2015 was a very successful year for Fire-Dex in growing revenue & investing in the organization for future business development. We added a second shift to our operations, grew the field sales team and our marketing staff, as well as integrated a new business with the TecGen acquisition.
The budget for 2016 is to grow revenue over 25%. I am confident that we are on track to accomplish these lofty goals.
I have a few organizational announcements effective today, January 4th, as we start the new fiscal year. Dave Liana joined the organization in 1990 as our controller and will now have the title of Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer. John Karban joined in 2003 as Plant Manager and will now have the title of Vice President, Operations. Dave and John have been trusted long term partners with me as Fire-Dex has doubled several times.
Steve Allison will now be Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Steve joined our organization in 2014 as Director of Sales and has worked in our industry for over 25 years. In 2015, Steve hired Peggy Curtis, Bob Keys, Jessica Baumgartner, Jordan Paris and David Moore, and promoted Sarah Finch. Todd Herring also joined our sales team after the TecGen acquisition. John Zbozien, Director of Marketing and Product Development, will report to Steve with this organizational change.
One additional promotion is Tory King, who will have title of Senior Regional Sales Manager. Tory joined us in 2010 as a Denver based Regional Sales Manager. Tory will be hiring a Sales Account Manager for Texas this quarter.
In 2016, we will continue to invest in the business on all fronts to be sure we have the best people, products and service levels for our customers worldwide.
Please join me in congratulating Dave, John, Steve and Tory.
Happy New Year, and I look forward to a very prosperous New Year.
Who is the cook for your Thanksgiving meal?
John Zbozien: My sister does an amazing job! My dad usually cooks the bird, deep-fried, and everyone else brings a side dish. We ALWAYS have WAY too much food!
Abby Buzon: I do…with help from my hubby!
Jenny McPherson: Kyle and I have two Thanksgiving meals – one with his family and one with mine. Our parents are the chefs, so we bring the wine!
Steve Allison: The entire family prepares together in the kitchen. We even draw straws the night before on who puts the turkey in the oven at 5:00am.
David Moore: My mother cooks the majority of our meal, however, we all pitch in with our special dishes.
Tony Moore: My wife, Sue. She cooks for at least 6 others who join us.
What are you most grateful for?
John Zbozien: My family and friends. We express our gratitude by cheers’ing, and cheers’ing som more, over various rounds of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
Abby Buzon: I am SO grateful to have been blessed with a happy, healthy, bouncing baby boy 6 months ago, for my wonderful, loving supportive family (husband included of course), and for having a job that I absolutely love doing. I express my gratitude by trying to knock my family’s socks off with my mad cooking skills!
Jenny McPherson: I’m extremely thankful for my family and friends. Without their support, patience and unconditional love, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Steve Allison: We are blessed for our family members who are alive and healthy.
David Moore: I am extremely grateful for all of the family and the time we get to share with each other.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
John Zbozien: The deep fried turkey! Soooo good! The key is the peanut oil.
Abby Buzon: The old standard Betty Crocker Stuffing! Here’s the link to the recipe, but I think I could tell you by heart.
Jenny McPherson: My dad’s Apple Crumb Pie! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert. You can’t get much better than warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream!
Steve Allison: Pumpkin Pie
David Moore: Hands down I am a Mash-Tater lover! Oh yeah, and you can’t forget the wine.
Tony Moore: Turkey!
Share a Thanksgiving tradition that is important to your family every year.
John Zbozien: The night before, my Dad, Sister and I all get together to make “Mom’s Stuffing.” We have a recipe, and follow it to the letter, but it never ends up tasting like how my Mom always made it. So we add a little more of this or a little more of that until all three of us agree that it tastes just like Mom’s!
Abby Buzon: We don’t have one! We just eat and eat and eat. All the classics! We look at the Black Friday ads but wouldn’t DARE go out there. Then I will throw on a Christmas movie at the end of the day and start decorating the next day.
Jenny McPherson: Thanksgiving Day we go from one family’s house to the other. We are lucky enough to get two Thanksgiving dinners! Kyle and I spend the day after decorating for Christmas and eating delicious leftovers.
Steve Allison: We do a family walk after our meal. Some years when it is cold and snowing, there is a lot complaining but still mandatory. Making room for more food and getting ready for afternoon naps and football.
David Moore: Every Thanksgiving morning…my Father, Brother, and myself all go hunting together rain or shine. A thanksgiving tradition we have carried on for years. And my sister is obsessed with watching the Macy’s day parade….so, that is a tradition that I have to put up with by default….but I don’t mind one bit!
Tony Moore: The main tradition is that I make a ton of Turkey soup with the bones and everything left. It usually lasts until Christmas when I get to do it all over again.
1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
Hosting James Long and John Heaton from WS Darley at the Fire-Dex office on Tuesday.
2. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Las Vegas – golf, gambling & general debauchery.
3. What is your favorite local restaurant or place to hangout?
The Pub at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
4. What is your best advice for new college grads or jobseekers looking for their first career gig?
Work hard, have fun every day, and treat people well. Keep it simple & it will all work out for you.
5. What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
How much fun it would be when the kids were grown, out of the house and on their own!
6. What are three things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
1) I am a preacher’s kid.
2) I am a grandpa (Landyn is 6 & Alivia is almost 1).
3) I live deep in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
7. What is your favorite app?
ESPN SportCenter on my iPad.
8. What is your favorite movie of all time (yes, only one!)?
Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan & very young Angie Dickinson.
9. What song makes you want to “bust a move” when you hear it on your iPod or radio?
“Fire” by Jimi Hendrix or “Thunderstruck” by ACDC, depending on my mood.
10. What is your favorite cookie?
11. What do you love most about your job?
Being of service to first responders!
12. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your professional life?
Staying focused on sales throughout my career. I love the competition and the teamwork needed for success. It is always challenging.
13. Who is/was your inspiration?
My Grandpa Allison.
14. What are you most excited about for Fire-Dex for 2015?
Our total, 100% company commitment to growing. Metros, military, helping our existing dealer grow, adding new dealers, higher technical specification, new products, & everything else. It is going to be blast filling the 2nd shift!
15. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas – no contest.
16. If you could go back to college today, what would your major be?
I still would do a Business degree.
17. What one device can you not live without?
18. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things. What would those three things be?
My wife Michelle, a lighter & a charged satellite phone, just in case we wanted to call someone to come get us.
19. Which do you prefer, Android or iPhone?
20. Who would you like to “tag” at Fire-Dex to be the next 20 Questions “victim”?