Building Public - Private Partnerships
My career began in 1978 at the southwest corner of Wyoming in a small town know as Evanston where I was hired by Schlumberger Well Services. As a Global Energy Well Services company Schlumberger was comprised of specialized teams dedicated to comprehensive tool sets, (downhole oil drilling) computer log services, and technologies designed for oil field operations.
Schlumberger had a long-standing commitment to health, safety, and the environment. I was hired as an Operations Engineer. My education and training were centered on oil field operations, while specializing in core gun explosives and the handling of cobalt-60, a radioactive element emitting y-rays or an accelerator producing a beam of electrons.
This source was used for CNL Density downhole logs.
From 1980 to 1990 I consulted directly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Working side by side with Dr. Ralph Swisher, director of the Community & Family Preparedness Program, at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. I designed and developed a visual communication network intended to aid first responders by enhancing their medical assessment proficiencies in the aftermath of a disastrous event.
In addition, the visual communications network involved Homeland Security, and numerous state and county agencies regarding specific emergency plans for escape, evade, and evacuate tactics. Over a twenty-year period, I had the privilege to attend the following training seminars for emergency management organizations:
• The 1994 National FEMA Conference in San Diego California, at which time the need for standardized communication was adopted.
• Numerous high-profile conferences, starting with the1995 FEMA Conference for Disaster Preparedness and Family Protection Program in Emmitsburg, MD.
• The Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in 1996, 97, 98, and 2000 in Tampa, Florida.
• The Hurricane Expo in Port Charlotte, Florida 1996, 97, and 2000.
• The National Hurricane Conference in Houston, Texas in 1996 and again in 1997.
• The World FEMA Conference in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
• The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Conference in 1997 and 2000, attending the various workshops while completing several training programs for emergency management and staging area preparedness.
I received my degree in information systems from Southern Utah University (SUU), following which I was recruited by PDI INC / American Express Health Care Division, a contractor for American Express. I became the director of the high value acquisition medical accounts for American Express from 2006 to 2009. During my three years with American Express, I received the highest awards for account acquisitions, sales goals, and customer service, as well as divisional awards for service.
In 2011 I started my own company known as FirstLIne TaskForce. FirstLine TaskForce (FirstLineTaskForce.app) over the past decade has endeavored to produce a platform capable of sculpting out a Preparedness Culture instituting a balance between American citizenry and disastrous events. FirstLine is consistent with ongoing efforts to reduce disaster risks through app technologies conveying a first of its kind preparedness messaging system.
Telgian is a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, security, life safety consulting and engineering/design services. Telgian partners with clients to produce innovative solutions that reduce exposure to loss from fire and disasters. The result is productive, profitable environments that keep businesses safe and compliant. Russell Leavitt’s Telgian roots can be traced to the genesis of the company.
In 1990, he co-founded Fire Design Group, which merged with Tomes, Van.
Rickley and Associates in 1991. He subsequently served in numerous.
executive positions including TVA Fire and Life Safety President, Managing
Member of Fire Materials Group, LLC, and CEO of Telgian. Today, Leavitt
serves as the Executive Chairman and Board Member for Telgian Holdings, Inc., as well as the Chairman of Telgian Corporation.
Leavitt is active in numerous trade and professional associations and holds several leadership positions.
In 2013, he received the AFSA Henry S. Parmelee Award for dedication to the professional advancement of the fire sprinkler industry and improvement of fire safety through automatic sprinklers. He is also the recipient of the NFPA Standards Council Special Achievement award in 2018 for his work on the 2019 edition of NFPA 13.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), he is the organization’s 1st-Vice Chair. He is also the Chair of the NFPA 13 Technical Committee for Fire Sprinkler system Discharge Criteria, a Principal Member of the NFPA Technical Committee for Installation and a Principal Member of NFPA 3, 4, and 25. Leavitt is a non-voting member of the Automatic Sprinkler Correcting Committee and represents NFPA 13 on the Technical Committee for NFPA 909 (Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties) and 914 (Code for the Protection of Historic Structures).
