Texas Chapter

Advocating for Fire Sprinklers
in Texas

Texas Board of Officials

Tate Hitzeman,
Potter Electric, South Central Sales Manager
7 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Vice Chair
Conor Kauffman,
Kauffman Company, Vice President
18 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Dan Merritt,
Reliable Automatic Fire Sprinkler, Sales Director
18 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
David Welcher,
Automatic Sprinkler of Texas, Project Manager
33 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Past Chair
John Pecot,
JCI, Fire Protection Design Manager-Industrial & International Operations
41 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Officers at Large
Aaron Wilson,
Ferguson Fire & Fabrication, Outside Sales Associate
3.5 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Brad Anderson,
Firetron Houston, Sprinkler Inspections Manager,
19 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Crystal Reed,
Ferguson & Fabrication, Outside Sales Associate,
6.5 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Dale Payne,
Northstar Fire Protection of Texas, Branch Manager
17.5 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Danna Wells,
Viking SupplyNet, Sales Manager,
6 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
John Sayre,
JFS, Fire Protection Engineer,
50 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
Tyler Mobley,
WSP USA, Senior Fire Protection Engineer
10 years in the Fire Sprinkler Industry

Board Photo From Left to Right: John Pecot, Crystal Reed, John Sayre, Tate Hitzeman, Aaron Wilson, Tyler Mobley, Danna Wells, Brad Anderson. To be added in future board photo: Conor Kauffman, Daniel Merritt, Dale Payne


South Central Regional ManagersYour South Central Regional Team: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

The South Central Regional Manager- Cindy Giedraitis and NFSA Area Director- John Kauffman, work throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana to be a resource for the fire sprinkler industry. Cindy Giedraitis works closely with fire officials, legislators, and other community leaders to advance the industry and protect lives and property.
For more information on membership, training, and fire suppression events, please contact Cindy at cindyg@nfsa.org.
Cindy Giedraitis
South Central Regional Manager
PO Box 10403
College Station, TX 77842
John Kauffman, III
NFSA Area Director & Contractors Council Chair
Kauffman Company
13225 FM 529, Suite A
Houston, TX 77041


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Roles and Responsibilities in Fire Protection System Design

Who: NFSA, FSCATX & SFPE Members

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online


What: This panel discussion will focus on the responsibilities and roles involved in fire protection systems design. The panel will consist of one representative from each role, including fire protection engineer, fire protection contractor, and authority having jurisdiction.

Register Here

November 18, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Online Meeting


Is the Code Right?

Code Requirements for Sprinkler Design vs. Full-scale Fire Test Results

Joint Meeting of TFPA and the NFSA Texas Chapter



Greg Gordon, Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls. Greg began his fire protection career in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio on the contracting side of the fire sprinkler business, subsequently working in Cincinnati and Dallas. He joined the product manufacturing side of the business in 1985 as a manufacturer’s representative for BlazeMaster® CPVC fire sprinkler systems. Greg joined Central Sprinkler Company in 1988 as the Southwest Regional Sales Manager, a job that he held through the 1999 acquisition of Central by Tyco until his appointment as Business Development Manager in 2005.  He is based in Coppell, Texas.

Register Here


514 Progress Dr, Suite A
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
1-800-683-NFSA (6372)