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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."



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.


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