Mike Madden, President
Term 2017 – 2019
August Conte, Vice President
In 2011, August Conte formed Contechnical, Inc. (www.contechnical.com) for two business purposes:
- Commission-based sales of AlarmCAD software, the product of my previous employer, MEPCAD, Inc.
- Providing CAD drawings for alarm system contractors and installers.
Although Mr. Conte’s focus has been in management and sales, he continues to be technically astute in the profession. Through his years in the business August has been involved in every “hands on” aspect from fabrication and manufacturing through service and installation. His belief is that if he understands what his people do he can either sell it more effectively or appreciate what they do to a greater degree. Both are critical to management success. He understand the aspects of design/build and direct relationships with the end user. His experience in this area combined with effective organization and communication with employees and clients are key to conducting a profitable business.
Gene Rowe, Treasurer
Gene Rowe serves as the Director of Business Development for Affiliated Fire Systems, Inc. He brings twenty four years of fire alarm and emergency voice systems experience to the board with both an operational and marketing viewpoint. A US Army veteran, NICET certified and a member of the NFPA, he began his career establishing operational expertise as a technician, developed graphic skills with CAD design as a general engineer, gained a ‘big picture’ mindset by moving to project management and finally a marketing perspective directing business development efforts. By interfacing with a broad range of diverse organizations such as the CAA, AIA, CEA and the IFIA, he combines concerns of the owner, designer of record, contractor, distributor and approving authority to bring a unique perspective to the board.
An avid marathon runner, he resides in the western Chicago suburbs with his wife and two sons, serving the community as a Cub Scout Cubmaster and Den Leader, as well as coaching multiple levels of travel & park district basketball and baseball teams.
Scott Newman, Secretary
Scott Newman has been involved in all aspects of life and product safety for over 20 years. Some of his recent accomplishments included UL certification of the Walgreen’s central station, the integration of fire alarm monitoring into the central station, development and implementation of training programs on fire alarm systems, and updating fire alarm requirements for new construction. Scott’s current role at Walgreen Co. is Manager for Physical Security and Life Safety Systems.
Scott holds memberships in NFPA, CSAA, and IL-AFAA and has been involved with philanthropies such as Rotary International and United Way. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an emphasis in Safety from Northern Illinois University and currently resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife Diane and their two children.
Andrea Barghini, Immediate Past President
Andrea Barghini, Midwest Regional Sales Manager at SDi Fire Products since January 2016 ( www.sdifire.com ). She handles account management for the Midwest States of ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH and Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Canada. SDI manufactures Professional Test and Inspection Equipment for the Fire Detection Industry.
In 1994 Andrea began her career in the Fire and Life Safety Industry as an Administrative Assistant with Grinnell Fire Protection. When Grinnell and Simplex merged in 2001, she accepted a position as an Inspection Sales Representative. This seven year position enabled her to gain experience and in-depth knowledge on many types of Life Safety applications including fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, special hazards, fire pumps, suppression systems, fire extinguishers, and emergency lighting functionality and NFPA codes applicable to all of these systems. In 2008, Andrea was named Sprinkler Systems Sales Representative, and was NFSA trained to design, calc, and maintain sprinkler systems per NFPA 13.
From January 2010 to December 2015 she worked at Esscoe, LLC, as Business Development Associate and Service Sales Manager, growing their Service Department revenues by obtaining new Service Agreements, Inspections, and Software Maintenance Agreements on CCTV and Access Control Systems. Also during her tenure at Esscoe, she became Fire Alarm Nicet Level II certified.
Andrea has been involved with many great local organizations such as IL-AFAA, AFAA National, NFPA, IFIA, and NIFIA for the last 15 years.
Dan Finnegan, Vice President
Daniel P. Finnegan is the Manager of Industry Affairs for Siemens Industry, Inc-Fire Business Unit with 38 years in the fire protection and life safety profession. Dan’s first 10 years in fire service were as paramedic and Director of Fire Prevention Bureau in Chicago’s suburbs. Dan has been with Siemens Fire (Pyrotronics-Cerberus Pyrotronics) for the last 29 years.
He holds a degree in Fire Protection Technologies and is a NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist.
Dan’s industry involvement includes:
- NFPA Technical Committees 72, 76, 99 and 101/5000
- NEMA 3SB, Chair and vice chair on various committees
- ICC-FCAC Fire Code Action Committee member
- SFPE- (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) Corporate 100 member
- AFAA- (Automatic Fire Alarm Assoc) Board of Directors
- IL-AFAA (IL Automatic Fire Alarm Assoc) Board of Directors
- SAME- (Society of Military Engineers)
- U.L.- Activity in STP-Standards Technical Panels
- IAFC-(International Assoc of Fire Chiefs) Director of Fire/ Life Safety committee
- FPRF (Fire Protection Research Foundation) Board of Trustees
- The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Board of Directors
Directors not pictured:
Brian Cullen, Siemens (Term 2016-2018)
Mike Schmitt, Long Grove Fire Department (Term 2014-2016)
Rachel Slucki, Zoepaz (Term 2016-2018)
Adam Tappen, Reliable Fire Protection (Term 2016-2018)
Todd Alford, Honeywell Life Safety (Term 2017 – 2019)
Central Illinois Director
Brian Goldsby is currently the “Special Hazards and Alarms Division Manager”, for Getz Fire Equipment Co. in Peoria, IL. He is celebrating 30 years of experience in the fire and life safety industry, and is certified to NICET Level III. Brian is a member of NFPA, IL-AFAA, and carries state licenses in Illinois and Iowa. He has in the past been a DAC committee member for Siemens, and participated in NIFAD.In 1985 Brian entered the industry as a Draftsman, and has experienced all aspects of the business including design, sales, service, project management, and administration. He now has 23 associates that workunder his supervision, and as a group they serve all of Central Illinois & the Eastern 2/3’s of Iowa. Brian resides in Peoria with his two children, and enjoys being active in their lives.