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Operations Team Members

Brent Hale – Operations Manager, Fire Protection Division

Brent started with State Systems in 1993 as a sales/service technician in the fire protection division and has since worked his way up to operations manager. During his time at SSI, he has earned certifications with Ansul, Pyro-Chem and Kidde, Tennessee and Arkansas state licenses for fire suppressions systems and fire extinguishers, and he is a member and state representative with the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED). Outside of the office, he is a Tennessee-certified Level 1 fire fighter and coaches youth soccer and football. Brent has spent six years working with the Germantown, Tenn., Fire Department and 10 years with the Bridgetown Fire Department in Southaven, Miss.

Paul Krodel – Project Manager, Fire Protection Division

Paul has been a project manager with State Systems for 14 years in the fire protection division. Previously, he worked as a territory manager for Great Lakes Sales Inc. for four years and as a sales representative with The Breckenridge Co. for nine years. Among his many certifications, Paul is an OSHA 10- and 30-hour cardholder and a Medic First Aid®/CPR level 3 trainer, and he has received a State of Tennessee fire extinguisher and fire suppression system license, Ansul and Pyro-Chem fire suppression design training and a commercial kitchen ventilation certificate.

Josh Manning – Operations Manager, Technology Division

Josh became a member of the State Systems team when SSI purchased Critical Path Technology in 2006. He stayed onboard as operations manager of SSI’s new technology division. Josh has 18 years of information technology experience with expertise in planning, design, installation and maintenance of networks to include physical infrastructure, equipment, security and optimization. He was involved in installing the first infrared point-to-point wireless system for a major Memphis-area university.

Jeremy Palmer – Service Manager, Technology Division

Jeremy has 20 years of experience in data cabling installation. Prior to joining State Systems in 2008, he worked at Cole Communications and ATS Telephone and Data. Jeremy holds BICSI and Corning Fiber certifications. Outside of the office, he stays busy as a foster parent to special needs children.

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