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Providence, R.I. Sept. 29 - Oct.

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AFSA Convention & Exhibition

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Join us for AFSA’s 2010
Convention & Exhibition
What brings constancy and consistency to fire protection is knowledge – and that is
what we will enhance and explore as we prepare for the future at the 2010 American
Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Convention & Exhibition in Providence, R.I.

Birthplace of the Fire Sprinkler AFSA 2010 features:

The host city for the AFSA 2010 National – The largest gathering of fire sprinkler
Convention & Exhibition is centered in the professionals in North America
birthplace of the U.S. fire protection industry.
Providence is rich with history, particularly that of – Four (4) information-packed days of
the fire sprinkler. Henry S. Parmelee created and educational programming
installed the first closed head fire sprinkler in 1874,
– Interaction with experts & emerging
less than a 100 miles away in New Haven, Conn.
leaders in fire protection
In addition, Frederick Grinnell, owner of General Fire
Extinguisher Co. in Providence, worked to improve – New techniques to implement immediately
upon the sprinkler device patented by Parmelee,
– Networking with colleagues at social &
creating the glass disc sprinkler, whose essential
design can still be seen in modern-day sprinklers. learning opportunities
Providence is the perfect location, mere miles
from New England’s top attractions, and seeing Plus, included with your full registration
as roughly 25 percent of the U.S. population lives
• New Wednesday Seminars
within 500 miles of Providence, chances are we’re
just a hop, skip and jump away from many of you! • FM Global Research Campus Excursion
Limited space. Separate registration required. See pg 19.
See you there!

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Wednesday, September 29

Schedule at a Glance |
8:00am – 5:00pm Seminar Residential Sprinkler Systems – NFPA 13D, 13R, & 13

8:00am – 9:30am Seminar NFPA 13 – 2013 Edition

10:00am – 12:00pm Seminar The Top 25 of NFPA 25

1:00pm – 3:00pm Seminar FM Global’s New Data Sheet 2-0 & Modification to Data Sheet 8-9

3:30pm – 5:00pm Seminar NFPA 25, 2011 Edition: Help is On the Way

Thursday, September 30
8:00am – 10:00am Seminars 1) FM Global’s New Data Sheet 2-0 & Modification to Data Sheet 8-9
2) Seismic Brace Layout
3) Rightsizing Your Business
4) So You Think You Know NFPA 13?

8:30am – 2:30pm Optional Tour Tour 1: Federal Hill Culinary Tour

10:30am-12:00pm Seminars 1) NFPA 13R is a Success Story. However, Can We Do More?

2) Sprinkler Protection for Combustible Concealed Spaces
3) Choosing Your Successor
4) What the Heck is UFC 3-600-01?

1:00pm – 2:30pm Seminars 1) Strategic Storage Protection Options

2) Are Home Fire Sprinklers Green?
3) What Makes a Good Contractor?
4) Fire Pumps 101

3:00pm - 5:00pm Afternoon Event Opening General Session

5:00pm - 6:00pm Exhibitors Only Exhibitor Appreciation Hour

6:00pm - 9:00pm Evening Event Chairman’s Reception

Friday, October 1
7:00am - 11:00am Seminar Fire Sprinkler System Plan Review (AHJs Only)

7:30am-1:30pm Seminar FM Global Research Campus Excursion - Requires Separate Registration

8:00am-12:00pm Seminar NFPA 13/13R – 2010 Edition Update

8:00am-10:00am Seminar Recognizing Field Failure Issues in CPVC Systems

8:30am – 2:30pm Optional Tour Tour 2: Newport Mansions

10:30am - 12:00pm Seminar NFPA 25, 2011 Edition – Help is On the Way

11:30am - 3:30pm Exhibition 1) Exhibits Open

& Afternoon Event
2) National Apprenticeship Competition

12:00pm-2:00pm Seminar Are You Ready for Residential Sprinklers? (AHJs Only)

7:00pm - 10:00pm Evening Event 2010 NFL Football Season Celebration - Gillette Stadium Event

Saturday, October 2
6:30am - 1:30pm Optional Event Golf Tournament

8:00am - 12:00pm Seminar NFPA 13/13R – 2010 Edition Update

8:00am – 10:00am Seminars 1) The Top 25 of NFPA 25

2) How to Survive in a Down Economy

9:00am - 3:15pm Optional Tour Tour 3: Boston City Tour

10:30am-12:00pm Seminars 1) OSHA Update on Slips, Trips & Falls, and Aerial Lift Safety
2) Change-Order Management

7:00pm-10:00pm Evening Event Oktoberfest – Apprentice Awards Ceremony

wednesday | seminars

8:00am - 5:00pm
Breakout Session
Residential Sprinklers Systems –
september 29 NFPA 13D, 13R, & 13
This seminar will address the design and installation requirements
of NFPA 13D, Standard for Installation of Sprinklers in One- and
Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2007 edition,
7:00am – 6:00pm including water supply requirements, along with new requirements in
Registration Open the 2010 edition of NFPA 13D. The program will include an overview
of the new requirements for residential sprinklers provided in the
recently adopted requirements of the International Residential Code
8:00am – 5:00pm (IRC). We will also highlight the differences in design requirements
Seminars and water supplies for residential sprinkler systems designed to the
NFPA 13R and NFPA 13 standards.

This 8-hour program will include:

• Overview and layout of NFPA residential sprinkler standards
• Residential system components and hardware requirements
• Sprinkler types, spacing and location requirements
• Installation requirements
• Hydraulic calculations with participant exercises
• Overview of residential sprinkler systems per NFPA 13 & 13R
• IRC Requirements

Participants should bring or be prepared to purchase a copy of

NFPA 13D on site. It will also be helpful to have NFPA 13R and 13
on hand. A handheld calculator with [√], [Yx] or [^] (exponential)
functions will also be needed.
Robert Caputo, CFPS, CET

Breakout Session
NFPA 13 – 2013 Edition
Even though the 2010 edition of NFPA 13 has only been out
one year, the sprinkler industry does not stand still. Already the
revision cycle for the 2013 edition is cranking up and proposals are
being received at NFPA for the sprinkler committees to consider.
This presentation will provide a look ahead at some of the major
topics that the sprinkler committees will be considering during this
upcoming cycle. It will include all three sprinkler standards.
James D. Lake

seminars | wednesday

10:00am-12:00pm 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Breakout Session Breakout Session
The Top 25 of NFPA 25 NFPA 25, 2011 Ed.: Help is On the Way
Each year NFPA Advisory Service receives hundreds of phone calls The inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire
and e-mails relating to the requirements of NFPA 25, Standard suppression systems is a high risk/reward venture. However, NFPA
for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire 25 is widely misunderstood by both contractors and AHJs. The
Protection Systems. This presentation covers the Top 25 questions 2011 standard addresses some of the most prevalent issues
from the perspective of the 2008 and the new 2011 editions. It is faced by contractors and other service providers. The technical
designed as an interactive, participant-driven format that covers the committee continues to address issues such as the scope of the
topics in an order of interest established by the audience. standard and a number of items that assist in defining the role
James D. Lake of the contractor in relationship to the owner’s responsibility. This
latest edition provides a positive impact on lowering the risks for
1:00pm-3:00pm the knowledgeable contractor. Don’t miss this session if you inspect
and test systems or are contemplating entering this lucrative and
Breakout Session
professionally fulfilling market segment. The information you receive
will help protect you and your customers.
FM Global’s New Data Sheet 2-0 &
Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
Modification to Data Sheet 8-9
In 2010, FM Global combined the sprinkler installation guidelines
from Data Sheets 2-2 (Suppression Mode Sprinklers), 2-7 (Control
Mode Specific Application Sprinklers) and 2-8N (Control Mode Density
Area Sprinklers) into Data Sheet 2-0, Installation Guidelines for
Automatic Sprinklers. Besides providing guidelines focused solely on
the installation of automatic sprinkler systems, this new data sheet
incorporated the new terminology of Storage, Non-Storage and
Special Protection Sprinklers now being used by FM Global. Also in
2010, a new version of FM Global Data Sheet 8-9, Storage of Class
1, 2, 3, 4 and Plastic Commodities, was released. With the change
in sprinkler terminology from Suppression Mode, Control Mode
Specific Application (CMSA) and Control Mode Density Area (CMDA)
sprinklers to Storage sprinklers, coupled with the combining of Class
3 protection options with Class 1 and 2 as well as combining Class
4 along with cartoned unexpanded plastics, the number of protection
tables was able to be reduced from 42 down to 10. Flexibility and
simplicity was further introduced with the elimination of storage height
and aisle width as a design parameter. This seminar will discuss the
major changes that were incorporated into Data Sheets 2-0 and 8-9, We’re Going Green
the reason for them, how to use the new version of Data Sheet 8-9
This convention is paper-lite!
as well as potential additional future changes to both data sheets.
Weston C. Baker, Jr.
AFSA is working to reduce the amount of paper we use
at our convention. This is an effort both to be responsible
toward our environment and to increase the quality and
timeliness of the resources provided through this learning
experience. However, we do know that completely replacing
paper altogether can make the learning experience difficult
for some, which is why this program will be light on paper,
rather than completely paper-free. Electronic program
materials and handouts will replace most paper
resources and will be accessible online before, during
and after the convention on the AFSA Web site.

