Steve is the former CMO of Wildfire Alliance and currently serves as the chair of its board of directors. Previously he held key marketing and communications positions in technology and clean energy companies, both as a founding member of numerous companies and as a consultant with leading PR and marketing firms. Most recently he led the California policy team as well as the marketing, communications, business development and software teams at Advanced Energy Economy, a leading voice for the array of zero-carbon technology companies and their customers.
Ian is the former Senior VP of Security Sales and GM of the Americas for Xtralis, the world's largest manufacturer of very early warning air-sampling smoke detectors and the industry's first video motion detection technologies. Xtralis was acquired by Honeywell in 2016 for $480 million. .
Jim was President and Managing Partner of Firebreak Spray Systems, the predecessor company to Wildfire Alliance. He was also owner and head of new product development at Diligence Corp. Jim holds 13 issued US patents and has 6 patents pending in humidification, sanitation technologies, biocidal emitter/reactor devices and fire retardant applications equipment.
Our management team is supported by an incredible board of advisors, all of whom have years of experience in related fields.
Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Wildfire Alliance, Inc., Dr. McCrensky is CEO of Marketshare Management, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic partnering for accelerating go-to-market strategics, and its investment arm, Marketshare Capital. Jay also heads up the collaborative Alumni Angel Group, one of the leading angel investment groups in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, he is co-founder and US Managing Partner of the COVID Control Consortium, an association and accelerator of twenty advanced technology companies with pandemic control solutions.
Dick DeMarle, an experienced general manager with stints at Eastman Kodak, TRW, Siebe PLC and Kidde PLC, has a proven track record with manufacturing companies of fire protection equipment, industrial controls, automotive parts and appliance components. As President of Kidde North America Industrial Fire Protection he oversaw the growth and profitability improvement of Kidde’s North American industrial fire protection businesses. Mr. DeMarle graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has an MBA from Stanford University.
Angela is executive vice president of Ennlovation LLC, a consultancy that trains organizational leadership and mentors individuals within companies. She was formerly the CEO of Oregon Wildfire Defense, an early participant in testing the market and technical viability of Wildfire Alliance's products. Prior to Oregon Wildfire Defense, Angela was the IT director at XPO Logistics.
Randy Lyle is principal at Wildfire Mitigation Strategies and a 45-year veteran of the fire industry. He spent 32 years with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), retiring in 2007 as a Division Chief in San Diego. Subsequently he served as fire program manager and helicopter specialist with San Diego Gas & Electric. Since establishing his consultancy, Wildfire Mitigation Strategies, he has worked with electric utilities across the western US, including authoring wildfire mitigation and public safety power shutoff plans in Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. He has received numerous awards for his work in developing situational awareness tools and enhancing public safety around wildfires.
Buddy Payne's career began in 1993 in both the United States and Canada serving as a wildland, structural, and volunteer firefighter. He also apportioned his duties to being an E.M.T and First Responder starting in Matanuska-Susitna Fire Academy. He then joined Mat-Su Fire Department Station 61 in Wasilla Alaska, then moved on as a wildland fire fighter with Blacktimber Wildland Services, and volunteered in Bend, Huntington, Baker City, and Sumpter, Oregon.
Besides working structrual and rural fires in Central and Eastern Oregon, he was also an International Wildland firefighter and a Type II and Type IIII Engine Crew Boss, a consultant for the 1998 Florida Firestorm, and a contracter of N.A.S.A. during the Space Shuttle Columbia Distaster Recovery Effort.
Mr. Spitzer is a technology and commercial attorney who has a solo legal practice serving entrepreneurs, startups and small, growing companies. Mr. Spitzer has previously served as general counsel and in senior legal positions for entrepreneurial-led growth companies with substantial international operations, including NYSE, NASDAQ and American Stock Exchange listed companies in financial communications, financial services and advanced medical technologies. Mr. Spitzer graduated Lafayette College, A.B. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with honors in Government and Law. He is a graduate of the Cornell University Graduate School of Business and Public Administration with a M.P.A., and a graduate of the Cornell University Law School with a J.D.
Brian has nearly four decades of experience in commercial insurance and industrial and construction safety. He is a founding Board member of the Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program and has worked in conjunction with fellow safety professionals to establish the monthly Oregon Construction Safety Summit. He has received numerous awards for his leadership in construction safety and teaches safety standards and law classes at as well as guest lectures at colleges throughout Washington and Oregon.
Numerous factors together determine a home’s survivability in a wildfire, including building design and materials, proximity to other homes, fire intensity and ember cast, topography, and other factors. Maintaining proper defensible space, including the application of a long-term fire retardant, will improve your home’s survivability and increase the willingness of firefighters to defend your home, but it cannot guarantee your home’s survival in the event of a wildfire. Wildfire Alliance makes no representations or warranties regarding your home’s survival in the event of a wildfire and disclaims any liability for losses caused by wildfire.
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