Thursday, December 16, 2010

MPI Recognizes FireFree Coatings as a "Green" Product


Firefree88® Recognized as a Green Fire Retardant Product by Master Painter’s Institute.

San Rafael, CA, USA, Master Painter’s Institute (MPI) recently announced the successful qualification of Firefree 88® as a MPI listed fire retardant paint meeting the stringent requirements for Green Standards Performance GPS -01 and GPS- 02.

Master Painter’s Institute paint and coatings listing service is used by federal and state specification writers, as well as major architectural firms, when specifying paint and coating products that will enable them to reach the specific Green qualifications for Green Building design and LEED registration as an environmentally friendly building. MPI interacts with critical environmental organizations such as US Green Building Council, LEED, LEED Canada, National Institute of Building Sciences and Environment Canada to verify and achieve Green Building Products Standards.

Firefree Coatings, Inc is recognized as having been consistently in the forefront of fire paint technology and fire safety engineering through the use passive fire resistance systems. Firefree 88® is the only intumescent fire resistant coatings to have successfully passed the very stringent US standards (ASTM E-119) time rated fire resistant tests for wall and ceiling assemblies when applied to a wide variety of substrates such as gypsum wallboard, wood, lath and plaster, etc..

Firefree Coatings have also been tested and employed for fire safety for other advanced materials. In addition, Firefree 88 has provided the foam insulation industry the ability to provide code compliant ignition and thermal barriers without the use of additional drywall.

Firefree Coatings, Inc. is a private company based in California. Their products have been tested at accredited third party International Accreditation Service (IAS) fire testing laboratories, are classified with Underwriters Laboratories (U/L) and have the approval of Factory Mutual (FM Global). Firefree Coatings Inc. is a member of NFPA and ICC.

For further information, please contact:
Firefree Coatings, Inc
Toll free: 888 990 3388

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Security + Press Release


Antoine Loup Receives Security + Certification

Endicott, NY, December 15, 2010 

The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security. 

Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security. Major organizations that employ Security+ certified staff include Booz Allen Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

Security threats are increasing in number and severity, and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty.

CompTIA is the non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of information technology (IT) professionals and companies including manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and educational institutions.

For more information contact Antoine Loup through:

US Army Reduces Energy Usage by 26%

I created this marketing piece as a way to increase awareness of the use of the Astec Coatings by the Military in Kuwait:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Certified Quality Process Analyst Press Release


Antoine Loup Receives ASQ Certified Quality Process Analyst

Milwaukee, Wis., December 10, 2010 — The Certification Board of ASQ (American Society for Quality) is pleased to announce that Antoine Loup of Endicott, NY has completed the requirements to be named an ASQ Certified Quality Process Analyst. 

“ASQ provides certification as a way to provide formal recognition to professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality techniques and practices in their job and career,” explains E. David Spong, ASQ president.  “This is a great accomplishment and it represents a high level of peer recognition.”

A Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) selects and uses quality tools in a variety of problem-solving situations, creates and monitors control charts and other statistical process control (SPC) tools, supports customer-supplier relations, and participates in continuous improvement initiatives.

ASQ ( is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better.

For more information contact Antoine Loup through:


Friday, August 20, 2010

Fire Resistant Coating - Internal Test 2

This product is pretty amazing...

Life Saving and Earth Friendly Materials on Display

Ramadan Real Estate Exhibition from 21 to 23 August 2010 at Alraya Hall

Save your home from fire and water damage; help to prevent the loss of life and damage to property; help save the planet by saving energy - all by using products you need to use in your buildings and homes already.

Visit us at booth # F 8

To learn how to:

- Prevent the spread of fire within your home or facility.
- Waterproof your roofs and walls.
- Extend the life of your air-conditioning equipment.
- Insulate your building and protect from the damage caused by the sun.
- Create a sustainable facility that qualifies for LEED credits.
- Help saves lives and the world.

We look forward to talking with you further and providing you more information regarding the full product line and how we can help you save thousands in restoration projects and new construction while meeting all current building codes and the newest industry guidelines provided by ASHRAE, PEARLS, LEED, NFPA and many other building codes that are being implemented around the world.

All Products are:

- Manufactured in the USA
- 1o year warranty
- Water-based, low VOCs
- Economically and environmentally sustainable

With projects throughout Kuwait and around the world; for Fortune 500 companies, governments and small business owners; we are confident we can provide you solutions for your waterproofing, thermal insulation, and fire protection needs.

Full Literature & Presentations available at:

Training and Corporate Videos available at:

Visit our booth or contact us directly for a free site survey and proposal.

Burgan One General Trading & Contracting
12th Floor Homoud Tower, Fahad AL-Salim Street-Kuwait City, Kuwait (GMT+ 03:00)
(965) 2240-9686 Office | (965) 2240-9551 Fax

Friday, May 21, 2010

Incredible Customer Service

I do not get to post very often, but when I do I try to make it something worthwhile.

I am a huge fan of customer service and so when it is done right I believe that those people need to be applauded for their efforts. Over the past 6 months I have come to know a guy named Chris Palmer. I have already gone as far as posting a tweet about his company, I wrote a recommendation on LinkedIn, and I posted a link to his site on FaceBook.

I am doing these things, because Chris took the time to give me information that may not have increased his sales, but helped me. That is customer service. He actually saved me money.

If you know me, then you know I don't give out recommendations lightly, and I am usually a little too quick with criticism, but I really do believe Chris "gets it", and would be willing to go out of his way for any of his customers.

There is no doubt in my mind, that anyone who lives within NY state, more specifically Broome or Tioga County, should call him and see if he can help save money or at least answer a question or provide some guidance.

He is a great resource, the whole staff are wonderful people and the service was incredible.

If you would like to talk with Chris give him a call at 607-484-8400 stop in and see him at:
3215 East Main Street, Endwell, NY 13760 and get more information t his website:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Chief Executives Really Want?

What Chief Executives Really Want?

[A short comment on a recent Business Week article: What Chief Executives Really Want, by Frank Kern:]

First, great article. Second, the writer suggested the following:

CEO's want "Creative Disruption".

"Creative leaders do the following...

• Disrupt the status quo.
• Disrupt existing business models.
• Disrupt organizational paralysis."

I have two points that I have to make:

1. Those that bring creative disruption into an organization must be well versed in change management or else they are in for an incredible battle. The new creative leader must be able to get the buy-in from all parties in order to not be seen as the guy who just wants to change things, but as the guy who is going to make things better without "altering" people's lives in a drastic way. Those new leaders must also be able to provide some type of assurance in an unsure and changing environment and that is very difficult.

2. FINALLY! I have been advocating this for years and I am so glad to see that at least it is getting a little more mainstream attention. I have been telling people for 5 years that the age of information is over and we are and have entered what I call the "conceptualization age". If you want to succeed or you want your business to grow, you must not only be able to harness the information and the technology that is out there right now, but you better be able to put forth a new concept and be able to take that brilliant new creative concept and wrap it up nice and pretty so that everyone wants a piece of it. It will be the new "concepts" based on real time information that propel a business into new profitability.

I will have to write up a full paper on my thoughts on this topic with complete resources, as this should be a growing area of business management.