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thursday | seminars

Breakout Sessions
FM Global’s New Data Sheet 2-0 &
september 30 Modification to Data Sheet 8-9
Repeat of Wednesday’s session. See page 5 for description.

Seismic Bracing Layout

7:00am – 7:00pm Seismic bracing and/or restraint of automatic fire sprinkler systems
may be required as a part of an overall approach to prevention of
Registration Open damage to the system due to earthquake activity. Layout of the
braces and restraints, and the necessary calculations to support
8:00am-2:30pm the layout will be addressed in this seminar, which will include
an exercise for attendees. Rules for brace location, method of
Seminars attachment, along with tips for obtaining the short-period response
parameter, as well as the seismic coefficient, and the resulting
8:30am – 2:30pm calculations for method of attachment and horizontal force factors
will be part of the discussion. Additionally, information will be
Tour 1: Federal Hill Culinary Tour provided on new information and revisions to existing seismic
protection requirements in the 2010 edition of NFPA 13. This seminar
3:00pm – 5:00pm will also provide a sneak peek at two seismic bracing courses
currently offered online at eCampus,
General Session
Ken Wagoner, SET

5:00pm – 6:00pm Rightsizing Your Business

Construction industry markets regularly expand and contract, and
Exhibitor Appreciation Hour you must learn how to anticipate these trends and respond quickly.
Rightsizing takes a proactive and systematic approach to these
6:00pm – 9:00pm changing conditions so you can take advantage of the inevitable
resurgence in market conditions. “Business as usual” could mean
Chairman’s Reception no business at all. Learn how to: 1) determine the volume of
work you need & the cost to get it; 2) assess the capacity of your
overhead & the effects of changing it; 3) reduce your overhead to
accommodate the market without eliminating your core business; 4)
calculate the real impact of changes in price & productivity on your
volume; and 5) develop practical operating budgets that reflect
reality, not wishful thinking.
Gregg Schoppman

So You Think You Know NFPA 13?

This seminar will help sprinkler designers and estimators uncover
some of the overlooked items in NFPA 13. Using the document on
a daily basis, sometimes the user can misread, misunderstand, or
even misapply some sections of the standard. An attempt will be
made to present some commonly overlooked items. A Q&A session
and discussion will be utilized to compare interpretations of these
overlooked items. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the
actual requirements and intent of NFPA 13. The 2010 edition will be
used as the reference.
John A. Denhardt, PE & Duane Johnson, PE

seminars | thursday

10:30am-12:00pm 1:00pm-2:30pm
Breakout Sessions Breakout Sessions
NFPA 13R is a Success Story. Strategic Storage Protection Options
However, Can We Do More? Advances in storage protection now provide hundreds of design
NFPA 13R has proven to be the life safety system that it was options. This seminar is designed to inform participants of strategic
intended to be. However, property losses involving buildings storage options from control mode, suppression and specific
protected by NFPA 13R sprinkler systems are occurring. Is it now application schemes. Additionally information on the recent issue of
time to extend sprinkler protection beyond the life safety role “Final Suppression” will be discussed.
to include property protection? This presentation will offer some James Golinveaux
highlights into provisions for property protection for residential
occupancies. Included will be a case study of a property loss in
Are Home Fire Sprinklers Green?
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition partnered with FM Global on an
which the building was protected with a residential sprinkler system
unprecedented research project to identify, analyze and evaluate
in accordance with NFPA 13R.
the environmental impact caused by home fires; a topic of
David R. Hague, PE, CFPC, CET
increasing international importance. Learn about the results based
Sprinkler Protection for Combustible on full-scale fire tests that compared the environmental impact
of sprinklered and non-sprinklered home fires conducted at FM
Concealed Spaces
Global’s research campus. The research results analyzed the air
Recent editions of NFPA 13 have introduced several important
and water pollutants, water usage and the carbon footprint.
changes in the requirements for the protection of unoccupied attics
and combustible concealed spaces. These “new” attic requirements Peg Paul
are often misunderstood and can make an appreciable difference
What Makes a Good Contractor?
in the design and cost of a sprinkler system. This seminar will
The business climate is changing, and it doesn’t allow for “business
cover sprinkler spacing and location requirements for various types
as usual.” Contractors are rethinking their fundamental approach to
of combustible concealed spaces. It will cover the use of listed
organization, finance, project management, and planning. Will your
combustible concealed space sprinkler heads, attic sprinklers, and
company be a casualty of outdated management practices or a
allowable exemptions for sprinklers in these spaces.
leader in shaping the new marketplace? This speech focuses on the
E. Parks Moore characteristics of a good contractor in today’s environment, including:
1) organization/personnel; 2) finance/management; 3) marketing; 4)
Choosing Your Successor
project control/productivity; 5) strategic/business planning.
Who will run your business in the future? Make the right pick and
your business will flourish. Pick the wrong person and the business Gregg Schoppman
is at risk. What are the characteristics of successful presidents, how
Fire Pumps 101
can you objectively evaluate candidates, and what steps can you
This seminar session is geared for the contractor, designer,
take to make sure this person is ready to assume the responsibility?
estimator, or AHJ who is interested in the basics of fire pump
Randy Stutzman design, installation, and maintenance. Learn what information
needs to be provided to the architect, contractor, and owner
What the Heck is UFC 3-600-01?
when designing, installing, and servicing fire pumps. Attendees will
The Uniform Facility Criteria are design standards that supplement
examine how to size fire pumps, select the driver, determine pump
or supersede the building codes and several NFPA standards. It
room requirements as well as the standards for performing weekly
will cost you dearly if you are bidding and working on Department
inspection & testing requirements, and annual testing including the
of Defense projects and you are not familiar with how to follow
formula for the theoretical correction of pump speed as required
these documents. The primary document you need to know is “UFC
by NFPA 25. The information will be based on the 2010 edition of
3-600-01 – Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities.” This document
NFPA 20 and the 2011 ed. of NFPA 25.
requires larger design areas, higher hose streams, and Schedule
40 piping. These are several of the provisions you need to know Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
to avoid costly mistakes. The class will also alert you to other
standards and tell you where you can get these documents for FREE!
Ralph Foster, III, PE

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friday | seminars

FM Global Research Campus Excursion
Experience research in action! Guests will be bused to the FM
october 1 Global Research Campus in West Glocester, R.I. This free session
will include two educational sessions, a tour of the FM Global
facility, and a fire test observation. Earn 0.25 CEUs/2.5 CPDs. (See
page 19 for details and special reservation information.)
6:00am – 4:00pm
Dennis Anderson, PE
Registration Open

7:00am-2:00pm Breakout Session

Seminars NFPA 13/13R – 2010 Ed. Update

The 2010 editions of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Standards have been
available for about a year yet many are still unaware of the
benefits of being “in the know” as it relates to the most recent
FM Global Research Campus Excursion changes to these standards we use every day. This popular 4-hour
Requires separate registration - See page 19 for details program will benefit sprinkler designers, project managers, installers
and AHJs alike. Learn about the significant changes to our sprinkler
standards with insight to the discussions behind them.
8:30am – 2:30pm
Robert Caputo, CFPS, CET
Tour 2: Newport Mansions
11:30am – 3:30pm Breakout Session
1) Exhibits Open Recognizing Field Failure Issues
2) Apprenticeship Competition in CPVC Systems
Leaks in CPVC fire sprinkler systems can occur for a variety of
reasons including chemical incompatibility issues, mechanical
7:00pm-10:00pm damage to the pipe or fitting and installation errors. The
Gillette Stadium Evening Event presentation will focus on recognizing the signs of various types
of problems and steps that can be taken to avoid them. Types of
issues that will be addressed include impact and crushing damage,
cementing and joint assembly errors, freezing & overheating,
chemical resistance issues such as antimicrobials, solder flux, caulk,
leak detectors, mold treatments, thread sealants, and wire & cable.
Michelle Knight

Breakout Session
NFPA 25, 2011 Ed. – Help is On the Way
Repeat of Wednesday’s session. See page 5 for description.

seminars | free AHJ training

Free AHJ Training Friday only!

