Larry Bucher joined Fire-Dex in August 2016 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest States, covering California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. Prior to joining the Fire-Dex team, he worked alongside current Fire-Dex Director of Marketing Todd Herring at TECGEN PPE. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. We recently sat down with Larry to catch up.
Representative of Fire-Dex’s year-over-year growth in the industry, they are adding two more Regional Sales Managers to the Sales Team this month; Sarah Finch and David Moore.
David Moore is joining as the Regional Sales Manager for the Central East Coast.
He resides in Wilmington, NC and will be responsible for the T40 region which has previously included NC, SC, & VA and will now also include DC, DE, & MD; Senior Regional Sales Manager Jeff Koledo will be assisting in the transition of DC, DE, and MD from his territory. David graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2004 and has since worked as a Sales Manager for other manufacturers within the fire industry, including Kochek and Tempest. In his previous positions, David has already formed many great working relationships with the Fire-Dex Distributors in his territory and will transition in to this role very quickly. David’s contact information is as follows:
Sarah Finch has been with Fire-Dex since 2012 and lives near the Fire-Dex main office in Brunswick, OH. She will be handling T98 (Eastern Canada) and T45 which will include Western PA and West Virginia. Sarah has worked closely with many distributors over the past few years as the Customer Care Coordinator assisting with trade shows, samples, and product returns. Regional Sales Manager Bruce Scheck will be assisting in the transition of Eastern Canada. Sarah’s contact information is as follows:
After over 10 years of working devotedly as Fire-Dex’s Western Regional Sales Manager, Bob Tharp has announced that he will be retiring effective January 9th, 2015. “I have truly enjoyed working for Fire-Dex over the last 10 years. They have been like my second family. I plan to remain connected to all the wonderful people I have developed relationships with over the years. I have great faith that my customers are going to be in very competent hands with my successor, Peggy Curtis.” said Bob Tharp.
Fire-Dex will be bringing on Peggy Curtis as the new Regional Sales Manager for Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Nevada. The remaining states previously covered by Bob Tharp will temporarily be covered by Fire-Dex’s Director of Sales, Steve Allison, until a new Regional Sales Manager has been named.
Peggy brings with her almost 30 years of experience in sales in the fire industry. Peggy says she is “thrilled to be a part of the Fire-Dex team. I have admired Fire-Dex’s rapid growth for many years and plan to make a great impact on our presence in the Southwest states. I look forward to meeting my distributors and beginning work with the Fire-Dex team.”
Most recently Peggy was the Vice President of Sales for ISG Camera. Prior to ISG, she was the Vice President of Sales for another turnout gear manufacturer where she worked with our now Director of Sales, Steve Allison. Steve stated “She has a very strong end user network developed throughout the southwest market. She also has strong relationships with many of the potential dealer partners we are working to develop into stronger partnership. Peggy sold many metro accounts through the US and Canada where she and I worked together over the years.”
Peggy Curtis began work with Fire-Dex on January 5th and will work with Bob Tharp to make the final transition. Peggy’s contact information can be found below:
Regional Sales Manager – Western States Territory
(CA, NV, AZ, NM, HI)
Cell: (951) 751-1561
Medina, Ohio – August 4, 2014 – Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), today announced the appointment of Steve Allison as the Director of Sales, effective August 25, 2014. Allison brings with him over 25 years of experience in the fire industry, recently serving as Senior VP for a another PPE manufacturer. Over the last few years Steve served as President & CEO of a leading education and office supply company, but is happy to be rejoining the fire service.
“Fire-Dex is on the cusp of achieving great things,” said Allison, “their growth and success in positioning themselves as a global leader in PPE is impressive; with industry-leading manufacturing processing, a talented field sales organization and a strong leadership team – it was an easy decision to join Fire-Dex”
As a member of the executive staff, Allison will manage all sales functions including management of the regional sales team.
“We are extremely excited to have Steve join Fire-Dex,” said Allen Rom, Senior Regional Sales Manager at Fire-Dex, “his experience and knowledge of the industry is incredible and his approach and enthusiasm is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to help us continue our momentum.”
In this role, Allison will report to Bill Burke, President of Fire-Dex.
“Steve is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to continue our success and achieve our aggressive growth goals,” said Burke, “we are extremely fortunate to have him on the team and look forward to great things.”
A privately held company, Fire-Dex is a quality manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, helmets and boots. Fire-Dex is proud to be the service leader in the fire service including owning the industry’s best custom turnout lead times and offering such industry leading tools as GearTracker and FireWriter2. Visit www.firedex.com for more information.