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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.

Terry Donovan

General Manager, Fire 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.

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

Sales Manager, Technology Division

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.

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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