Two seminars on Friday, October 1 are free to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) during AFSA’s annual convention, as a part of its
traditional AHJ Free Friday. The seminars are planned with the AHJ in mind and therefore, hold a special relevance to the AHJ. While
registration is required, there is no fee for AHJs to attend the seminars and the exhibit hall. This represents an excellent opportunity to
gain useful information and improve your knowledge of the current trends and changes in the fire sprinkler industry.

7:00am - 11:00am 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Fire Sprinkler System Plan Review Are You Ready for Residential
(AHJs Only) Sprinklers? (AHJs Only)
Review of automatic fire sprinkler system plans has become very Are you ready for plan review and inspection of residential sprinkler
complex as NFPA 13 has expanded to cover more issues. The systems? Effective January 1, 2011, any jurisdiction adopting the
seminar will take attendees through a hands-on review of a fire IRC will face plan review and inspection of these systems. The class
sprinkler system plan, including the overall design concept, hydraulic will provide an overview of the requirements in 2010 ed. of NFPA
calculations, seismic bracing, and the underground supply system. 13D and 2009 ed. of IRC for residential sprinkler systems. We will
Decisions on the part of the system designer dealing with hazard cover the required minimum information on plans and move onto
and commodity classification, sprinkler selection and spacing, and the inspections required for residential sprinklers. This class is
materials selection will all be among the topics which are a part of designed for AHJs.
the review. This seminar will rely heavily on attendee participation, Ralph Foster, III, PE
and will generate a list of items which require further clarification or
revisions. A Q&A session will follow the completion of the plan review.
Plan reviewers and field inspectors should find this seminar helpful,
and will most likely find areas where their own review checklist can
be modified or improved. An architect’s scale and a copy of the 2010
edition of NFPA 13 are strongly recommended for attendees.
Ken Wagoner, SET

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saturday | seminars

Breakout Session
NFPA 13/13R – 2010 Ed. Update
october 2 Repeat of Friday’s session. See page 8 for description.

6:30am - 1:30pm Breakout Sessions
Golf Tournament The Top 25 of NFPA 25
Each year NFPA Advisory Service receives hundreds of phone calls
7:00am – 11:00am and e-mails relating to the requirements of NFPA 25, Standard
for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire
Registration Open Protection Systems. This presentation covers the Top 25 questions
from the perspective of the 2008 and the new 2011 editions. It is
8:00am – 12:00pm designed as an interactive, participant-driven format that covers the
topics in an order of interest established by the audience.
James D. Lake

9:00am - 3:15pm How to Survive in a Down Economy

Construction is a cyclical business and the successful fire protection
Tour 3: Boston City Tour professional must be able to anticipate these trends and respond
quickly. The goal is to make money in a down economy and be
7:00pm-10:00pm able to take advantage of the inevitable resurgence in market
conditions. “Business as usual” could mean no business at all.
Oktoberfest – Apprentice Awards Ceremony Randy Stutzman

Breakout Sessions
OSHA Update on Slips, Trips & Falls,
and Aerial Lift Safety
Every day over 700 workers in America are hurt in a slip, trip or
fall. This presentation will detail some of the best practices, options,
and OSHA’s position on this never-ending worker safety issue.
Presenter will also share the latest OSHA opinions with regard
to aerial lifts and fall protection for their use. There has been
considerable interest in recent letters of interpretation regarding the
requirements for workers.
Dean McKenzie

Change-Order Management
If you are going to be involved in a construction project, then you
will have to deal with change orders. It is important to understand
why change orders occur and to learn how to deal with them to
minimize interruptions for the entire project. This session will help
you: 1) understand the importance of recognizing a change order, 2)
acquire ideas and techniques on how to calculate the time and cost
impacts of change orders, and 3) learn how to price change orders.
Randy Stutzman

| exhibition

Exhibit Hours Don’t miss seeing the latest products and services available throughout the country as AFSA
hosts America’s largest fire sprinkler exhibition. The Chairman’s Reception on Thursday night
Thursday, 9/30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm begins the two-day exhibit with food and drinks. You’ll be given yet another opportunity on
Friday to see the exhibits you missed on Thursday. You can make contacts with companies
Friday, 10/1, 11:30am – 3:30pm
nationwide and place orders immediately. The Apprentice Competition will be held in the
exhibit hall and is always very exciting to observe. You won’t want to miss this!

Acme Manufacturing Company, Denver, CO NAPAC Inc., Worcester, MA

AFCON, South El Monte, CA NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research), Gainesville, FL
American Fire Sprinkler Association, Dallas, TX NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), Quincy, MA
AGF Manufacturing, Malvern, PA NIBCO Inc., Elkhart, IN
Allied Tube & Conduit, Harvey, IL NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology), Alexandria, VA
American Backflow Products Company, Tallahassee, FL Noble Company, Spring Lake, MI
Amtrol Inc., West Warwick, RI North Alabama Pipe Corporation, Guntersville, AL
Anvil Star, University Park, IL Northwest Pipe Company, Atchison, KS
Apollo Valves, a division of Conbraco Industries, Inc., Matthews, NC Onsite Software, Merchantville, NJ
ARGCO, Vista, CA OSHA, Washington, DC
Atlantic American Fire Equipment Company, Warrington, PA Pace Machinery Group, Inc., Wasco, IL
Atlantic MoTech, Inc., Beresford, NB Canada Patterson Pump Company, Toccoa, GA
BAVCO, Long Beach, CA Peerless Pump Company, Indianapolis, IN
BlazeMaster® Fire Sprinkler Systems, Cleveland, OH Pentair Water, North Aurora, IL
Buckeye Fire Equipment, Arlington, TX PHD Manufacturing, Inc., Columbiana, OH
Building Reports, Suwanee, GA Pittsburg Tank and Tower Co., Virginia Bendm VA
Bull Moose Tube Company, Chesterfield, MO Polymer Molding Inc., Erie, PA
Center for Life Safety Education, Dallas, TX Potter Electric Signal Company, St. Louis, MO
Chemguard, Mansfield, TX Potter Roemer/Fire Pro, City of Industry, CA
Clarke Fire Protection Products, Cincinnati, OH Reed Manufacturing Company, Erie, PA
Containment Solutions, Inc., Conroe, TX Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company Inc., Elmsford, NY
Croker Div. Fire-End & Croker Corp., Elmsford, NY RISC Insurance, Dallas, TX
Easyflex, Tustin, CA Seung Jin Ind. Co., LTD., Ansun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Eaton Corporation, Calgary, Alberta Canada Shurjoint Piping Products, Las Vegas, NV
Elite Components, Sugar Land, TX SI Systems, Clearwater, FL
Elkhart Brass, Elkhart, IN Sigma Piping Products Corp., Cream Ridge, NJ
ERICO, Solon, OH Smith-Cooper International, Commerce, CA
Ferguson Fire & Fabrication, Inc, Passaic, NJ South-Tek Systems, Wilmington, NC
Fire Protection Products Inc. (FPPI), Carlsbad, CA S-P-D Incorporated, Schaumburg, IL
Fire Spec Sprinkler Supply Company, Inc., Bridgewater, MA Spears Manufacturing Company, Sylmar, CA
FlexHead Industries, Inc., Holliston, MA SPP Pumps, Norcross, GA
FM Approvals, Norwood, MA Superior Systems, Inc., Bristol, IN
Gateway Tubing Inc., Rolla, MO System Sensor, St. Charles, IL
General Air Products, Inc., Exton, PA Texas Manufacturing Company, Whitesboro, TX
Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation, Standish, MI Thermafit Industries, Inc., Van Nuys, CA
Guardian Fire Equipment, Inc., Miami, FL Tolco, a brand of NIBCO, Inc., Corona, CA
Harvel Plastics, Inc., Easton, PA Tornatech, Montreal, QB Canada
HD Supply Fire Protection, Thomasville, GA Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products, Lansdale, PA
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Frankfort, IL Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Northbrook, IL
HRS Systems, Inc., Tucker, GA United Brass Works Inc., Randleman, NC
Hydratec, Inc., Windham, NH Uponor, Apple Valley, MN
Hydro Flow Products, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL Victaulic, Easton, PA
IPEX USA, LLC, Mississauga, Ontario Canada Viking Group, Inc., Hastings, MI
ITW Buildex, Itasca, IL Watts Water Technologies/Ames Company, North Andover, MA
Job Gmbh, Ahrensburg, HA Germany Welded Tube-Berkeley, Huger, SC
Joslyn Clark Controls, Elizabethtown, NC Wheatland Tube Company, Sharon, PA
Kennedy Valve, Elmira Heights, NY Wheeler-Rex, Ashtabula, OH
M.E.P. CAD, Inc., Las Vegas, NV Wilkins, a Zurn Company, Paso Robles, CA
Metraflex Company, Chicago, IL Yong Won USA, Inc. (Flex Drop), Englewood, NJ
Milwaukee Valve Company, New Berlin, WI (Exhibitors as of 6/4/10)

