Sunday, April 14

Monday, April 15

  • 7:30am - 9:15am
    Opening Breakfast
    Enjoy a sit-down breakfast before starting a day full of education and networking. NAEC President, Gary Schuette, will give his State of the Association Address reporting on various committees followed by Keynote Speaker, Jack McCall, sharing self-improvement strategies, self-care practices, and techniques to help reclaim your personal and organizational momentum.
  • 7:30am - 1:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    Revisiting Residential & Commercial Stairway Lift Standards

    Stairway lifts for private residences (Section 7) and commercial (Section 4) applications are subject to ASME A18.1. Commercial lifts must provide a higher level of safety than that for home applications and are also covered by the International Building Code with regard to building egress and to the National Electrical Code with regard to electrical safety. Part of the discussion will be strategies for obtaining approval for commercial stairway lifts as they relate to Title II of the ADA for reasonable accommodations as well as safety and liability considerations when working outside the parameters of the standards that pertain.

    Speaker: Patrick Edwards, Access Elevator

    Bio: Patrick Edwards has achieved 34 years of elevator and lift industry experience beginning his career with The Cheney Company in 1985, followed by DME Access and Access Industries. In 1999, Patrick founded Integrity Elevators and Lifts and then transitioned to his current position as Vice President of Hoistway Solutions with Access Elevator of Chicago and Milwaukee. Patrick is a frequent presenter at NAEC and has served as the R/A committee chairman on numerous occasions. He has served on a number of ASME and state code committees over the years and continues to do so. Patrick and his wife Jackie enjoy their family and always look forward to days spent at their winter-escape condo in Bradenton Beach, Florida.

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    The Disconnect in Organizations: How to Reconnect and Return to What’s Important NOW

    Disconnections in organizations are being driven by emerging technologies and energy-draining workloads. Unprecedented reform and increased regulations have thrown change in hyper mode. In this presentation, Jack will walk the audience through problems created by The Disconnect in Organizations, and focus on what’s important today.

    Speaker: Jack McCall,

  • 12:00pm - 6:30pm
    Official Golf Tournament

    Naples Grande Golf Club • 1pm Shotgun Start

    Naples Grande Golf Club is a highly acclaimed, Rees Jones-designed private course. Renowned golf architect Rees Jones designed a par 72 championship course that proves both interesting and challenging. Each hole at this demanding course promises an exhilarating new experience. With extraordinary elevations and unique water features expertly incorporating the indigenous Florida foliage, this course offers stunning fairways for year-round play for guests of Naples Grande Beach Resort.

    The fee of $275 for members and $300 for non-members covers cart, green fees, transportation, boxed lunch and beverage cart during tournament and prizes.

    Outing participants are required to wear clothing that is customary to golf. Players must wear collared shirts and golf shoes and may not wear sweat pants or cut-offs. Participants are expected to use proper conduct while on the golf course property. Players are responsible for obeying the posted daily cart path rules, replacing divots, repairing ball marks on the green and raking of sand traps. Unruly behavior, foul language, throwing of clubs, hitting shots into groups will not be tolerated. All golfers will be expected to adhere to proper golf etiquette including ready golf and keeping within sight of the foursome in front.


  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Edison & Ford Winter Estates Tour

    The Edison and Ford Winter Estates date from 1885, when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a historical museum and 21-acre botanical garden on the adjacent sites; the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River in southwestern Florida.

    The fee of $120 for members and $145 for non-members includes taxes and gratuities, round trip transportation, private tour of the historic homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families, led by enthusiastic Site Historians, as well as admission into the museum and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory.

  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Open Mic Session

    The session provides a time when members can discuss their thoughts, concerns and issues.

    Speaker: Donald Gelestino, Champion Elevator

    Bio: Donald Gelestino will moderate this open mic gathering.

Tuesday, April 16

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 8:30am - 10:00am
    Coated Traction Products - A Milestone in Elevator Rope Technology

    Developed as a world’s first, CTP combines technological innovations into a state-of-the-art plastic-coated rope specifically designed for the elevator industry. Approved in Europe for traction sheaves with a diameter of only 115mm, CTP ropes have been already installed in over 100,000 elevators in Europe. Tested by means of simulation in the laboratory, under real-life conditions, and certified by Liftinstituut, CTP meets the highest demands on function and efficiency.

