Gonzalo Lopez Davila
Chief Executive Officer
Gonzalo Lopez Davila became chief executive officer of Fireaway in June 2015. His academic background includes an industrial engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree from the University of Phoenix, U.S. Gonzalo brings a wide range of business expertise with more than 30 years of experience in chemical operations for multinational S&P 500 companies such as Ciba Geigy and BASF. During this time he was responsible for providing business support to major business units and overseeing operations in various countries throughout North and South America. Gonzalo’s business knowledge also includes a firm understanding of reorganizations/restructuring transactions having also played key roles in various mergers, spinoffs, and unit reorganizations throughout his career. Other leadership roles Gonzalo has held include VP/general manager of a large fire protection distributor whose main market emphasis involved marine-commercial activities and industrial applications.
Gonzalo accepted the leadership position in Fireaway convinced by the innovative aerosol products Fireaway offers and the high potential this new technology brings for the future of affordable and effective fire protection.
Chief Financial Officer
Keath Young was appointed chief financial officer of Fireaway in December of 2015. His background includes 25 years of experience implementing financial aspects and improving accounting systems. Most recently he was CFO for a logistics firm in St. Paul, MN. During this time he was responsible for the entire financial process of the firm, including capital financing, financial reporting, risk analysis and strategic planning. Earlier in his career he spent five years with Deloitte in Minneapolis, MN; focusing on communication, service, and manufacturing firms as well as individual wealth management. He then spent two years with a firm in Bloomington, MN working on business development for small to medium sized entities and entrepreneurs. He also spent seven years as the corporate controller for a commodity trading advisor in Boulder, CO.
Keath holds the following degrees; an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and a BA in Accounting, also from the University of St. Thomas. In addition he serves the community as an appointed utility commissioner. The exciting aerosol products that Fireaway is developing, and improving, has created a passion that is exciting and full of opportunity.
Edward M. Ruggles
Director of Marketing and Sales
Ed is responsible for the management of all sales and marketing, including our established and respected salesforce located across North America, its existing marketing staff located in Minnetonka, Minnesota; its established representatives in Europe and Asia, and its 120 plus distributor network located in dozens of countries on six continents.
Mr. Ruggles has over 20 years of experience, knowledge, and respect amongst his peers in the fire suppression industry. Recently he held the position of global sales director and business development manager for Spectrex Flame Suppression- part of the Emerson group. Ed was vice president of sales for Amerex Defense. He has had several sales positions in Tyco Fire Protection International, achieving multiple promotions and additional responsibilities directly related to his success with those firms.
Ed holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin, Marinette and has traveled extensively across the globe during his career. He is familiar with aerosols and has always been an advocate of the Stat-X® product line.
Paul joined Fireaway in 2006 and has since performed numerous functions including engineering manager, production manager, along with the purchasing and quality duties in Fireaway’s early years.
Currently he is responsible for manufacturing and shipping at Fireaway’s Minnetonka, Minnesota and Minden, Louisiana locations. He has 30+ years’ experience in manufacturing including heavy equipment, electronics materials, metal forms, and consumer products along with his career with Fireaway.
Paul has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Anthony D. L. Gee
Chief Technology Officer
Anthony Gee serves as chief technology officer of Fireaway Inc., responsible for the engineering services, technical, and training support for the Stat-X condensed aerosol products.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with over 30 years of domestic and international engineering, project management, and business development experience with fire detection and suppression systems and products for various well known fire protection manufacturers. Anthony has extensive experience in the design and supply of fire protection systems for special hazard applications and in the development of state-of-art products for the fire protection market including gaseous, water-mist, and aerosol fire suppression systems. Anthony is a member of the NFPA 2010 technical committee and of the SFPE.
George A. Ciottone
Regional Sales Senior VP ~ Eastern North America
George A. Ciottone is responsible for the eastern North American sales market. George has over 35 years of high level experience in the fire protection industry. He has marketed and sold fire protection systems and products in all major international markets of the world in partnership with Japanese and American companies. Representing several major manufacturers of fire protection systems and products, George was responsible for negotiating distributorships, license agreements and technology transfers.
As director of international marketing for Walter Kidde Inc. George managed and developed one of the strongest sales and distribution systems in the industry and negotiated licensing agreements for Kidde products in markets where direct import was not possible or economically feasible. He has an extensive background in negotiating, closing, and implementing major international projects.
Regional Sales VP ~ Southwestern North American
John is covering western North America from his Austin, Texas, office and has extensive industry experience. John is a decorated Navy aviation veteran and honorably served in an anti-submarine warfare squadron.
John attended Oklahoma State University in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. He started working as a fire protection and safety engineer and has held positions with Tyco Fire and Security, Fike, SNC Lavalin, and Kidde-Fenwal.
In the last 17 years John has worked in distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. He gained a detailed background in many genres of fire protection which include pre-engineered, engineered, water mist, explosion protection, and special hazards fire protection systems. John also has experience in Hazmat and Environmental Health and Safety.
John is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, American Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, and is a volunteer at his local fire department.