Steve is a Northeast Florida native and a graduate from UNF. While earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, Steve worked as a First Lieutenant Lifeguard on St. Augustine Beach.
After graduating, Steve became a Sales Representative with the largest restaurant equipment company in the country. His primary focus was to cultivate multi-unit accounts by expanding their product list and assist them in preparation of opening new restaurant locations. In addition to servicing existing accounts, he was also tasked with obtaining new accounts, sampling products, developing buying programs and coordinating delivery schedules.
After experiencing a health scare due to heat illness, Steve Parry’s lifeguarding and business skills merged and the mobile cooling station called The Polar Pod was invented.
JOHN C. FISHER
Mr. Fisher has 34 years of experience in engineering and business management. His career spans electronic design positions with GE, Sypris Electronics, and BREED Technologies, working on weapons programs as well as the automotive industry. Mr. Fisher has also held management positions of increasing scope and responsibility including positions with Key Safety Systems, Emergency-One, Hatch Lighting and Modelithics, Inc.
Mr. Fisher has experience in R&D grant funding. While with Key Safety Systems he was co-awarded a High-Tech Corridor state grant with the University of South Florida. He has also written an SBIR grant for a MEMS-based detonator system.
Mr. Fisher’s ties to the University of South Florida include having served as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering where he designed and taught a senior level electrical engineering course that focused on project management of product development efforts. Mr. Fisher has also served on a number of industry standards subcommittees and task groups, including ANSI and NFPA.
As Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Fisher brings to the team his transportation experience from Key Safety Systems together with his experience with the fire apparatus industry while at E-One. In addition to strategic planning, his responsibilities include marketing and conducting demonstrations in the fire rescue and sports organizations markets. He also provides R&D and equipment grant writing assistance to fire rescue and sporting institution markets and customers.