Agenda

Monday, September 23

  • 7:00am - 2:30pm
    Golf Tournament (9am Shotgun Start)

    Get ready to tee off in style at Seaview Golf, the prestigious host of the United Official Golf Tournament. Nestled along the picturesque coastline, Seaview Golf offers an unparalleled golfing experience amidst breathtaking scenery and unparalleled challenges.

    The Bay Course opened in 1914 and was designed by Hugh Wilson and Donald Ross. The 6,300-yard layout is less a test of length, and more a test of imagination, accuracy and short game. The Bay Course presents a Scottish-links feel, dramatic seaside views, deep pot bunkers and small undulating greens. It is the current host of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, as well as nine holes in the 1942 PGA Championship.

    Step into the footsteps of golfing legends and experience the magic of Seaview Golf for yourself. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual enthusiast, Seaview Golf offers an unforgettable experience that combines history, beauty, and world-class golfing.

    The fee of $300 for members and $350 for non-members covers cart, green fees, breakfast, 3 drinks from the beverage cart during tournament, boxed lunch, prizes, and deluxe round-trip transportation.

  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibitor Move-In
  • 11:00am - 1:30pm
    United In Deed Hosted by MEI

    NAEC is excited to provide the opportunity for our members to participate in a give back project this year at the United Convention and Expo in Atlantic City! For years, members have been requesting for an event like this to take place at our annual convention, and in honor of NAEC's 75th Anniversary, we are proud to rollout United In Deed. Thank you to our generous host, MEI - Total Elevator Solutions, we will partner with the organization, Feed My Starving Children, and assist with packing meals that will feed children all over the world.

    Feed my Starving Children is a nonprofit organization based in Coon Rapids, MN. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.

    Click here to register.

  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Welcome Reception (Hosted by IAEC)

    After eight years, the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) help us kick off United 2024 in Atlantic City with this opportunity to reconnect with old friends, colleagues, and future partners.

    Tonight is not only one for celebration, networking, but history as well. We will commemorate a truly uplifting moment in innovation—the invention of the elevator—from the 1854 World’s Fair. The first recording of the invention of the elevator by Archimedes was in 236 BC. The elevator SAFETY was invented and introduced at the 1854 world's fair which enabled passengers to confidently and safely ride the car platform.

    This opening reception is more than just an event; it's a milestone that celebrates the past, present, and future of innovation. Join us as we lift our spirits, toast to the inventors who have elevated our way of life, and those of you that continue to shape our world.

Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 25

  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Education Session: Buildings and Jets and Whales, Oh my!

    Explore the versatility of VRCs with specialized applications, configurations and considerations. From moving hoagies to buildings and everything in between, this is not a pallet lift presentation it is about what the possibilities are. How to meet code and safety standards. Including the maintenance considerations and guarding. Let me show you how to break the paradigm and Think Bigger.

    Speaker: Khrystyna Cusimano, Pflow Industries

    Bio: Khrystyna Cusimano is the Western Regional Manager of Pflow Industries in which she manages the western 13 states. With decades of management experience her passion for the lifting industry started while helping people in wheelchairs and then grew to the world of vertical reciprocating conveyors. With a degree in Marine Science and being a Scuba Professional, you will fully understand why she is eager to share the whales of the lifting world.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Education Session: Advantages of Hydraulic Drive Systems and Operational Software for Improved Performance

    This training course delves into the innovations transforming the realm of hydraulic elevator technology and installation practices. Focusing on key aspects such as telescopic jacks with internal synchronization, the integration of European cabin design into the North American market, and the globally proven guide rail installation method by KLEEMANN, participants gain invaluable insights into elevating efficiency and performance. 

    Moreover, the course highlights the practicality and user-friendliness of specialized tools including software required for these advancements, emphasizing their contribution to enhanced accuracy and significant time savings in installation, maintenance and repair processes. Through a holistic exploration of these topics, attendees acquire the knowledge and skills essential for navigating the dynamic landscape of hydraulic elevator systems with confidence and proficiency.

    Speaker: Athanasios Karathanasis, KLEEMANN Hellas SA

    Bio: Athanasios Karathanassis is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the Aristotle University of  Thessaloniki, followed by a MSc in Lift Engineering at the University of Northampton and an MBA at the University of Macedonia. During his 20-year presence at KLEEMANN he has worked in the R&D Department and is now Supervisor of Special Projects Department, which is accountable for the engineering of Special Hydraulic lifts, Marine lifts and for solutions for the North American market.

  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Education Session: Residential Winding Drum Gearbox Life & Safety

    This session takes a look at worm gearboxes used in residential elevator machine applications. The primary focus will be on winding drum elevator systems. Topics will include different types of gearboxes (sealed and vented), maintenance considerations for proper service, failure modes, how standard residential elevator safeties interact with gearbox failures and alternative solutions.

    Speaker: Alan Janus, Fox Valley Elevator

    Bio: Alan Janus is the Engineering Manager at Fox Valley Elevator in Appleton, WI. Alan leads the engineering team on new product development and testing of products to meet code and customers’ requirements. He guides the FVE team in product, process, and operational improvements. Alan graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Alan is a co-designer on US patent 11,618,650. He is on the ASME residential elevator code and standards committee. He has been involved in the residential elevator and dumbwaiter industry since 2006. Previously he worked in the HVAC industry. He currently lives in Green Bay, WI with his wife and 2 children.

