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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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