Jack Medovich, FPE/PE

Chief Executive Officer

Jack is a co-founder of Fire & Life Safety America. He has over 30 years of fire protection experience working with code officials, engineers, architects and customers across a variety of roles most recently as Chief Operations Officer. Jack is a graduate of the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) program. He has been a National Board Member for AFSA since 2008 and has served on a number of NFPA code writing committees over the last 30 years. He is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer.



Jeffrey Cannon

Chief Operations Officer

Jeff joined the team in May 2003 as the company’s first controller. In January 2007, he was asked to lead the company’s information systems and technology group. Jeff has 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, management and information systems. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has earned several accounting, IT and project management certifications.



Chris Bennett

Chief Financial Officer

Chris joined the FLSA team in July 2020 and brings a passion for the numbers – helping to stream line organizational processes and build employee engagement to deliver excellence in performance.  Chris is a CPA and worked in public accounting for Deloitte before working as a Controller at Dover and Danaher, multinational publicly traded manufacturing and service conglomerates.  Chris also has experience in the construction industry and with private equity working in senior leadership positions.  Chris holds a Bachelors in Accounting and MBA from State University of New York at Binghamton.  Chris enjoys coaching lacrosse, traveling and cooking for his wife and two daughters foods from around the world.


Jeremiah Hazzard

Regional Vice President

Jeremiah was recruited by FLSA in May 2003 after graduating from Seneca College. He moved from design to contract sales in 2005 and was promoted to a management role in 2009. He was promoted to District Manager in December 2011. Under his tenure, he built a core team that has turned the Washington DC office into one of the most profitable districts in the company. In August 2017, Jeremiah was promoted to Regional Vice President. In his spare time Jeremiah likes to play hockey, golf and spend time with his wife and two children.


Manny Ortiz

Regional Vice President

Manny joined FLSA in July 2001. Manny worked in design and sales before becoming District Manager for Raleigh, NC in October 2006. Through continued hard work and leadership, he built a highly successful team that has turned the Raleigh office into one of the most successful districts in the company. In August 2017, Manny was promoted to Regional Vice President. In addition, he continues to help oversee the alarms and special hazard side of the business. He currently holds a NICET Level III Certification in Sprinkler System Layouts. He is a member of the Carolina AFSA chapter apprentice committee and also sits on the Wake Forest Construction Academy Advisory Board. Prior to FLSA, Manny served in the US Army and US Marine Corps. In his spare time, Manny enjoys various outdoor activities with his wife and two sons.


Bob Haggerty

Regional Vice President

Bob serves as Regional Vice President for South Atlantic and East South Central regions for FLSA responsible for P&L, Sales, and Operations. Bob joined FLSA in 2010 and brings over 24 years of experience in the Fire protection industry. Bob brings district management experience and deep domain knowledge around service operations and excellence out of the Charlotte, NC office. He started his career in 1997 at Cal Protection, working there for 10 years as an alarm and clean agent technician and then moved into exceeding larger leadership roles responsible for project management of fire protection system installations across the greater Los Angeles area. Bob served 8 years in the US Navy focused on servicing electronic systems aboard naval vessels


Mary Byrd-LoFrese

Senior Director of Human Resources

Mary joined Fire & Life Safety America in March 2010 as the company’s second member of the Human Resources team.  She has elevated the HR function from tactical to strategic while building an HR organization to support the growing needs of the business.  Mary’s efforts in leading engagement initiatives have supported the organization’s ability to attract and retain key talent. Mary holds a B.S. and M.B.A both from Franklin Pierce University. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit and quality time with her family, which includes her wife and their three children.


John McDade

Vice President, Alarms & Special Hazards

John joined FLSA in 2013 to lead the service and contract alarm and special hazards divisions. He is an innovative professional with over 23 years of advanced experience within the special systems industry. He has the knowledge and experience to drive business growth, capitalize on new incremental revenue potential, recognize and deploy new technologies while managing the daily activities of the divisions. Expertise in low voltage building systems including commercial fire alarm, monitoring, security, CCTV, card access, special hazards suppression, FOAM and mass notification. Previously, John was a regional manager for Eaton Corporation in the fire technical solutions division; he managed sales for mass notification, situational awareness deployment and AtHoc interoperable emergency communications. Prior to his departure John responsibilities moved into roles as trainer for new regional representation internally. Additionally, while with Eaton he was a course instructor on wide-area mass notification. John has the responsibility for FLSA regarding alarms and special hazards across our entire US footprint.