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speakers |

Dennis Anderson, PE David Hague, PE, CFPS, CET

Dennis Anderson is vice president, engineering application David Hague is manager of the engineering technical
training, for FM Global. Anderson has been with FM for unit at Liberty Mutual Property in Weston, Mass.,
over 30 years and is responsible for addressing client, where he is responsible for LMP’s Engineering Manual,
media, and business partner groups to illustrate the training programs for internal and external customers,
science and engineering capabilities. He holds a MBA coordination of plan reviews, and coordination of LMP’s
from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a involvement in NFPA technical committees. He is a
bachelor’s in civil engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo. member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Commissioning, Standpipe
Systems, Water Spray Systems, Fire Pumps, Combustible Liquids and
Protection of Records. Prior to LMP, he served as a principal engineer at
Weston C. Baker, Jr. NFPA where he was responsible for its standards on suppression systems.
Wes Baker is a senior engineering technical specialist
within FM Global’s engineering standards division. He John C. Harrington, PE
is responsible for the technical guidelines presented
in its Data Sheets for automatic sprinklers and the J.C. Harrington is assistant vice president, senior
protection of most storage occupancies. He holds a engineering technical specialist for engineering standards
B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University, and for FM Global. He is responsible for construction fire
serves on the NFPA 13 Discharge and Installation Committees. hazards standard development, risk service testing
coordination, building code issues, technical training, and
technical committee involvement and coordination for FM
Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET He has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Tufts University, and a master’s
Bob Caputo splits his time between Fire & Life Safety in engineering management from Northeastern University. He is a SFPE
America, in Richmond, Va., live seminars, and his Fellow and serves on its Technical Steering Committee. He also serves on
consulting practice. Caputo is a member of the NFPA the NFPA Standards Council and the NFPA 5000 Building Code committee.
13 Installation and NFPA 25 Committees. Author of
many technical papers, he has developed training Duane Johnson, PE
materials for AHJs and contractors through AFSA, NFPA,
& CLSE. He has been active with the fire protection community for over Duane Johnson is the program manager at the Division
30 years, having served as a volunteer firefighter and trained in fire of the Fire Marshal’s office for the National Institutes
suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego. of Health in Bethesda, Md. He has over 20 years of
experience in the fire protection industry ranging from
field installation, design development, construction
John Denhardt, PE inspections, and consulting services. Johnson is NICET
John Denhardt is the quality control manager for certified in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Inspection & Testing
Strickland Fire Protection of College Park, Md. He of Water-Based Systems, has a B.S. in fire protection engineering from the
has a B.S. in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a member of NFPA and SFPE.
University of Maryland, holds a NICET Level III
certificate in automatic sprinkler system layout and Gary Keith
inspection and testing of water-based systems, and is
a registered Professional Engineer in numerous states. He’s a member Gary Keith is NFPA’s Vice President, Field Operations,
of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Discharge Committee, SFPE, NFPA, and AFSA. overseeing its five divisions: regional operations,
international operations, fire analysis & research,
public education, and wildland fire operations. He
Ralph Foster, III, PE, CFPE also has management responsibility for NFPA’s fire
Ralph Foster is the principal of Foster Engineering and investigation activities. Keith has presided over the
Consulting and is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition since its inception in 1996.
in multiple states. He earned his degree in mechanical
engineering from University of South Carolina and is an Michelle Knight
NPFA Certified Fire Inspector I and Certified Fire Plans
Examiner. He worked for the State Fire Marshal’s office for Michelle Knight is a scientist in the CPVC research
over 18 years and taught both state and national certification courses. He’s and development department at Lubrizol. She holds
a member of SFPE, NFPA, ICC, AFSA and is retired S.C. Army National Guard. degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering
from Purdue University and has 20 years of experience
in materials testing and failure analysis of CPVC pipe
James Golinveaux and fittings used in fire sprinkler, industrial chemical,
With 27 years of industry experience, James Golinveaux and potable water distribution applications. She has presented papers on
is product general manager for Tyco Fire Suppression & failure analysis of CPVC piping systems at various national organizations
Building Products. His current role applies his experience for both industrial and fire sprinkler applications.
to develop fire protection devices and systems in water.
He serves on various committees and works to influence James Lake
relevant codes and standards. He’s been a member of
several NFPA technical committees (13, 88A, 101, & 5000), is a subject James Lake is a senior fire protection specialist and
matter expert for the 20th edition of the Fire Protection Handbook and a member of the Fire Protection Systems Engineering
has contributed to the 2002 & 2007 editions of the NFPA 13 Handbook. department at NFPA. He is currently responsible for

| speakers

Randal G. Stutzman
working with the NFPA Technical Committee on Automatic Sprinklers, Randy Stutzman

and for writing NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 24, & 291. He also works for Randy Stutzman is a director at FMI, management

Technical Committees on NFPA 25 and Water Mist Fire Suppression

consultants to the construction industry. As a specialist
Randy Stutzman is a principal inacquisitions,
in corporate mergers, FMI’s and Investment

Systems (NFPA 750). Lake holds a bachelor’s in fire prevention development, Randy helps contractors throughout the
Banking practice. As acountry
specialist in corporate
develop and implement plans that are uniquely

administration and a master’s in education. He is the editor of the mergers, acquisitions, clients
andacquirestrategy development,
tailored to meet individual needs. This involves helping
additional businesses, sell existing he
2010 editions of the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, Automatic helps contractors throughout the country develop
business units, or ensure that profitable organic growth
is achieved. In any case, the goal is always to maximize
Sprinkler Systems Handbook for Residential Occupancies, and the 2011 and implement plans that are uniquely tailored to
shareholders’ value.

edition of the Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Handbook. meet individual needs,development
including acquire
business. In 1978, he joinedadditional
Randy grew up in a family-owned construction and
FMI and

business, sell existing began

business units or ensure that profitable
working with contractor clients to help them
better manage their businesses. In addition to his

Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET organic growth is achieved. He is a graduate of Indiana University of
responsibilities as a consultant to individual contractors,
Randy is responsible for FMI’s merger and acquisition
Pennsylvania, holding a Master of Business Administration.
Randal G. Stutzman
services for several industry segments. As an instructor FMI Corporation
for FMI seminars, Randy teaches and publishes subjects 5301 Cypress St.
Russ Leavitt is the executive chairman of Telgian related to mergers and acquisitions in the construction
industry, field productivity improvement, pricing and
Suite 201

Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Paul Su, Ph.D.

