Founder credited for vision
DAVIE, Fla. - Don Langberg, the founder and president of Florida State Fire & Security here, died on January 4 after a battle with liver cancer. He was 54.
Langberg founded the company in 1989 after seeing a need to serve the fire market in the area after working as a general contractor and developer.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He saw customers who had to make changes to come up to the new code as a contractor,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Steve Wolk, vice president of the company. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He saw it as a business opportunity and that is why he started the company.Ã¢â‚¬Â
It was Langberg who brought Wolk into the business. The two attended high school together and when they became reacquainted at a class reunion, Langberg asked Wolk to join the business venture. Both men built the company into having a strong presence in the fire market in South Florida (see related story) - even becoming one of NotifierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top distributors over the past few years.
For now, Wolk will stay in his current role, but expects it to change as the company adapts to LangbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loss.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My role within the company has definitely changed,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am probably going to end up as president of the company.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wolk said the company would not be where it is without LangbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guidance over the last 15 years.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“His vision and spirit helped mold the company into what it is today.Ã¢â‚¬Â