Monday, September 24

  • 6:30am - 2:30pm
    Official Golf Tournament* (8am shotgun start)

    For almost a century, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club has set the standard for excellence in golf in the Atlantic City area.  Set amidst 670 acres of pristine pinelands, this world-class resort features superior accommodations, exquisite dining, unmatched recreational facilities and is nestled between two 18-hole, championship courses.  Each course has been rated 4-stars in Golf Digest’s Places to Play.  *Allow 4.5 – 5 hours of play

    Outing participants are required to wear clothing that is customary to golf. Players must wear collared shirts and golf shoes and may not wear sweat pants or cut-offs. Participants are expected to use proper conduct while on the golf course property. Players are responsible for obeying the posted daily cart path rules, replacing divots, repairing ball marks on the green and raking of sand traps. Unruly behavior, foul language, throwing of clubs, hitting shots into groups will not be tolerated. All golfers will be expected to adhere to proper golf etiquette including ready golf and keeping within sight of the foursome in front.

     The early registration fee of $170 covers cart, green fees, transportation, breakfast, lunch, beverage cart during tournament, and prizes.

  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open at Atlantic City Convention Center & Caesar's Hotel
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibitor Setup
  • 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Inside AC Tour*

    Atlantic City’s history is as famous as its Boardwalk. While it is known as the gaming destination on the East Coast, its history is rich and diverse. History fans will enjoy this fully-narrated tour featuring Prohibition’s political boss and racketeer Nucky Johnson, to the beginnings of Miss America, New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, Boardwalk Hall, its grand hotels, restaurants, former speakeasies, amusement piers, and so much more.  Afterwards, climb 228-steps to the top of the Absecon Lighthouse and ride Atlantic City’s brand-new 227 foot tall Observation Wheel located on Steel Pier to enjoy the exciting bird’s-eye views of the destination.  (Beverages available in gondolas on your own.)

    The early registration fee of $136 covers transportation, guided tour with tour guide, tour of Absecon Lighthouse and ride on the brand-new AC observation wheel, and all taxes, gratuities, and management fees.

  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Welcome Reception

    Welcome to Atlantic City, with its famous Boardwalk, casinos, and in the Roaring 20’s, where it was the center of prohibition.  Tonight, NAEC invites you to join your elevator friends in honoring our president, Craig Zomchek. Let’s toast our President, network with friends, relax and enjoy this unforgettable evening.  Flapper attire encouraged!

  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
    EESF Party*

    The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public on the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walks through informational programs. Proceeds from this event help EESF accomplish its mission.

     The early registration cost of $100 Adults / $40 for Children under 10 includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets (adults only). Tickets at the door will be $125.

Tuesday, September 25

  • 6:00am - 7:30am
    Fun Run '18

    Enjoy the warm ocean breezes during this 5K run/3K walk along the famous Boardwalk.  Runners will meet in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel and be walked to the Fun Run boardwalk destination, while incorporating active stretching.  After the instructor warms up the group at the start of the Fun Run, where Michigan Avenue meets the Boardwalk, the race will begin. Following the Fun Run, the instructor will go through a cool down and walk everyone back to the Sheraton.  

  • 7:00am - 8:30am
    Breakfast Buffet
  • 7:30am - 5:00pm
    Registration Open at Atlantic City Convention Center
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibitor Setup
  • 10:00am - 11:15am
    General Business Session (Members Only)
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Contractor Member Session (Contractor Members Only)
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Supplier Member Session (Supplier Members Only)
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Associate Member Session (Associate Members Only)
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wine, Chocolates and Water – An Atlantic City Cruise & Tour*

    The morning begins with 2 hours on an AC skyline cruise. On board the private vessel, guests may sip on their favorite beverage and enjoy the views.   The vessel will take you to Atlantic City’s first, only, and brand-new bean to bar chocolate shop with hand-selected cocoa beans where you will have your own wine and chocolate tasting!  Enjoy a seated tasting that explores delights from a premier local artisan chocolatier, paired with a specialty selection of wines. Take a journey through sweet versus bitter, dark cocoa versus light, and earthy, terroir-driven wines versus fruity notes. Chocolate lovers united will find this experience to be a true delight of decadency.  Re-embark the vessel to return to your private transportation back to the Sheraton after enjoying the fun, fellowship and flavorful delights of wine and chocolate.

    The early registration fee of $150 covers transportation, private boat ride, chocolate and wine tasting and all taxes, gratuities, and management fees.


  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 1
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    How to Set Up and Manage a CET Program - Chuck Sharp, D-C Elevator Company & David Smarte, Delaware Elevator, Inc.

