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BILL MACKAY
Vice President, General Manager

BRIEF BIO:

Bill started with Advanced Safety Systems, Inc. in 1972 working in the service department for his father’s company. He became president in 1987 and has always been a hands-on operator. Bill brings an extensive amount of experience and knowledge in system design and project management.

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LAURA LAURANZANO
Manager of Financial Services

BRIEF BIO:

Laura started with Advanced Safety Systems in 1993 in the bookkeeping department and now oversees all aspects of the company’s financial activities. Since then Laura has taken an interest in the human resources area of the business and today is a valuable resource for our employee’s benefits.

RALPH TENAGLIA
Warehouse Manager

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Ralph joined Advanced Safety Systems in 2014 to manage our warehouse and inventory activities. Ralph’s extensive background as a senior lead material handler and a logistics expert helps ASSI to ensure that customers receive what they need, when they need it, with unparalleled accuracy.

BILL CARD
Chief Operating Officer

BRIEF BIO:

Bill joined the team in April 2015. He brings a diverse, 20+ year career in the fire protection industry to Advanced Safety Systems. As the COO, Bill is involved in all areas of our company’s business and is responsible for continued growth in revenue, operating efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

DERECK CONNACHER
Projects Manager

BRIEF BIO:

Derek joined ASSI in 2014 as Projects Manager of the fire suppression systems installation division. Derek’s background has contributed greatly to ensuring operational excellence for ASSI clients. His construction management experience and expertise in site safety planning have proven to be instrumental for quality control and for leading projects from design to completion.

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BILL GARVEY
Systems Design Engineer

BRIEF BIO:

Bill is a veteran in the fire protection systems industry, with over 35 years in application engineering, technical support, and product management for major manufacturers. Since 2009, Bill has been designing clean agent and water mist extinguishing systems, as well as creating application programs for intelligent controls.

ELIZABETH GALE
Office Admin. / Account Specialist

BRIEF BIO:

Elizabeth started with Advanced Safety Systems in 2003 in the Accounts Receivable Dept. In 2008 she started handling all aspects of the front office including new sales, orders, incoming transactions and documentation. Elizabeth succeeds in multi-tasking and always provides a cheerful greeting whether it is on the phone or at the door.

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MICHAEL HATCH
Systems Design Engineer

BRIEF BIO:

Mike has been part of the Advanced Safety family since 2007. As a system designer, Mike works with both the sales and service departments to provide our clients with detailed, up-to-date engineered drawings. With degrees in Marketing and Graphic Design, Mike also assists in many of the promotional materials for the company.

JOHN BLAIKIE
Senior Sales Engineer

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John started with ASSI in 2016 as a Service Sales Engineer, working in both the sales department as well as the service department. Whether out in the field or in the office, John’s main focus is customer service. A veteran in the fire protection industry, he brings 20+ years of experience and expertise to Advanced Safety Systems.

CARLA PIZZARELLO
Sales Engineer

BRIEF BIO:

Carla previously worked for ASSI from 2004 to 2014, and returned to the company in 2020. As a Sales Engineer, her focus is on special hazard fire protection. With over 25 years of experience, Carla brings her expertise in sales management and business development, delivering sustained results with a passion for customer satisfaction. She has a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and was the first female President of the FSSA.

PAUL BUCHANAN
Engineering Sales & Field Service

BRIEF BIO:

Paul started working with ASSI in 2020. With a background in water mist, Paul has brought a fresh depth of knowledge and experience to the team. Paul strives to deliver excellent customer service, focusing his talents on quoting new opportunities, system maintenance/repair, and performing field service. Paul received his Master’s in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI in 2018.  

LARRY TOKSON
Service Coordinator

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Larry joined Advanced Safety Systems in 2019. In his role as Service Coordinator, he assists customers in scheduling technicians for routine maintenance and emergency service. He also works with sales to quote deficiencies and preventative maintenance work on installed systems with the customer. With 20+ years in the Service Industry, Larry’s Customer Service experience is unrivaled.  

FRED LARESE
Fire System Sales

BRIEF BIO:

Fred is a fire protection veteran with over 40+ years in the industry. He is a new addition to Advanced Safety Systems, and will be dealing with sales and installations of projects in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Western Massachusetts.

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CHARLIE HOUREZ
Chief Engineer

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Charlie has been with ASSI since the company was started, and his strong mechanical and electrical knowledge has influenced every system designed and engineered since then. His experience is extensive, and has a reputation in the industry of being one of the best Special Hazard Fire Protection engineers in the business.