ABOUT US

Developed in 2012 by an expert group of firefighters, technologists, and landscape ecologists.

Robert Keelin

Director of Installations


After losing his house to a wildfire in 2004, Robert decided to join the fire department. That's when he started realizing that people were losing their homes all over the country due to wildfire. He started a business in 2006 to work with other companies installing fire protection systems in wildland-urban interface areas. After learning what worked and what didn't, Robert joined Frontline in 2014 to help develop the Frontline system as it is today.

Kyle Kujawa

Director of Operations for California contractor Wildfire Services, LLC


Kyle manages bids, designs, and onsite crew management. Before joining Frontline, Kyle was a firefighter and wildland mitigation specialist for 11 years. Kyle is a Certified California Firefighter 1, and his fire career spans across municipal fire departments and private structure protection teams. He has fought wildland fires across the Western United States and is knowledgeable in firewise landscape infrastructure and home ignition. He graduated at the top of his class from Riverside County College Fire Academy and holds 24 California state fire marshal certifications.

Justin Maxwell

Responsible Managing Officer for California contractor Wildfire Services, LLC


Justin oversees contracting services for California contracting entity, Wildfire Services, LLC. With over 10 years as a professional in the fire protection industry, Justin strives to ensure that all projects are completed on time and far beyond the industry standard. In addition to his extensive background in fire protection systems, he also worked as a full-time fire inspector with a municipal fire department in Northern California. Justin holds a C-16 Fire Protection License, and is both an ICC and SFM certified fire inspector, in addition to holding an extensive list of specialty certifications.

Ben Sowers

COO


Ben manages sales and operations at Frontline. Before joining Frontline, Ben was in enterprise sales at the customer experience software company, Medallia. Prior to Medallia, he helped start HomeIntel, an energy efficiency program that worked with California utilities. Prior to that, Ben led Sunrun’s new market team. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Stanford University.

Harry Statter

CEO and Founder


Harry founded Frontline in 2012, and has overseen development and management of the company since its inception. Before Frontline, He previously founded and developed Firewise Landscapes, which focuses on the protection of homes and business through the design and implementation of defensible space and wildfire fuels mitigation projects in the Rocky Mountain Region. In developing Frontline, Harry blended the principles of structure protection with the demands of ecological management. Harry received his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.

Tracy Yannelli

Executive Assistant


Tracy supports the Frontline team in the field and makes sure our customers are taken care of. She manages the back office and coordinates bookings, events and other projects. Prior to Frontline, she worked in sales, event planning and executive assistant roles in the mortgage industry for 15 years. She moved to Jackson from Portland, Maine, to hike and fish.

Tom Barrett

Advisor


Tom is an accomplished corporate growth authority and a catalyst for change with over 30 years of executive-level experience in a wide variety of industries. Tom drives corporate revenue growth through change and innovation for business start-ups, corporate expansions, and divisional turnarounds. He is also chairman and president of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana's largest environmental policy organization.

Joel Moxley

Advisor


Joel is co-founder of Rho AI and Foro Energy. He is a founding investor and board member of Rubicon Global, Zero Mass Water, and Pie Insurance. Joel is also an angel investor in over 30 early-stage technology companies including Biota Technology. Joel is a Precourt Energy Scholar and adjunct professor at Stanford University. He received his B.S.E in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.

Dave Statter

Advisor


Dave leads STATter911 Communications, which helps public safety agencies and other organizations tell their story in a digital world of instant communications. Dave also works with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, EventC2 (an emergency planning and event management consulting group), and First Arriving, which provides marketing, recruitment, websites and technology for public safety organizations.

Years of Research


Through years of research and development, Frontline™ has developed a unique approach to wildfire protection, offering a first line of defense to protect property from wildfire. The founders of Frontline™ started by creating defensible space for homes and structures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  Their experience in landscape architecture and forestry inspired them to move beyond defensible space and develop the patent-pending wildfire defense system. Since then, they have worked extensively throughout the western United States.


In the heart of the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole serves as the headquarters for Frontline Wildfire Defense™. Our business has been built on trust and integrity within the communities we serve. Our success has come through our client and community relationships, along with the trust we have earned by doing what is right in every aspect of the business.

Our History

Harry Statter founded Frontline Wildfire Defense with two goals in mind. The first was to save lives and property, and the second was to protect the integrity of natural processes.


Harry began studying the environment while attending the University of Michigan. He received a BS in landscape ecology, which combines landscape architecture with forestry and applied ecology. This method blends the man-made environment with processes of the natural environment. That is, blending form with function.

In 2001, Harry turned his attention to wildfire, where through a start-up company named Firewise Landscapes Inc, he focused on creating safe residential home sites in wildfire-prone areas. This led to extensive professional experience in the creation of defensible space, as well as plant fuels management, throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

In 2010, Harry started to question exactly why homes burned during wildfire, and he began to search for real data to support the answer. What is commonly known now, but was not known then, is that burning embers that land many miles outside of a wildfire are the primary cause of structure loss. Burning embers land on the combustible surfaces of a home, or in a gutter full of pine needles, or on lawn furniture, and spread to catch the home on fire. Harry learned that implementing defensible space was not enough to protect homes. There needed to be active and effective protection against burning embers.

Our Mission

Based on his research, Harry started to develop Frontline. In 2012, Harry filed his initial patent work and began assembling an expert group of firefighters, engineers and designers to develop the concept into a commercial product capable of saving lives, homes and businesses. More than 28 million homes in the 13 western United States are situated within wildfire-prone areas, many of them in urban areas. As a result, the Frontline team is focused on educating people that their homes are at risk, and there is a solution to protect them. With the next major wildfire only a spark away, there is an urgency behind our mission. By understanding the level of risk and filling gaps in current approaches, our communities will be better prepared for the next disaster. The wider adoption of Frontline systems not only protects our homes and families, but allows us to live with wildfire as a necessary natural process.

  • TMD

    This system absolutely provides a sense of security.

    “When the Roosevelt Fire--one of the worst disasters in Wyoming history--tore through our neighborhood destroying 55 homes, our home, armed with a recently installed Frontline Wildfire Defense System, was spared--despite finding many burned embers adjacent to the structures. This system absolutely provides a sense of security.
    TMD
    Bondurant WY
  • Penny M.

    It keeps our home and outbuildings saturated.

    In the last six years, our property has been in two fires. My husband and I installed the Frontline system. It keeps our home and outbuildings saturated with water mixed with firefighting foam. The retardant material used is safe, biodegradable, and washes off! We hope we never have to use the system. We know we have to be proactive in wildfire suppression because of the increasing frequency of wildfires. We also like our ability to activate it remotely from our phones, so we don’t have to worry about traveling or being evacuated.
    Penny M.
    Napa, CA
  • Bob B.
    Bob B.
    Jackson, Wyoming