Tampa, FL 33607
bidding strategies, financial management for contractors,
field management training, integration of consolidated
Nevada, Las Vegas, holds a NICET Level IV certification
Tel: 813.636.1364
companies, and a number of other topics. Fax: 813.636.9601

in Fire Sprinkler Layout, and is a Certified Fire Protection Paul Su is a senior research specialist and technical
Randy is a graduate of Indiana University of
Web sites: |
Pennsylvania, holding a master of business
Specialist. He is a licensed contractor in 40 states and team leader at the Research Division of FM Global.
administration. He received a bachelor’s degree in

has 29 years of experience in the design, installation,

business management from David Lipscomb University.
Prior to joining FM, Su worked in the aerospace and
and testing of fire protection systems. He serves as a principle on the chemical industries providing engineering technical
NFPA 13 Technical Correlating, NFPA 25 Technical, and NFPA 5000 service and conducting research in corrosion, failure
Technical Correlating Committees. Leavitt is a member of NFPA and SFPE. analysis, and chemical products development. He
received a B.S. from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, a
Dean McKenzie M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from University of
Connecticut, all in the field of materials science and engineering.
Dean McKenzie is an industrial construction
professional with 34 years of experience in industrial Ken Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET
construction and maintenance projects such as
steel mills, power plants, breweries. McKenzie is a Ken Wagoner is a graduate of Bethany College
journeyman millwright, licensed general contractor, (Kan.), and owner of Parsley Consulting, in Escondido,
and construction specialist in OSHA’s Directorate of Calif. He has 29 years of experience in automatic
Construction’s Office of Construction Services. sprinkler system and fire alarm system design, plan
review, and construction management. Wagoner is
E. Parks Moore NICET certified in automatic sprinkler system layout
(IV), fire alarm systems (III) and inspection & testing (III). He has
Parks Moore is sales manager for S & S Sprinkler earned NFPA certification as a Fire Protection Specialist, and Fire
Company in Mobile, Ala. He holds a bachelor’s in Examiner. He is chairman and a principal member of both the NFPA
mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and 24 and NFPA 291 Committees, and a non-voting member of the NFPA
holds a NICET IV certification in Automatic Sprinkler 13 Technical Correlating Committee.
System Layout. He currently serves as principal
member on the NFPA 15 Technical Committee for Christopher Wieczorek, Ph.D.
Water-Spray Fixed Systems, as president of the Alabama Fire Sprinkler
Association, and is a member of AFSA and NFPA. Chris Wieczorek is a senior research specialist and
technical team leader of the Large-Scale Fires group
Peg Paul in the Fire Hazards and Protection area of research
at FM Global. He obtained his graduate degrees from
Peg Paul has been the communications manager for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition since 1997. She has worked Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of
with HFSC’s steering committee to develop “Protect What the NFPA and serves as committee chair on the fundamentals section
You Value Most” to educate consumers, “Built for Life” for of NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. He is also a
members of the home building industry, and “Living With member of SFPE and executive board member of the International
Sprinklers” for people who live in homes protected with fire Association of Fire Safety Science.
sprinklers. HFSC recently introduced an interactive education program titled,
“Captain Splash and the Droplets” for grade school students and education Bert Yu, Ph.D.
programs for insurance agents, real estate agents, and water purveyors.
Gregg Schoppman
Principal Bert Yu is a principal research scientist and technical team leader
Gregg Schoppman Gregg is a consultant with FMI, management consultants on fire suppression at FM Global’s Research Division. He received his
and investment bankers for the construction industry.
Gregg specializes in the areas of productivity and project B.S. in mechanical engineering at the National Taiwan University, and
M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State
management. He also leads FMI’s project management
Gregg Schoppman is a consultant with FMI specializing
consulting practice.

in the areas of productivityPrior

and project management.
to joining FMI, Gregg served as a senior proj- University. His areas of expertise include sprinkler & water mist spray
ect manager for a general contracting firm in central

Prior to joining FMI, Schoppman served as a senior

Florida. He has completed complex and sophisticated
construction projects in the medical, pharmaceutical,
characterization, plume & ceiling flows induced by rack-storage fires,
project manager and as a office,
family manager.
markets. He has also worked He has
heavy civil, industrial, manufacturing, and multi-
as a construction
sprinkler response prediction, spray cooling of room fires, commodity
expertise in numerous contract delivery methods
manager and managed direct labor. Furthermore, Gregg
has expertise in numerous contract asas well
delivery methods
classification, physical scaling of fire suppression, and development &
as knowledge of many geographical markets. He holds a
well as knowledge of many geographical markets.
modeling of water-based fire protection.
Gregg has been a guest speaker for the International
bachelor’s and master’s in Facility
engineering from
Association World UniversityGreggofSchoppman
In addition, he has been the Gulf Coast Director of the
Florida, and
a MBA from University of Tampa. He’sof America
a member of the American
308 South Boulevard Society
FMI Corporation
Design Build Institute function and regu-
larly speaks to students in the civil engineering graduate
of Civil Engineers and International Facility Management Association.
Tampa, FL 33606
school program at the University of Florida. Gregg has
also spoken to similar groups at the University of South
Tel: 813.636.1364
Florida and the University of Central Florida. He has
Fax: 813.636.9601
successfully completed project management implemen-
tation engagements for general and trade contractors E-mail:
across the country. Web site:

AFSA 29th Annual Convention & Exhibition

Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s | Sept.
degree in 29 - Oct. 3 13
civil engineering from the University of Florida and a
master’s of business administration with a concentra-
tion in international business from the University of
Tampa. He was recognized as a Beta Gamma Sigma
honor graduate at the University of Tampa and Tau Beta
special events |

thursday, 9/30 saturday, 10/2

3:00pm – 5:00pm 6:30am – 1:30pm
2010 General Session Golf Tournament
Comedian Damian Mason will emcee AFSA’s General Session. $155 per person (Breakfast & Lunch Included)
Part Businessman, part comedian, Damian draws on his unique Fee includes range balls, green fees, cart, continental breakfast
background and life experiences for hilarious stories, insights, and and lunch. This tournament will be a four-person team scramble.
comedic observations. He uses humorous anecdotes to illustrate Contests include longest drive and closest to the pin for both men
simple principles for success in life and business. AFSA will pay and women. This tournament always ends up with a waiting list
tribute to the Adaptive Sports Foundation, affiliated with the so register early. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-
Wounded Warrior Project. And… a guest speaker will reflect back on served basis, so don’t delay!
the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire. AFSA’s general session will
be entertaining as well as inspirational. You will leave with a sense 7:00pm – 10:00pm
of pride in being part of a great industry whose goal is to save
Oktoberfest – Apprentice Awards
lives and property. You definitively don’t want to miss this event.
Rhode Island Convention Center
It’s October and the time has come once again for the world-
renowned “Oktoberfest” – this time in Providence, R.I. The
6:00pm – 9:00pm
excitement builds as you hear the um pa pa’s throughout the
Chairman’s Reception ballroom, the first keg tappe, and the colorful festival adornment
AFSA has the largest fire sprinkler exhibition in the United States seen throughout Alpine Village leaves your heart wanting to stay
and continues to grow. This show will exhibit products from the in Providence to share in the festivities! The Festival has been
companies you have known and many more companies new to the set! Pass through the entryway as the scent of pretzels, beer and
industry. You will learn about the latest technology available and bratwurst fills the air… enter the grand festivities. The music is
enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres throughout the exhibit playing, the laughter is huge. The German Band teaches you a few
hall. Attire is business casual. simple German phrases and you learn a few German dances. This
Exhibit Hall event is also special because this evening we will be celebrating
the seven national apprentice finalists competing in the national
apprenticeship competition. Cheer on these seven apprentices as
they each receive their awards. Then, be there to see who takes
friday, 10/1
first place, and takes home the $5000 first place winner cash
11:30am – 3:30pm prize, and gets a chance to compete in the ABC National Craft
Championships in San Antonio in 2011.
Apprentice Competition
AFSA is sponsoring the 17th Annual National Apprentice Westin Providence Hotel
Competition. Seven finalists, apprentices representing member
companies from across the country, will compete to become the
winner of this national competition. These contestants will take
the practical test in the exhibit hall during the Friday exhibits,
as they cut, thread and install a steel and plastic piping system
with sprinkler heads and perform a pressure test. You will have
the opportunity to see this competition from beginning to end.
The winner will receive a cash award and an expense-paid trip to
represent AFSA at the 2011 ABC National Craft Championships in
San Antonio! Don’t miss this most exciting event!
Exhibit Hall

