Meet the Team
Bill is the CEO and Owner of Fire-Dex. He originally joined the team as a Sales Representative in 1984, became VP of Sales & Marketing in 1989, President/Part Owner in 1997, and owner in 2007. Bill went to Ohio University and the University of Akron for his undergraduate degree and received an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.
With over 25 years of fire service personal protective equipment manufacturing and sales experience, Steve became the President of Fire-Dex, LLC in January 2018. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wittenberg University and previously served as the company's Director of Sales (2yrs) and VP of Sales & Marketing (2yrs).
VP of Operations
John joined Fire-Dex in October, 2003 as Plant Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in January, 2016. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Management from Hiram College.
VP of Finance, CFO
Dave joined Fire-Dex in August, 1990 as our controller. He was promoted to Vice President of Finance and CFO in January, 2016. Dave holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Cleveland State University.
Director of Marketing & Product Development
Todd joined Fire-Dex in September, 2015 as part of the TECGEN acquisition. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering from NC State University and brings over 20 years of development and manufacturing experience from the protective textile industry. Todd was promoted to Director of Marketing and Product Development in August, 2016.
METRO Department Sales Manager
Allen joined Fire-Dex in 2000. Allen is the METRO Department Sales Manager. His areas of responsibility include IAFC recognized METRO Fire Departments. Allen works with the largest 130+ Fire Departments in the US and Canada. Allen has 31 years of sales, management and customer relations experience. Additionally, he lives in Medina, OH, the same town as Fire-Dex headquarters. Allen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashland College.
National Sales Manager
Jeff joined Fire-Dex in August, 2006 as a Regional Sales Manager for the T60 territory and was promoted to Senior RSM in October, 2010. In March of 2016, Jeff was promoted to National Sales Manager and now leads the Fire-Dex sales force.
T70 Senior Regional Sales Manager
Tory is our Senior Regional Sales Manager for the South Central States (T70) which covers CO, KS, OK, AR, WY and MO. Tory joined Fire-Dex in November of 2010 as a Denver based RSM and was promoted to Senior RSM in January of 2016.
T10 Regional Sales Manager
Jim joined Fire-Dex in October, 2017 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-America Territory, covering North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. He has previously sold Fire-Dex and has prior experience in distribution as a Territory Sales Representative and a Sales Manager. Jim also served in the volunteer fire service for almost ten years, which includes several years as a NYS EMT.
T20 Regional Sales Manager
Adam was hired in January 2018 as a Regional Sales Manager covering the Southeast Territory (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina). In addition, he manages national accounts, e-commerce, catalog, and military accounts. His passion for the industry stems from 16 years working as a Firefighter, with 11 years of service in the city of Birmingham, AL.
T30 Regional Sales Manager
Bruce joined Fire-Dex in February of 2011 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Great Lakes Territory (T30) which covers MI, OH, KY, and Ontario. He has extensive sales experience working with other manufacturers within the fire industry. Bruce holds an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from Kellogg Community College.
T40 Regional Sales Manager
David joined Fire-Dex in August, 2015 and is our Regional Sales Manager for the Central East Coast (T40) which covers NC, TN, MS, AL, and LA. David graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2004 and has a background working as a Sales Manager for other manufacturers within the fire industry.
T45 Regional Sales Manager
Rob is our Regional Sales Manager for T45 which covers DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, DC, and WV. He joined Fire-Dex in May of 2017 and previously sold Fire-Dex through our distribution. Rob is a life-long member of the Washington Township Fire Department.
T50 Regional Sales Manager
Larry joined Fire-Dex in August, 2016 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest States (T50) which covers CA, NV, UT, AZ, NM, TX, and HI. Prior to joining the Fire-Dex team, he covered the Texas territory for TECGEN PPE. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
T55 Regional Sales Manager
Jordan joined Fire-Dex in July, 2015 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Territory (T55) which covers WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, and Western Canada. He has a background in public relations along with over 5 years of sales experience. Jordan served for 4 years as a squad leader for the United States marines and completed two deployments to the Middle East.
T60 & T96 Regional Sales Manager
Scott joined Fire-Dex in August 2018 as our Regional Sales Manager, covering New York, New England (VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, ME), and Quebec. Additionally, Scott manages the Maritime provinces. He serves as a Volunteer Captain at Moyers Corners Fire Department in NY.
Jackie joined Fire-Dex in May of 2013 as a Customer Service Representative and was promoted to Sales Administrator at the start of 2017. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio State University.
Sales Manager Trainee
Jordan Smitek joined Fire-Dex in July of 2018 to take on the new role as Sales Manager Trainee. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Kent State University.
Customer Service Manager
Jennifer joined Fire-Dex in January of 2013 as a Customer Service Representative. She was promoted to Customer Service Supervisor in January of 2014 and now leads the Customer Service team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University.
Customer Service Representative
Paula joined Fire-Dex in August of 2001 as a Customer Service Representative and has almost 30 years of experience in customer relations.
Customer Service Representative
Michelle joined Fire-Dex in May, 2014 as a sewer in Turnout Assembly. She was promoted to Customer Service Representative in May, 2016 and also serves on our Safety Committee. Michelle has a Master's Degree from Strayer University and served our country in the Army National Guard, the Reserves, and active duty in the U.S. Army.
