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Vince Santamauro

Vince Santamauro

Director of Sales

Vince joined Shipman’s in 2015 charged with running Marketing and New Business Development. In 2017 Vince was assigned to the position of Director of Sales to oversee all aspects of Sales and Marketing for the Company in the CT and RI areas. Vince came to Shipman’s after over 18 years with AT&T in Sales and Marketing of Custom Voice, Data and IP Services to Municipal Markets Nationwide.

Vince holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Quinnipiac University and has been pursuing his MBA part time from Quinnipiac also.

Vince is currently an active Volunteer Firefighter with the North Haven Fire Department and certified as Firefighter II and Pump Operator. He also holds certificates from the Connecticut Fire Academy and has twice received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his time serving his Department over the years.

Vince lives in North Haven with his wife Kim and their three children. When not at the kid’s sporting and academic events, visiting with customers or at the firehouse Vince enjoys hiking with the family’s yellow lab Aubrey. He is also active in annual charity work with Yale New Haven Hospital’s Toy Closet Program and Food Drives for the North Haven Food Bank in association with his Department and local Churches.


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Todd Paige

Todd Paige

Sales-Northeast Connecticut and Route 9 Corridor

Todd is the son of Shipman’s former CEO and sales manager, David Paige. Todd began working for Shipman’s at our 122 Cross Rd. location in 1984. His first position was that of an in-house extinguisher technician and soon after, his duties were expanded to servicing the Norwich area. In 1986, Todd was offered a position as a full-time Firefighter with Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department in Groton. In his early years at PBFD, Todd continued to work part time at the company as a Scott technician. Although he was fairly young, Todd rose through the ranks of the PBFD rather quickly becoming Chief of the Department in 2001. Todd served as the Chief for over 13 years before retiring in 2014.

Todd is married to Kelly and together they have raised 4 children. Todd is an avid fly fisherman, bird hunter and enjoys his free time training his Labrador Retriever.


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Jim Lyons

Jim Lyons

Sales-New Haven County

Jim joined the Shipman's team in 2017 as a fire equipment sales representative. Jim will be serving Shipman’s customers throughout the south central Connecticut territory. Jim comes to Shipman’s with over 25 years of proven experience in the Fire Equipment industry. HIs background in both equipment and apparatus sales, as well as his apparatus service manager experience will be an assets to the organization.

Jim, a third generation firefighter, first became active with the Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island, NY at the age of 17. Since then he has achieved numerous certifications, including Fire Service Instructor-I and EVT-F2. Jim has worked with many of the top brands in the industry.


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Frank Johns

Frank Johns

Sales-North West Connecticut

Frank Johns started with Shipman’s Fire Equipment Company in 2005.He has over thirty years of experience in the fire service/fire equipment industry, specializing in fire equipment and fire apparatus sales.

Frank is a former member, and officer of the Watertown Fire Department, and is a member of the Litchfield County Fire Chief’s and the Connecticut Fire Chief’s Associations.

Frank has an A.S. degree in marketing, has studied at the University of Connecticut, and is working towards a bachelor’s degree. He is certified as Firefighter I and holds certificates from the Connecticut State Fire Academy, and the National Fire Academy

Frank’s sales territory includes fire departments located in Litchfield County, Northern Fairfield County, Northern New Haven County, several in Hartford County and Western Massachusetts.

In his off time Frank enjoys listening to jazz and blues, playing the guitar and traveling with his wife Peggy.


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Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman

Sales-PPE Specialist

Brian currently holds the rank of Fire Chief of the South Kensington Fire Department and has been since 2012. He is certified as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Instructor I, and holds certificates from the Connecticut State Fire Academy, and the National Fire Academy. Brian is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut State Fire Chiefs Association.

Brian joined the Shipman's team in July of 2009 and brings 10 years of experience in Fire Equipment Sales to Shipman's. With this comes firsthand knowledge on the Globe Family of Brands including Globe Firesuits, Cairns Protective Clothing, Globe Footgear, Globe EMS/Rescue Gear. He also specializes in Cairns/MSA Helmets, Shelby Gloves, and many other personal protective items. He has been involved with the fire service for over 20 years.

Brian has been married for 32 years to the love of his life, Marianne, they have 3 children – Ron, Sarah, and Rachel. Brian is also a grandfather of 3 – Jack Daniel, James Michael, & Maxwell Brian

When not meeting with customers for gear demos you can find Brian at home spending time with his family, at the firehouse, or enjoying a good cigar.


