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Viking Chairman and CEO Kevin Ortyl Named 2016 Recipient of NFSA Golden Sprinkler Award

Monday, November 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Viking Chairman and CEO Kevin Ortyl Named 2016 Recipient of NFSA Golden Sprinkler Award

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA – The Viking Group, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of
fire protection and life safety systems, is pleased to announce that its Chairman and CEO, Mr. Kevin
Ortyl, has been named the 2016 recipient of the National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Golden Sprinkler
Award. This award, which is the NFSA’s highest honor, is presented each year to an individual that has
dedicated his or her career to advancing the fire sprinkler industry.

Ortyl began his career at Viking in 1990 and became President of Supply Network in 1994, later also
assuming responsibility for Viking's operations in Europe and Asia. He became President of The Viking
Group in 2000 and CEO of the company in 2005. Last year Ortyl was named Chairman and CEO of
Viking, the position that he holds today.

In leading The Viking Group, Ortyl significantly expanded the company’s research and development
efforts, firmly establishing Viking as industry leader in advancing fire sprinkler technology.  Ortyl also led
the company’s expansion into several new business ventures, including the addition of Viking
Fabrication Services in 2001 and Viking Plastics in 2007.

Ortyl has served on the NFSA Board of Directors for over 27 years and has chaired several NFSA
committees and initiatives over this time. In honoring him with the Golden Sprinkler Award, the NFSA
Awards Committee noted his leadership in promoting the growth of the industry as well as his
contribution to driving a greater acceptance of fire sprinklers overall.

The Golden Sprinkler Award will be formally presented to Ortyl at the NFSA’s Annual Seminar May 3-6,
2016 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California.  He will become the 30th
recipient of the award, which was first presented by the NFSA in 1987.


Viking is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative fire protection and life safety
systems.  For nearly 100 years the company’s products and services have protected lives and property
worldwide from the devastating effects of fire.  For more information on Viking’s complete line of fire
protection products and services, please visit www.vikinggroupinc.com or call 800-968-9501.