Agenda

Monday, September 16

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

    A panoramic view of the breathtaking Thornapple River provides the backdrop for this expansive 18-hole course, featuring bentgrass fairways and impeccable groomed tees and greens. Winding along 7,000 feet of river frontage, your game guides you over gently rolling hills, through hardwood-lined fairways, and near three of the most enchanting, untouched wetlands found in the Midwest.

    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.

    Registration fee covers cart, green fees, transportation, breakfast, lunch, beverage cart during tournament, and prizes.
  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open at DeVos Place Convention Center
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibitor Setup
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Lakeshore Dunes & Saugatuck Village Tour*

    You will be in awe of the endless horizon of Lake Michigan as the tour begins with an exhilarating dune ride! From there, you will enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant with dessert served on the beach. After which you can explore Saugatuck Village whose sidewalks are brimming with one-of-a-kind shops featuring art, clothing, Michigan-made goodies, and more.

    Ticket price includes transportation, dune ride, lunch, tour of Saugatuck Village, all taxes, gratuities, and management fees.

     

     

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

    Welcome to Grand Rapids! Join us in tipping our hats to NAEC’s 70th Convention & Expo by stepping back in time to the Old-World glamour of this historic property. Come in style and show off your favorite hat from yesteryear! Enjoy libations and entertainment while we toast our president and network with friends under the 24-karat gold leaf-domed ceiling of the Pantlind Ballroom originally constructed in 1916!

  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    EESF Party*

    EESF Dessert Reception and First Annual Karaoke Dare

    We’re sure there’s someone (or some company) in the elevator/escalator world that you’d love to hear croon.  AT EESF’s Annual Dessert Reception, during the 70th NAEC Annual Conference, you could get your chance.  Bid to have your favorite singer delight the audience with their karaoke rendition of your favorite song. 

    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. All proceeds go to benefit EESF education programs

    Tickets for the reception are $100 Adults / $40 for Children.

Tuesday, September 17

  • 6:00am - 7:30am
    Fun Run '19

    Enjoy scenic views of the Grand River during the 5k run/3k walk as you travers this urban course; passing by museums, over foot bridges and the occasional early morning angler! Runners will meet in the lobby of the Amway Grand Hotel and will be escorted to the Lyon Street Amphitheater.  After the instructor warms up the group at this riverside spot, the race will begin!

  • 7:30am - 9:30am
    Breakfast Buffet
  • 7:30am - 5:00pm
    Registration Open at DeVos Place Convention Center
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Exhibitor Setup
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    General Business Session (Members Only)

    The General Business Session is open to NAEC members only and will be held in the Pantlind Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Contractor Member Session (Contractor Members Only)

    The Contractor Member Session will be held in the Imperial Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Supplier Member Session (Supplier Members Only)

    The Supplier Member Session will be held in the Governor's Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Associate Member Session (Associate Members Only)

    The Associate Member Session will be held in the Vandenberg B Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Tour*

    This picturesque haven located just minutes from Downtown Grand Rapids is a can't miss experience! The 158-acre site hosts unbelievable botanicals, thought provoking sculpture, and world-famous art. You will enjoy a guided tram ride through the grounds and be given ample free time to explore. See for yourself why this destination continues to be one of the top 100 most visited art museums in the world!

    Ticket price includes transportation, entry ticket, $15 lunch voucher and all taxes, gratuities, and management fees.

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 1

    Track 1 Roundtable Discussions will be held in the Ambassador West Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Setting Up a Safety Program from a Safety Expert - Ray Downs, NAEC Education & Safety Committee

    Attendees to the roundtable will have the opportunity to discuss setting up a safety program for their company. Mr. Downs will share his expertise of over 30 years of industry knowledge with participants and cover the “Nine Safety Absolutes.”

