WHO WE ARE
Fred received a B. A. in Economics from L.S.U. in 1984. Mr. Mentz assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of Coastal Fire Protection at its inception and is responsible for day-to-day decisions. Fred started his career in the fire protection industry in 1991 when he was hired by Herbert S. Hiller Corporation to assist engineering and architectural firms in the design of fire protection and gas detection systems for deepwater oil and gas platforms, and eventually moved in to the commercial fire sprinkler sector.
Mark has worked in the construction industry since 1995 and has a certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting from Houston Community College. Mark has over 13 years in the fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and special hazards industry. He worked for one of New Orleans’ largest General Contractors for 7 years. During that time, he took part in projects totaling more than 100 million dollars, and developed strong experience and knowledge in managing the construction of multi-family residential projects, historic renovations, retail spaces, and educational facilities. Mark rejoined Coastal in 2012 and oversees the operations of the Fire Sprinkler and Special Hazards Divisions particularly as it relates to design-build, negotiated, and government projects.
Chief Financial Officer
Dan is a CPA and received two BS degrees in Finance and in Commercial Banking from Louisiana State University. Dan has over 20 years experience in accounting and financial management. Dan has been with CFP since 2003.
Thom has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Thomas has 20 years of experience as an estimator, salesman, VP/executive and both project and department manager. Thomas rejoined CFP last year. Responsible for sales in Baton Rouge and New Orleans Metro areas, including Plaquemines, Terrebonne, and Lafourche Parishes. Thomas recently passed the exam and has a pending certification of NICET.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University prior to joining Coastal Fire Protection in 2017. He is responsible for a wide range of estimating, sales, and preconstruction duties within Coastal’s Sprinkler and Special Hazards departments.
Sprinkler Service Sales Manager
Darrell Juneau also served at American Sprinkler prior to working for Coastal Fire Protection. Darrell worked for 31 years at American in their Service division. Darrell joined CFP in January, 2006 and functions in both a Service sales and management capacity. Darrell overseas a crew of 5 to 7 workers focused on short term “day work”, inspections and short term service jobs. Darrell’s service region includes South, Central and West Louisiana as well as projects in Florida and other adjoining states.
Special Hazard Production Superintendent
David has been with CFP for 14 years and is responsible for all installations for marine, off shore and land based special hazard systems. David has installed, tested and certified CO2, FM200, NOVEC, Foam, Fire Detection and Watermist systems.
Fire Detection Sales Manager
John has 17 years in the fire protection industry. NICET certified in Fire Alarm, Suppression, and Sprinkler. His duties include daily operations of fire detection projects and provides technical support & assistance for large projects.
Office Manager/Human Resources
Helga has been with Coastal Fire Protection since 1997. Among her many duties, she is the human resource manager.
Sprinkler Production Superintendent
Troy started in the sprinkler industry in 1990. He was a field foremen from 1994 to 2006 handling contracts and service work. Troy became a field Superintendent in 2005 managing well over 40 field employees. Over the years Troy has received several certifications ranging from NICET, OSHA, equipment/lift training, and several different manufacturer product certifications.
Production Superintendent, Baton Rouge Sprinkler Division
Mike started in the sprinkler industry in 1978. He started as a helper / fitter and after only four years was promoted to a foreman. He was a foreman for 21 years and installed a large variety of fire sprinkler systems ranging from chemical plants, box stores, schools, high-rise buildings, and hospitals. Mike started with Coastal in 2003 and is responsible for managing ten to twenty field employees. He has received several certifications arranging from NICET, OSHA, equipment/lift training, and several different manufacturer’s product certifications.
Michelle has been with Coastal Fire Protection for 18 years. Her responsibilities include purchasing and service scheduling.
Sprinkler Project Manager
Jim has over 30 years’ experience in sprinkler design and sprinkler sales. Jim is NICET III certified as a sprinkler designer. Prior to working for Coastal fire Protection, Jim worked for American Sprinkler as their design manager.