Tom McKinnon sets the standards for leadership and accountability at AEGIS Fire Systems, Inc. As President, he involves himself daily with the design and development of new installation methods and product application. Tom constantly strives to improve the service AEGIS provides to its customers and the overall quality of AEGIS installations. Over the course of Tom McKinnon’s career, he has contributed to many fire protection industry associations, including serving as Chairman of The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), California Greater Bay Area Chairman, AFSA National Region 1 Director & Treasurer, CAFSA – UAC Chairman and Treasurer & AFSA Apprenticeship and Education Co-Chairman.
Timothy Higgins has been associated with the sprinkler industry for the past 38 years. He started in 1974 as a trainee engineer in Los Angeles, California. He applied for apprenticeship training in 1976 in Los Angeles. During his apprenticeship he worked on many types of sprinkler systems including warehouse, high-rise, underground, fire pumps and Special-Hazard systems. He received his Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter certification in 1982. During the same period, he attended the first Certified Program for Fire Protection Engineering offered by the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his certification in 1984. Since that time Tim has held positions of Foreman, Chief Engineer, and Salesman. In 1993, Tim founded Quick Response Fire Systems, Inc. in Hayward, California. Quick Response was a company of approximately 40 employees and specialized in residential sprinkler systems of all types. He served as president of Quick Response until June of 2003 when Quick Response Fire Systems, Inc. and AEGIS Fire Systems, Inc. merged. He is currently Vice President at AEGIS Fire Systems with primary responsibilities of the design department. Tim has been associated with many industry organizations throughout his career. He has been a member of the Society of Fire Engineers, NFPA, AFSA, and the California America Fire Sprinkler Association where he currently serves as a board member.