    Bio: Ray Downs is a TEI Group Senior Executive with over three decades of experience in Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources and Project Management and has worked for Tishman Construction Corporation, an AECOM Company, Otis Elevator Company a Division of United Technologies, Schlumberger Industries and General Motors. He has design, developed and directed the implementation of Management System Programs on a national, area and regional basis for both a union and non- union workforces. He has served on corporate and international staffs in areas such as; environmental health and safety, project management, corporate auditing, training development, budgeting, regulatory compliance and union negotiations. Ray joined TEI Group in 2012 and is responsible for the management system, budgeting, hiring, training and development for all aspects of TEI’s EH&S programs and dedicated to advancing elevator safety both on a corporate and throughout the vertical transportation industry. Ray holds an MBA from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Saint Thomas University, Miami, Florida. He holds various professional certifications from United Technologies, DuPont Company and the Department of Labor and Industry - OSHA Institute.

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
    DC Gearless Maintenance and Troubleshooting Procedures – Ken Houser, Electrical Motor Repair Co.

    This discussion will be centered on and around the need for maintenance / cleaning of the DC Gearless elevator machines that are still found in many high-rise buildings today. From simple clean outs to disassembling the machine and refurbishing onsite during a modernization will be discussed. Pointed areas of maintenance on certain machine types and what to look for when performing maintenance. Shut downs and failures associated with the lack of maintenance. Speaker will also discuss the types of troubleshooting can be employed when a problem has been detected and causes of the suspected problem. Identifying the problems associated with troubleshooting certain machine types/models.

    Bio: Ken Houser is the Field Service and Marketing for Electrical Motor Repair Company. Perform AC & DC motor inspections, testing & drive sheave surveys throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Tristate area of S.E PA, NJ & DE, Syracuse, NY, Boston, MA, New Haven, CT, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, PA and Monterey, Ca. He provides onsite technical support for the DC to AC motor modernization on existing geared traction machines. Kenny also conducts nonpartisan walk through motor inspections for elevator consulting firms prior to the modernization project being written.

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    To Be Announced

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 2

    Track 2 Roundtable Discussions will be held in the Ambassador East Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Internet of Things: How to Prepare Your Business For Digital Transformation and Ensure Long-Term Success – Lou Leuzzi, relayr

    From predictive maintenance and enhancing operational efficiency to creating new revenue streams, a digital transformation has the power to significantly improve the way elevator professionals do business. However, deciding to undertake a digital transformation is just the first step of the process. Surprisingly, a high percentage of IoT implementations fail to some degree. While the reasons for these failures vary, there are some common roadblocks businesses across the board encounter that can hinder a successful IoT implementation. In this roundtable, Lou Leuzzi from relayr will discuss why IoT technology is revolutionizing the elevator industry and how companies can set themselves up for long-term success.

    Bio: Lou Leuzzi is Director of Sales, relayr. Lou is a sales and marketing executive focused on business growth. He has extensive knowledge around the Industrial Internet of Things ecosystem (IIoT), which includes technological connectivity, markets, competitive activities and trends. He has proven success in the development and execution of business strategies that change the game and value propositions to maximize revenue and profitability, expand the footprint of the market, increase competitive advantage, and improve the customer experience.

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
    Disruption and Becoming Customer Focused in an Ever-Competitive Field – Sanjay Kamani, Upvate.com

    Is the elevator industry ready for a disruption? At this roundtable we will discuss the coming disruption in the industry, what are the hurdles for start-ups and the ideal kind of company that will deliver the innovation to the industry. We will also discuss customer centric customer behaviors and the appetite for improvement acceptance. How to achieve improved customer focus and how to measure such metrics. We will discuss how as an industry we can foster the innovation process and allow a "soft-disruption."

