The executive team at AI Fire brings together extensive fire protection expertise with functional knowledge of critical areas like Finance, Human Resources, and Strategy. Our core team has been working together in the industry for over a decade.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Lloyd joined AI Fire in the summer of 2012 as CEO. His responsibility is to drive the growth and development of the business, with the primary objective of building the finest fire protection services firm across the country. Prior to joining AI Fire, Mike was President at Consolidated Fire Protection, where he was responsible for growing and managing the national accounts service business, starting that business in 2004 and ultimately building one of the largest national services businesses in the industry. Earlier in his career, Mike was involved in several technology businesses, including Intuit and was a consultant for several firms, including Viant and Perot Systems.
Mike earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a BA in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. He is active in the fire protection and life safety industry, and is a member of AFSA, NFPA, and NAFED. Mike is also active in the broader facilities services industry as a member of PRSM and RFMA, and serves on the board of MC Sign Company. When not working, Mike enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife, Rachel, and grown son and daughter.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Taylor joined AI Fire in the winter of 2019 and serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he is responsible for all financial, compliance, risk management, and credit functions. Mark has over 25 years of experience in Finance & Accounting leadership positions, including most recently as the CFO of Gray Wolf Industrial, a provider of specialty maintenance, repair, and installation services to heavy industries, owned by Charlesbank Capital. Prior to joining Gray Wolf’s predecessor company Primetals Technologies Limited, Mark held various senior level positions within Siemens during a twenty-year timespan eventually leading the Finance and Accounting teams of several $100M+ business units.
Mark holds a BBA in Finance from Georgia State University. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his kids, golfing and fishing.
Senior Vice President, District Operations
Buck Taylor serves as Senior Vice President of District Operations and has been with AI Fire since the company’s inception. He oversees Impact Fire’s 20 district offices, managing their growth and profitability. Buck plays an integral role in the acquisition and integration of other self-perform businesses into Impact Fire. With over 25 years of experience across three fire and life safety companies, Grinnell Fire, Firetrol Protection, and Impact Fire, Buck is viewed as a leading industry expert.
Buck holds a Technical Degree for Fire Sprinkler Fitting, along with the certifications of RME-I, NICET Level III Test and Inspection and NICET Level I Water Based System Layout. He is a proud member of the National Fire Protection Association and American Fire Sprinkler Association. On the weekends, Buck enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, clay shooting oftentimes with his three sons, one of whom works for Impact Fire.
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Ellie Sparling joined AI Fire in the fall of 2017 as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s acquisition and post-merger integration efforts along with any strategic initiatives for the business. Prior to joining AI Fire, Ellie was responsible corporate strategy and program management at TOMS Shoes working with the executive team and the company’s investment partners, Bain Capital. Earlier in her career, Ellie was a Consultant at Bain & Company and an M&A investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities.
Ellie earned her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College where she graduated cum laude. Ellie is actively involved as an Amherst alum and most recently completed a three-year term on the Trustee Nominating Committee. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys being active with her husband and two young sons.
Vice President, National Sales
Bill Freeman joined Academy Fire Life Safety in late 2015 as the Vice President of National Sales. He is responsible for overseeing the national account sales team and expanding Academy’s business with both new and existing customers. Due to his deep industry experience and relationships, he is also actively involved in AI Fire’s acquisition strategy.
Bill is a 30+ year veteran of the fire protection industry with experience at leading service and manufacturing companies, including senior positions at Ansul Incorporated, Minimax Fire Products, and other national service providers. Bill is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and is currently a board member for the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED). During his spare time, Bill enjoys cycling, golfing, and spending time with his wife, grown son and daughter, and granddaughter.
Senior Director, Information Technology
Jeff Murtari joined AI Fire in early 2018 as the Senior Director of Information Technology. He oversees the IT department and is responsible for back office, ERP, reporting and mobile systems. Jeff’s duties include the integration of new acquisitions and using technology to improve operational efficiencies. Prior to joining AI Fire, Jeff was a member of Foreshadow Consulting for 13 years, where he provided financial and operational systems consulting to companies in various industries, including Fire Life Safety, both in the U.S. and overseas. Earlier is his career Jeff worked as IT Manager for Realtor.com and Callipso, and was a Microsoft Partner with iOpsys and Lighthouse Group.
Jeff earned dual Master degrees in Business Administration and Engineering Management from Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal State Northridge. Jeff enjoys snow skiing, hiking, and traveling to new locations.
Director, Corporate Risk & HSE
Randal Mills joined AI Fire in 2016 as the Director of Corporate Risk & HSE. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for HSE, directing and managing the implementation of HSE programs that align to the Corporate HSE strategy and supporting the goal of a zero incident HSE culture. Randal supports, participates, and implements Corporate HSE strategies, policies and initiatives and makes recommendations for new or improved practices.
As the Risk Manager, Randal identifies, assesses, manages, mitigates, and responds to corporate risk across the entire enterprise. He assists in developing and ensuring all procedures, protocols, and strategies are fully implemented to protect the company, its people and its assets. Randal performs regular risk assessments and presents results and recommendations for improvement.
Randal spent 27 years in Federal Law Enforcement and holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Central Texas College along with the credentials of Master (Risk Management), Safety, Health & Environmental Professional (SHEP), Certified Safety Health Professional (CSHO) in construction and general industry and Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) in construction and general industry all from the University of Texas at Arlington.
We are a nationally recognized fire and life safety services company headquartered in Southern California. We operate two leading businesses, Academy Fire, our national accounts operation, and Impact Fire, our regional and local self-perform operation.
AI Fire is eager to connect with other growing fire protection and life safety companies. If you’d like to discuss opportunities to join our team or grow your orgazation within our larger platform, we’d like to get in touch.