Keynote Speakers

Dr. Todd Dewett, Opening Keynote
Todd Dewett has rededicated his life to the study of leadership and success in life to help others achieve more happiness and genuine sense of purpose. Holding a PhD in Management, he has been published many times, as well as teaches leadership courses at Wright State. Todd discovered the power of stories, and now is a professional speaker and entrepreneur. He takes his speaking engagements as an opportunity to teach, evoke emotion, and entertain in a way that causes real change within a person.


Richard Bryan, Closing Keynote
Richard Bryan began his career taking over his family owned car and truck dealership in the UK. He faced lack of leadership succession, but ultimately learned from his mistakes. Bryan was able to establish his leadership presence and save his business. Today, he is a speaker, author and executive coach who shares with business owners and leaders the leadership strategies that have proven to be the driving force behind his continued business success. Richard is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a former Board Member of NSA Colorado.



Rob Anselmi
Rob Anselmi is the Division Chief of Mechanical Maintenance, Equipment & Asset Management for Toronto Fire Services. He’s a licenced heavy truck mechanic with Master EVT status, and past president of the Ontario Fire Department Mechanical Officers Association. Rob’s duties include the specification writing and purchasing of all apparatus and equipment used by TFS. Rob also serves on a number of committees and is the Logistics manager for the Heavy Urban Search & Rescue team. The division of 41 staff oversee the repair of a vast array of emergency response equipment, a fleet of almost 400 vehicles, and two large fire boats.


Anirban Basu
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others. He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.


Brian Brauer
Dr. Brauer is the Associate Director for Infrastructure and Special Projects at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI).  He has volunteered as a fire officer and EMT since 1990. Brauer holds a Master’s in Global Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), and a Doctorate in Education in Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership from UIUC. Since completing his degrees, Brauer has been continuing his research to help agencies in the fire and emergency services implement models for organizational and behavioral change to successfully make changes in within the organizations.


John Butler

John Butler is currently the Fire Chief for the Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department. He formerly served as Howard County Maryland’s first internal fire chief, and first chief to have held every rank within the department. He is an active paramedic and holds a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and certificates from the Johns Hopkins Public Safety Leadership Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and the IAFC Fire Service Executive Development Institute


Nathan Calabrese
Nathan Calabrese is Vice President of International Sales for Task Force Tips. His professional experience in creating and managing international sales and distribution networks makes him an ideal fit to lead and grow TFT’s presence in the burgeoning world marketplace.Nathan enjoys strong ties with numerous individuals and organizations who are committed to further development of international trade and commerce. His strong background in engineering and mechanics come from his days as a marine engineer onboard working cargo vessels over the Great Lakes.


Jim Crawford
Jim Crawford has served as the project manager for Vision 20/20 since 2007.  He is a member of and former chair of the NFPA technical committee on professional qualifications for fire marshals.  He is the author of Fire Prevention Organization and Management published by Brady and writes a regular column on community risk reduction for Fire and Rescue Magazine.  Crawford retired from the active fire service after 35 years, ending his career as the Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal of Vancouver, WA.  He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, past President of the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Darnell D. Fullum

Darnell D. Fullum is currently serving as Fire Chief of the DeKalb County (GA) Fire Rescue Department (since 2014), after retiring from the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. He has over thirty-two (32) years of fire service experience to include serving as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, training chief, fire marshal and deputy fire chief. He was appointed to several key positions throughout his career to include serving as the district chief/liaison for several newly formed cities and as Interim Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. Chief Fullum proudly served three years in the United States Army as an infantry soldier/squad leader and received an Honorable Discharge.


Dave Gatton
Dave Gatton serves as Senior Advisor to the FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Affairs Committee. He has over 35 years’ experience in Washington D.C., representing cities, the fire service and urban interests before Congress. He resides in McLean, VA.


