Members Form Newest Chapter
Adding strength to numbers, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to announce the recent formation of its Upstate New York Chapter. This chapter will join AFSA as the 32nd chapter after holding its first chapter meeting in Endicott, New York on April 24, 2018.
“Upstate New York is a thriving market for merit shop contractors, so a chapter in that area is a logical next step in AFSA’s expansion,” says AFSA Director of Member Services Bradley Elliott. “We look forward to partnering with our newly elected volunteer leadership to ensure the chapter’s success, and I am excited to see this new chapter provide a much needed avenue for communication, training, networking, and public awareness for our members in the region.”
Nearly 30 members attended the inaugural chapter meeting on April 24. This meeting featured a presentation from Elliott to kickstart the chapter as well as a presentation from the meeting sponsor, Newburgh Windustrial, on the fire protection products and services it provides.
Additionally, a vote was held during the meeting to select chapter officials. Those elected at this meeting include: Chairman Justin Petcosky, Petcosky Fire Protection, Vestal, New York; Vice Chairman Scott Lynn, Armor Construction, Falconer, New York; Secretary Stacey Fantauzzi, North East Fire Protection Systems, Burnt Hills, New York; Treasurer Trisha Merkle, Colonial Fire Protection Systems, Rochester, New York; and Membership Chair Ryan Sklenka, Inspect Point, Troy, New York.
“The board members and myself are very excited with the launch of the new Upstate New York AFSA Chapter!” states Petcosky. “We are looking forward to being able to provide many great opportunities to our members. Whether it is providing more training, invaluable networking, or being a larger voice in the fire sprinkler industry in Upstate New York, we hope to grow this chapter to great success!”
The Upstate New York Chapter will serve all AFSA contractor, associate, and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) members in the state who operate north of New York City. The chapter plans to bring important technical and legislative information to the area, as well as provide new networking opportunities, and for Upstate New York members.
To find a local chapter or learn more, visit AFSA’s website firesprinkler.org.