Conference Program Committee


J.C. Harrington
SFPE 2018 President

William Steffenhagen
Middle Tennessee Chapter


Committee Members
* Sam Barrack, Tennessee Valley Chapter President
* Chuck Boyte, Middle Tennesse Chapter
* Tom Christman, Tennessee Valley Chapter
* Kenneth Dungan, Tennessee Chapter
* Tom Feng, Arizona Chapter
* Scott Grainger, Grainger Consulting Inc.
* Timothy Hawthorne, Utah Chapter
* David House, 2018 Middle Tennessee Chapter President
* David J. Icove, University of Tennessee
* Corey Kinsman, Tennessee Chapter
* Jimmy Landmesser, Jr., Tennessee Chapter
* Jerry Vuoso, International Paper


About The Conference

SFPE is proud to host the 2018 North America Conference & Expo, which will be held on October 28-30 in Nashville, Tennessee. This annual event is frequently cited as the top source of the latest technical information on fire protection engineering issues and emerging trends, case studies, research, and codes and standards. With more than 425 leading professionals from around the globe participating in this annual event, it offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with peers and exploring new products, technologies and business opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you to the Music City known as Nashville!

SFPE is accepting presentation abstracts for the 2018 North America Conference & Expo. Deadline for abstract submission is March 21, 2018. The application can be downloaded here.

Registration opening soon! Check back often for updates.


Saturday, October 27

  • Board of Directors Meeting (Board Only)
  • Board of Directors Dinner (Board Only)
  • Conference

Sunday, October 28

  • Board of Directors Meeting (Board Only)
  • Standing Committee Meetings
  • Chapter Leadership Forum (formerly Senate Meeting)
  • Annual Business Meeting
Monday, October 29
  • Sunrise Walk/Run (Optional - no fee)
  • Conference Program
  • Reception

Tuesday, October 30

  • Sunrise Walk/Run (Optional - no fee)
  • Conference Program
  • Post-Conference

 Wednesday, October 31 - Friday, November 2

  • Professional Development Seminars - details coming soon

Exhibitor List

  • 3M Company
  • FireFlex
  • Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp.
  • Hydratec Inc.
  • JOB Thermobulbs Gmbh
  • Keltron Corporation
  • Mircom
  • SPP Pumps
  • Wagner Fire Solutions

For Exhibitors and Sponsors
Exhibiting at the SFPE North American Conference gives you direct access to the FPEs responsible for specifying and designing fire protection and suppression systems.
 Access the current exhibit floormap to see which spaces are still available.
 Don't miss out on this opportunity to grow your business within this market.

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring?

To learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brian Marks, Media and Event Sales at 410-316-9855 or


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