    Bio: Sanjay Kamani is an entrepreneur in the Elevator Industry and owns and operates KPPropertyadvisors.com out of Richmond Virginia. Sanjay has 29 years of experience in the Elevator Industry in all aspects of the life cycle of an elevator. His clients include significant portfolio owners in the Southeast region of the United States. In addition, he is co-founder of Upvate.com a compliance and inspections technology platform utilized by elevator and consulting companies around the USA. He brings 29 years of experience from Design, Consulting and Technology experience from the industry. Sanjay has a Master in Business from University of Connecticut and a Master in Electrical Engineering from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    To Be Announced

  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
    Leadership Reception (By Invitation Only)

    The Leadership Reception will be held in the Ford Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Wednesday, September 18

  • 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Registration Open at DeVos Place Convention Center
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 1

    The Educational Pavilions are located on the Show Floor at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Drilling Hydraulic Holes of Consequence: Problems & Solutions – Mark Ortman, Ortman Drilling

    This session will cover things to consider before starting on a hydraulic cylinder replacement, as well as, a detailed look at what it takes to clean out and/or install a new casing.

    Bio: Mark E. Ortman is the VP Elevator Division of Ortman Drilling. Mark has been working in Precision Technical Drilling for twenty years. He began his career as a Driller's apprentice. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Mark assumed the position of Driller and eventually, On-Site Operations Manager. After eight years of hands-on work in the field, He was promoted to Vice President of the Ortman Drilling, Inc., Elevator Division. For the past ten years, Mark has been responsible for elevator operations, including personnel supervision/safety, project estimating, drilling, and inventory control.

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm
    Key Changes in the 2019 ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators – NEII

    NEII staff and member representatives are heavily involved in the consensus code development process within ASME for several codes, but most importantly A17.1/B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. The 2019 edition will be published in the fall of this year, and several important updates have been made that apply to our industry, notably: ASME approved a code change on two-way communication enhancements with significant input from NEII representatives. Other changes include substantial revisions to the elevator door interlock sections and the door reopening devices, updates to the Occupant Evacuation Operation requirements and escalator braking requirements. Attendees will understand the importance of jurisdictions regularly updating building transportation safety codes, and prepare for the elevator industry specific updates in the upcoming version of the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Code.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    The Advantage of a Complete Control System Package – Tom Reamsnyder, VCI Virginia Controls, Inc.

    This presentation will outline what can be offered in a complete engineered controller system package and the advantages of this system. Presenter will cover the components included in such a system: the main controller, the car top controller/junction box (w/integral inspection station), absolute positioning system, door zone detection system, and custom traveling & interconnect cables. The focus is on the detailed advantages of these components being sourced from one manufacturer from the technical side as well as the advantages on the field labor side.

    Bio: Tom Reamsnyder, BSEE, of Virginia Controls, Inc. Manager of Product Development with: 32 years at VCI and +35 years in elevator controller design applying all types of DC & AC motors & drives including the latest Regenerative & Permanent Magnet AC technology, and most recently overseeing the development of the Vision controller product line – VCI’s 3rd & 4th generation non-P.L.C., u-Processor based controller.

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Conversations: The Lifeblood of Your Business - Larry Hart, KEV, LLC.

    Historically, every leader has heard that “communication” is critical for success within their company. This is absolutely true, yet one part of communication is rarely discussed and is THE most important type… effective CONVERSATIONS between everyone, whether they be leaders and followers, peer-to-peer, vendors, customers… the list goes on and on. The leverage point in ALL relationships is the conversation you have at that time. Nothing happens without clear communication, understanding, conflict resolution, alignment… you name it! This presentation will establish the understanding and baseline for 3 additional upcoming presentations and discussions on conversations at upcoming conventions and conferences.

    Bio: Larry Hart, to live and lead is to learn. Continuously and voraciously. His insatiable quest to acquire – and apply - knowledge fueled his ascent up the career ladder, from sales associate to marketing and division manager to company president. As an esteemed executive coach, Vistage Chair and founder of C.E.O. Tribe, an online leadership learning platform, Larry leverages his years of learning – of experience, expertise, best practices - to help leaders grow. He empowers clients and members to shatter obstacles that impede results, develop tools for enhanced success, and embark on lifelong journeys of learning. With more than 30 years of business leadership experience, including over 15,000 hours working 1:1 behind closed doors with CEOs & business owners, Larry guides today’s top leaders in their pursuit of excellence.