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John Plofkin

John Plofkin

Sales-South West Connecticut

John is an Assistant Chief (Shift Commander) with the Westport Fire Department (April 1995 to present) and is the past Chief of the Nichols Fire Department in Trumbull (April 1980 to present).

John joined Shipman's as a sales representative in 199X and covers the southwestern corner of Connecticut. He previously worked in the Fire Equipment Industry as a Sales Rep.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Business Administration and has numerous state and national level fire related certifications. John currently serves as the lead instructor for the Fairfield Regional Fire School vehicle extrication and advanced extrication programs held each spring and fall. He also teaches at the CT Fire academy during June School and their recruit classes (Thermal imaging uses and limitations).

He lives in Trumbull with his wife Cheryl, daughter Meghan and son Tyler.


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Corey Centracchio

Corey Centracchio

Sales-Rhode Island

Corey grew up in West Warwick, RI where his father was a Firefighter and eventually went on to Chief of the Department. After attending CCRI and URI for college, Corey was appointed to the West Warwick Fire Department in January of 1990. He served on Rescue 1 for 9 years, Engine 2 for 3 years and the rest of his career on the Tower Ladder.

Corey joined Shipman's in 2010 and is currently serving as the Sales Representative for the Rhode Island territory.

He still lives in West Warwick with his wife and 2 children. When he's not working he enjoys trying to play golf and is becoming involved in youth sports with his children.


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Brian Baker

Brian Baker

Sales-South East Connecticut

Brian entered the fire service at the age of 15 as a junior member in the Oswegatchie Fire Company #4 Inc. Waterford, CT in 1969 where he remained through his active career. During this career he held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and served as Fire Chief from 1991-2003. State of CT certifications attained include Firefighter I, II, III, Instructor I, Fire Officer I and Safety Officer.

Brian worked for the Town of Waterford Department of Public Works from 1973 until his retirement in 2001, 20 of those years as Highway Foreman. He has worked for Shipman’s Fire Equipment since 2001 as Fire Apparatus Sales Representative and took over as New London County Fire Equipment Sales Representative in August of 2012.


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Jack Regier

Jack Regier

Sales-Hartford County

Jack came to Shipman's after a long career with the Hartford Fire Department. After working for the Connecticut State Police Fleet Garage as a Fleet Mechanic, he joined Hartford Fire Department's Equipment Maintenance Division in 1981. He served as supervisor of the division from 1989 to 1992. From 1992 until he retired in 2006, Jack was the Superintendent of the Equipment Maintenance Division for the HFD and was directly involved with the purchase of Fire Apparatus and maintaining and testing fire equipment.

Jack has been a member of Blue Hills Fire Department for 21 years and is a Life Member. He served as President of the Connecticut Fire Equipment Mechanic's Association from 1997 to 2005.

Jack is married and has 2 children. In his down time he enjoys hunting, target shooting and fishing.


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Rob Warren

Rob Warren

Inside Sales and Marketing

Rob joined the Shipman's team in 1999 after 4 years in the Fire Equipment Industry. He got interested in the business after joining Waterford Fire Engine Co. 1 at the age of 15. He is Certified in Firefighter 2, Haz-Mat operational, Confined Space, Rope and High Angle Rescue and Ice and Cold Water Rescue among others.

He came to Shipman's with a strong background in Fire Extinguisher Service and Breathing Air Compressor Service and helped our Compressor Department grow over his time there, implementing such important items as our Fresh Air Newsletter.

Rob is currently serving as an Inside Sales Representative and does Marketing for Shipman's.

Outside of Shipman's he has too many interests to list. Currently he enjoys working on and driving race cars for a local racing school, camping, sailing and bicycling, but those interests are subject to change at any moment


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John Newkirk

John Newkirk

Apparatus Service Sales-Western Territory

John Newkirk joins Shipman’s after a successful career with the West Haven Fire Department both on the line and as the Superintendent of Apparatus. John’s background is in Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology. He will be covering Southern and Western CT.


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Kenny Beatrice

Kenny Beatrice

Apparatus Service Sales-Eastern Territory

Ken Beatrice joins Shipman’s after 20 years on the job for Pfizer. He was a Volunteer Firefighter at North Stonington VFD and Assistant Chief in Gales Ferry. Ken’s background and education is in Diesel Truck Technology, Heavy Equipment and Welding. Ken will be covering Northern & Eastern CT and Rhode Island.
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