meetings and events, including the annual AFSA convention and exhibition, the industry’s largest fire sprinkler show. In addition she organizes quarterly board meetings and oversees live and virtual training events for the association. She heads the Meetings & Events Department and is involved in the strategic development and implementation of programs related to training events. She joined AFSA in 1997 as its manager of education services and meetings, and in 1999 she was promoted to director of education and meeting services. In 2016 she was promoted to senior director of meetings and events. In 2005, Garrett earned her certified meeting planner (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico and has seven years of education experience in Texas public schools.


Roger Gragg has been promoted to Director of Marketing & Information Technology. Gragg has been with AFSA since 1988, making him AFSA’s longest tenured employee, and has held several significant positions with the Association. Most recently, he was manager of information technology & marketing, where he helped to grow the Association’s online presence and to launch its technological infrastructure, including its first website. In his new position, he will be responsible for marketing and branding the Association’s vast offerings of products and services, as well as helping to propel the Association’s growth. Gragg graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a Bachelors of Arts degree.
“AFSA is extremely proud that our three most recent management promotions came from inside the Association,” noted Mortl. “Roland Huggins, Marlene Garrett, and Roger Gragg are great examples of the success you can have in an environment that provides opportunity for employees to grow – and we are growing! We believe they’ll help us reach our next level of success!”
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