    Speaker: Eric Hill, Fox Valley Elevator

    Bio: Eric Hill is the Technical Customer Support Manager for Fox Valley Elevator. He has been in the residential elevator and dumbwaiter industry for 18 years. He has helped with product improvement by actively working with field mechanics/technicians and engineers to guide changes. Eric carries a Wisconsin Lift Mechanic License with which he installed and serviced residential elevators, dumbwaiters, accessibility products for 3 years in the field before moving into a technical customer support role. Eric has spent 12 years training field mechanics/technicians on installations, maintenance, and service of residential elevators and dumbwaiters. He is an alternate on the ASME residential elevator code and standards committee. Eric graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 1997 after studying automotive and diesel technology. He then spent 9 years repairing and maintaining electric forklifts prior to entering the elevator industry.

  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Education Session: AI Fundamentals and Practicalities for Elevator Contractors

    Attend this session to learn the fundamentals around Generative AI as well as the applications and tools that Microsoft makes available to any Microsoft Office user to apply in their day-to-day work lives. The session will focus on Microsoft Copilot and Copilot Studio in the context of        elevator contractor adoption for sales, maintenance, projects, accounting and more.

    Speaker: Jonathan Taub, FIELDBOSS

    Bio: Jonathan Taub is the President of FIELDBOSS, and his primary responsibility is client and staff acquisition and retention.

    Speaker: Shani Maytav, FIELDBOSS

    Bio: Shani Maytav is a solution consultant with FIELDBOSS and is a member of the FIELDBOSS AI product team.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Elevator World's Ellie Awards
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Reception (Hosted by CECA)

    Now an annual tradition, this cocktail reception celebrating a successful day full of education and exploring the tradeshow floor will take an undoubtedly unexpected spin. Join us we trade the bright lights of Atlantic City for the glowing hues of the northern lights for a captivating evening that celebrates the heart and soul of Canada with the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association (CECA!) From the moment you step in, be greeted with the soft strums of the guitar and fiddle playing traditional Canadian folk music, setting the tone for an unforgettable night. Indulge in a sumptuous feast that highlights the diverse flavors of Canadian cuisine, from the Atlantic's savory seafood to the hearty dishes of the Prairies, and of course, the sweet delight of authentic maple syrup treats. This reception promises to showcase the rich tapestry of Canadian traditions, the country's vibrant culture, and, of course, warm hospitality.

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) Reception (Separate Registration)

    Come join us at the Atlantic City Convention Center for an evening of fun dedicated to elevator and escalator safety! Whether you're a professional in the industry or just interested in learning more, this event is for you. Network with experts, learn about rider safety and get up-to-date information on the industry's foundation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and make valuable connections. Register here.

Thursday, September 26

  • 7:30am - 3:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 7:45am - 9:15am
    United Awards Breakfast

    As the final day of this year’s United Convention begins, all member organizations will gather together for a combined awards breakfast to recognize the contributions of each association’s members and supporters to celebrate annual achievements. We’ll also recognize the award winners for exhibit booths, and the William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award over a plated breakfast.

  • 9:30am - 3:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Education Session: Diversity and Inclusion-Beyond the Color of Ones' Skin.

    Participants will be introduced to the best practices companies are utilizing to hire, retain, and build a sustainable diverse and inclusive work culture. Attendees will participate in the session through role playing exercises and evaluating business case studies.

    Speaker: Vong Keovongsa,

    Bio: Vong Keovongsa, MSHM has been working in the field of human resources for over 25 years. Vong works closely with business leaders to provide guidance on talent recruitment, human resources, change management, leadership effectiveness, and organizational development. Vong graduated with an MS in Human Resources Management from Villanova University and an MBA from Tampa College.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Education Session: Evolving Elevator Technologies: Emergency Communications

    The transformation of communication technologies has created a significant impact on how we interact with each other. Especially in the commercial space, the telecommunications industry now has new contenders. In this regard, transitioning from Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) to these newer options, and with the addition of elevator code ASME 2019, can present some challenges. In this session, we will examine the shifts occurring in the telecom industry and explore existing options.

    Speaker: Don Holloway, Kings III Communications

    Bio: Don Holloway has been with Kings III Emergency Communications for 11 years, but in the elevator trade for over 20 plus. During that time, he has worked as a mechanic, service manager, inspector, and consultant. He carries a QEI with NAESA and CET/CETS with NAEC in addition to 30 other state licenses across the country. Don also sits on the Electrical Code Committee with ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Also, since codes vary in their use and their adoption, he works closely with local jurisdictions to ensure compliance.

  • 3:01pm - 9:00pm
    Exhibitor Move-Out
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm
    Dregs Party (Hosted by NAEC)

    As the sun sets on our final day, we'll transport you to the heart of the Wild West, where adventure meets fun as the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC,) hosts the annual Dregs Party. Experience the thrill of the Wild West, complete with themed decor, games, live music, and performances that will keep you entertained throughout the night. Savor the flavors of the frontier with our gourmet buffet, featuring a wide array of delectable dishes crafted by Caesars Atlantic City's renowned chefs. So, put on your cowboy boots, and let's raise a glass to the success of our United Convention and to the bright future of our industry. See you there, partner!

Friday, September 27