In December, 2016 I retired as president of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) based in Dallas, Texas. I started there in 1988. From 1985 through 1988, I was on the staff of the Home and Apartment Builders Association of Metro Dallas. I also held the position of Director of Public Affairs for the Association of Oilwell Servicing Contractors from 1977 to 1985. Prior to 1977, I spent six years on the staff of U.S. Congressman Dale Milford, 24th Congressional District of Texas.
I was a founder, and served on the Steering Committee, of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition -- an organization composed of of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and others. I also served on the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, an organization charged with educating members of Congress about fire and life safety issues. From 2002 to 2008 I was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association, a 80,000-member international organization dedicated to life safety through the development of building codes and standards and public education programs. In the August 2002 I was designated "Person of the Year" for the fire sprinkler industry by Fire Protection Contractor Magazine, and in 2016 I was honored to receive the Parmelee Award, the highest award for service from the American Fire Sprinkler Association.
Born in Denton, Texas in 1951, I spent a good part of my "growing up" years living in northern New Mexico. I graduated from high school in Denton, Texas, and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. We currently alternate between a house in Dallas and a home in Corrales, New Mexico.
Photography is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. You can link to my photography site from this page.
I have been interested in genealogy for over forty years, collecting data and other information on the Muncy family in America. I administer a surname web page (see genealogy link at top), and am very involved in genetic genealogy. I am co-administrator of the “Muncy Project”, a project focusing on y-DNA tracking at Family Tree DNA.
I am a amateur radio operator (ham) and hold an Extra Class Amateur Radio License. I have been an amateur radio operator since 1966, and I am a life member of the American Radio Relay League . I have a separate web page detailing my amateur radio interests . I enjoy building my own equipment.