  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 2

    The Educational Pavilions are located on the Show Floor at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Private Residence Elevator Maintenance and Applicable A17.3 Sections – William (Bill) Richardson, Savaria

    Review common wear items, what to look for when dealing with various suspension means, controllers, drive systems, door locks and car gates. How to apply sections of A17.3 and selling the idea to your customer. Attendees will obtain a clear upstanding of what should be closely inspected and measured on PRE units that do not receive regular maintenance. What A17.3 upgrades should be encouraged to be fit onto older units.

    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.

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm
    To Be Announced

  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Vertical Material Handling Systems & Methods – Cece Matot & Jim Piper, Matot, Inc.

    This AIA approved Continuing Education presentation explores the various types of vertical material handling systems that are available and the types of materials and buildings which may benefit from their use. Attendees will acquire an understanding of the efficiency, safety and cost reduction benefits available through the use of these systems. This presentation will provide information on the various methods available for the vertical transportation of materials within commercial and industrial structures.

    Bio: Cece Matot is President and 4th generation owner of Matot, Inc. in Bellwood, IL. She has worked at Matot, Inc. and in the Elevator Industry since 1986. Cece began her career at the company in production, moved from there to inventory control and then to purchasing. From purchasing, she went back to production to run the shop floor for 4 years. She then transitioned into Marketing and management after receiving her MBA. Cece is an active, founding member of the Loyola Family Business Center in Chicago. She is passionate about family businesses, the role they play in the U.S. economy and more importantly, the elevator industry. Cece and her husband Jack Hartman have 2 adult children and live in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys alpine skiing, scuba diving, hiking and bridge.

    Bio: Jim Piper is currently in his 5th year as Executive Vice President of Matot, Inc. in Bellwood, IL. As part of the executive management team, Jim has responsibility for the engineering, manufacturing and sales divisions within Matot. He also leads the long-term strategic planning exercises that will guarantee growth and success for the next generation of family owners. Prior to joining Matot, Jim worked in a variety of capacities at several global manufacturing companies in design, technical sales, engineering management and executive management roles. He has worked for both U.S. and European based companies in domestic and overseas locations. Jim and his wife Heather are busy raising three young boys in the Chicago-land area.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    IBC Emergency Communications - ASME A17.1 Code Changes and How This May Significantly Impact Mechanics, Contractors and Buildings – Calvin Linde, MAD Elevator Inc.

    The new A17.1/B44 being released in November adds the new requirement of video and text to elevator emergency communications. This introduces complications for mechanics, contractors, and the industry. This presentation explores the code changes to A.17 2019 and the requirements for one-way video and two-way text communication into the elevator cabin. What approaches are available to meet this code and what are the benefits and draw-backs of each approach? We discuss how this may complicate installation and maintenance for all parties e.g. maintaining Internet connection(s) and battery backup of the full system. Also, we will get into the benefits of having Internet connected elevators in terms of providing value added safety features – video and messaging backup for building / monitoring centers, emergency broadcast into elevators, and 2 way video into elevators.

    Bio: Calvin Linde is the Digital Product Manager for MAD Elevator Inc., a manufacturer of elevator fixtures, cabs and digital products. An avid elevator enthusiast, Calvin started working in elevators in 2010 doing engineered elevator fabrications. Although structural steel design had its fun moments, he moved onto elevator project management in the fixture and cab manufacturing space. He is passionate about integrating the latest technology into elevators to increase ease of installation, safety and customer experience.

  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Celebrate: NAEC’s 70th Anniversary!

    Wear your best platinum suit or break out the sequins and Celebrate NAEC’s Platinum Jubilee by joining us for a Studio 54 inspired atmosphere at 20 Monroe Live. Channel your inner Andy Warhol, Cher, or Diana Ross at this newly reimagined evening full of cocktails, delicious food, dancing and live entertainment.

Thursday, September 19

  • 7:30am - 3:30pm
    Registration Open at DeVos Place Convention Center
  • 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 2019-2020 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.

