Companies fill important executive roles in safety and sales.

Champion Elevator Taps Safety Board Advisor

NYC’s Champion Elevator Corp. has named Edward R. Bulakites executive safety board advisor. Bulakites’ 25 years’ experience includes 15 years in environment and health safety management. He will provide counsel on matters related to occupational health and safety, and assess and improve Champion’s safety strategies and procedures. His areas of expertise include vertical transportation; environment, health and safety management systems; strategic planning; risk assessment; and culture development. He is formerly president of Ottawa, Canada-based OSG Consulting Inc. Bulakites’ past honors include Otis’ President’s Award in 2008 and United Technologies Corp.’s Leadership Award in 2002. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration.

Kings III Appoints Two

Kings III Emergency Communications, headquartered in Coppell, Texas, has appointed Tod Spooner chief sales officer and Michelle Lindus Emergency Dispatch Center director. A California native, Spooner started his career as a property manager while in college at the University of Southern California. He eventually moved to sales positions, spending the bulk of his career in the communications industry with Cox Business and Spectrum Enterprise. Most recently, Spooner was regional vice president of sales at SiteMinder, where he led a cloud platform for hotels. Kings III said he has a reputation for building sales infrastructure and teams and is credited with delivering US$85 million in new revenue in four years, growing recurring-monthly-revenue accounts by 200% in two years and increasing revenue by more than 1,000% to more than US$100 million.

Lindus spent the last 16 years in emergency dispatch operations with Vivint Smart Home. Kings III said she is known for resolving problems, improving customer and employee satisfaction and driving operational improvement. She is a past recipient of the Central Station Alarm Association’s Central Station Manager of the Year award, an instructor at the Electronic Security Expo and a speaker on dispatcher webinars.

Locke Joins Atlantic Elevator Service

Industry veteran Roland Locke has joined Atlantic Elevator Service Co. of Avon, Massachusetts, as modernization sales manager. Locke has held the same position throughout his career, most recently at 3 Phase Elevator Corp. in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He began at KONE in July 1994, then moved to thyssenkrupp Elevator in January 2008. Since 2019, he has also served as president of the Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association (MESA), previously serving as its vice president and an executive director. He also directs the annual MESA Golf Outing. He holds a BS in Business Administration, Marketing from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Submitted by Matthew Jackson, EW Correspondent.

Madden Interviewed on Pandemic Challenges

Sean Madden, CEO/president of Watterson Park, Kentucky-based Madden Elevator and longtime elevator man, was interviewed by The Family Business Center of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, the company shared in April. In the interview (available at, Madden talks about the company’s challenges and obstacles during the coronavirus pandemic and how it has attempted overcoming them with new strategies, processes and staff. “This too shall pass,” he says, before advising readers to stay positive, lead with passion, keep their faith, rally around each other and share their positive stories.


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