Industry News – 07/21/17

NFPA Elects New Board Members

Jim Sullivan, Jeff Cash, and Roger Montembeault were elected to the NFPA board of directors during NFPA’s  annual Conference and Expo in Boston. The three-year term for each member takes effect upon the close of the conference.

Jeff Cash is the fire chief and emergency manager for the City of Cherryville, North Carolina, Fire Department. He has been a member of the department since 1981, previously serving as a firefighter, driver engineer, captain and training officer. Cash serves as deputy executive director of the North Carolina Fire Chiefs Association, and as past president of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association and the Western North Carolina Firemen’s Association. He also serves on the executive committee of the National Volunteer Fire Council, and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

Jim Sullivan is the president of IDG International Publishing Services, where he previously served as vice president of licensing, and as director of finance and administration. In 2013, he was elected a board member of FIPP, a network for global media that represents content-rich companies and individuals involved in the creation, publishing and/or sharing of quality content.

Roger Montembeault is the consultant/owner of The Montembeault Group, Inc. He has previously served as president/owner of Flotronix Corporation; executive vice president of General Signal Corporation; vice president of sales and marketing for Peerless Pump Co.; and general manager for Goulds Pumps. Montembeault is currently a member of the NFPA Task Group on Connectivity (NFPA 20), and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Two board members, Russ Leavitt and Eric Rosenbaum, were re-elected to a second term. Kwame Cooper, a retiring member of the board, was previously elected to serve as the assistant treasurer.


Foundation Ambulance, Inc. Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Foundation Ambulance, Inc., a business specializing in ambulance remounts and new Transit Ambulance conversions, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“It was vitally important to me to become certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and to be recognized as such,” said Dee Benson Diget, owner Foundation Ambulance, Inc. “We believe this will help our ambulance service providers reach their goals of diversity at the county, state and federal level. There are not very many good options for women-owned and women-operated remounters in the ambulance industry today and we hope to fill that void while providing a quality remount at an affordable price.”

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Regional Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about Foundation Ambulance Inc, please visit

Point Blank Enterprises Appoints Michael Archibald President of The Protective Group

Point Blank Enterprises (“Point Blank” or “PBE”), the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Archibald as its new President of “The Protective Group” or “TPG.”

Archibald is a transformational, high-impact leader experienced with both Fortune 100 corporations and mid-sized privately held industrial companies. He brings a unique background and expertise in industrial operations and lean manufacturing combined with extensive strategic marketing and commercial sales experience within the segments of power generation, oil and gas, defense, and general industry. Archibald will lead TPG’s ongoing efforts to offer state of the art products while expanding TPG manufacturing capabilities.

Founded in 1971, TPG has been developing lightweight composite armor solutions that have been deployed by all branches of the U.S. Military, including the Army, Special Operations Forces, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, as well as international armed forces around the world.  TPG’s products span the gamut – from body armor systems to aircraft and vehicular armor — providing Warfighters with the best protection possible. Within body armor, TPG manufactures and supplies the U.S. Military with diverse hard armor offerings, including SAPI, ESAPI and XSAPI plates, as well as National Institute of Justice (“NIJ”) Level III and Level IV plates for Law Enforcement.

Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. (“PBEI”) is a leading provider of high performance protective solutions, including bullet, fragmentation and stab resistant apparel and related accessories. Through its key brands, Point Blank Body Armor, Protective Apparel Corporation of America (PACA), Protective Products, PARACLETE®, The Protective Group (TPG), and the Advanced Technology Group (ATG), the Company ranks as the largest global supplier of ballistic armor systems in the world. 

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Morris Business Solutions Announces Sharon Elwood as Asheville N.C. Office Vice President and Taylor Shuford as New Government Specialist

Morris Business Solutions, a top three Xerox dealer in North America, announces the promotion of Sharon Elwood as the new Vice President of Sales and Operations for the company’s Asheville Market Office. In addition to Asheville, the company also has offices in Greenville, S.C., Charlotte, and Greensboro, N.C. 

Elwood is a 15 year Xerox veteran, having spent the past nine years with Morris Business Solutions, serving as the company’s Government Specialist for South Carolina. In that role, Elwood supported local government entities, particularly fire departments, benefited from solutions available through the South Carolina state contract. Her expertise with Xerox technology, and passion for supporting Fire departments, are just a few of the benefits she brings to the Asheville organization. “It’s exciting to be a part of this awesome team, as we continue to serve the vibrant Asheville business community, and of course, fire agencies. We’re all about improving workflow and controlling your documentation costs. There is no better solution than Xerox, and no better team than Morris Business Solutions.”

For more information, call 864-525-1549 or email Visit the company’s new website

Taylor Shuford is the new Government Specialist for the company’s Upstate South Carolina territory. Taylor, a Carolina native, is a three year Morris Business Solutions associate, having served most recently as a Senior Account Executive in the company’s Greenville, S.C. location. In that role, Shuford provided solutions to corporate clients, particularly with multi device solutions. In addition, his expertise with Xerox technology and finance solutions makes him the right person to support the needs of local government entities

“Local government agencies, and qualifying nonprofits can benefit from the exceptional Xerox solutions provided through the state contract,”said Shuford. “I’m excited to undertake this new opportunity, and provide every local agency in the upstate with the most cost effective and dynamic document management solutions available.” Paralleling the comment from colleague Sharon Elwood, “We’re all about improving workflow and controlling your documentation costs. There is no better solution than Xerox, and no better team than Morris Business Solutions.”

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