    The Awards Breakfast will be held in Ballroom BCD at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • 9:30am - 3:00pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 1

    The Educational Pavilions are located on the Show Floor at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Data Communication Options for Elevator Cabs – Dillard Green, Draka Elevator

    Presentation of the different options on the market today for getting data communication signals to the elevator cab through a traveling cable. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of various methods to allow data communication signals through a traveling cable to an elevator cab.

    Bio: Dillard Green is the Product Engineering Manager for Draka Elevator Products, a business unit of Prysmian Group. In this role, he directs product development and R&D activities in North America and provides technical support to a global customer base. His responsibilities also include support at the local factory level to ensure accurate costs and design parameters are implemented in manufacturing. Mr. Green joined the company (formally Republic Wire & Cable/Siecor) in 1984 in the role of Manufacturing Engineer. Since that time, he has held various positions in Product Design, Development, and Applications Engineering prior to his current role. He earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Elevator Door Safety: Light Curtains – Cornelius Walls, Formula Systems

    You will gain knowledge of the technology of Light Curtains and their functionality in elevator door protection.

    Bio: Cornelius Walls is Vice President of Formula Systems North America, and has been in the elevator industry for 19 years. Mr. Walls is an ECNY member, NAEC member, CECA member, IAEC member, Elevator U, Served on EESF Chicago Cruise Committee, EESF Board - 6 years, CEA Member and current Vice President. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business from Robert Morris University.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    IoT and Sensor-Based Elevator Monitoring – Rob Wurth & Bruce Geise, LiftAl

    In this presentation we will discuss what the “Internet of Things” IoT is, the latest developments that are accelerating its rise across all industries, and the relevant impact and opportunities for it within the elevator industry. As part of this, will discuss some of the latest approaches to remote elevator monitoring using sensors and no required connection to the controller.

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Educational Sessions- Pavilion 2

    The Educational Pavilions are located on the Show Floor at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

  • 10:00am - 11:00am
    Code Required Maintenance & Replacement – John Rearick, CodeDatePlate.com

    This presentation with cover A17.1 code requires of the MPC, Periodic, Replacements including when they are alterations and the testing and inspection requirements.

    Bio: John Rearick has 50 years’ experience in the Elevator Industry, QEI certified and a member of NAESAI, IAEC and ASME. During the past 15 years he has served on the A17 Existing Installations, the Maintenance, Repair and Replacement, the Wind Turbine Elevator and the Inspection Working Committees as well on the Ad Hoc Data Plate Task and the Maintenance Control Plan Task Groups. He is currently Chairman of the A17 Existing Installations Working Committee which is responsible for Alterations portion of A17.1 – Section 8.7 and for the A17.3 code.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Elevator Machine Guarding: Mitigate the Risk – Darko Cugalj, Flavesco

    This presentation aims to improve safety in the machine room by giving an overview of what Elevator Machine Guarding is. As well as the OSHA standards and regulations, the different types of compliant solutions (component vs global), and a brief outline of the design process used by Flavesco. The attendees will learn about the awareness and importance of safety guarding in the machine room. As well to understand the pros and cons of different guarding solutions, when it is needed, the impact on regular maintenance, and how to better optimize setup to reduce cost and maintenance time.

    Bio: Darko Cugalj, President of Flavesco. Darko has 25 years of engineering experience and has been President of Flavesco for 10 years. He has both Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    To Be Announced

  • 3:01pm - 9:00pm
    Exhibit Dismantling
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dregs Party - Block Party on the Bridge

    Like all good things, our 70th Celebration must come to an end. After a jam-packed week of meetings, education, a great show and good times with friends new and old, a Block Party is just what you need! Recently voted “Beer City, USA”, sample some of Grand Rapids finest flights and local spirits while enjoying live music and great eats on the historic Gillette Bridge. Located just steps away from the Lyon Street amphitheater and spanning the Grand River!

Friday, September 20