Meet the RFPG Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Matt has spent his entire career in the fire protection industry, beginning as a part-time field technician while attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2002, he became the first registered Fire Protection Engineer in the state of South Dakota. Matt was appointed as President of Rapid Fire Protection, Inc in 2008 and has led RFPG as CEO since inception.
Chief Operating Officer
Rod began his fire protection career as an apprentice sprinkler fitter in 1990. He was a national finalist in the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) apprenticeship contest. Today, he is NICET level 3 certified in the design of water-based systems, and sits on the AFSA’s national Board of Directors — also serving as the AFSA national co-chairman for the Apprentice and Education Committee and sitting on the Membership, By-Laws, and Contractor committees as well.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve started his career working for Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms. After his six years with Deloitte, Steve spent 19 years in a variety of financial management roles developing his financial expertise in industries ranging from manufacturing to retail. In 2019 Steve joined the RFPG team and utilizes his vast financial experience to shape the overall financial strategy and direction of the platform. Steve received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ray M. Wright III
Vice President of Service
Ray began as an apprentice in 1998 for Western States Fire Protection Co. (Api Group). During his career, he’s worked with and managed various teams across the US — from Rapid City, SD to Northern California. Ray received many advancement opportunities throughout his tenure of leadership with the company, which has allowed him to become an expert in his field and an incredible asset to the Rapid Fire family.