In order to provide some of the highest quality fire retardant products on the market, Sun FireDefense has built up a team of individuals who work to make our mission of providing protection from fires a reality. We’ve been able to achieve this through persistence, research, talented contributors, and a drive to help save property and lives.
James Moseley – Founder & CEO
Jim Moseley has always been a passionate pursuer of knowledge and an entrepreneur. He earned his PhD in Political Science along with his Masters in Music from the University of Missouri, then followed his passion in music becoming a professional musician. Jim performed with leading groups around the world and was the performer and Executive Producer on a Grammy-nominated album with Roger Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. He was also a founding member and principal trombonist of the Crystal Cathedral Symphony Orchestra.
Jim’s musical talents did not overshadow his business pursuits. Mr. Moseley founded The Moseley Group, an insurance agency focused on protecting assets of high net worth individuals. During it’s growth he was nominated by President Regan and Y.E.O., (now E.O.) as one of America’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs as well as Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs. He later sold The Moseley Group to CNA insurance company.
In 2013, Jim started Sun FireDefense (previously Sunseeker Enterprises) and began working with some of the greatest minds in aerospace to create a more survivable fire shelter to save the lives of fire fighters. Mr. Moseley’s long-standing relationship with NASA’s and their development of a high temperature fire blanket for space shuttle re-entry, resulted in a material that could be used to insulate against heat and flames at extreme temperatures. Jim worked with materials experts to adapt this technology for use in firefighter wildland fire shelters and a roofing fabric for homes that stops heat transfer to prevent burning embers from igniting roofing plywood or decking.
In 2014, Mr. Moseley was honored the Patrick Soon-Shiong Los Angeles Business Journal’s Innovator of the Year award for his fire protection applications for public safety.
Jim has continued to advance Sun FireDefense and innovative fire prevention technologies for residential, commercial, marine and utility pole fire protection applications, making never before seen breakthroughs in fire stopping capability.
DJ Wetmore – Marketing & Sales
At 19, while a full time college student, DJ spent his summer running a brief but highly successful residential paint contracting business. He acquired clients by pitching paint jobs door-to-door and in couple of months was managing 6 full time employees.
In 2012 he graduated from University of California Santa Barbara where he studied Environmental Studies, Business Communication and Technology Entrepreneurship. After graduating, DJ co-founded Mobile Therapy, a healthcare technology company focused on using smartphones to actively an passively track mental health and therapy patients progress and outcomes to empirically track and improve healthcare results.
DJ has held sales or management positions in companies in the restaurant, fashion, technology, and print media industries. He is familiar with working in a fast paced startup environment and has a strong understanding of marketing and how to effectively organize companies for expansion. He recently joined Sun FireDefense and sees huge opportunity for the company which, despite it’s strong progress, has only just scratched the surface of the fire protection industry. DJ is passionate about helping people and as a longtime Santa Barbara resident, a community that frequently deals with wildfire, he knows that Sun FireDefense’s products are invaluable for helping protect peoples’ homes and most cherished possessions.
Chief Ken Riddle – Fire Safety Advisor
Chief Riddle has more than 40 years of experience in fire and emergency services including 28 years with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue as an Executive Fire Officer. He has been actively involved in several national fire service organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association and served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is currently the Executive Director for the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association. He has been an independent fire and EMS consultant for the past 25 years. He has a vast network of fire officials both nationally and internationally. Ken is a vital part of our team in an advisory and creative role and he has been able to identify critical fire protection issues and unique and creative solutions with the development of Sun FireDefense products.
Will Spryison – Advisor & Advocate
Mr. Spriyson was a firefighter for over 36 years and served as Division Chief of the US Forest Service, Los Angeles River Ranger District, Angeles National Forest. He began his firefighting career in 1977 with the Fulton Hotshots of the Sequoia National Forest and served with the Ojai Hotshots from 1979 to 1982 on the Los Padres National Forest. In 1995, Will was promoted to Battalion Chief and served in the position for eight years on the Ojai Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest. Will Spyrison most recently worked as an Expert Fire Witness for a litigation case and is currently developing the InciNotes™ Incident Command System 201 documentation application for Apple™ iPad™. Will Spyrison is the Instructor for Campbell Prediction System.
Michael Kern – Advisor & Advocate
Michael is is a recognized Wildland Fire Operations Specialist that brings a diverse background in fire suppression and emergency management. Michael has extensive practical knowledge along with a strong academic foundation. He has been responsible for the leadership, health, and morale of team members on a nationally available airborne wildfire suppression team. He has proven ability to teach complex command level emergency management. His specialized knowledge and real life experience in wildland fire serves as a major benefit to Sun FireDefense.
Wellington “Duke” Leonard – Advisor & Advocate
As a retired U.S. Navy SEAL with twenty-four years of service, Duke enlisted as a Seaman Apprentice and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Highlights of his Naval SEAL career include two unconventional combat tours in Vietnam. As plank owner and original founding member of SEAL Team Six, a JCS Tier One, Counter Terrorist Command, Duke was the Officer in Charge of the rescue of Governor General Paul Scoon of Grenada in 1983, the evacuation of the American Embassy in Lebanon in 1989, and forced Manual Noriega into the Catholic Church in Panama. Mr. Leonard is an international consultant and program manager with over forty years experience specializing in the design, development, and implementation of security related services in a semi or non-permissive environment. His unique skill set and technical expertise in areas of threat, extend Sun Fire’s scope into ballistic protection within commercial structures as well as fire protection. With the defined projects that are outlined within future commitments between Sun Fire and the UAE this combination creates a higher overall safety factor in strategic planning.
William Jimeno – Advisor & Advocate
William was raised in Colombia and immigrated to New York City as a boy with his family. He became a Port Authority Police Officer and narrowly survived the September 11 attacks. He was buried under the rubble for a total of 13 hours along with fellow Port Authority officer John McLoughlin. At the time of the attacks, he was a rookie policy officer assigned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He saw the shadow of the airplane that seconds later hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He rode to the WTC site with 20 other Port Authority police officers in a commandeered bus. The collapse of the South Tower trapped Jimeno and three other officers under the concourse between the Twin Towers. Only Jimeno and McLoughlin survived. In 2006, director Oliver Stone, released his film World Trade Center, about this experience. It was William’s comment to Jim Moseley that “Once the beams reached 2000F, the concrete inside of the beams started to explode causing the steel to fail. Had the inner steel beams been wrapped in your fire blanket it could have bought an hour or two to evacuate before the ultimate collapse of both towers.” that led Sun FireDefense to further pursue commercial applications of their product. William has been instrumental in connecting Sun FireDefense with big influencers such as SOM Architects and the New York Port Authority.