    Speaker: Joseph Thompson, Brugg Lifting North America

    Bio: Joseph Thompson is President of Brugg Wire Rope North America, Brugg Lifting. Thompson joined Brugg Lifting in January of 2014 as Operations Manager and shortly transitioned to General Manager. Prior to Joining Brugg, Thompson was General Manager of Precision Roll Grinders, and spent 20+ years in the Heavy Equipment industry with Kobelco, a subsidiary of the Japanese based Kobe Steel, in which he held positions in Manufacturing Engineering, Operations management, as well as ME and Quality Management. Thompson holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University, a Blackbelt from the Six Sigma Academy and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  

    Speaker: Pat Dreps, Brugg Lifting North America

    Bio: Pat Dreps is the VP of Quality and Engineering for Brugg Lifting North America. Pat has extensive experience in the testing of wires and fatigue testing of wire ropes. Pat has visited and evaluated many elevators in the field regarding rope type selection, equipment selection and configuration. Pat also works with OEMs and consultants with regard to calculating rope life. Pat has an engineering degree from Michigan State University and MBA from University of West Georgia.

  • 8:45am - 9:45am
    Time Management: Either you Run the Day or the Day Runs You

    At the end of this session participants will know how to align and prioritize their activities with their own goals and objectives and how to identify time killers.  Time is precious – it’s the only thing you can’t buy so don’t waste it: Use It!!

    Speaker: Lien Randle, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

    Bio: Lien Randle has worked in the elevator industry for nearly 25 years. From a family business to a Fortune 500 company; from President of the Northern California Elevator Industry Group to the youngest and first female President of the National Association of Elevator Contractors, Lien’s excellent communication skills have improved team performance and have produced increased profit margins time and time again and has received numerous awards for her performance during her tenure with the Elevator and Escalator Division of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

  • 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Florida Everglades Airboat Excursion

    Rev up the engine and get ready to explore the Florida Everglades aboard a thrilling airboat ride!

    Climb aboard these well maintained, state of the art airboats for an up-close Everglades airboat swamp tour adventure that only a few have been able to experience. Until now! The experienced airboat tour guides will take you deep into a 200-acre preserve to see exotic tropical wildlife and plant life, rare species of birds and oh yes, alligators! During your Everglades tour you’ll glide effortlessly through both waterways and marshlands, down paths and around ponds, where you’ll get the chance to observe a slice of nature that most people only see in pictures or on TV!

    The fee of $140 for members and $165 for non-members includes taxes and gratuities, round trip transportation, 60 minute airboat ride, noise blocking headphones and LIVE Alligator Show!

  • 10:15am - 11:45am
    Job Descriptions – How to Get Them & What To Do With Them

    Attendees will be in instructed on what is a job description, why do we need them, how to use them in the recruiting and hiring process, legal compliance requirements. This will be an interactive session and participants will write a job description. As the first step in recruitment, a well written job description is a must.

    Speaker: Karen Hopkins, The Hopkins Group

    Bio: Karen M. Hopkins has over 20 years’ experience as an integral part of the growth and success of startup companies as well as large, international concerns. As a consultant, Karen works closely with clients to determine the best means of achieving the highest levels of performance for their organization, and developing competent, committed employees, with the goal of creating "best places to work". She has directed HR functions, customer support areas, career management, survey design and analysis, as well as training and development/performance support departments. Her expertise includes instructional design and training, strategic planning, executive coaching, and career management as well as general Human Resources functions. She has a Masters' Degree in Organizational Development from UT Dallas, is a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), is a CMP (Career Management Practitioner) and is listed in Who's Who in the Southwest and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

  • 10:30am - 11:30am
    A New Code Requirement for Door Equipment

    During this presentation, the presenter will be covering the code language and some insights as to the best methods for compliance. Mr. Marinelli will also touch on the insurance aspect of providing a failsafe system to reduce premiums.

    Speaker: James Marinelli, Electrodyn Systems Ltd.

