State of the Future Leadership Committee from Chair Liotta

FLC Highlights from the Maui Business & Leadership Conference

By Lainey Liotta, FLC Chair

The FLC had a strong presence at the recent Business & Leadership Conference held in beautiful Maui. Six FLC members participated in sessions covering various topics such as Marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Leadership, and sprinkler system design. One of the key highlights was a roundtable discussion between current NFSA Board members James Lewis and Nancy Hammond and FLC members Lainey Liotta, Melisa Rodriguez, and Darren Palmieri focusing on bridging generational gaps in the workplace. Engaging topics like “tiara syndrome,” attracting and retaining younger talent, distinguishing between mentorship and sponsorship of high-potential colleagues, and career paths were thoroughly explored. The conversation continued during a happy hour co-sponsored by ServiceTrade. We eagerly anticipate next year’s conference in Nashville, TN.

Transition of Legends and Leaders Series to Podcast Format

Exciting news! The popular Legends and Leaders series is now available in podcast form, allowing you to conveniently listen to interviews while on the go. We are delighted to announce the release of the next interview featuring Steve Ulmer of APi Group, the esteemed winner of the 2024 Golden Sprinkler Award. Tune in to the Fire Sprinkler Podcast to listen to this insightful conversation.

FLC’s Purpose and Membership Application

The FLC recently updated its statement of purpose, emphasizing its mission to provide fire sprinkler professionals with resources and learning opportunities to enhance their involvement within the NFSA and prepare them for leadership roles within the association. Additionally, the FLC aims to advocate for the perspectives of emerging industry leaders at the NFSA Board of Directors level, influencing the direction, leadership, and future of the industry and the organization. In alignment with this update, the FLC membership application has been redesigned and is now entirely digital. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the FLC, please apply through this link or reach out to Caleb Armbrust at