    This roundtable will share with you the How-To’s of setting up an effective CET Training Program and Apprenticeship Program. Presenters will guide you through the operations and give you hints on how to manage your candidates and map the way for a successful program.

    Bios: Chuck Sharp is the Vice Chairman of NAEC Education & Technical Advisory Committee.

    David Smarte is the Chairman of NAEC Education & Technical Advisory Committee.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    How To Become an AIA Course Provider - Allison Allgaier & Russ Ward, Phoenix Modular Elevator

    The presenters of this roundtable will review the ways of becoming an approved AIA (American Institute of Architects) Continuing Education Provider. Examples will be provided on the types of delivery options and how best to market your course to Architects.

    Bios: Allison Allgaier spent the first 8 years of her post-college career in health insurance contracting. She realized her true passion was operations, so returned to school for an MBA at the University of Michigan and went to work for Alcoa. After various operations positions over 7 years, she decided to leave the corporate world and acquire a small manufacturing company. The search led to Phoenix Modular Elevator, which checked the boxes of a company with a unique, quality product with the potential for massive growth. Under her leadership, sales have grown each year, as more and more people become aware of the benefits of quick-installing prefabricated elevators.

    Russ Ward - For over 20 years Russ has been in the business of telling the story of companies or organizations through marketing, advertising and public relations in a way that positively impacts growth. He first began his journey as president and co-founder of Commercial Images and Design, a full-service adverting agency. Since then he has advised, consulted, planned, and executed marketing for a number of companies in need of assistance. Currently Russ is the marketing manager for Phoenix Modular Elevator and has helped produce over 40% growth in sales for each of the past two years. His philosophy, simply put, is "Study – Plan – Execute with Passion".

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Performance Management Done Right – Karen Hopkins, The Hopkins Group

    The most commonly used – and dreaded – performance management in organizations is the annual performance review. Managers dread it as much as employees do. The result? Disappointment among employees, reduced engagement and job performance, frustrated managers
    and even the loss of valued employees. What to do? This session will discuss a new way of looking at the annual review process and changes to make to vastly improve both the process and the outcomes.

    Bios: Karen Hopkins has over 20 years’ experience as an integral part of the growth and success of startup companies as well as large, international concerns. As a consultant, Karen works closely with clients to determine the best means of achieving the highest levels of performance for their organization, and developing competent, committed employees, with the goal of creating “best places to work”. She has directed HR functions, customer support areas, career management, survey design and analysis, as well as training and development/performance support departments. Her expertise includes instructional design and training, strategic planning, executive coaching, and career management, organizational design as well as general Human Resources functions.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 2
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    "Fall Protection and Lock Out Tag Out” 2 areas of concern within OSHA Focus 4 – NAEC Safety Committee

    The NAEC Safety Committee will discuss fall protection and lock out tag out for electrocution. For OSHA, focus 4 has been their prime concern. These areas are: Fall Protection, caught in Between, Lock out Tag out, and Struck By.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Home Elevators and Accessibility - Patrick Edwards, EHLS Elevators & Lifts

    This roundtable discussion will compare the different enclosure, configuration and automation options available for home elevators intended to be accessible. Attendees will receive a detailed view of how home elevators can meet various accessibility requirements using applicable codes (ASME A17.1, Section 5.3 and ADAAG and ANSI A117.1). The presenter will provide attendees with a full disclosure perspective on home elevators with an eye towards accessibility.

    Bio: Patrick Edwards achieved 32 years of elevator and lift industry experience in March 2017. His career began with The Cheney Company in 1985, followed by DME Access and Access Industries. In 1999, Patrick founded Integrity Elevators and Lifts and then transitioned to his current position in 2015 as Director of Elevator and Lift Solutions with EHLS Elevators and Lifts of Arlington Heights, IL. Patrick is a frequent presenter at NAEC and has served as the R/A committee chairman. He has served on a number of ASME and state code committees over the years and continues to do so. Patrick and his wife Jackie enjoy their family and always look forward to days spent at their condo in Bradenton Beach.


  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Encoder Position for Permanent Magnet Motors – Tyler Pecha, KEB America

    This presentation will outline the physics of a permanent magnet motor and why the VFD needs to know the motor rotor position in relation to a stator pole pair. Emphasis will be on how to identify and troubleshoot common problems associated with incorrect encoder position values.

