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.


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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.




For Immediate Release

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National Association of Elevator Contractors announces new leadership team


Conyers, GA (November 10, 2020) – The NAEC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the new leadership team for the organization. Association veteran Rená B. Cozart has joined us as our new Executive Director, and long-time NAEC manager Amanda Smith has been promoted to Deputy Director.

Ms. Cozart has served in various management and development roles. Previous roles include the Southeast Region Executive Director for the American Cancer Society and the Division Vice President for the American Diabetes Association, South Region. With over 20 years of experience in board development, stewardship, account management and staff development in both for-profit and not-for profit businesses, Ms. Cozart has received numerous awards and recognition for customer service, team-building, and sales. Ms. Cozart is a native Georgian, raised in Marietta and a graduate of Georgia State University. She is married and has two children.

Amanda Smith has been with NAEC since 2007. She has served as Special Projects and Credentialing Manager and most recently as Director of Education and Finance handling the association's accounting and finances. During her 13 years with the NAEC, she has worked with various committees including the Education & Safety, Certification Board, Finance, A/R, and VTMP. Amanda has an active role with the Elevator Industry Safety Partners (EISP) alliance and OSHA, and she recently led the staff during the staff during the transitions between directors. Ms. Smith is a member of Vistage Worldwide, the Georgia Association of Association Executives (GSAE), and the American Association of Association Executives (ASAE).

NAEC Vice President Hope Evans offered her congratulations, saying, “We are very pleased to have found such a strong and experienced leader in Rená to take the helm of our association, and we know that this executive team that includes our friend and leader Amanda will take our association in great directions!”


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