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Safety Standards & Codes Seminar Speakers

CHAIRMAN: Kevin Carlisle, Karl Dungs

Kevin Carlisle is the Quality Manager at Karl Dungs, Inc, a manufacturer of combustion controls such as safety shutoff valves, limit controls, valve proving systems, primary safety controls, and pressure reducing regulators. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in codes and standards such as NFPA 86 "Ovens and Dyers”, CSD-1 "CONTROLS AND SAFETY DEVICES FOR AUTOMATICALLY FIRED BOILERS” and CSA B149.3 ”Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment”, and he is currently IHEA’s voting representative on the NPFA 86 technical committee. In addition, he is company’s representative for site investigations. Kevin holds a B.S.-Chemistry with ACS Certification from the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

Bryan Baesel, Honeywell Combustion Safety (formerly CEC)
Bryan is a Mechanical Engineer who specializes in the design and field inspection of combustion equipment. He is a member of NFPA 85 and NFPA 86 along with several Fortune 100 combustion program teams. Prior to joining CEC, Mr. Baesel worked at a foundry and for a natural gas utility.

Tom George, Tokio Marine America Insurance
Tom is a Process Safety and Loss Prevention Professional with Tokio Marine. He has over 25 years’ experience working with the Automotive, Steel and other high hazard industries as a loss control engineer. He began his career in 1985 with Industrial Risk Insurers (XL GAPS) and, moving to Detroit in 1994, became an Automotive Technical Specialist. More recently, he worked in corporate EH&S for Visteon Corporation, a tier 1 automotive supplier.

Tom serves on the NFPA 33/34 "Finishing Processes” and NFPA 86 "Ovens and Furnaces.” He is both a NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist and TÜV Certified Functional Safety Expert and holds a BA in Physics from Amherst College and Master’s in computer science from Lawrence Technological University.

Glen Mortensen, Zurich Risk Engineering
Glen has over 39 years’ experience as a Fire Protection Engineer with Industrial Risk Insurers, Kemper and Zurich. He has been a member or alternate of NFPA 86 for 22 years and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He has a BS in Industrial Technology from Northern Illinois University.  Mr. Mortensen is also a retired 21 year part-time paid on call Firefighter.

Michael San Antonio, Fireye
Michael is the Regional Sales Manager for Fireye.  He has over 30 years' experience working in the industrial heat processing industry.  He started at Cleaver Brooks Boiler Co. before serving as CEO of Walt's Oil & Gas Burner Co. for ten years.  He was honored with the 2007 President's Award while at Honeywell.  He held positions at Kromschroder in Germany and Johnson Controls.  He is a licensed engineer and a member of NFPA and holds several other industry-specific accreditations. 

Mark Stender, Surface Combustion, Inc.
Mark has a BSEE from the University of Toledo.  He recently retired from Surface Combustion after 39 years with the company.  He has been a member of NFPA 86 Technical Committee since 1998 and is an active member of IHEA's Safety and Standards Committee. 

Franklin Switzer, S-afe, Inc.
Franklin is the Owner/President of S-afe, Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in Design, Safety & Code Training, Auditing & Testing of Industrial Combustion Systems. In addition, in 2011 S-afe, Inc. added a mobile calibration truck for Exhaust Emissions testing with (2) Testo 350XL (O2/CO/NO/NOx) portable testers on board for burner/furnace tuning.

Franklin graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1984) and earned his MBA from Anderson University (1996). He started his career with Dresser-Rand Co. (13 Yrs) before moving to Indiana to work for Maxon Corp. for 12 years. He founded S-afe, Inc. in 2002 after assisting in the development of an Automated Pipe Train testing system for one of the Big three Automotive manufacturers.

Franklin currently serves as a committee member on NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code), NFPA 85 (Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code), NFPA 86 (Ovens & Furnaces), & NFPA 87 (Recommended Practice for Fluid Heaters), and ASME CSD-1 (Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers). In addition, Franklin is currently serving as Chairman of the newly developed and released NFPA 56 (Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems). In addition, he has been an instructor for the IHEA Safety Seminar since 2000.    

Aaron Zoeller, Siemens Combustion Controls, Inc (SCC)
Aaron Zoeller is the Sales Manager for SCC in the Americas.  SCC holds seats on the NFPA 85 and NFPA 86 committees, and Aaron is an active member of IHEA’s Safety Standards & Codes committee.  Prior to joining Siemens in 2010, Aaron worked in engineering and sales for a major burner OEM.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

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