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.


For additional information, contact: Tripp Cook, Manager of Marketing and Member Services, 770.760.9660 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Send in your Nominations for the 2021 William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service and Contractors' Choice Awards!

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 Submit your completed nomination no later than June 18 and let’s recognize a company that warrants this award.

Contact Britnee Irwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions.


It is time to select four (4) new NAEC members to serve on the Board of Directors. NAEC members are encouraged to participate in the selection process by recommending individuals for consideration by the Nominating Committee. 

Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged. If you have a desire to serve and feel that you meet the qualifications, please feel free to submit your own name for consideration.

Click HERE for general guidelines about nominations and the nomination form. For submissions and additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All nominations must be received by NAEC no later than March 26th.

Please note:  Recommendations received after this date will not be considered.




Registration is now open for NexGen's 2021 Educational Retreat at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ! Join us for two exciting days of educational seminars covering industry management and leadership on April 22nd-23rd.

This year's retreat will be immediately following NAEC's 2021 Spring Conference, and we encourage you to register for both events to make the most of your week! There are only 30 seats available for this unique event, so make your plans now! For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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