Academy Fire Life Safety offers national one-stop fire and life safety services through our network of self-perform districts and trusted vendor partners. Our experienced account managers ensure each of your sites across the country receive the same quality service for all your fire safety systems. We combine unmatched industry knowledge and scale with personal service and accountability.

With over 80 years in business and two decades serving hundreds of national and regional account customers, Academy Fire offers unparalleled expertise in the management of multi-site fire and life safety protection. Through our customer service centers in New York and California, we provide coverage 24/7, 365 days a year*.

To learn more about our 24-hour services and capabilities call (800) 773-4736 or Contact Us Here.

COMPANY HISTORY

Founded in 1933, Academy Fire Life Safety started as a family-owned business providing fire protection services in New York and New Jersey. 60 years later, we identified a need for multi-location, regional and national organizations to efficiently manage their fire protection and life safety equipment. Through this transformation, we have become a trusted partner to many of the foremost brands in restaurant, retail, healthcare, assisted living, multi-family property, hospitality, property management, education, government, and industrial industries.

In 2012, Academy Fire was acquired by Caltius Equity Partners. This transaction provided the Company with the necessary resources to become a leading provider of national fire protection services for Fortune 100 and 500 companies through our unrivaled vendor network. Academy Fire’s self-perform sister company, Impact Fire, can service many of our national customers in key regional markets*.

Academy Fire and Impact Fire operate as subsidiaries of AI Fire. In the spring of 2017, Audax Group acquired AI Fire. With over 20 years serving national accounts, we are one of the most experienced national fire and life safety companies.

OUR PLATFORM

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AI Fire is focused on fire and life safety with the expert resources and personal service you can trust. We offer national services through our network of vendors at Academy Fire and serve local and regional customers through Impact Fire’s employed technicians. AI Fire is based in Long Beach, California.

Our self-perform operation
Our national accounts operation

OUR LEADERSHIP

Academy Fire Life Safety is one of the largest providers of national fire protection services for a wide variety of multi-location customers. Our leadership team of talented and experienced professionals ensures we carry out our mission of providing unmatched fire life safety code compliance services.

MICHAEL LLOYD

MICHAEL LLOYD

Chief Executive Officer

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MICHAEL LLOYD

Michael Lloyd joined AI Fire in the summer of 2012 as CEO. His responsibility is to drive the growth and development of the business, with the primary objective of building the finest fire protection services firm across the country. Prior to joining AI Fire, Mike was President at Consolidated Fire Protection, where he was responsible for growing and managing the national accounts service business, starting that business in 2004 and ultimately building one of the largest national services businesses in the industry. Earlier in his career, Mike was involved in several technology businesses, including Intuit and was a consultant for several firms, including Viant and Perot Systems.

Mike earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a BA in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. He is active in the fire protection and life safety industry, and is a member of AFSA, NFPA, and NAFED. Mike is also active in the broader facilities services industry as a member of PRSM and RFMA, and serves on the board of MC Sign Company. When not working, Mike enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife, Rachel, and grown son and daughter.

JAY WILSON

JAY WILSON

Chief Financial Officer

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JAY WILSON

Jay Wilson joined AI Fire in the fall of 2017 and serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he is responsible for all financial, compliance, risk management, and credit functions. Jay has over twenty years of experience as a CFO and CEO at other leading private equity-backed companies, including Davis Tool, Michaels of Oregon, Yakima Products, Silver Eagle Manufacturing, and Bridgewell Resources. Early in his career, Jay was a Senior Auditor at Touche Ross and is an active CPA license holder.

Jay holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in Accounting from the University of Washington where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Jay was a Division I, nationally ranked Tennis player and in his spare time coached his son’s high school tennis team. On the weekends, Jay enjoys exploring LA with his wife and grown son and daughter.

BILL FREEMAN

BILL FREEMAN

Vice President, Sales

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BILL FREEMAN

Bill Freeman joined Academy Fire Life Safety in late 2015 as the Vice President of National Sales. He is responsible for overseeing the national account sales team and expanding Academy’s business with both new and existing customers. Due to his deep industry experience and relationships, he is also actively involved in AI Fire’s acquisition strategy.

Bill is a 30+ year veteran of the fire protection industry with experience at leading service and manufacturing companies, including senior positions at Ansul Incorporated, Minimax Fire Products, and other national service providers. Bill is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and is currently a board member for the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED). During his spare time, Bill enjoys cycling, golfing, and spending time with his wife, grown son and daughter, and granddaughter.