    Bio: Tyler Pecha is an Elevator Applications Engineer with KEB America, Inc. He has been with KEB since 2016
    and attended the University of St. Thomas where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Registration Open at Caesar's Hotel
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Leadership Reception (by invitation only)

Wednesday, September 26

  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 1
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    ALP Elevator Wire Rope Seminar - T. Bruce Mock, ALP Industries, Inc.

    This seminar covers the basics on elevator wire rope from nomenclature, inspection, criteria, care and troubleshooting. Attendees will be more informed on the usage of steel wrie rope as a suspension means for traction elevators.

    Bio: T. Bruce Mock joined ALP Industries in 1989, after workign for a number of years for a chain manufacturer and another industrial distributor. Bruce is extensively involved in the elevator markets for Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Bruce performed serval hundred elevator wire rop inspections each year. Bruce has a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College (PA).

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm
    Private Residents Elevator – MRL Code Changes for 2019 – Bill Richardson, Savaria

    This presentation will review the to be released ASME A17.1 code in 2019. Mr. Richardson will discuss the modifications to section 5.3 that covers MRL elevators in private homes. Attendees will receive a thorough review and understanding of the new code language.

    Bio: Bill Richardson is the Vice President of Product Development at Savaria. He is licensed Elevating Device Mechanic by Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) EDM-A. Richardson has over 30 years of experience in the lift and elevator industry and over 18 years as an owner/operator of sales, installation and service company. He has a degree in mechanical design and is a certified tool and die maker.

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Cab Lighting an Overlooked Sales Opportunity – Walter Barnes, Electronic Controls, Inc.

    In this session, the presenter will review code for general cab lighting, emergency lighting and auto light control devices. While the trend is increasing sales opportunities while lowering liabilities, this often overlooked area discusses legalities of non-compliant light levels & materials. Exploring today’s emergency lighting that goes far beyond code, lighting the whole cab to increase overall passenger safety and comfort.

    Bios: Walter Barnes is the President and Chief Operating Officer and Co-founded Electronic Controls, Inc in 1983 alongside his father as an industrial electronics repair facility in Miami, Florida. The company originally serviced electronics for the textile and marine industries before stumbling onto the highly proprietary elevator business. ECI quickly became recognized as a market leader within the elevator industry through its ability to reverse engineer and support proprietary products. Walter, took the reins from his father in 1998, relocated the company to Cape Canaveral and expanded the company’s national reach with the openings of offices in Los Alamitos (ECI West) and the purchase of Denver Elevator, one of the original replacement circuit board suppliers to the elevator industry. He will be sharing more than 30 years of industry insight to include past, present and what the future holds for the independent contractor.

  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
    The Necessity for Oil Analysis and Oil Filtration in Hydraulic Elevators - Michael Johnson, Gorman Company

    Did you know that 80% of the failures in an oil system are oil related? This presentation explains the root causes of many common maintenance problems and how monitoring 5 data points through standardized oil analysis test the health of the hydraulic equipment can be observed. In most cases, the oil is contaminated, but is still chemically healthy. Offline filtration of contaminated oil, prevents the disposal of healthy oil which protects the environment and reduces material and labor costs. Attendees will learn how to use oil analysis as part of an MCP to quantify what elevator maintenance means in a contract and understand Life Extension Models that provide the justification for regular analysis, maintenance and filtration of the oil.

    Bio: Michael Johnson is Vice President of Sales at Gorman Company Inc., a Texas based manufacturer of low-friction and worm gear sealing devices, and principle of JFI Management, LLC, a distributor for CC Jensen filtration products and EnBio Industries. He has managed the Oil Analysis Department at Gorman for the past nine years and has conducted oil analysis and troubleshooting classes for various companies and elevator-industry groups. He is a graduate of Baylor University.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Emergency Communication Technologies & Solutions - John Pierce, Rath Mircotech

    This session will discuss the different communication technology options and the solutions to allow for communication on them. The presenter will review the different ways these products meet code, while still being able to utilize these different communication providers. Attendees will be provided a basic understanding of the different communication options; the way elevator products can communicate and how to meet code requirements.

    Bio: John Pierce is the Director of Sales for Rath Microtech, with over 16 years of experience. He is recognized by AIA as a provider of accredited Health, Safety, & Wellness continuing education credits. John is knowledgeable in Emergency Communications with a focus on Elevator, Area of Refuge, NurseCall, & other emergency communication systems.

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 2
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Fix the Problem/How to Demonstration

    Attendees to Education Pavilion 2 will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on feature and Troubleshooting.