    Bio: James Marinelli is celebrating his fifty-third year in the Elevator business. He spent his first twenty years as a maintenance mechanic and supervisor. In 1985 he opened Electrodyn Systems Ltd. and provides special engineering services to the Elevator Industry. His company has a large selection of retrofits to bring existing Elevator Systems up to the latest code requirements. He is a member of several ASME code committees and over the years has helped craft the national code we follow today

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Rank Higher in Google by Elevating Your Digital Personality

    Learning what buttons to push so that you'll rank higher in Google is vital in today's digital world. More and more property managers are turning to the internet to research elevator contractors. You'll learn about on-page vs. off-page SEO and what aspects of those Google pays the most attention to.

    Speaker: Dean Heasley, Nashville Marketing System

    Bio: Dean Heasley, founder of Nashville Marketing Systems, has over a decade of experience in the elevator industry. Nashville Marketing Systems works with elevator contractors and other businesses all over the country. Dean has worked for ThyssenKrupp, Kings III, and SCS Elevator Products. He has an MBA in Marketing.     

  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Elevator Safety Instruction

    The course will be based on the Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook (EIFESH), Sections 10 and 11, as a continuation of a series that started with Section 1. The presentation will show each Item within these two sections, along with photographs and OSHA information

    Speaker: Lee Rigby, Elevator Safety & Technical Services

    Bio: Lee Rigby had for fourteen years been President of Vertical Assessment Associates, a firm specializing in elevator inspection and consulting, and expert witness work, and is currently President of Elevator Safety & Technical Services, a firm specializing in training of elevator, emergency, and authorized personnel as defined in ASME A17.1. He was employed by the state of Florida for the previous ten years as an elevator inspector, the last
    five of which he was the Bureau of Elevator's Engineer III, responsible for approving permit requests, interpreting elevator safety codes, and supervising the technical aspects of the Bureau's elevator inspection staff. Mr. Rigby's over 40 years of elevator experience started with being in charge of all weapons elevators on an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam war, and included working his way up to Vice President of a large Florida elevator firm and owning and operating an elevator installation and service company in the Ft Myers area.

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Before exploring Florida’s Paradise Coast, join us this evening in the Vista Ballroom and have a cocktail, or two, at this informal reception.

Wednesday, April 17

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 1
  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    What’s My Company’s Long-Term Goal

    This roundtable will answer the following questions: “How do I make my company most valuable today and for future generations? How do I avoid pitfalls, while building a successful enterprise? Determining my “real” long-term goal for business. The presenter will also discuss potential exit strategies; overview on mergers and acquisitions in the elevator industry.

     Dominik Sachsenheimer has served as president of Maven Group, LLC since 2017. He is a proven business leader and strategist across various industries and continents with 10 years of experience at the Otis Elevator Company for which he oversaw all acquisition activities in North America from 2013 to 2016.

    After jumpstarting his career in the elevator business at the birth place of the industry in New York City, Dominik was promoted to Regional Finance Manager for Otis’s Midwest operation based in Chicago. He later directed the entire finance organization of Otis’s Southern Region spanning across 16 states and various Caribbean islands. During those assignments, he coordinated the financial integration of several acquired companies.

    Dominik obtained his MBA from Berufsakademie Loerrach and started his career with one of the largest global logistics companies headquartered in Switzerland. After various roles managing complex intercontinental projects he became assistant comptroller for the Swiss operation. Attracted by the entrepreneurial challenge, he moved back to his native Germany to head the internationally renowned “Zelt Musik Festival” which hosts over 50 concerts attracting 200,000 visitors. During this time, he also provided operational and financial consulting for various cultural organizations and start-ups in addition to serving as a guest lecturer for undergraduate students at “Institut fuer Sprachen und Wirtschaft”, a local college and business school.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Working with a Recruiter

    Join this roundtable to discuss the value and the various steps of using a recruiter in your search for employees. Mr. Boydston will discuss choosing the right recruiter, starting the process with a recruiter and what to expect during this experience.

    James Boydston is President of Handi-lift Inc. and a third generation ‘elevator man’. Having grown up in the industry, Mr. Boydston has served in Marketing and Advertising, Maintenance Sales, Sales Engineer, and Sales Manager before taking on his current position of President. He is active in the ABC Elevator Council, on the AEMA board of directors, and in NAEC, serving on the Education and Technical Advisory Committee.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    CEO Best Practices Roundtable

    This roundtable discussion will be centered around best practices. Participants can bring their hot topics for discussing with the group.

