Russell B. Leavitt, SET, CFPS

Executive Chairman & Board Member

Mr. 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.

Mr. Leavitt is active in numerous trade and professional associations and serves in leadership positions that include multiple NFPA committees. He has served on the NFPA Board since June 2014, is current chair of the Sprinkler System Discharge Technical Committee for Automatic Sprinklers (NFPA 13), and serves on the NFPA 25, NFPA 3, and NFPA 4 Technical Committees along with the Correlating Committees for NFPA 5000 (Building Code) and NFPA 13. He is a nationally recognized expert in fire sprinkler systems who presents regularly to organizations like NFPA and the American Fire Sprinkler Association and has authored numerous articles and training guides, including the AFSA study guide for NICET certification in Fire Sprinkler System Testing and Inspections.

Mr. Leavitt is a Level IV NICET certified technician and Certified Fire Protection Specialist who holds fire protection contracting licenses in 35 states. 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. Mr. Leavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.