Martha Hulgan, longtime elevator professional and NAEC leader, founding member of the Vertical Initiative for Elevator Escalator Women and owner of MMH & Associates, LLC, Elevator Consulting, passed away near her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 12.
On her passing, Elevator World wrote the folllowing:
"Hulgan had more than 40 years’ experience in the elevator industry, founding Elevator Maintenance & Repair Co., Inc., in Chattanooga with her late husband, Bud, in 1979 after studying at Edmondson Business College. In 2001, Hulgan’s career transitioned to Otis when the OEM purchased Elevator Maintenance & Repair and merged it with its Chattanooga operation. With Otis, Hulgan served as regional business development manager, territorial manager and sales representative for the Chattanooga/Nashville markets. She left Otis in 2006 and launched MMH & Associates in 2008. In this role, Hulgan provided project and maintenance management, specification preparation, sales training, auditing and expert testimony. Hulgan was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, and two sons, Jock and Buddy. She is survived by son, JoeDee (Rebecca); grandchildren, Gordon Dewey, IV, Jessica Kate, Savanna Brooks, Ragan Olivia and Delaney Sawyer, along with many other family members, friends and colleagues."
Dear NAEC community,
I am pleased to announce the finalized details of our 2021 Fall Convention and Exposition and please note that the dates and location have changed. Our annual flagship event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 4th-7th, a slight change from the original dates.
As event restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to improve, we remain in close contact with the New Jersey Governor’s office and the CDC. Instead of crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, our leadership team has been proactive in securing a new location in New Orleans for the event, and we will be able to at last be certain about our plans to bring our members an in-person event.
This is definitive change to a location that we know from experience is a strong host for this event. We extend our utmost gratitude to our gracious hosts in Atlantic City, who have treated us so well each time we visit and we look forward to being back there in 2024.
I am grateful to our staff for their leadership by having this alternative plan ready, and I am certain that you will appreciate this change eliminates the few questions about event restrictions to be answered. I look forward to the event, which promises to be a wonderful return to the live trade show tradition that we have celebrated for so many years. I will see you in New Orleans, and laissez les bons temps rouler!
For Immediate Release
NAEC announces the addition of Shannon Bates as National Development Officer and David Smarte as Global Education and Safety Officer
Conyers, GA (March 30, 2021) – The National Association of Elevator Contractors is pleased to announce the new addition of two new staff members: Shannon Bates will be joining the staff as the new National Development Officer, and industry veteran David Smarte will join NAEC in the newly-created position of Global Education and Safety Officer.
Ms. Bates has over 20 years experience in fundraising and non-profit management. She has created long-lasting partnerships and successfully raised millions of dollars for several organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, Union Mission, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, The American Cancer Society and Georgia Southern University Foundation. Her work passions include business strategy, networking, innovation and volunteer and staff management.
A respected leader within the elevator industry, Mr. Smarte has over 40 years of experience assembling and guiding teams in all aspects of elevator related industry. An expert in code compliance of conveyances, he has a passion for leading strategies to enhance workplace safety. He is trained and experienced in ASME, ANSI, OSHA and other state/federal safety regulations, and he has experience in designing and facilitating training sessions on operational safety.
For many years, Mr. Smarte has provided volunteer leadership in several areas for NAEC, including serving on the Board of Directors and chairing the Education and Safety Committee. Mr. Smarte is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious NAEC William C. Sturgeon Award for excellence in the industry.
NAEC’s most prestigious and elite award, the William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award, is presented annually to the individual who most merits the elevator industry’s recognition – an individual who has given unselfishly of his or her time and energies to the benefit of the Association and the industry – an individual who unerringly supports and participates in the activities of the Association. Please give this serious attention and provide us with candidates who you believe meet the recipient qualifications no later than June 1.
The Contractors’ Choice Award is an opportunity for Contractor members to identify a Supplier member who stands out, a company that deserves a hearty “thank you” from its customers and the Association. Let us hear from you! Complete details and a nomination form can be found on NAEC.org. Submit your completed nomination no later than June 18 and let’s recognize a company that warrants this award.