Rapid Fire Safety & Security Hires Brian Modglin as COO

After more than 25 years at Interface Systems, Modglin brings his history of leadership and knowledge to the Rapid Fire platform.

ST LOUIS — Rapid Fire Safety & Security, a multi-regional “Buy & Build” strategy in the fire safety and security industries launched earlier this year by founders Mike McLeod and Colin Harrold in partnership with Concentric Equity Partners (CEP), announces the hiring of industry veteran Brian Modglin as chief operating officer (COO).

Modglin brings decades of experience in fire and life-safety and a track record of success building and growing field operations, sales, and system design and installation teams, according to the company.

The industry veteran joins Rapid Fire after spending more than 25 years at Interface Systems, a managed services provider offering physical security, network and business intelligence solutions to commercial customers.

Modglin began with Interface as a regional branch manager and quickly worked his way to the VP of the Midwest Region, responsible for all branch operations across Illinois and Indiana. More recently, he became the EVP of field operations at Interface in 2018 and has served the last five years as Interface’s senior field operations leader.

He worked alongside Rapid Fire’s McLeod for 18 years and is said to bring a demonstrated history of leadership and knowledge to the Rapid Fire platform.

Rapid Fire says Modglin’s experience includes a myriad of successful enterprise level fire and security system implementations, the management and development of key relationships with Fortune 500 customers, and the leadership of multi-region branch networks, field technicians, and sales professionals. It adds that he has developed a substantial technical knowledge of fire and life-safety systems during his career and has a strong knowledge base across fire alarm, intrusion, CCTV and managed network technology.

“I have had the great pleasure of working with Brian for 18 years building a people-focused company,” says Rapid Fire CEO Mike McLeod. “We are very fortunate to have Brian join our leadership team at the early stages of our exciting new journey.”

Harrold adds, “The addition of Brian to the Rapid Fire executive team brings so many great things to our organization. I’ve had the pleasure of working side by side with Brian for 14 years, where over and above his respected industry skills and experience, he also brings with him, a genuine ‘people caring’ approach to leadership.”

Adam Lucas of Concentric Equity Partners adds, “Brian’s senior operational, technical and leadership expertise developed over decades of success in the field will be invaluable to growing and building the Rapid Fire platform. The ultimate success of Rapid Fire will be driven by the quality and capabilities of our senior leadership team, and Brian represents a key leader to help build into our next stage of growth.”

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