TOM MCVERRY

TOM MCVERRY

Vice President, Restaurant Services

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TOM MCVERRY

Tom McVerry joined Academy Fire in 2015 as the Vice President of Restaurant Services. He is responsible for all aspects of our National Account Kitchen Fire Suppression and Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning business, including sales, operations, pricing, account management, and technical guidance. Tom advises all types of restaurant accounts such as casual, fast-casual, fast food restaurant chains along with restaurant operations within other verticals such as healthcare, education, and government.

Prior to joining Academy Fire, Tom held senior positions at Amerex and Buckeye Fire Equipment where he was responsible for their Kitchen Fire Suppression business. Earlier in his career he was the Vice President of Fire Protection at DunWell Fire Protection, leading the creation and execution of a National Accounts Fire Protection business, which grew to $29 million over seven years eventually selling the business to Cintas. Before joining DunWell, he spent 8 years at SimplexGrinnell in various positions, rising to the position of National Restaurant Systems Manager. He started his career as a Restaurant Systems Manager at Gastonia Fire and Safety.

Tom has served on the NFPA 17A Technical Committee for the past 5 years and previously was a member of the NFPA 10 Technical Committee. He holds multiple manufacturer certifications and regularly presents to NAFED and other AHJ organizations, including the New York and South Carolina State Fire Marshals’ office. Tom holds a BS in Marketing from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a US Marine Corps Veteran and a Six Sigma Green Belt. Tom and his wife enjoy traveling and the outdoors, particularly now that the youngest of their four children has graduated from college.

ELLIE SPARLING

ELLIE SPARLING

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

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ELLIE SPARLING

Ellie Sparling joined AI Fire in the fall of 2017 as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s acquisition and post-merger integration efforts along with any strategic initiatives for the business. Prior to joining AI Fire, Ellie was responsible for corporate strategy and program management at TOMS Shoes working with the executive team and the company’s investment partners, Bain Capital. Earlier in her career, Ellie was a Consultant at Bain & Company and an M&A investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities.

Ellie earned her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College where she graduated cum laude. Ellie is actively involved as an Amherst alum and most recently completed a three-year term on the Trustee Nominating Committee. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys being active with her husband and two young sons.

RENEE MEJIA

RENEE MEJIA

Senior Director, Call Center Operations

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RENEE MEJIA

Renee Mejia serves as the Senior Director for Academy Fire’s Call Center Operations, managing over 250 national accounts with 130,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to overseeing a large customer portfolio, Renee is focused on developing Academy Fire’s Account Teams and individual team members. Under her leadership, Academy Fire has become a metrics driven organization, developing and tracking KPI’s to facilitate work order management and billing. Renee has worked in the fire and life safety industry since 1990 starting off as a telemarketer and in 1996, becoming a Service Manager at Academy Fire. As a Service Manager, she handled negotiations of vendor and customer agreements. Renee also recruited and trained various employees for customer management and job coordination. Excelling in this role, Renee was promoted to Operations Manager and later to Director of Operations.

With over 25 years of experience in the fire protection industry, Renee has played a key role in evolving Academy Fire’s Operations to support its strong growth and develop its customer relations. In Renee’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and other fitness activities, and photography.

MIKE NOBE

MIKE NOBE

Director, Call Center Operations

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MIKE NOBE

Mike Nobe serves as the Director for Academy Fire’s California Call Center Operations, managing three account teams with over 100 customers. Mike started at Academy in 2013 overseeing Vendor Management for the entire country. He has been in the Fire Life Safety business for over 20 years, previously working for Cosco Fire Protection, a fire sprinkler contractor in California and Consolidated Fire Protection, a National Accounts Service Provider headquartered in California.

Mike graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant for Deloitte and Touche. He and his wife have three grown children and are awaiting the upcoming arrive of their first grandchild.

TED FTILAKIS

TED FTILAKIS

Director, Preventative Maintenance & Vendor Services

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TED FTILAKIS

Ted Ftilakis serves as the Director of Preventive Maintenance and Vendor Services for Academy Fire, having spent over 15 years at the Company. He is responsible for the oversight of the PM Program for Academy Fire’s customers and all aspects related to our affiliate relationships. Ted oversees the professional development of Academy’s PM and Vendor Relations Managers. In his position, Ted closely monitors changing industry trends and helps implement new technology, reporting, and strategic initiatives to better serve Academy Fire’s customers. Prior to his current role at Academy Fire, Ted held roles as FE Service Manager as well as PM Manager. On the weekend, Ted loves to cook and stay active with his wife and two children.

