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NFPA announces new board of director members and re-elections

June 11, 2018 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) elected Brion Callori, Martha Connors, Reginald D. Freeman, William J. Fries, and Louis Paulson, to its board of directors today at the association’s annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The three-year term for each member takes effect upon the close of the conference. Three board members, John D. Bonney, R. David Paulison, and Michael Wallace were re-elected each for a second three-year term.

Callori is senior vice president of Engineering and Research at FM Global, where he is responsible for corporate engineering and research activities, and oversees a global staff of more than 450. Callori serves on the board of directors of the Spencer Educational Foundation, which supports the education of risk management students, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Connors is a digital media and marketing consultant with expertise in growing businesses via new strategy implementation and new product development. She has a strong background in consumer marketing, having served in a direct marketing role for a nonprofit and later launching one of the first online media sites. In addition to currently serving on the Board of Trustees at YMCA Camp Mohawk, she has also served on several other boards.

Freeman is fire chief/director of emergency management for the City of Hartford, Connecticut. His career has spanned city fire departments, aeronautics, and fire and emergency services in Iraq. Freeman was an instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy and is currently an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, having developed curriculum for a Masters of Public Administration program. Among his several degrees and advanced training, Freeman recently completed his doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

Fries is the Pentagon fire marshal, supervising fire protection engineer, and deputy director of the Standards and Compliance Division at the Department of Defense. He established and manages the Office of the Pentagon Fire Marshal. With an extensive background in fire and life safety, Fries has written and co-written policy and procedures relating to fire and life safety, emergency management, and facility protection issues for the Department of Defense. Fries is also a lifetime member of NFPA and has served on multiple technical committees.

Paulson until recently served as president of the California Professional Firefighters, an organization which represents 30,000 career firefighters from 177 local affiliates in all state, political, and legislative activities. He is co-sponsor of the California Joint Apprenticeship Committee, the largest apprenticeship program in California. Since 2004, Paulson has served as chair of the California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect. Paulson also serves on various boards related to the fire service and other areas including the Boy Scouts of America from whom he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

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About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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