Throughout his career, he has authored numerous articles and training guides, including the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Beginning Inspector Training Program and the AFSA Online Hydraulics Training Program. In addition, he is a major contributor to several NFPA Handbooks and served as the subject matter expert for numerous NFPA live and online training programs.
Leavitt shares his 38+ years of experience in the fire protection industry by conducting training presentations for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), along with NFPA and AFSA.
Leavitt is a Level IV NICET certified technician and Certified Fire Protection Specialist who holds fire protection contracting licenses in 35 states. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Steve is a graduate of the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and has done technology and project management studies at Stanford and San Jose State Universities in Electronics Engineering, Programming, Business and Technology Management.
He has 44 years of experience in Technology and Project management and holds multiple professional certifications in project management, telecommunications, and information technology. He was born in Yorkshire, England, and immigrated to America with his family in 1957, growing up in the Silicon Valley Area, in California and becoming an American citizen in 1971.
He was the National President, Vice President and Director for the InteCom Users Group and Chapter President, Vice President and Director in the Association of Information Technology Professionals organization. Utah GOP Central Committee member, Mayor and GOP Committee member. He became IT Director for American savings corporations installing some of the first Rolm switching systems and designing one of the first Diebold ATM networks.
He then became the Global Telecommunications manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, directing all global telecomm, satellite and central switch operations and projects. In the late 80’s he was recruited to become the Corporate Telecommunications Manager for Apple Computer in Cupertino, CA, and was later was asked to become the Executive Producer/ General Manager of AppleTV, Apple’s Television Production and private satellite network. In the 1990’s, he was recruited as the CTO for the Orange County Newschannel designing new digital media systems for broadcasting, which later became CNN’s new all-digital media operations. Later becoming the CEO of Laguna Labs, he developed new digital broadcasting database software and hardware systems. For the last twenty-two years he has consulted on multiple projects in the Finance, Transportation and Technology space.
Being the Project Leader on major projects such as Verizon’s Corporate CRM system, T-Mobile’s Corporate EPMO office, GE’s Global Web Portal development, the Armored Auto Group Corporate Data Systems Transition from Clorox and many other technology and Big Data projects in the U.S., Paris, and Shanghai. He has completed certifications as a PMP, project management professional, in telecommuni-cations and in IT.
As a British and American citizen, he has the tenacity of a British bulldog and only bites if necessary. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for SWANN Technologies leading the manufacturing of business telecommunications IoT devices and assisting companies in technology research and business development.
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With over 20 years of management, sales, and business ownership experience, Chris is a proven leader. Known for his ability to craft the strategic vision required to achieve business goals, he offers a unique blend of executive acumen supported with strong leadership and team building skills. Chris believes in surrounding himself with high caliber individuals dedicated to meeting business goals, improving standards, and delivering exceptional performance.
Chris has a great love for this community and a strong passion for the Chamber organization. His organizational proficiency and reputation for prudent use of resources has been instrumental in helping the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce progress throughout the years.
Chris served on the Chamber board for over six years managing and working events, participated as an ambassador, and put together the Chamber's public policy guide.
Helping businesses grow is important to Chris as he has been involved on all aspects of the business world.
Chris has owned and operated several small businesses throughout the years and knows the challenges businesses face firsthand. Providing relevant resources and value for Chamber members is a primary focus for Chris.
Veteran Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade has been inducted into the Florida Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
“Going into the Hall of Fame with former Florida Director Joe Myers and former FEMA Administrator David Paulison puts me in very rare air,” he said.
As the Project manager and/or communication consultant Doug is the point of contact developing communication strategies for corporate and multidisciplinary Preparedness Messaging projects, coordinating publications and or instituting collateral for various client areas including administrative, clinical, research and education institutes supporting the "Everyone Is A First Responder" network.