Customer Service Representative
Jennifer joined Fire-Dex in September of 2012 as a Customer Service Representative. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Baldwin Wallace University.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Michelle joined Fire-Dex in July, 2017 as a Customer Service Representative. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Heidelberg College and has over 11 years of Customer Service experience.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Rose joined the Fire-Dex team in January, 2017 as a Customer Service Representative. She holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Business from Ohio Business College and brings over 15 years of customer service experience, 8 of those years specific to a manufacturing environment.
Jenny joined Fire-Dex in July, 2015 as Assistant Marketing Manager and was promoted to Marketing Manager in June, 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace University in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Marketing from South New Hampshire University.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Amanda joined Fire-Dex in September, 2017 as a Digital Marketing Specialist. Amanda holds a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University.
Ashton Hall joined Fire-Dex in June of 2018 to take on the new role of Marketing Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Managerial Marketing and International Business from Kent State University.
Denise was hired in November 2004 to manage purchasing and inventory. She has since excelled in many aspects of the Fire-Dex business, most recently holding the role as Quality & Compliance Coordinator (2013-2017). To reward her continual success, Denise was promoted to Product Engineer in January 2018.
Asst. Product Manager
Stacy joined Fire-Dex in June of 1998 as a Sewer on the Liners team. She worked up to Production Supervisor and eventually became responsible for all Fire-Dex product changes. Stacy was promoted to Assistant Product Manager in January of 2016.
Customer Relations Manager
Taylor is the youngest daughter of CEO, Bill Burke. She joined the Fire-Dex family in January, 2019 as our Customer Relations Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications and a Master of Science in Business Management from the University of Florida.
Quality & Compliance Coordinator
Lindsey joined Fire-Dex in April 2018 to develop, implement, and manage quality control systems and product specifications. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and is certified as a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Barb joined Fire-Dex in March of 2012 as our Receptionist and Accounting Assistant. In August of that same year, she transitioned out of reception and was promoted to Accounts Receivable.
Debbie joined Fire-Dex in January of 2001 as a Sewer on the production line and now holds the title of Manufacturing Assistant.
Dan joined Fire-Dex in July of 2011 and has since been our IT guru. He also serves on our Safety Committee. Dan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University.
Office Assistant/Accounts Payable
Valerie joined Fire-Dex in February, 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Akron. Valerie is a certified Level II Firefighter in the state of Ohio and worked part-time on local fire departments for 18 years. She was also a Fire Investigator on the countywide task force team for many of those years.
Joe joined Fire-Dex in June, 2006 as a Supervisor and Production Planner. He was promoted to Buyer in December, 2013 and is responsible for procurement of all materials, vendor management and logistics. Joe holds a BA and MBA from Cleveland State University.
Human Resources Manager
Jamie joined Fire-Dex in December, 2016 as our Human Resources Manager. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Ohio University with a concentration in Human Resources.
Ryan joined Fire-Dex in April of 2011 and is our Production Manager. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Baldwin Wallace University.
Dave joined Fire-Dex in November, 1999 and is our Facility Manager responsible for maintenance, safety and building. Dave also serves as our Safety Coordinator.
April Moore joined Fire-Dex in June, 2011 as a Production Associate and was promoted to a Production Team Leader in October, 2017. In January of 2019, April received her second promotion to Sewing Supervisor.
2nd Shift Supervisor
Bob joined Fire-Dex in April, 2013 and is our 2nd Shift Supervisor. He was a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, deploying once to the Mediterranean Sea and twice to the Persian Gulf. Bob has a BA from Penn State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University. He has also attended Industrial Firefighting and Confined Space Rescue training at Texas A&M University.
Larry joined Fire-Dex in September of 2010 as the Production Team Lead for Finishing and Shipping. He was promoted in January of 2019 to Cutting Supervisor.
SUPPLY CHAIN COORDINATOR
Nick started at Fire-Dex in August, 2011 in our Shipping and Receiving Department, where he excelled in customer service and accuracy. In September 2015, Nick accepted the responsibility of TECGEN51 Coordinator and then took over a Team Lead for our TECGEN51 line. Nick was promoted to Supply Chain Coordinator in January of 2019.Nick has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Cleveland State University.
John joined Fire-Dex in April 2013 and is responsible for leading and implementing improvement programs and projects to support organizational goals. John also influences a culture of continuous improvement and lean efforts within all functional areas.
Production Team Lead
Michele joined Fire-Dex in November, 2007 as a Production Associate in Finishing. She is now the Production Team Lead for Cutting and Lettering. Michele holds an Associates of Arts degree in Medical Billing/Coding & HR from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management and Logistics at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).
Operations Management Trainee
Jared joined Fire-Dex in March 2018 and is training to become a leader within the Operations department. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree of International Business with minor in Spanish and a MBA in Management from Baldwin Wallace University.
PRODUCTION TEAM LEAD
With 10 years of experience working in high-functioning teams and training new hires, Eryn Churnega was promoted to 2nd Shift Team Leader in June 2018.
Production Team Lead
Zelia joined Fire-Dex in June, 1998 and is the Production Team Lead for Liners, EMS/USAR, and RGA's.
Production Team Lead
Becca joined Fire-Dex in February 2015. Strong work ethic led her to a quick promotion to Production Team Leader in January 2018.