Craig has been in the Emergency Service field since 1974, starting out as a volunteer firefighter for the Twsp. of Union, NJ. In 1980, he was appointed a career firefighter to that same department and retired as a Battalion Chief after serving for 30 1/2 years. He holds a BS Degree in Fire Protection and Public Administration. He is also a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Rutgers University. Craig is a NJ State certified “Fire Official”, EMT, and Level 2 Fire Service Instructor, & has experience in Homeland Security, and Emergency Management.
He was the initial Director (Supervisor) of Fire and Life Safety for REVEL Casino & Hotel in AtlanticCity, NJ (The second tallest building in NJ) … A 6.3 million sq/ft casino & hotel resort facility with over 3,500 employees. Craig and his staff maned the Fire Command Center, which monitors over 7,500 devices throughout the buildings, & interacts with Local, State, & Federal agencies. For 7 ½ yrs., he was a Security Manager, providing & managing event staff security personnel for concerts and other events, at various venues in the Tri State area for up to approx. 18,000people.
Since 2003, he has been the President of Ultimate Protection Group (UPG). UPG is a progressive company that provides many services for businesses’ in the areas of Risk Management/Loss Control, Safety, Security, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery. UPG’s goal is to keep businesses fully operational and “Open for Business” by offering “Total Solutions”, such as various training programs, Emergency Action Plans, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plans.
Craig is also an OSHA certified Safety Manager, providing clients with many OSHA defined safety services such as: Safety oversight, Corporate Health & Safety Plans, numerous training programs, Environmental, Industrial, and Fire & Life Safety programs.
He is currently serving with the Pleasant Plains Fire Dept. in Toms River NJ, for over 20 years as a Safety Officer & Volunteer Firefighter.
He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County College (OCC) for the Fire Science Curriculum, and a member of their Fire Science Advisory Board.