    Jay Arntzen founded Genesis Elevator Company after an exceptional 24-year career with a major global elevator company. During Jay’s industry career he has held a variety of positions including sales, marketing, product development, project management, field operations and senior management as national VP of Operations. His values-based leadership sets the tone for Genesis employees and vendor partners and his exceptional business acumen and vision ensures the Genesis brand sets the standard for commercial and residential elevator companies. He is involved in every facet of the company’s operations and is a proven leader with a propensity for building highly motivated and productive teams.

    Under Jay’s guidance our team including sales, operations, licensed installers and technicians identify the unique needs of each customer and implement the most cost effective and efficient product or service solution. Each of our customers is assigned an account manager who coordinates the installation and service of the equipment and serves as the “go to” person for questions or concerns.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 2
  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    OSHA Alliance and Best Practices

    This roundtable will be led by the Chairman of the NAEC Education and Safety Committee. Mr. Smarte will provide attendees with an update on the Alliance between NAEC and OSHA. The session will review the Development of the Best Practices – LO/TO and Fall Hazards.

    David Smarte is Director of Safety and Education for Delaware Elevator. Mr. Smarte has served on the NAEC Board of Directors. He is also Chair of the NAEC Education & Technical Advisory Committee. David is a licensed Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI) and holds a Certified Elevator Technician (CET) and Certified Accessibility and Residential Technician (CAT) Certifications. Mr. Smarte has 39 years in the elevator industry and 18 of these years he concentrated on Safety and Training and Special Projects.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Through Floor Lifts (sometimes called “Shaft-Less Lifts)

    As the number of Through Floor Lifts increases in the North American market, this is an opportunity to discuss these devices with one of the markets leading manufacturers. The presentation will cover the ASME 17.1 Code as it applies to Through Floor Lifts, and relevant Essential Health and Safety Requirements.”

    Craig Pilkington is Managing Director of the Wessex Lift Co Ltd. He is a serving Board Member of LEIA (Lift and Escalator Industry Association) the UK equivalent of NAEC. He is also the Chair of LEIA’s Personal Lifting Group and a member of NAEC’s A & R Committee. He has served on a number of BSI (British Standards Institute) code review committees specifically related to Through Floor Lifts and Vertical Platform Lifts.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Working with AC Drives on Various Elevator Systems

    Attendees participating in this roundtable will be able to better understand the ease when modernizing with an AC elevator system. Mr. Johnson will be showing how to size, install and program AC elevator drives. Participants will learn how to use on-line tools to help with drive sizing or energy savings and how computer, web and smartphone tools will benefit you in the field.

    Jeff Johnson is a Magnetek Business Development Manager for its AC Elevator Drives business. He has extensive experience in AC drives, DC Drives, industrial control technology, and sales. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology Studies from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His initial exposure to the AC drives market began in the late 1980’s while he worked for Rockwell Automation.

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    No Frills Golf Tournament

    Tiburon Golf Club • 1pm Shotgun Start

    From your first drive to your last putt, you will find yourself at one with nature and a part of the world’s ultimate golf experience. Tiburón golfers enjoy unique stacked sod wall bunkers, coquina shell waste bunkers and the absence of conventional rough. Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón strives to protect and enhance its natural surroundings.

    The fee of $260 for members and $285 for non-members covers cart, green fees and transportation. *See note for Golf Outing participants. below.

    Outing participants are required to wear clothing that is customary to golf. Players must wear collared shirts and golf shoes and may not wear sweat pants or cut-offs. Participants are expected to use proper conduct while on the golf course property. Players are responsible for obeying the posted daily cart path rules, replacing divots, repairing ball marks on the green and raking of sand traps. Unruly behavior, foul language, throwing of clubs, hitting shots into groups will not be tolerated. All golfers will be expected to adhere to proper golf etiquette including ready golf and keeping within sight of the foursome in front.


  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dregs Event

    Meet us on the Sunset Verandah as we wrap up the Conference in NAEC style. Sounds of the tropics fill the air as we savor these last moments to bid farewell to friends until next time. Charleston, South Carolina, here we come!