Executive Team Members
Bob McBride – President
Bob purchased State Systems Inc. in 1986 with his father, Robert T. McBride, and became the general manager and president in 1999. Prior to that, he owned Zee Medical Service Co. of the Mid-South from 1980 to 1995. Bob spends much of his free time giving back to the community as a board member of the Exchange Club Family Center, the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, SRVS, and the Piperton Industrial Board, as well as volunteer work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Tyler McBride – General Manager, Fire Protection Division
Tyler joined his brother and father on the State Systems Inc. team in 1996 as a sales/service technician in the fire protection division. By 2000, he worked his way through the ranks to his current position as general manager of the fire protection division. During his time with SSI, Tyler has earned certifications with Ansul, Pyro-Chem and Kidde, a State of Tennessee license for fire suppressions systems and fire extinguishers, and he is a member and state representative with the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED). In his free time, Tyler is a member of the board of directors and is a past executive committee chair for the Fire Museum of Memphis; an advancement chair for Boy Scout Troop 212 in Arlington, Tenn.; and a coach for youth soccer and basketball.
John Seay – General Manager, Cleaning Services Division
After 15 years in management at FedEx, John joined State Systems Inc. in 1999 as the director of operations. Currently John is the general manager of the cleaning services division. John has served on the board of the Memphis Restaurant Association for two years. He also managed the start-up of Express Medical Transporters (EMT) Memphis, a St. Louis-based non-emergency and handicapped transport business, with SSI’s president, Bob McBride.
Graham McBride – General Manager, Low Voltage Divisions
Graham formally became a member of the State Systems Inc. team in 2004, but as the son of president Bob McBride, he wanted to work alongside his family and grew up helping out around the warehouse however he could. Much like his Uncle Tyler, Graham also started off as a technician and worked his way through the ranks to general manager of the low voltage divisions. He has a Level IV certification with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).
Craig Wright – General Manager, Technology Division, Memphis, TN
Craig has worked for State Systems Inc. for more than five years and previously held the position of sales executive. Prior to SSI, he worked for both Konica Minolta and Lamination Service Inc. in technical sales and management. Having grown up working on cars and learning to build both show and recreational automobiles through the help of several mentors, he couples this technical understanding of how a project works with his technology background to enrich the sales experience for his clients.
George Price – General Manager, Healthcare Division
George joined State Systems, Inc. in 2015 when SSI acquired ESI Companies, Inc. For 15 of George’s 34 years of employment with ESI Companies, he served as Vice President over the Healthcare Division. George has nearly 40 years of working experience from the ground up moving from installation of low voltage systems to service and then supervision and management of a Healthcare Division that serves hospitals in West Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. George is registered with Shelby County Code enforcement as a Journeyman Electronic Technician and has passed the Tennessee “CE” Electrical Contractors examination as an Electrical Contractor. George, in the off, time enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with the family and friends.
Jeremy Jones – General Manager, Sprinkler Division, Memphis, TN
In 2015 Jeremy came to State Systems with 10-plus years of experience in the sprinkler industry to head up Sales and Design within the Fire Sprinkler Division. In 2017 He was made General Manager of the Fire Sprinkler Division. He has a Level III certification in Water Based Systems Layout with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and also holds SSI’s fire sprinkler responsible managing employee (RME) license.
Kenny Sledge, General Manager, Sprinkler Division, Central Arkansas
Kenny has worked in the fire protection industry since 1988. For 16 years, he was involved in projects dealing with wet and dry systems as well as special hazard systems such as deluge, pre-action, and foam. In 2004, Kenny moved into sales, working closely with architects and engineers, assisting them with code issues and general design concepts for their projects. In 2010, Kenny accepted a sales position with Dunk Fire & Security to help expand into central Arkansas. Kenny joined State Systems Inc. in 2016 as a result of the acquisition of Dunk and now serves as General Manager of the company’s Central Arkansas sprinkler operation.
Stephan Phillips – General Manager, Sprinkler Division
Stephan joined State Systems Middle TN Columbia Branch in Feb 2017. Stephan started his career at Grinnell Fire Protection over 35 years ago. During his career he has served as a designer, sales representative, project manager, construction manager, operations manager, and general manager. Stephan has a NICET level 3 in water based systems layout, holds a TN Fire Sprinkler RME license and is a qualifying agent for a mechanical contractors license.
Terry Donovan – Special Projects, Sprinkler Division
Terry brought his 30-plus years of experience in the sprinkler industry to State Systems Inc. in 2011 to head up the new fire sprinkler division. He is certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) in fire sprinklers and also holds SSI’s fire sprinkler responsible managing employee (RME) license.
Robin Jones – Branch Manager, Columbia, TN
Robin joined the State Systems Inc. team in 2016 through the acquisition of Columbia Fire Equipment, where she served as vice president for 12 years. She holds a Portable and Fixed Systems Specialist license with the State of Tennessee, a Registered Employee with the State of Tennessee Alarm Systems Contractors Board, and a certified fire alarm designer by the Electronic Security Association. Before beginning in the fire protection industry, she earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems and an MBA of Healthcare Management. She worked with a software development company as an Account Manager of the Mid-South and Northeast, responsible for implementation, support, project management, system analysis and design for financial institutions. Robin is a member of Rotary International and serves on the board of directors for the Columbia club where she has received the Paul Harris Fellow award. She also works with various non-profit organizations and fund raising events including the Center of Hope for victims of domestic violence, mentoring recent high school grads through the state HOPE scholarship program, and a backpack program providing meals for needy children,
David Carlson – Chief Financial Officer
David is a certified public accountant and has served as CFO for MRI Interventions, a small publicly traded medical device company; he served in various financial management positions as a Vice President of Finance and Senior Finance Director for Medtronic Inc., a global leader in medical technologies; and as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in accounting from Christian Brothers University. In his spare time, David coaches local youth sports teams and he performs volunteer work with his church.
Evelyn Miles – Human Resource Manager
Evelyn has worked for State Systems Inc. for 21 years, first as an accounts receivable clerk and then for 15 years as Office Manager, overseeing human resources, payroll, sales and use taxes, and the administrative department. She now holds the position of Human Resource Manager. Previously, she worked as a soft line department manager with Sam’s Club, but when scheduling became a problem, she left for the family-friendly environment she’s come to love at SSI. In her spare time, Evelyn likes to spend time in her garden, go bowling, watch movies, spend time with her family and volunteer at her church to assemble baskets for the hungry and families in need.
Debbie Jones – Office Manager
Debbie joined State Systems Inc. as a result of SSI acquiring Critical Path Technology in 2006. Prior to that, she was a partner in Point2Point Innovations and director of project management for Sarcom. In total, she has 25 years of experience in the technology field, ranging from operations, controller and P&L management to professional services management, integration management and business development. In her personal time, Debbie is involved at Bartlett Baptist Church, the Women’s Ministry Leadership Committee and the leadership team for The Friendship Project.
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