Meet Our Leaders

United States Alliance Fire Protection's leaders are dedicated to providing the best fire protection service to the Midwest. Meet the members of our team:

Chad Huennekens - President

Chad Huennekens is a dynamic leader and accomplished expert in delivering fire and life safety solutions since 2000. He began his career with United States Alliance Fire Protection and worked his way up from an estimator to a salesperson and service manager. He gained valuable insights in these diverse roles while developing his vision to establish USAFP as the premier trusted partner for clients in the business. 

As President since 2008, Chad has led the USAFP business through challenging times and is responsible for day to day operations. He has been a driving force behind USAFP’s innovation and extraordinary growth. Under Chad’s leadership, USAFP has grown organically, acquired several companies, and developed many different facets of the business.  The company has continually sharpened the focus on precise project delivery and superior customer service. Chad inspires the culture of excellence and safety through with an experienced team of life safety experts, which is reflected in a 99% client retention rate. 

Building upon the solid base that founder Gregg Huennekens originally created, Chad has positioned USAFP as the premier leader of fire and life safety solutions in the Midwest. 

On a personal level, Chad is actively involved in Young Presidents Organization Chicago Chapter. He and his wife, Dana, are raising their three children in Libertyville, Illinois. Besides being an active sportsman, other hobbies include coaching youth sports where he loves growing winners on and off the fields. 

Steve Riggle - Executive Vice President of Operations

Riggle oversees daily operations for United States Alliance Fire Protection, a role he was promoted to this year. He previously worked as a superintendent and purchasing manager. He enjoys playing sports in his free time.

Rodney Turner - Executive Vice President of Sales

Turner's 25-year career in the fire protection industry includes experience in shop operations, design, sales and senior management. Previously, he was executive vice president-sales for Alliance Fire Protection.

Turner and his wife Laurie, have two children, Allyson and Thomas. He enjoys golf, hockey and triathlons. He also completed the Chicago Marathon five times.

Steve Sferra - Executive Vice President - Wisconsin

Sferra's 27-year career in the fire protection industry began in design and sales roles, eventually spanning into operations management. Joining USAFP in 1999, his commitment to customer service became the core of the Wisconsin operation.

Sferra is Vice Chairman of the NFSA Wisconsin Chapter and serves on the State Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter Advisory Committee. Sferra and wife Lisa are kept busy raising four sons who are involved in a wide array of activities.

Jamie Reap - Vice President

Reap has responsibilities in multiple areas of the company, including development of website content and social media. His 30 years in fire protection began with heavy industrial and special hazard applications. He is NICET IV-certified in automatic sprinkler and special hazards systems layout.

Reap is currently chairman of the Chicago Sprinkler Industry Promotion Committee. His other industry affiliations include roles with the National Fire Sprinkler Association and International Code Council. After raising two boys, he and his wife, Cheryl, now pursue photography and travel.

Gregg Huennekens - CEO Emeritus

After thirty years in the business, Gregg retired in 2018 from his role as CEO of United States Alliance Fire Protection in 2018. Gregg was the founder of the company that he grew into the largest fire sprinkler contractor in the Illinois and Wisconsin (Chicago and Milwaukee areas). Gregg continues to be a mentor to the USAFP team members in his new role as CEO Emeritus. He looks forward to spending more time with his family, travelling and finding time to golf and ski.  

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