DALLAS, TX - Throughout his 28-year career with the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), Steve Muncy has consistently focused on the future of the automatic fire protection industry. This year the AFSA President was honored with the 2016 Henry S. Parmelee Award for his significant service, leadership, and advocacy to the fire protection industry.

Muncy began his career in association management as director of public affairs for the Association of Oil Well Servicing Contractors. When the oil industry economy crashed in the 1980s, he accepted a job at the Home and Apartment Builders Association of Metro Dallas. Through an acquaintance at the Home Builders Association, Muncy heard that AFSA was looking to hire an executive vice president.

In November 1988 Muncy joined the association as its executive vice president, a position he held for three years before becoming AFSA's president in January 1992.

During his nearly three decades with the Dallas-based trade association, Muncy has helped mold AFSA into a multimillion-dollar enterprise and North America's biggest fire sprinkler trade group.  Muncy has served on the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI), the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) board of directors, and was a founding member of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), where he currently serves as an active board member. In 2002 Muncy was named Person of the Year by  Fire Protection Contractor magazine.

Established in 1984, the Henry S. Parmelee Award is the highest honor AFSA bestows. It is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the fire sprinkler industry through outstanding leadership and advancement of the industry. Each recipient of this annual award has demonstrated originality, vision and breadth over the course of their professional life. Muncy plans to retire at the end of 2016.

AFSA Chairman Mike Meehan presented the award to Muncy on Friday, September 16, during the general session of AFSA's 35th Convention & Exhibition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention  Center in Nashville.

AFSA is a non-profit association representing fire sprinkler contractors. The association is dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the merit shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Currently, AFSA represents companies and individuals across the United States and throughout the world. Visit firesprinkler.org.