STEVE RUSTENBURG

STEVE RUSTENBURG

Senior Project Manager

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STEVE RUSTENBURG

Steve Rustenburg serves as a Senior Project Manager at Academy Fire, which he joined in 2017. As a Senior Project Manager, Steve is responsible for quoting, administration, and managing capital projects for Academy Fire’s National Account customers. Prior to joining Academy Fire, Steve spent ten years at DunWell, which was later acquired by Cintas. At DunWell, Steve was a Director of Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm Operations and later promoted to Senior National Project Manager where he oversaw site management of large Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm system improvements, repairs, and installations for large National Account clients. After the acquisition by Cintas, Steve became the Service Manager of Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm where he was responsible for all alarm and sprinkler installations, estimating, permitting, safety, field management, and customer relations.

Before joining DunWell, Steve held various fire and life safety management positions at Fire Materials Group, SimplexGrinnell, and FireMaster. Steve is nationally recognized as a leading expert in the fire and life safety industry. He holds numerous fire and life safety-related licenses, including NICET Level III in Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems and Level II Certification in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout, Fire Alarm Systems, and Special Hazards Systems. Steve is also licensed by various State Fire Marshal’s offices and Contractor’s Boards. He holds multiple Certifications across various leading manufacturers. Steve is active with various industry associations including NFPA, AFAA, ICC, and AFSA. When not working, Steve enjoys golfing, hunting, and woodworking in his shop.

BRUCE DEUSHANE

BRUCE DEUSHANE

Senior Project Manager

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BRUCE DEUSHANE

Bruce Deushane joined Academy Fire in early 2018 as a Senior Project Manager, having spent over 40 years in the fire and life safety industry. He is responsible for quoting, administration, and managing capital projects for Academy’s National Account customers. Prior to joining Academy Fire, Bruce spent several years at SAFE Fire Detection in Sales and Business Development and eight years at JAM Corporation as the GM of the San Diego branch and the company’s Sales Manager. Before joining SAFE, Bruce spent over 10 years at Airgas-West first as a GM of the Fire Division and later as the VP of Fire and Medical Gas Construction. Bruce began his career at C-O-TWO Fire Equipment Company of California where he started as a technician and eventually became a Co-Owner of the business, spending 20+ years at the company.

Bruce is a Licensed in CA as a Fire Protection Contractor & Electrical Contractor. He’s an active member of NFPA and NAFED. He is a founding member of CALSAFE, California Trade Association of fire equipment distributors. He studied Computer Information Systems at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Liberal Arts at Mt. San Antonio College. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, canoeing, fishing, and exploring the rich history of the eastern United States with his wonderful wife.

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING ACADEMY FIRE

Advantages of Hiring Academy Fire

NATIONAL PRESENCE WITH A LOCAL FEEL

By working with Academy Fire, you receive the benefits of scale with the customer service and accountability of a local business.

FIRE FOCUSED

Academy Fire is exclusively focused on providing fire and life safety services. Our account teams understand the urgency at hand and have a depth of industry experience ready to help you with all your fire and life safety needs.

ONE POINT OF CONTACT

Your account manager can service all your fire and life safety needs no matter your location or business complexity.

DETAILED REPORTING

Our customer portal offers the latest information regarding your business, and is available 24/7. Our system ensures you have the necessary visibility to make informed business decisions.

LEADING TECHNOLOGY

We offer an integrated fire protection solution powered by technology. Our technicians utilize mobile devices and provide photographs and IVR data to ensure efficient and accurate service. Our database integrates with multiple national facility portals.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Academy Fire understands each business is different. We will work with you to ensure you receive the reporting and invoicing that your operation requires. Our teams provide personalized account management and are held accountable to meeting metrics and SLA requirements.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

A relationship with Academy Fire means you benefit from the technical expertise of our sister company, Impact Fire, and the qualified vetting of our vendor network. You are not sacrificing convenience for quality.

SAVINGS WITH SCALE

We acknowledge and value the business you give us across your portfolio by offering preferred pricing for products and services to our most loyal customers.

Our Values

MISSION CRITICAL: BE THE BEST

We are committed to being the premier fire protection service provider and preferred employer in the fire protection industry by operating under the following core principals.

  • Put our customer first, no exceptions
  • Build lasting relationships with our customers and each other
  • Work in an open, honest, constructive, and safe manner
  • Demand excellence from ourselves and support others in delivering superior service
  • Make intelligent decisions quickly
  • Act like an owner
Our Values

INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS

Academy Fire stays current with the latest developments in fire prevention and life safety through its affiliation with leading industry organizations.

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Learn more about the benefits of partnering with Academy Fire for your fire and life safety needs. Our account teams are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to provide the support you require no matter where your sites are located.

Products We Service

Products We Service

Fire & life safety service and installation is what we do and it’s serious business. If an issue arises in one of your locations, you want an account team with the expertise and training to address the critical issue at hand.

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