Current Board As of September 2013
Cam Starr - President
Cam Starr felt that America needed an organization to stand up for fireworks consumers and enthusiasts. The organization would keep dues small and focus on regulatory issues to protect the rights of fireworks advocates everywhere. True to his original vision, one can join the NFA for as little as $30. Cam Starr is also a member of PI, PGI, WPA.
Bob Blake - Vice President
Elected in 1996, Bob Blake brings a wealth of experience in the consumer fireworks business to the Board. He is the President of North-East Fireworks in Tioga, PA. Bob is an outspoken advocate of consumer liberties and rights.
Nancy Blogin - Executive Director
Nancy Blogin assumed the office of secretary in 1998. Nancy and her husband John have been involved in the fireworks business for many years. Nancy has managed their retail location for over 20 years. Nancy retired from Mercantile Stores, Inc. after 22 years as an Accounting Supervisor. She is well organized and brings insight into problems the consumer fireworks industry experiences. Nancy is a people person and has greeted the guests at the Expo registration desk ever since the Expo’s began. She is also a member of the following associations: PGI, WPA and the Kansas Pyrotechnic Association. Nancy has been on the Board of the National Council for Fireworks Safety for several years and has served as President of the NCFS since 2010. Nancy’s hobbies include gourmet cooking, entertaining and travel.
Robert T. Kellner - Treasurer
KELLNER’S FIREWORKS INC.
• President and CEO since 1985.
NATIONAL FIREWORKS ASSOCIATION
• Charter Member since 1993.
• Class C Competition Exhibitor
AMERICAN PYROTECHNICS ASSOCIATION
• Member since 1985.
• Director, 1999-2008
• Transportation Committee Member and former Chairman
AMERICAN FIREWORKS STANDARDS LABORATORY
• Display Fireworks International Standards Committee Member
• NFA representative
CAPT. ERICK FOSTER MEMORIAL FIREWORKS COMMITTEE
• Organizer, raised $47,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project in one evening.
CRACKERJACKS FIREWORKS CLUB
• Member since 1985.
EXPERT WITNESS IN FEDERAL COURT
• U.S. vs Greg Shelton, 1997 (for the defense)
• U.S. vs Joseph Monteforte, 2002 (for the defense)
INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FIREWORKS
LIUYANG (CHINA) FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
• Invited Judge, 2007
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON FIREWORKS SAFETY
• Charter Member
PENNSYLVANIA PYROTECHNICS ASSOCIATION
• Charter Member since 1990.
• President, 1990-1999
• Treasurer, 1999-Present
PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS SHIPPERS ASSOCIATION
• Charter Member
PYROTECNIC ARTISTS CLUB
• Charter Member since 1992
PYROTECHNICS GUILD INTERNATIONAL
• Certified Instructor
• Convention Host, 1986.
• Display Exhibitor
• Member since 1985.
• Vending Chairman (Former)
• Member Since 1987
• Convention Host
Howard Fry - Secretary
Howard and his wife Kathy along with son Seth are residents of Elton, PA. Howard has been an NFA member for over 10 years, and has been involved in 1.4g fireworks for over 30 years. Howard is a retired U.S. Postal Service employee. He worked as a contracted trucking company with more than 40 vehicles and over 30 employees for a period of more than 30 years. Howard works with several local fireworks companies during their demo nights and displays. Howard is one of the “NFA Safety Core Committee Members,” and has worked on the Safety Team during nearly every Expo. He serves as President of the Pennsylvania Pyrotechnic Artists, Inc. and has served in this capacity for 9 years, having been a member for over 14 years. He holds a BATF type 54 license and has served as a Safety Shooter Instructor for the PGI. Howard enjoys working with both 1.4g and 1.3g displays, always keeping a close eye on safety. His mother was injured by the misuse of fireworks when she was quite young and so enforced the safe use of fireworks throughout his life.
I was very surprised and honored to be asked to serve as Secretary for the NFA. I take this position along with serving on the Safety Team Core Committee very seriously. The NFA is growing by leaps and bounds and faster than any other Fireworks Organization in the world. From the years I've been connected with the NFA, I've noticed the NFA picks and chooses it's concerns or battles to what it believes is in the entire memberships best interest and chance of being successful. I've noticed the entire Board treats each and every member as an equal and doesn't spend the memberships money on wasteful concerns or losing causes. The Board has learned to not make a rash decision as to where to spend your money. Often times in a meeting we all would decide to pursue or reject a cause but later in the meeting bring the matter back up for re-thinking. Many times after a cooling off period the board would re-vote in another direction. Our Board meetings are often 10 hours per day with little breaks and lunch or dinner from take out. There are heated arguments and disagreements, but we always leave as friends. We all realize we serve the membership not each other. Many times decisions made by the board are not what each person from the board would do on a personal level. I will work to serve you the membership. I would like to Thank everyone for their support in my new position, I will try my best to fill Nancy's heels.
As most of you know I come from a business background of managing over 35 employees and running more than 3 very successful companies. I've also served Volunteer Fire Companies from Firefighter to President and Chief. I also am a Lions Club member and past President and Board member. I've been involved in 1.3 and 1.4 fireworks for over half my life. I currently am President of the Pennsylvania Pyrotechnic Artists, Inc. a position I've held for 10 years. The Pyro Artists is a club, but we are the most active club in the world, with holding monthly meetings and open shoots and doing shows in Pennsylvania and it's surrounding states. As I learned long ago in the Volunteer Fire Service, "if you can get your members to do something for free that they would never do in life" you've succeeded. I've learned this by example, in the fire service I loaded hose, washed the trucks with everyone. On the show or shoot site, I lug racks, clean guns, and pack the truck. I'm a hands on kind of guy.
I am retired by choice and this gives me time to help the NFA on a moments notice, to visit shoot sites or meet people at any time. This I proudly do. I have enjoyed my time with the NFA and wish to see it grow and thrive under it's current leadership. It will only get better with your support and help, please give the Board your ideas. Your thoughts are welcomed and are discussed in length at our meetings.
Howard W. Fry NFA Secretary
Mike Romono- Director
Mike is a self employed electrical contractor and has been for 30 years. He has wired up stores and warehouses for Northeast Fireworks; Fireworks Productions; and Kellner’s Fireworks. Mike began shooting fireworks at the age of 13. He has shot shows for Zambelli, Legion, Fireworks Productions and Grucci Fireworks to name a few. Mike has helped the past 2 years to shoot the New Years Eve Show for Grucci in Las Vegas. Mike has his N.Y. S. “Own and Possess” license and BATF high explosives license. He is a member of NFA, PGI, WPA, PPA. Mike owns along with John Sagaria 2 type IV and 1 type II magazines on his property. He has been active for the last 10 years helping to set up and shoot the fireworks at Kellner’s Fireworks demo each spring. Mike is a member of the National Fireworks Association’s safety committee and has served in this capacity for many years.