For Immediate Release

NAEC announces the addition of Lori Wolking as National Development Officer

Conyers, GA (February 23, 2022) – The National Association of Elevator Contractors is pleased to announce the new addition of a new staff member: Lori Wolking will be joining the staff as the new National Development Officer.

Lori has served in various membership and development roles for associations including those in the construction and transportation industry. She brings extensive experience in membership and non-dues revenue development, fundraising, education and professional development, marketing, budgeting, and project management. Lori is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit and Association Management. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Ms. Wolking is a native Washingtonian and enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.


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.


We wanted to provide an update on the status of our QEI Program.

With your help, we reached our minimum number of test takers. The QEI exam was analyzed to ensure the exam’s statistical integrity. A psychometric analysis of the exam and review of the items by subject matter experts are required components of accreditation to ensure the exam’s fairness and impartiality for test takers.

We are now able to score the QEI exam, and those who have taken the exam will be notified of their results (pass or fail). Receiving a passing score does not mean you are QEI certified yet, and you will not receive an ID card from NAEC.

Before we can issue ID cards and fully certify anyone as a QEI, NAEC must pass accreditation by ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board). The application has been submitted and is currently under review. We anticipate receiving an update from ANAB in the spring. 

Once the QEI program receives accreditation, those who have passed the exam will receive an ID card from NAEC and be considered QEI certified. We understand this has been a long process, and we appreciate your continued support. Without you, we couldn’t have pursued QEI accreditation.

As we receive more information, it will be shared.



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Fall 2021



This is your invitation to submit a written programming idea for the upcoming events in 2022! Programming at all of NAEC's educational events is based on our regular call for speakers, as we bring practical and relevant information to elevator professionals. By featuring you and your peers as presenters, these sessions provide event attendees with the strongest forum for information exchange, problem solving, and networking.

The events in 2022 to note are the Spring Educational Conference (March 20-23, Sarasota, FL) and the 2022 Convention and Expo (Sept 18-21, Louisville, KY). For the Spring Conference, we are looking for general interest business topics as well as elevator industry topics with an emphasis on code, safety, and emerging trends. Presentations should not promote a specific company, brand, or product.

Submit your idea for the Spring Conference via our form here by November 15.

As an educational session speaker, you can:
• Expand your personal portfolio.
• Expose your training to the thousands of industry professionals through the NAEC eLearning website.
• Collaborate with other experts.
• Earn booth points for NAEC space draw.

When you submit a programming idea, it will be evaluated by the Education and Safety Committee on the following criteria: overall quality, relevance to the elevator industry, well-defined focus, and practical applications of material. Presenters are encouraged to prepare handouts to enhance their presentations. Complimentary registration will be extended to NAEC members who volunteer and are selected to serve as speakers.

Complete our form by November 15 to submit your idea. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your successes with your peers and increase your visibility within the elevator community!

martha hulgan in memoriam

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."



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