gillette stadium | special events

friday, 10/1 7:00pm -10:00pm

2010 NFL Football Season Celebration

No matter who your favorite NFL team happens to be, you will be fascinated
with a visit to Gillette Stadium. Take a behind the scenes tour of the stadium
and feel what it is like to be a true NFL football star. The tour is lead by
trained tour guides who will take you on a private trip down to the New
England Patriots playing field where you are encouraged to take plenty of
pictures! During this time, your dedicated tour guide will also discuss fun
facts of the stadium, ownership, the team and game days. In addition to the
sidelines, you will be able to enter the visiting team locker room, where it will
be set up with real NFL equipment—that can be tried on for size! Pending
Availability. Then walk over to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
where authentic New England Patriot Super Bowl rings are displayed for all to
see. The Hall is a modern “museum” that takes guests through Patriots and
New England football history in a cutting-edge way, utilizing amazing video
and audio to tap into fans’ emotions in a manner never before seen in a sports museum. If that’s not enough to wet your football appetite,
you will have the opportunity to learn the playbook from three-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick, go under the hood and
review plays like an actual NFL official, go inside a huddle and listen to Tom Brady call plays, and compare your vertical jump to Lawrence
Maroney’s and your weight to Vince Wilfork’s. You’ll also block Tedy Bruschi, stand inside a duck boat used in the Super Bowl XXXVI parade,
kick a field goal on the virtual football field, and listen to never-before told stories from past Patriots and Patriots’ fans in the state of the
art Raytheon Theater, which shows the Patriots signature film, highlighting extraordinary moments in team history. The Hall at Patriot Place
includes memorabilia from not just the New England Patriots but teams from all over the country. Return to the Fidelity Investments Clubhouse
where you can enjoy lots of food, drinks and music. Take a photo with some of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. Be where your favorite
NFL team takes on the New England Patriots for their chance to play in the Super Bowl. If you are a New England Patriot fan, be right where
the action takes place when your team takes themselves one step closer to another super bowl win. This is an evening you won’t soon forget!
Gillette Stadium, Home of the three time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots

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tours | sightseeing

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thursday 8:30am – 2:30pm
Federal Hill Culinary Tour
$180 per person (Lunch Included)
Providence’s Italian population has made a
home atop Federal Hill. Since the turn of
the century, it has been the hub of business
and Italian culture in Rhode Island, featuring
countless restaurants and shops. Cynthia
Salvato, the author of The Dowry Cookbook
and a certified executive pastry chef, will be
the tour guide for the morning. She will take
guests to traditional and modern bakeries,
a wine shop that brought Italian wines and
spirits to New England, butchers and poultry
markets, and specialty food markets. Guests
will be invited into some of the kitchens and
have small samplings of the fabulous cuisine. friday 8:30am – 2:30pm Cornelius Vanderbilt built this estate as a
Guests are in good hands as Cynthia gives symbol of the family’s social and financial
advice about Italian cooking, even tips on how Newport Mansions Tour preeminence. All 70 rooms covering 138,000
to use the savory ingredients hidden in some ft abound with Robert Morris Hunt’s
$170 per person (Lunch Included)
of the Federal Hill shops. She will describe architecture and furnishing inspired by 16th
Experience the grandiose Newport
each retailer and introduce you to the chefs, century Italian Renaissance palazzos. To this
“cottages” built at the apex of the Gilded
bakers and ravioli makers. This will be a day, the Breakers remains one of the most
Age spurred by the Industrial Revolution.
morning guests will not soon forget! After the extravagant indications of the Vanderbilt
Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-
tour, the group will be dropped off at Café family’s fortune. The next mansion will be
inspiring architecture, a thriving downtown
Dolce Vita for lunch. This pre-fixed menu the magnificent Marble House. The Marble
waterfront and welcoming hospitality,
allows guests to sample the wonderful dishes House was built between 1888 and 1892
Newport, R.I. is considered by many to
and ingredients talked about throughout the for Mr. & Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, a
be a shining gem in the coastal crown of
tour! In addition to lunch guests receive a gift summer house, or cottage, as Newporters
New England. Upon arrival, guests will be
bag to include a cookbook, Federal Hill store called them in remembrance of the modest
transported to the grandest of Newport
directory and coupons to local stores. houses of the early 19th century. However,
Mansions – the Breakers – for the first
Limited to 14 guests. Reserve tickets early. the Marble House was much more. It was a
tour. Railroad industrialist Commodore
social and architectural landmark that set
the pace for Newport’s transformation from
a quiet summer colony of wooden houses
to the legendary resort of opulent stone
palaces. Each mansion tour will include
headsets, so guests may listen to a guided
tour of the social history and beautiful
surroundings. After leaving the famous
mansions on Bellevue Avenue, a driving
tour of Ocean Drive, with magnificent
views of the coast, will show guests more
of Newport’s natural beauty. Ocean Drive
leads guests back to the marina area
where lunch will be served at The Mooring
Seafood Kitchen, located on the waterfront
at Sayer’s Wharf.

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| tours

saturday 9:00am – 3:15pm

Boston City Tour
$160 per person (Lunch Included)
Come and enjoy one of the best tours
Boston has to offer! Guests make
their way around the city on a WWII
amphibious duck! Guests board the
motorcoach in Providence for a fun-filled
trip. Trivia and information on Boston will
be shared on the ride from Providence.
Guests will be dropped off at the Museum
of Science and board the famous ducks
to begin their 80-minute tour of the city.
One of the infamous conductors, dressed
in attire to suit their unique personality,
regales everyone with stories of the city
while pointing out the sights. Located on
the fashionable Newbury Street, the Old
State House conceals its a checkered
past as the site of the Boston Massacre
in 1770, under its magnificent golden
dome, and the beautiful Boston Gardens
complete with its famous “Make Way for
Ducklings” statue are all sites pointed
out along the way. Quincy Market, New
England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall and
America’s oldest restaurant – the Union
Oyster House – are among the favorite
sites! Then, the duck “swims” into the
beautiful Charles River for a spin by
the Museum of Science and Community
Boating Center. At the end of the tour,
guests are dropped at Faneuil Hall where
they will enjoy a lunch at Cheers. Located
in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, Cheers
will welcome guests with a warm welcome
to its “Stage Bar,” a space devoted to
providing an experience and atmosphere
that mirrors the hit TV show!

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headquarter hotel |

Connected to the Rhode AFSA Group Rate:
Island Convention Center and $189 + tax
the new Providence Place Single/double occupancy.
Mall, AFSA’s headquarter Includes FREE Internet daily!
The Westin hotel the Westin Providence
Providence boasts an excellent location Cut-off date:
Tuesday, August 31
in downtown Providence.
One West Exchange Street After this cut-off date, AFSA
Within walking distance of
Providence, RI 02903 attendees are not guaranteed room
many gourmet restaurants and
availability or the special rate.
historic attractions, guests can
(Ph) 401-598-8000
experience all this historic city
(Tf) 800-937-8461 Parking at the Westin
has to offer. With a heated Providence Hotel
indoor pool, fully equipped Self-parking is available for $18.00
Capital Club fitness center, and per day; valet parking is available
the delicious Agora Restaurant for $26.00 per day. Prices are
& Bar, the Westin Providence subject to change without notice.
has everything you need to
relax and renew. Relax in Hospitality suites are not permitted during
Westin’s Heavenly Beds®, which the official convention dates.
come standard in each guest
room and suite. Guests enjoy
spacious accommodations
with beautiful city views and
oversized bathrooms.

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Stay at the
Westin Providence...
and as a thanks, you’ll enjoy these value-added
extras with AFSA’s compliments:

– Three (3) free hot breakfasts
Valued at $110 per person (Thursday, Friday, & Saturday)

– Two (2) free hot lunches

Valued at $80 per person (Thursday & Friday)

– Free Internet daily

Valued at $75 per connection (Wednesday - Sunday)

*Must be registered for the 2010 convention to qualify

FM Global | tours

friday 7:30am-1:30pm

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FM Global Research
Campus Excursion
Experience research in action! For this session, guests will be bused to the FM
Global Research Campus in nearby West Glocester, R.I. Dennis Anderson with FM
Global will be your host and tour guide. This session will include two educational
sessions, a tour of the FM Global facility, and a fire test observation. Earn 0.25
CEUs/2.5 CPDs. (Note: Requires special separate registration. See form below.)

Part 1 - Sprinklers: Contribution to Sustainability QUANTIFIED

Chris Wieczorek and Gary Keith will present the results of a joint research project
comparing the effects of sprinklered and non-sprinklered residential fires on the
environment. This is an abbreviated session similar to the seminar presented 9/30 by
Peg Paul, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, entitled “Are Home Fire Sprinklers Green?”

