Fire Suppression Systems Association Presents Leadership Award

Baltimore, MD- The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) announced that William Eckholm, President and CEO of Firetrace International, and Roger Bourgeois, Founder and President of Bourgeois & Associates, Inc., will be presented with FSSA’s Leadership Award during the President’s Banquet at its 2012 Annual Forum in February in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The FSSA Leadership Award is presented annually to honor individuals in the special hazards fire protection industry that have shown great leadership and responsibility in their professional and personal lives. When choosing a recipient, the FSSA Awards Committee takes into consideration a variety of attributes including dedication to and longevity in the industry, integrity and fairness in their work, and a desire for innovation and change to improve the industry.

William Eckholm, a founding member and past president of FSSA, began his career in fire protection in 1972. Among the many impressive titles held throughout his career, he is currently President and CEO of Firetrace International, a company based in Arizona which makes automatic fire-suppression systems. Originally hired to create a business plan for the company, Eckholm stayed on board to implement his plan and was extremely successful in expanding Firetrace into new markets and areas of expertise.

Roger Bourgeois, also a past President of FSSA, has more than thirty years of experience in sales, installation, and testing of all types of automatic fire detection and suppression systems. In 1984, he founded Bourgeois & Associates, Inc., a company specializing in solving “special hazard” fire protection problems. In addition to his membership with FSSA, Bourgeois is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), a founding president of the Louisiana Automatic Fire Alarm Association (LA AFAA), a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and NICET certified at Level IV in Special Hazards Systems Layout and Fire Alarm Systems. He is also currently serving as the president of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA).

Eckholm and Bourgeois will receive FSSA’s coveted Leadership Award among their peers during FSSA’s 2012 Annual Forum, a four day conference bringing together industry leaders for educational sessions and industry updates from February 25 – 28, 2012.

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Fire Suppression Systems Association Announces 2012 Annual Forum

Baltimore, MarylandThe Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) today announced it will host its 2012 Annual Forum February 25 – 28, 2012 in Rancho Mirage, CA. The 2012 Annual Forum marks FSSA’s 30th Anniversary as a fire suppression industry leader.

Founded in 1982, FSSA has spent the last 30 years becoming leading experts in the field of high level fire protection. The not-for-profit organization is made up of manufacturers, suppliers, and designer-installers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry and employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.

The 2012 Annual Forum will bring together designers, installers, manufacturers and suppliers of fire protection services for technical and educational sessions including discussions on topics such as fire protection challenges in data centers, maximizing productivity on the road and liability issues. The Forum will also feature keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu, as well as forums providing valuable industry updates and news.

Alan Beaulieu is one of the country’s most informed economists, consulting with companies throughout the U.S. and internationally on how to predict, plan and increase profits based on business cycle trends. Beaulieu is president of the Institute for Trend Research, as well as a Senior Economic Advisor to the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and the Chief Economist for Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating thirty years in the industry and especially happy it comes at a time when we can celebrate with colleagues at our Annual Forum,” said Larry Grodsky, FSSA President. “FSSA has spent the last thirty years building on strategies and creating new technologies for fire protection.  What better time to honor those accomplishments than at a conference where we can come together and share ideas, best practices and new trends in the industry.”

The 2012 Annual Forum will also feature a teaser of FSSA’s newly redesigned website which will be launched later this spring.

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About Fire Suppression Systems Association

FSSA, the Fire Suppression Systems Association, is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members internationally. FSSA is a unique blend of designer/installers, manufacturers and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression. The mission of FSSA is to promote the use of, and be the leading recognized authority on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.