William J. Tomes – Board Member, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. William Tomes began his career as a fire fighter in 1964. He retired in 1985 as Fire Marshal of the City of San Diego, launching a second career in the fire protection vertical as the founder and CEO of Tomes and Associates (Telgian’s corporate seed). In 1988 he became Chairman and CEO of Tomes, Van Rickley & Associates which performed Fire and Life Safety consulting for business and government agencies, fire and building code interpretation, risk analysis and hazard evaluation, fire and building plan review, fire sprinkler system design and industry training.
From 1992 to 2007, he led TVA Fire and Life Safety, Inc. as Chairman of the Board. During his tenure, TVA became recognized internationally as the market leader in developing applications for emerging fire protection technologies. Mr. Tomes is still active in business with his service on the Telgian Board of Directors. He promotes his lifelong passion for protecting lives and property by continuing to lead research and development initiatives and serving as an expert witness in fire protection related issues.