Part 2 - Tour Fire Technology Lab & Observe Fire Test

Visitors will receive a walking tour through small and large burn labs with a brief
overview of the types of research and testing conducted, highlighting both the
scientific significance and the relevance to FM Global clients in protecting the
value their businesses create. The working large-scale fire test of the day will
be witnessed from a viewing gallery.
Special Registration Required
To attend this free session, you must meet all the
Part 3 - Process for Development of the Corrosion Resistant Sprinkler
following conditions:
John (JC) Harrington, Paul Su, and Bert Yu, representatives of FM Global
Research and Engineering Standards, will discuss current efforts to develop
o Your company is an AFSA member.
a new type of sprinkler for use in corrosive environments. The project has
Limit two (2) people per member company
involved a number of parties, scientific investigation, laboratory testing, field
testing, and pilot testing of a functional protection system at a client site. o You have a full, all-access or full exhibitor
registration to attend the 2010 AFSA convention.
* Limited to 110 people – two (2) persons per AFSA member company membership. Registrations o You are at least 18 at the time of the event with
will be processed in the order in which they are received. In order to qualify, guests must meet all
of the outlined requirements (subject to verification). A wait list will be established to fill spaces as
a valid photo ID.
a result of cancellations. Registration(s) are nontransferable. Only confirmed guests will be permitted
to attend - no substitutions. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes (closed toe required) o You have a confirmed hotel reservation at the
and must be prepared to wear provided hard hats and safety glasses. Additionally, guests must use Westin Providence. You will be asked to provide
provided transportation. Transportation, continental breakfast & lunch will be provided by FM Global.
your confirmation number for verification purposes.

o YES, register me to attend the FM

Global Research Campus Excursion
I understand space is limited and I affirm that I meet all of the
Name registration requirements (see above checklist). I fully understand
that if I fail meet all of the requirements, I will not be permitted to
register for and/or attend the FM Global Research Campus Excursion.
Please add my name to the wait list if my registration cannot be
o confirmed immediately. Contact number:

Phone Signed

Email Westin Confirmation Number

Return this completed form with your convention registration form to AFSA at (214) 343-8898 fax
attractions |

Like much of New England...

Rhode Island is notable for the great variety of its natural
beauty, cultural offerings, & social history. To people who have
not spent much time in the Ocean State, the first images to
arise might be its fabulous Gilded Age mansions, its legacy of
12-meter yachting, or its famed jazz, folk, and classical music
festivals. Other well-known images of Rhode Island are its long,
sandy beaches along the Atlantic and Narragansett Bay, and
the revitalized cultural jewel that is Providence, its capital city.

Mathushek Piano Freedom Trail Fort Adams

Manufacturing Company There is no other place in the United States Just a short drive or a water taxi ride across
The birthplace of the automatic fire sprinkler where you can take in the rich history of Newport Harbor stands the largest coastal
system began in New Haven, CT. Henry S. America’s Revolution—the events that led fortification in the United States. Visit this
Parmalee, a pianomaker from New Haven, up to the historic break from Britain. The engineering and architectural masterpiece
invented a fire sprinkler system in 1874 to Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking to see where the soldiers lived, enter the
protect his piano factory. While other patents trail leading to 16 nationally significant casemates, explore the tunnel system, and
for sprinklers predated, Parmalee’s work is historic sites. Preserved and dedicated climb the bastions for breathtaking views.
credited with the first practical automated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, the From 1824 to 1950, Fort Adams housed
sprinkler head. His piano company, The Freedom Trail today is a unique collection generations of our soldiers. Located 29 miles
Mathushek Piano Manufacturing Co., is of museums, churches, meeting houses, away in Newport, R.I.
credited as being the first building in the burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic
United States to be equipped with a fire markers. Located 41 miles away in Boston. Herreshoff Marine Museum/
suppression system. Mathushek Manufacturing America’s Cup Hall of Fame
Co. was located on the corner of Brown WaterFire It’s dedicated to the education and
Street and Washington Avenue in New Haven. WaterFire is a magnificent array of 100 inspiration of the public through
bonfires that illuminate the three rivers presentations of the history and innovative
JFK Presidential Library of Providence. The string of fires blaze work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing
Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential above the surface of the Providence River, Co. and the America’s Cup competition.
Library and Museum overlooking the one of three, which passes through the The Museum, bordering beautiful the
ocean. JFKs own sailboat, Victura, sits just middle of the city. These fires trail nearly Narragansett Bay in Bristol, R.I., is one
outside in remembrance of his love of the two-thirds of a mile of parks and public of the nation’s most important historic
sea. Guests enjoy a very special look into spaces where people can stroll along the maritime treasures. Immerse yourself in
JFK’s 1960 Presidential Campaign and his riverbanks. The fires are lit approximately exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing
abbreviated but history-making time in office 20 minutes after sunset each Saturday Co., the America’s Cup, and the fabulous
as President of the United States. The JFK and usually burn for two-three hours. The yachts that gained fame around the world.
library is located in the Boston-area about event is free, but donations are greatly Located 13 miles from Westin Providence.
46 miles from Westin Providence. appreciated.
Twin Rivers Casino
Try your hand at Vegas-style gambling.
Sitting on the beautiful shores of Lake
Providence Nestled into Narragansett Bay and bordered on the east by
Roosevelt, Two Rivers Casino provides hours
the Seekonk River, Providence is a small, friendly city full of history, culture and
of outdoor and gaming entertainment.
diverse immigrant communities. In the last few years, downtown Providence has
Located 6 miles from Westin Providence.
added an official Arts & Entertainment district and European-style to its classic
New England beauty. From Gondola rides on the Providence River to cannelloni on
Federal Hill. From Greek cafes and colonial mansions on Benefit Street to brunch
at the Biltmore Hotel. Visitors from around the world will savor Providence.
Contact the Westin Providence Hotel
Concierge desk for details and directions.,

| attractions

Other enticements for

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vacationers include:
- vineyards and summertime
polo competitions in the
town of Portsmouth, north
of Newport;
- the Cliff Walk, a three-
mile elevated path above
the rocky coves that wrap
around Newport; and
- the lovely, intimate streets
and buildings of Westerly
and Watch Hill in South

Providence Warwick Similarly, the Museum of Work and

Providence has undergone a rebirth since The Rhode Island’s largest city, Culture in the city of Woonsocket,
the early 1990s, when rivers running after Providence, is Warwick, a home for centuries to people
through downtown were uncovered and located on the west shore of of French Canadian extraction,
developed into a waterfront park that Narragansett Bay. Together with describes the lives of textile mill
later became the home of the popular its southern neighbor, the town workers of the early 1800s.
WaterFire celebrations. Providence is of East Greenwich, Warwick offers
Block Island
home to Brown University and the Rhode many good ethnic, seafood, and
Last and most pristine, Block Island
Island School of Design, both of which Colonial-themed restaurants; lots
lies off the shore in Block Island
bring to the city the whole panoply of of marinas; and the wonderful
Sound, an easy ferry ride from
cultural, performance, and public art that Goddard Park, which has a golf
Point Judith. Leave your car on the
grow around world-class schools. On course, horse stables, acres of
mainland and rent a moped for a
the city’s edge is the Victorian-era Roger fields, a beach, and lots of play
carefree jaunt out to the beaches
Williams Park, with its zoo, carousel, and picnicking areas.
and bluffs of this small gem in
vintage casino building, lakes, and
Blackstone River Valley the sound. For the athletic and
Museum of Natural History. Providence
Moving west and north, the adventurous, Rhode Island also is
also is a prime location for shopping at
Blackstone River Valley is the laced – especially in the East Bay –
the downtown Providence Place Mall and
cradle of the Industrial Revolution with good hiking and bicycling trails,
The Arcade between Westminster and
in America: at Slater Mill in the better to plan an intimate visit
Weybosset streets. Considering it’s home
Pawtucket, visitors can see where, with a place where the towns and
to a longstanding Italian community and
in 1793, Samuel Slater built the farms even today may resemble a
Johnson & Wales University, a major
first factory in the United States page of Colonial America.
culinary school, Providence is also a
great place to find some excellent dining. to successfully produce cotton
yarn with water-powered machines.

