Robert B. Vincent

Chief Operating Officer
Fire Protection

Value Delivered

During his more than 30 years with Shambaugh, Rob has become one of the nation’s foremost fire protection authorities and an active participant in the industry.

Rob provides strategic vision across all of our fire protection companies. He works directly with upper management of each Shambaugh Fire Protection Company/Division to make our merged team of companies even greater than the individual pieces.

He also oversees Shambaugh’s operations, from planning and safety to fabrication; plans and directs mission critical projects; and develops highly effective business relationships with national contractors and end users.


Rob’s construction industry experience began at the grassroots level. Starting as a truck driver, he held dispatch and purchasing positions before spending six years as a fabrication shop manager. Rob joined Shambaugh as a journeyman, later becoming a foreman and then, superintendent of field operations. During this time, he built strong working relationships as a “trusted advisor” to his clients, relationships which he has maintained during his career as an executive. Over the years, Rob has assisted such major global and domestic clients as Kraft, General Motors, TNT Logistics, and Sysco Foods, among others, with the design, installation, and maintenance of fire protection systems ranging from $1,000 to $15 million.

Since 1998, Rob has served on the National Fire Sprinkler Association’s (NFSA) Engineering and Standards Committee. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 13) and serves on its sprinkler discharge criteria, sprinkler system installation criteria, NFPA 850 electrical generating plants committees and NFPA 409 Airport facilities. Knowledge gained from these activities helps him keep clients and Shambaugh’s engineering staff up to date with regard to new directions and developments in NFPA and Factory Mutual (FM) Global fire protection standards. In addition, he works with organizations, such as Underwriter’s Laboratory, FM Global, and major manufacturers, to research, develop, and bring to market new and more effective fire protection products and systems.

Rob is a member of the International Cold Storage Contractors Association, to which he periodically makes presentations on key fire protection topics. He is also a member of the Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana and serves on the board of the Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance. Rob also is a member of the following:

  • N.F.P.A. 13, Technical Committee Automatic Sprinkler Systems Installation Criteria
  • N.F.P.A. 850, Technical Committee Electric Generating Plants
  • N.F.P.A. 851, Technical Committee Hydroelectric Generating Plants
  • N.F.P.A. 853, Technical Committee Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems
  • N.F.P.A. 13, Storage Task Group
  • N.F.P.A. 409, Aircraft Facilities
  • N.F.P.A. 423, Standard for Construction & Protection of Aircraft Test Facilities
  • N.F.P.A. 410, Standard for Aircraft Maintenance

Certified as a senior engineering technician by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Rob has completed both two-year plumbing and four-year sprinkler fitter apprenticeships. Rob is NICET Level IV.He is also an NFSA-accredited productivity specialist and has been trained in the installation and application of special hazards, FM200, CO2, deluge, proteomatic, and wet and dry sprinkler systems, and is OSHA certified.