FSSA 2023 Annual Forum

Schedule of Events
*subject to change*


8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Location: Madrigal

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Technical Committee Meeting | Location: Querube Ballroom
Attendees must RSVP for the committee meeting. RSVP here.

Timing Varies
Optional Morning Activity
Registration is required in order to participate. Check out the options here.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Location: Lobby

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Partner Expo Set-Up & Video Recordings
Location: Querube Ballroom

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Annual Forum First Timer Meeting & Networking
Location:  Pool East

7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception & Dinner  - Caribbean Style!
Location: Pool East


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Plazoleta

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Partner Expo
Location: Querube Ballroom

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Spouse Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening Session, Committee Updates, and Partner Expo Video Introductions
Facilitated by: Jarret Ryan, FSSA President
Location: Preciosa

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m
FSSA Technical Committee Update Location: Preciosa
Facilitated by: Lee Kaiser, Technical Committee Chair and Tom Wysocki, Technical Director
Location: Preciosa

10:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
Location: Preciosa Foyer

10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Leading Change With the Heart in Mind
Presented by: Vered Kogan
Location: Preciosa

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch for All Attendees
Location: Plazoleta

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
ESS Protection & NFPA 855 Update
Presented by: Tom Zornes, Siemens Industry and Paul Hayes, The Hiller Companies - Wilmington Office
Location: Preciosa

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Why Can't We Get Along? New Construction Projects Between Engineers and Contractors
Presented by: Chris Crivello and Doug Nadeau, RAN Fire Protection Engineering, PC
Location: Preciosa

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Preciosa Foyer

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Let's Talk About FOAM
Presented by: Mark Siem, Perimeter Solutions
Location: Preciosa

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception with the Partner Expo
Location: Querube Ballroom

5:00 p.m.
Open Evening - Dinner on Your Own
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
President's Council Breakfast
For FSSA Past Presidents
Location: Madrigal

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Plazoleta

7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Partner Expo
Location: Querube Ballroom
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Watermist Fire Protection in Datacenters
Presented by: Derek Wickersham, VID FIREKILL
Location: Preciosa
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Pressure Venting for Gas Suppression Systems
Presented by: Chris Coxon, Amventco Inc
Location: Palmar Ballroom

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Preciosa Foyer

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Updates on the AIM Act
Presented by: John Demeter, Wesco HMB
Location: Preciosa

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Differentiating PFAS
Presented by: Paul Rivers
Location: Preciosa

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Preciosa Foyer

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
The Next Generation of Leaders - A Roundtable Discussion
Facilitated by: Todd Stevens, SEVO IFP
Panelists: Sean Copenhaver, 3S Incorporated; Gillian Nadeau, RAN Fire Protection Engineering, PC; Kevin Ryan, Ryan Fireprotection Inc.; Scott Sherman, TJ Nowak Supply Company Inc.; Brett Straten, Associated Fire Protection, Inc.
Location: Preciosa

After 12:45 p.m.
Partner Expo Breakdown

12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Beach Olympics
Location: The Beach!
Partner Expo are participants are encouraged to attend and it's a great way to networking while having some fun! There is no cost for this event. Donations will be accepted for the FSSA Educational Foundation. All donations received are 100% tax deductible and benefit the FSSA scholarship program and foundation.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
President's Reception & Banquet
Location: Preciosa


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Installer Division Breakfast Meeting 
Facilitated by: Jeremy Wheeler, Installer Division Chair; Pam Boyer, Installer Division Vice-Chair

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Manufacturer Division Breakfast Meeting
Facilitated by: Tom Zornes, Manufacturer Division Chair; Bill Polits, Manufacturer Division Vice-Chair

10:00 a.m. -  10:15 a.m.
Location: Preciosa Foyer

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Combined Division Meeting
Facilitated by: Jeremy Wheeler, Installer Division Chair and Tom Zornes, Manufacturer Division Chair
11:00 a.m.
Closing Comments
Facilitated by: Brenton Harris, Incoming FSSA President

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Location:  Jibarito