Affiliated Customer Service in Downers Grove, Ill., is a Gamewell/FCI distributor that focuses primarily on testing, inspecting and installing fire and life safety systems. Client projects range from strip malls and school districts to high-rise condominium buildings and luxury hotels in Chicago. Gene Rowe, the director of business development for Affiliated, has served in various operational and project management capacities in the life safety field since 1992. He conducts training and works directly with architects, engineers and property managers who influence adoption of fire and life safety systems, including the newest integrated, system-connected fire and carbon monoxide (CO) technologies.
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Frank Gardner knows his way around fire and life safety system design and installation, especially in mission-critical and special hazards applications. Gardner, project manager over the fire alarm/special hazards department for Fire Tech Systems, Inc. in Shreveport, Louisiana, is NICET certificated in inspecting and testing water-based sprinklers, special hazards suppression systems and fire alarm systems. Based on his more than 21 years of experience in the fire industry, he has a good understanding of how aspiration systems compare to other technologies and how to work through project challenges.
Scott Lacey understands that for a mass notification system (MNS) to work, the stakeholders who know the ins and outs of the facility must be heavily involved in design and risk assessment. Lacey, president of Lacey Fire Protection Engineering in Greenbrier, Arkansas, and founder of Compliance Services and Assessments, a fire protection contractor licensing service, has more than 30 years experience in fire service with about 16 years in code enforcement. He is a committee member on the National Fire Protection Association’s emergency communications system (ECS) committee, a subcommittee of NFPA 72, and has been involved with MNS since 2003.
Jeffrey LaSalle has been a fire protection engineer and consultant since 1988. Throughout his career, LaSalle has worked in a variety of roles across many building and facility types, including cultural facilities such as museums. As founder of LaSalle Engineering, LLC, a fire and life safety consulting engineering firm specializing in fire protection and life safety engineering, code consulting, and construction administration, he services a variety of industries and clients that need to protect high-value or irreplaceable assets, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution
Kenneth Bush is a senior fire protection engineer for the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office in Easton, Maryland. With 35 years vested in the industry, he reviews plans and inspects buildings for compliance with the state fire prevention code, which currently references the NFPA Life Safety Code, NFPA 101® and Fire Code, NFPA 1. Bush is an active member of the NFPA 101/5000 Technical Committee on Mercantile Business Occupancies, currently serving as Chair of that committee.
Jim Mickowski, an engineer with PSJ Engineering, has more than 25 years of experience in the design and installation of fire suppression systems. His experience ranges from working on stadiums, museums and office buildings to high-security, high-risk areas in correctional facilities and nuclear facilities where there is “no access allowed.”
Dan Ubelhor is the corporate engineering manager for Koorsen Fire & Security, headquartered in Indianapolis.
He oversees design and engineering of fire protection for Koorsen, which has been in business since 1943. Dan implements design policies for the company and consults with branches around the country on their fire protection design and engineering projects.
Jonathan R. Hart, Associate Fire Protection Engineer with the National Fire Protection Association, is responsible for documents addressing information technology equipment, telecommunication facilities, wet and dry chemical extinguishing systems, explosion protection, commercial cooking systems, fire safety and emergency symbols, and water mist fire protection systems. Hart holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and is finishing work toward an M.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering.
Mike Knoras is a Project Manager for the Atlanta regional office of Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corporation (Aon FPE). Aon FPE consults on matters of life safety, code and fire protection, which includes emergency voice systems, mass notification systems and other systems that require audibility and intelligibility. As a licensed professional engineer with master’s degrees in electrical engineering and fire protection engineering, his vast experience spans fire alarm and life safety systems and emergency voice systems placed in high-rise buildings, public assembly areas, and large mixed-use occupancies.