Our own Andy Kaempfer, Senior Applications Engineer – Fire Protection Systems, will be taking on an additional role outside Bull Moose Tube, when he joins 13 industry colleagues asa newly elected member of the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s Manufacturers/Suppliers Council. Andy provides another great example of the leadership role that Bull Moose Tube employees take to help support and steer the industries we serve. We sat down with Andy to talk about his new responsibilities:
I understand you were elected to an important council position at AFSA –
can you describe this new position?
This past month, I was elected as a member of the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s Manufactures/Suppliers Council. My two-year term begins this January,
and our group will tackle industry issues that are national in scope.
How long have you been involved with AFSA?
This year (2019) marks my 20 th year in the fire sprinkler industry (as of February). For more than half of that time, I have been involved with AFSA, to one degree or another.
Have you taken on other roles/responsibilities at AFSA prior to this?
Outside of being a member, I had yet to take on any official duties prior to this role. However, I have participated in AFSA Regional and National events over the past 10 years.
What was the process for being considered for, and ultimately elected to, this position?
First of all, there needs to be an open seat on the council to have an opportunity to fill it. This year, there happened to be four open seats. Next, you need to be nominated for an open seat. When the election begins, the AFSA member companies then vote. This year, I was fortunate enough to join three other newly elected members and 10 returning members on the Council.
What issues are you likely to tackle during your term/time on this council?
I’m sure we’ll discuss this topic at length during the January meeting! But likely – based on recent requests from the past board for assistance on legislative issues regarding residential fire-sprinkler code, we likely will continue those efforts, as well as other matters that impact our industry. Whatever comes, I’m excited to play a role in shaping supporting the fire-sprinkler industry.