Alex Cherepakhov
First Priority Group, CEO

As a business owner and entrepreneur, Alex believes the core elements of any successful business include creating trust, living an intentional culture and focusing on the growth of the people and the business. Ever since Alex started his first business at sixteen years old, he believes that the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation drive the economy. Hard work and dedication to a purpose and mission that is bigger than one’s own is what led Alex to where he is today.

What Alex has learned throughout his career:
• The importance of having a vision to see possibilities.
• How to craft a business strategy that aligns with a vision.
• Finally, the importance of executing and implementing a meaningful vision and strategy.

Alex spent the first 20 years of his career on Wall Street and learned how to assess and improve businesses and their bottom line. Companies that deliver value consistently to their employees, clients, partners and community are the ones positioned to leave a true impact on the world.

Ken Clark
Vice President of EMS, Council Member

With over 30 years in emergency services, Ken has diverse experience in both emergency medical services and firefighting. As VP EMS Division, Ken is responsible for sales and product management activities of major product lines for regional distributor of ambulances and specialty vehicles. Under Ken’s leadership, the EMS sales team has opened new markets, and improved new product development. The EMS division has consistently been named “Dealer of the Year” by a number of our manufacturing partners during Ken’s tenure. Ken earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University.

Adam Grecco
Managing Sales Director, Council Member
Adam joined First Priority after a 15 year career at Odyssey Automotive Specialty, where he acquired skills in direct sales, marketing, and technical support. He is a versatile and accomplished professional with a proven and time-tested record of transforming complex technical challenges into business growth solutions for driving operational efficiency, accelerating sales growth, and strengthening market position. Adam is a consummate customer relationship manager with a reputation for instilling confidence, credibility, and trust with the most demanding clients to ensure long-term and highly profitable business relationships. Adam graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA degree in Communications.
Robert Lupacchino
Council Member
Robert is an accomplished executive and senior consultant with 30 years of experience in operations, strategy, finance and performance improvement. His primary focus has been helping companies grow by expanding revenues, optimizing cost structures, and fine tuning key processes that strengthen the core business. He has orchestrated numerous strategic alliances, acquisition and new product launches within the healthcare, retail, financial and construction industries. Robert has served as CFO, COO, Senior VP Strategy and C-level consultant to numerous Fortune 500 clients. He holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an MBA from Emory University.
David Rapaport
General Counsel, Council Member
Mr. Rapaport has been a practicing lawyer since 1966 and for most of that time has specialized in capital formation for small to mid-size companies. He currently serves as general Counsel and Secretary for First Priority Group. During the last 40 years he has held C-level positions and directorships at several public and private companies including Chief International Counsel to the Sun Seven Stars Group, a worldwide media and entertainment company; National Patent Development Corp, a diversified company with interests in growth technologies; and Duratek Corp, a nuclear services firm. Mr. Rapaport is admitted to practice law in both Georgia and New York.
Ken Rudnicky
VP of Manufacturing Operations - Council Member
Ken joined First Priority in 2013, bringing over 25 years of experience in emergency vehicle design, manufacturing, and maintenance. Ken serves as production manager for First Priority’s Conversions, Light Rescue, Fleet Vehicle, and Custom Cabinet product lines in the Flanders, NJ facility. Prior to joining First Priority, Ken worked for Odyssey Automotive Specialty in various roles including operations supervisor and production manager. Ken also served two years as Fleet Manager for Jersey City Medical Center where he was responsible for all aspects of the emergency vehicle fleet in New Jersey’s busiest EMS system.
Peter Tripod
VP of Operations, Council Member

Peter joined the FPG team in 2020 as Director of Procurement and Process Engineering. Peter provides the company a senior level leader with diverse experience driving profitable growth through strong operations and supply chain leadership. While overseeing purchasing, Peter also manages receiving, inventory control, shipping amongst other key responsibilities that allow FPG to run smoothly. Prior to joining FPG, Peter most recently worked for Aqua Products in Cedar Grove, New Jersey for 12 years holding positions of Director of Supply Chain (4) and Vice President - Operations(8). Peter attended Rutgers College of Engineering and majored in Ceramic Engineering with minor studies in Economics, Finance and Management. He has been certified in purchasing and supply chain by ISM and APICS

XiXi Qinhui Shen
Director of Finance, Council Member

Growing up in multi-cultural background, XiXi received her Master’s Degree with distinction in International Accounting and Finance from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Association of Charted Certified Accountant with extensive knowledge in US GAAP, IFRS and ERP system. Through her energy and commitment, combined with her talent, she has enjoyed a rapid career progression during her time with the company. She oversees the finance department and constantly works on streamlining company operating process through better utilization of Epicor ERP system.