Virtual General Session

Join AFSA Online October 7

Coming soon to a computer screen near you! Join the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Central time for the first-ever virtual general session!

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced AFSA to cancel its in-person event at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, members and staff were disappointed. However, AFSA’s Board of Directors decided to bring members together online for a virtual general session to celebrate the association and its members.

“During this unprecedented time, the health and safety of our members is our top priority, and one of our greatest strengths is our ability to adapt and reinvent ourselves when needed the most,” says Chair of the AFSA Board Ted Wills, president of Anchor Fire Protection in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania. “While we are disappointed that we cannot meet in person, we are excited to bring everyone together virtually.”

The online general session will feature guest speakers including Wills; 2020 Convention Co-Chair Chris Johnson, president & CEO of Piper Fire Protection in Clearwater, Florida; and AFSA’s vice presidents, who will give updates on the association’s activities.

A highlight of the session will be presenting two association awards: the 2020 Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award to Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci and the 2020 Young Professional of the Year award to Jamil Shamoon, Symons Fire Protection, Poway, California.

“We cannot wait until we can gather together in person one day,” comments AFSA Vice President of Program Operations & Education Services Marlene Garrett, CMP. “But for now, we are grateful to have the technology available to present a virtual general session. It also gives us an opportunity to record it and make it available on our website for those who cannot join us on October 7.”

AFSA is pleased to announce that the association will be returning to Orlando and the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in 2023 for AFSA42, September 5-9.

“The Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort is central to all the best Orlando has to offer,” notes Johnson. “I am excited that we will have the opportunity to return to Orlando and welcome everyone to our great state. This event will be very family friendly to our contractors and industry partners throughout the country.”

The AFSA39 virtual general session will be presented via Zoom. Click here to register and join AFSA on October 7.


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