About Us

About Optimum Fire & Security

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Richard DJ Oates, President/Owner

Richard "DJ" Oates

President/Owner

My name is Richard Oates, but everyone calls me DJ. I have been involved in fire protection & security from an early age and have now been exposed to the industry for over 20 years. My goal is to usher in a new era for fire protection & security, and my passion is providing our end users with superior service & products.

Joe Barber, Vice-President

Joe Barber

Vice-President

My name is Joe Barber, and I am the Vice President of Optimum Fire & Security. I oversee the entirety of our commercial division. I live in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with my beautiful wife Tiffany and our daughter Lilly. I have been in the fire alarm industry for over 20 years and boast numerous accolades, certifications and degrees pertaining to my craft.

Megan Oates, Office Manager

Megan Oates

Office Manager

My name is Megan Oates, and I am from upstate New York but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina over 19 years ago. I have been married for 15 years to my husband Richard Oates, the owner of Optimum Fire & Security, and we have 4 daughters together. I have been with the company for almost 4 years as the Office Manager & handle invoicing, billing, payroll, and other administrative duties.

Brian Lessard, Federal Division Director

Brian Lessard

Federal Division Director

My name is Brian Lessard and I am the Federal Division Director for Optimum Fire & Security. I handle all aspects of Optimum’s federal accounts from sales to service. I have over 25 years of electrical, fire alarm and security experience ranging from sales & programming to service. I also have a multitude of certifications including NICET Level IV in Fire Alarm Systems. I currently travel across the country establishing relationships with VA hospitals, military installations, National Park Service facilities and other government-run facilities. I am originally from Biddeford, Maine and joined the United States Air Force after graduating from high school. I now reside in Surf City, North Carolina where I enjoy fishing, golfing, traveling & boating with my friends, my daughter Sydney and my 2 dogs.

Kyle Boyd

Kyle Boyd

Operations Manager

My name is Kyle Boyd, and I’m a native of the Crystal Coast hailing from Morehead City, North Carolina. A strong sense of family & community has been ingrained in me from a young age boasting a family of four brothers and four sisters. This bond fuels my passion to see our Commercial Install team through to success in our daily goals. Fun with family & friends in the sun is my favorite pastime, remembering from my childhood that “Summer is not a place in time but a state of mind.” I now reside in Clayton, North Carolina with my family.

Aaron Rusk

Aaron Rusk

Service Division Manager

David Mulholland

David Mulholland

Structured Cabling Director

Joe Tranfaglia

Joe Tranfaglia

Senior Design Consultant

Mike Peterson

Mike Peterson

Warehouse & Logistics Manager

My name is Mike Peterson, and I was born & raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. I am currently the Warehouse Manager for Optimum Fire & Security. I also manage the Fire Extinguisher program for Optimum as well. I have been married to my wife Elizabeth for over 43 years. We have one daughter, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren with another grandchild on the way. I have over 37 years experience in the fire protection industry including time served on the fire department boasting a Level 2 Fire Marshal certification.

Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson

Director of Communications

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