In 1994, Rick Charles started his career with Western States Fire Protection (WSFP) right out of college. He began as a designer in the Duluth, Minn., branch office. A year later he transferred to Las Vegas when the Duluth office merged with Viking Sprinkler Fire Protection, an APi Group Inc. subsidiary.
While in Las Vegas, he was promoted to project manager and spent most of his time working on the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. Charles later moved to Colorado where he established and grew the Colorado Springs branch office for WSFP as an area manager.
In 2003, he moved his family to Seattle, Wash., to become the WSFP Northwest Regional Manager. In 2005, Charles was promoted to vice president and he and his family relocated back to Colorado, the place they had always loved, to work at WSFP's corporate office.
He stays very involved in the fire sprinkler industry through his union and vendor relations. He is also on several committees, including the JATC and multiple labor negotiation committees.
Through the training and development of WSFP's current and future leaders, Charles continues to push WSFP to become the premier fire protection company in the U.S. as recognized by its customers, competitors and employees. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife, Cheryl, and their two children, Lauren and RJ.