2011 Academy Innovators Award Goes to President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association

CHAMPAIGN, IL –  The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology, a non-profit trade school in Champaign, Illinois is pleased to announce that the 2011 Academy Innovators Award is being presented to John A. Viniello, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association in Patterson, New York.  

Mr. Viniello and the NFSA helped the Academy get started by providing generous financial support and industry recognition.  The NFSA’s commitment to the education of their members cannot be questioned.  The efforts of the NFSA staff are the largest in the Fire Sprinkler Industry when it comes to the training and education of Engineers, Contractors, and AHJ’s.

W. Clark Gey, President of Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers in Orlando, Florida was the 2010 Academy Innovators Award recipient.  Mr Gey said, “Receiving the 2010 Academy Innovator’s Award was an honor.  Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to really see the value in what the Academy is doing for our industry.  

This award is given to a leader who believes that education is the first step in saving lives.  They know that creating, connecting and collaborating with others exemplify the vision of the Academy.  It is a testament to the future of our industry.  Congratulations to John Viniello and the NFSA for receiving this most prestigious award.”

The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit trade school that teaches classes leading to the world’s first degree specifically for engineering technicians that create the plans and blueprints for fire sprinkler systems.  Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois is the only school in the world to offer the Associates’ Degree in Sprinkler System Technology (AAS-SST).  Parkland College has over 20,000 students and offers in-class and online training in many disciplines. 

The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

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