Summit Speakers

Donald C. Cooper Donald C. Cooper, Ph.D., CFO, MIFirE, OFE, EMT-P
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Since April 2007

Donald Cooper has served as Chief Deputy Ohio State Fire Marshal - which included two years serving also as State Fire Marshal-and has served in the career fire-rescue-EMS service since 1980. Dr. Cooper earned an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, and attended the University of Akron and Kent State University. In September of 2005, Dr. Cooper led Ohio's Incident Management Team when they deployed for four weeks to St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana-directly east of New Orleans-immediately after hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. In addition, he served on the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department in NE Ohio for 28 years and is an Ohio Certified Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P). Don has authored several well-known emergency service textbooks including: Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (Jones and Bartlett, 2005).


Christian Dubay Christian Dubay
Vice President and Chief Engineer
National Fire Protection Association

Christian Dubay is vice president and chief engineer for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In this role, he oversees the codes and standards operations including electrical engineering, fire protection systems engineering, industrial and chemical engineering, public fire protection, and building fire protection and life safety. In addition, he oversees NFPA's codes and standards administration which is responsible for the development process of the 300+ fire safety codes and standards that comprise the national fire codes. He also serves as the chief technical spokesperson for the association. Mr. Dubay holds a BS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


Mark Earley Mark Earley
Chief Engineer, Electrical
National Fire Protection Association

Mark W. Earley serves as chief electrical engineer at NFPA, where his duties also include serving as secretary of the National Electrical Code® Committee, chief editor of the National Electrical Code Handbook, coeditor for the Handbook on Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and co-author of Electrical Installations in Hazardous Locations.

Mr. Earley joined NFPA in 1986 and he is affiliated with numerous professional organizations and societies. He is a registered professional engineer, and prior to joining NFPA, he was employed as an electrical engineer with Factory Mutual Research.


Jim Pauley Jim Pauley
Senior Vice President - External Affairs and Government Relations Schneider Electric

In his role, Mr. Pauley is responsible for state and federal legislative and regulatory policy and government interaction. In addition, he has responsibility for the Schneider Electric strategy and participation in trade and industry associations, standards organizations and conformity assessment bodies.

Over his 27 year career, he has held positions in industry standards, product management, marketing and product planning.

Mr. Pauley is currently the Chairman of the Board of ANSI, Chair of the Standards Council for the NFPA, Co-Chair of the ANSI Electric Vehicle Standards Panel and Chair of the NEMA High Performance Building Council.


Steven F. Sawyer Steven F. Sawyer
Senior Fire Service Specialist/Executive Secretary International Fire Marshals Association National Fire Protection Association

Steven Sawyer has been active in the fire service for over 37 years. He obtained the rank of Deputy Fire Chief in North Stonington, Connecticut's fire department and also served as the town's Deputy Director of the Emergency Management and District Forest Fire Warden. For eight years he was Deputy Fire Marshal at Yale University where he was responsible for the fire prevention, fire inspection, maintenance and testing, public education, fire engineering, and fire investigation programs at the university. He was an industrial firefighter with the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics for five years. He is currently a Senior Fire Service Specialist/Executive Secretary of IFMA and the Fire Service Section in the Public Fire Protection Division of the National Fire Protection Association.