National Fire Sprinkler Association Announces New Board of Directors and Area Directors New Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer Elected to Two-Year Terms

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The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., has announced the election of new officers and area directors. Gregg Huennekens of United States Fire Protection was elected NFSA Chairman, Dennis Coleman of Engineered Fire Protection will serve as Vice Chairman, and Kevin Fee of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company has been elected Treasurer. Each will serve a two-year term.

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., has announced the election of new officers and area directors. Gregg Huennekens of United States Fire Protection was elected NFSA Chairman, Dennis Coleman of Engineered Fire Protection will serve as Vice Chairman, and Kevin Fee of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company has been elected Treasurer. Each will serve a two-year term.

"We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated people who are committed to advancing the fire sprinkler concept and the welfare of others," said John A. Viniello, president of NFSA. "Our new officers have the experience, knowledge and drive to take our message and our Association to the next level."

Huennekens, of Lake Forest, Ill., has been in the fire protection industry since 1967 where he began his career as a design trainee, eventually holding various sales and management positions. In 1986, he started United States Fire Protection, with offices in Milwaukee and Chicago. Today, United States Fire Protection is the largest fire sprinkler contractor in these two areas. He is very active in the NFSA Illinois Chapter where he was president for four years. In addition, he has held positions on NFSA's Board of Directors including Treasurer and Vice Chairman. Huennekens has been a member of National Fire Protection Association and NFSA for over 20 years.

Coleman, of St. Louis, began his career in the fire protection industry in 1978 after graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, he worked for Engineered Fire Protection, where in 1983 he became the president. Coleman has served in the St. Louis area on the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and is currently serving as the chairman of the St. Louis Area Fire Sprinkler Association. He has served on NFSA's Board of Directors since 1999 in a variety of positions including chairman of the Seminar and Exhibition Committee and chairman of the Contractor's Council.

Fee is Executive Vice President of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., a 90-year-old, third-generation owned and operated manufacturer and distributor of fire sprinkler equipment, based in Elmsford, N.Y. He has more than 35 years of industry experience and is the longest tenured board member in the history of NFSA, having served over 25 consecutive years. In addition, he is a founding member of the International Fire Sprinkler Association (IFSA) and served as the IFSA's first chairman. Fee has been instrumental in many significant NFSA initiatives including the Association's Grassroots Participation Program, NFSA's Industry Spokesperson Program and the adoption of NFPA 25. He also helped to create the Fire Sprinkler Manufacturer's Industry Fund (SMIF), which provides funding for programs and events that will promote the fire sprinkler concept. Fee holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Boston College and an M.B.A. degree in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University.

NFSA also recently announced results of several area director elections. Fred Kroll of Alliance Fire Protection in Vernon Hills, Ill., was elected to an at-large director seat, Donald DeLuca of SRI Fire Sprinkler Corporation in Albany, N.Y., was re-elected director in Area 1, Wayne Gey of Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinkler in Ocoee, Fla., was re-elected director in Area 4, Gregg Huennekens of United States Fire Protection was re-elected director in Area 6, Todd Little of RCI Systems in Tempe, Ariz., was re-elected director in Area 9 and Kent Mezaros of Quick Response Fire Protection in Manalapan, N.J., was elected director in Area 2. Each will serve three-year terms and will hold positions on the NFSA's Board of Directors.

About the National Fire Sprinkler Association:
Established in 1905, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is the voice of the fire sprinkler industry. NFSA leads the drive to get life-saving fire sprinklers into all buildings; provides support and resources for its members - fire sprinkler contractors, manufacturers and suppliers; and educates authorities having jurisdiction of fire control matters. Headquartered in Patterson, N.Y., NFSA has regional operations offices throughout the country. http://www.nfsa.org.

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