AFSA 29th Annual Convention & Exhibition | Sept. 29 - Oct. 3 21

travel information |

Major Airports Near Towncar Service Spouse/Guest Badge

The Westin Providence Transportation service available from
The spouse/guest badge category is
Sentinel Limousine: call 866-925-5466.
reserved for any individual who is either
Warick, R.I.’s T.F. Green When booking your reservation, be sure
a spouse, family member, significant
International Airport (PVD) to refer to the group discount code: AFSA.
other, and/or friend of a registrant who
Only 10 minutes from downtown Providence, Transportation fees are $80.24 one-way
is employed in the fire sprinkler industry.
Warick, R.I.’s T.F. Green Airport was named (including gratuity) from T.F. Green Airport
Spouses and guests employed by a
one of the “Top Five Alternative Airports” or $164.42 one-way (including gratuity) from
company in the fire sprinkler industry do
in the country by Forbes magazine and Boston Logan International Airport.
not qualify for the spouse/guest price.
received a Reader’s Choice award from
Conde Nast Traveler. It offers direct flights Shared Ride Shuttle Service
If you are traveling to/from T.F. Green Registration Deadline
via major carriers, including AirCanada,
Continental Airlines/Continental Express, International Airport in Providence, a shuttle Do not mail or fax registration forms to
Delta Airlines/Delta Connections, Southwest operates each hour for a one-way fee of AFSA after Friday, August 27, 2010. After
Airlines, United Airlines/United Airlines $9.00 per person daily from 6am–10pm. this date, attendees must register on-site.
Express, and US Airways/US Airways Express. Contact 401-737-2868; Reservation required. It costs more to register on-site if you
Prices subject to change without notice. miss the earlier deadlines. No registrations
Boston Logan International If you are traveling to/from Boston Logan will be taken over the phone. Confirmation
Airport (BOS) International Airport, you can travel on letters will only be sent out to those who
Logan International Airport is located in Peter Pan Bus lines for a one-way fee register prior to August 27, 2010.
East Boston, approximately 42 miles from of $18.00 per person. Reservations are
the Westin Providence Hotel. America’s sixth required. Book your reservation online at
busiest airport, BOS handles domestic flights Cancellations are only accepted in writing,
and international connections to/from the by mail, email or fax. For notices received
Pacific Rim, Europe, and Latin America. AVIS Car Rental Discount prior to August 27, 2010, a full refund,
Transportation options include car rental, Call Avis at 1-800-331-1600 refer to AWD# minus a cancellation fee of $50 will be
shuttles, MBTA buses, taxis, and water taxis. B136001 to reserve a car at a 20 percent returned by mail (or on the credit card)
discount off the standard. Outside the U.S., within 30 days. After that date, no refunds
Discount Airfare call 1-919-624-4301. will be issued.

American Airlines Hertz Car Rental

If you are traveling through Boston, consider
AFSA Convention Attire
Fall is the most popular time to visit
flying American Airlines. AFSA has negotiated Providence because of its fiery fall foliage. Most AFSA events are casual; however,
a special 5 percent discount on American Hertz typically sells out of vehicles this time business attire may be worn to the
Airlines/American Eagle for its convention. of year, so you are encouraged to reserve Chairman’s Reception. Evening events are
Go to Input the promotional your car early. The best rates are offered resort casual.
code 9790AK, and make your reservation. now. Call 1-800-654-2240 to reserve today.
The discount will automatically be calculated Providence, RI Weather
when the itinerary is booked. Electronic Trip Cancellation Insurance In late September and early October, the
ticketing is required otherwise a paper average temperatures range between 72°F
Access America offers a Basic Vacation
ticket charge will apply. If you have difficulty (22°C) and 58°F (14°C).
Protection Plan. This insurance plan covers
booking your reservation, call American
trip cancellation and interruption protection.
Airlines Meeting Services at 1-800-433-1790.
Cancellation coverage provides benefits Special Needs
Be sure to give the agent the promotional
if your trip is canceled for a covered Do you have special needs? If so, please
code at time of booking.
reason up to the time of departure. Trip notify the AFSA office at (214) 349-5965 by
interruption coverage provides benefits if August 18, 2010.
Transportation your trip is interrupted for covered reasons
Taxi after you have departed. For details, call
Taxi cab fare averages $33.00 one way Access America at (800) 284-8300 dial 3
between the T.F. Green Airport and the for policy reservation. Ask for details on
Westin Providence Hotel. Taxi cab fare rate per person and brochure needed to
averages $165 one way between Boston submit an application.
Logan Airport and the Westin Providence.

AFSA Convention Attendee (Non Exhibitor) Registration Fees
One form per person, copy if necessary
AFSA will confirm convention registration to attendees for registrations received 1. Full (All Access Badge)
before 8/27/10. Airfare, transportation to/from airport and lodging are NOT Full registration includes ALL FUNCTIONS except optional tours and golf.
included in the registration fee. See page 22 for cancellation information. Early Bird Regular Onsite Only*
(Before 7/24/10) (7/24 - 8/27) (After 8/27/10)
Three easy ways to register o Member $525 $625 $700
o Non-member N/A $890 $925
1. Mail this form with payment to: 2. If paying by credit card,
AFSA Convention fax this form to: (214) 343-8898
c/o Wells Fargo Bank o Member $425 $525 $600
P.O. Box 200201 3. Register online (members only): o Non-member N/A $700 $725
Dallas, Texas 75230-0201 o Child - under 18 free

*After 8/27/10, registration is available Onsite Only.

Do NOT send onsite payment to AFSA after this date. Amount _______
Member Information
o Member o Non-Member^ 2. Optional Items Qty Fee
^The additional non-member fee for all of your registrants can be applied o Federal Hill Culinary Tour, 9/30 ____ $180 ______
towards an AFSA Membership. As a first-time, new member of AFSA, you
will also receive a coupon worth $100 off one Full Convention Registration. o Newport Mansions Tour, 10/1 ____ $170 ______
o Boston City Tour, 10/2 ____ $160 ______
Badge Type (must choose one type only) o FM Global Research Campus Excursion, 10/1** Free**
o Contractor o Designer o Manufacturer o Supplier o AHJ **Separate registration required. You cannot signup using this form.
Hurry - space is very limited. See page 19 for special tour signup form.
o Exhibitor (DO NOT USE THIS FORM, Download at
o Golf Tournament, 10/2 ____ $155 ______
o Spouse/Guest - For spouses and/or significant others not employed in
the fire sprinkler industry
Handicap or Avg. Score
o Single Function Tickets (Tickets for evening or optional events are avail-
able for guests of registrants with a “Full Registration.” Restrictions o Golf Hole Sponsorship: Number of signs ____ $150 ______
apply. For details, see “Extra Single Function Tickets” at right.) o Apprentice Competition Donation ____ $100 ______

Badge Information 3. Extra Single Function Tickets

You must fill out a separate form for each person you are purchasing a ticket for
and select “Single Function Tickets” under badge type. You must have at least one
Preferred First Name (i.e. Ed, Jen, Sam, JR) “Full-All Access” registration from your company to purchase single function tickets.
Members only (non-members available onsite)
Name (first, last) o Chairman’s Reception, 9/30 $200 _______
o 2010 NFL Football Season Party, 10/1 $175 _______
Job Title o Oktoberfest, 10/2 $100 _______
o Seminars Day 1, 9/29 $115 _______
o Seminars Day 2, 9/30 $100 _______
Company / Affiliation
o Seminars Day 3, 10/1 $85 _______
o Seminars Day 4, 10/2 $85 _______
City State / Province / Country
(Add Items 1 - 3) Grand Total _______
Contact Information
Mailing Address Note: Registration cannot - and will not - be processed without payment.
o Check Make checks payable to AFSA, drawn in US$ from a
US bank. Please put registrant(s) name on check.
City State/Province
o Visa o MasterCard Sorry, Visa or MasterCard only.

Card Number Exp. Date

Zip / Postal Code Country

Phone Fax Verify your card (required):

Zip Code associated with billing address Security Code 3 or 4 digit #

E-mail for confirmation, publication and/or correspondence

How would you like to receive confirmation? Print Name as it appears on card
o E-mail o Mail o Fax

Authorized Signature for credit card charge

American Fire Sprinkler Association
12750 Merit Drive, Suite 350
Dallas, Texas 75251

AFSA Convention Checklist

o Renew AFSA membership
o Register for AFSA’s Convention
o Reserve your hotel stay at the Westin Providence
o Make travel arrangements
o Map out your convention seminar schedule
o Plan Exhibit Hall visits
o Sign up for AFSA’s annual golf tournament - optional
o Register for tours - optional
o Follow AFSA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
o Bring the family - kids are free!
o Get Excited!