John Granby
John Granby is the vice president, government relations and corporate responsibility for LION. John has been an active member of the National Fire Protective Association and has served on multiple standards committees. He has also been a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials and has served on both ASTM F18 and F23 committees. Presently, he is a member of E54 committee on Homeland Security and the National Advisory Committee for the Congressional Fire Service Institute, the chair of the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Partner Council, and a director of the First Responder Center for Excellence in Reducing Occupational Illness and Death Inc.


Kirby James

Kirby is passionately dedicated to helping others achieve their potential. His focus is to assist organizations achieve excellent workplace cultures through intentional
resilience, building on scientific evidence and 25+ years as an executive change agent. His latest entrepreneurial endeavour as Managing Partner -Resilience & Culture at GYST, a division of Unleashed Inc., helps people & businesses build the capacity to excel during change.Kirby has held global executive positions, served on numerous Boards, teaches PhD’s at universities across Ontario and lectures on Board Governance / Operations within FBG certification program. Kirby has developed and taught leadership programs at Ryerson, UofT Rotman School and for national management organizations. He is an accomplished op-ex executive, board member, author, facilitator, coach and educator.

Jim Kay
Jim began his career as an Operations Fire Fighter with the City of Burlington and progressed through the Operations division ranks before being promoted to Chief Training Officer and then to Deputy Fire Chief. In 2000, Jim assumed the position of Deputy Fire Chief of the Hamilton Fire Department and in 2004 was promoted to Fire Chief of Hamilton Emergency Services, where he oversaw both Fire and Paramedic Services for the City of Hamilton. Jim joins the TFS team from his present position as Deputy Fire Marshal for the Province of Ontario, where his duties include overseeing the Provincial HUSAR and CBRNE teams.


Mark J. Puknaitis
Mark Puknaitis has been the Fire Chief for the City of Naperville Illinois for the past 11 years since 2008 prior to serving with the Oak Park Fire Department for 23 years. Mark is a 34-year veteran of the fire service and has been an advocate for community risk reduction programs during his entire tenure as Fire Chief. Chief Puknaitis currently serves as President of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Chairman of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Accreditation Committee and the 2009 recipient of the coveted Ray Picard Award as selected by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Board of Directors and Commissioners.


Tammy Rimes
Tammy Rimes as the Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), she is passionate about helping government and supplier clients take their cooperative procurement strategy to the next level. Tammy strives to motivate and recognize great procurement teams across the nation and support their efforts in solving tough procurement problems. She also has a past corporate world experience and experience in marketing a myriad of products and services – including electricity, computer systems, and even horses and wine. Tammy has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial.


Deryn Rizzi
Deryn Rizzi currently serves as the Fire Chief with Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS). VFRS continues to be recognized in Ontario as a leader in emergency service delivery and received a 100 per cent satisfaction rating in the City of Vaughan’s 2018 Citizen Survey. She is a champion of modernization and innovation to grow and sustain an efficient and effective delivery of service utilizing critical thinking skills, coupled with a capacity to build and maintain interpersonal relationships. Chief Rizzi serves on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs board of directors, she Chairs the Human Relations Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and is a member of the Hospice Vaughan Board of Directors. 


Gordon Routley
J Gordon Routley has been active in the fire service in Canada and the United States for more than 50 years. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Montreal Fire Department and his previous positions include Assistant to the Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona; Fire Chief in Shreveport, Louisiana; and Safety Officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has investigated and produced reports on numerous major incidents and subjects of interest to the fire service and has been actively involved with many fire service organizations and projects during his career, including the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, NFPA and IAFC. In 2014 he was honoured as Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. He is a registered professional engineer and a fellow of both the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Institution of Fire Engineers.


Bill Webb
Bill Webb is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the challenges and needs of the fire and emergency services.   During his 24 years as CFSI Executive Director, Webb has worked closely with members of Congress and other national fire service leaders to advocate for federal programs and legislation that benefit our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.  In addition, he has delivered presentations throughout the country and written numerous articles on advancing fire service issues on Capitol Hill. Webb is the Vice Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and an honorary member of the Vienna (VA) Volunteer Fire Department, Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 36.