    Come enjoy a place a location to get your hands dirty and receive some Tech Tips while troubleshooting pieces of equipment. Participants that complete all the challenges will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Featured problems will include:
    • Lock Out/Tag Out Equipment
    • Freight Door
    • Maxton Valve - Mechanics will receive multiple time saving tips & tricks to adjust, troubleshoot and optimize Maxton valve performance without eyes on the car or a helper.
    • Other topics TBA

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cocktail Reception

    The evening will begin with cocktails and quickly move on to the Dinner.

  • 8:00pm - 12:00am
    Throwback Beach Party

    Take a stroll down memory lane to the sights and sounds of the fabulous 50’s!  Your DJ will be spinning songs like “Under the Boardwalk” and “Wildwood Nights” as guests mingle and play carnival games while enjoying a sip of your favorite “beach” beverage.

Thursday, September 27

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm
    Registration Open
  • 8:00am - 9:30am
    Awards Breakfast

    As the business of the convention is concluded, the Awards Breakfast is the time for recognition of achievement. Included will be the installation of the 2018-2019 Officers of the NAEC Board of Directors and the installation of the new Board Members. The Awards Ceremony will include awards for exhibit booths and the President’s Award. The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of NAEC’s most prestigious award, the William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award.

  • 9:30am - 3:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 1
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Communications with ASME A17 Standards Committee - Geraldine Burdeshaw, ASME

    This session will discuss the types of ways to communicate with A17 Standards Committee including proposal submittal and interpretations (questions on a17). Attendees will increase their knowledge on various ways to interact with ASME A17 Elevator and Escalator Committee.

    Bio: Geraldine Burdeshaw joined the ASME Standards and Certification staff in 1991 and is currently serving as a Project Engineering Advisor. Ms. Burdeshaw is responsible for providing staff technical support to various standards development committees under the Safety Codes and Standards Department of ASME, which includes the A17 Elevator and Escalator Committee. For over the past 15 years, Ms. Burdeshaw has had the responsibility of providing technical and administrative support for the A17 Elevator and Escalator Standards Committee, subcommittees and its associated products, including the ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Codes for Elevators and Escalators. Ms. Burdeshaw is a graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    RUST as Service Improvement - Sanjay Kamani, UpVate

    This session will provide attendees an overview of AC drive power electronics topology including input, intermediate and output stages and tests for troubleshooting hardware failure and an overview on the design of AC motors and operation, including the similarities between and difference between induction and permanent magnet motors. The presenter will review the speed control models utilizing proportional and integral gains with practical examples of each term’s effect and the role of feed forward control.

    Bio: Sanjay Kamani is an entrepreneur in the Elevator Industry and owns and operates out of Richmond Virginia. His clients include significant portfolio owners in the Southeast region of the United States. In addition, he is co-founder of a compliance and inspections technology platform utilized by elevator and consulting companies around the USA. He brings 30 years of experience from Design, Consulting and Technology experience from the industry. His newest endeavor is to help the industry innovate around Rust inhibition and prevention.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    The Use of Polymers in Elevators - Bernd Nussdorfer, Laird Plastics

    This presentation will review code changes since the ASME A17.1-2010/CSA B44-10 code allowing polymer sheaves, Paragraph 2.24.2. Attendees will learn about mechanical benefits and value to both the installer and end user. The presenter will educate attendees on when and how polymers can be used as metal substitutes.

    Bio: Bern Nussdorfer was born in Germany and studied at the University of Aachen, where he received a Master's degree in Nuclear Chemistry. Bernd has been in the plastics industry since 1988. He specializes in cast nylon materials with an emphasis on the elevator industry. Bernd's work throughout the years involved R&D work with various universities throughout the world. He has introduced new products and specifications in Europe and has influenced code changes within the United States. He has written a myriad of publications written for the crane and elevator industry.

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 2
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Fix the Problem/How to Demonstration

    Attendees to Education Pavilion 2 will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on feature and Troubleshooting.

    Come enjoy a place a location to get your hands dirty and receive some Tech Tips while troubleshooting pieces of equipment. Participants that complete all the challenges will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Featured problems will include:
    • Lock Out/Tag Out Equipment
    • Freight Door
    • Maxton Valve - Mechanics will receive multiple time saving tips & tricks to adjust, troubleshoot and optimize Maxton valve performance without eyes on the car or a helper.
    • Other topics TBA

  • 3:01pm - 9:00pm
    Exhibit Dismantling
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dregs Party

    Meetings, education, a great show and good times with some great friends. After a jam-packed week, the Dregs Party is just what you need. Join us at Wild Wild West, located in Bally’s (one of our block hotels), to relax, unwind, eat, drink and be merry along with the company of the best elevator folks in the industry.

Friday, September 28