Leaders tapped, sales teams grow, and a company makes several business moves.


Rinehart Promoted at Canton Elevator

Greg Rinehart has been promoted from vice president of Operations to general manager at Canton Elevator, Inc., overseeing all operations based out of Canton, Ohio. Rinehart has been with Canton since 2004, starting as Architectural Products Operations manager before being promoted to vice president of Operations following Nidec Motor Corp.’s acquisition of Canton. Prior to Canton, Rinehart spent 19 years at Tyler Elevator Products in various positions, including engineering manager and director of product management. Ashur Kanon, president of Nidec’s elevator business division, said Rinehart’s background and experience position him well to lead Canton.

Oracle Elevator: Relocation, Hires and an Acquisition

Oracle Elevator has several major announcements. First, it relocated its corporate headquarters from Torrington, Connecticut, to Tampa, Florida. With Florida one of Oracle’s largest markets, the company will be “better able to support field staff and customers.” Oracle investor Jeffrey Vinik of Tampa was instrumental in guiding the move.  

Oracle also made several new hires. Kurt Meyer is chief financial officer. For the past three years, Meyer served as CFO for Truck Bodies & Equipment International, which has more than 900 employees. Prior to that, he spent seven years as CFO of MEI – Total Elevator Solutions. Vong Keovongsa has joined Oracle as vice president of Human Resources. Keovongsa has more than 20 years of HR and related experience, and previously handled regional HR for thyssenkrupp. Tim Shea, who brings more than 23 years of elevator-industry expertise, has joined Oracle’s Board of Directors.

Finally, Oracle announced the acquisition of Florida State Elevator, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is Oracle’s second acquisition in 2017 and 18th since its founding in 2004. In September, Oracle said it “looked forward to announcing additional transactions in coming months.”

Croissiert Retiring After Long Career

Rafael Croissiert, vice president of sales and project management at National Elevator Cab & Door Corp. of New York City, is retiring after 37 years with the company. He began his career with Otis in 1966 and previously served as vice president of Velis Associates of Lindenhurst, New York. National states Croissiert “looks forward to relaxing and spending time with his family, while staying active and living life to the fullest.”

Schierenbeck Takes Leadership Role at ASE

thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck has been elected to the board of the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), a Washington, D.C.-headquartered organization that brings together policymakers to work toward better energy efficiency. In this new role, Schierenbeck will lead the energy debate for the elevator industry, which thyssenkrupp notes is instrumental in reducing energy consumption globally. The company developed a net-zero elevator system (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2017) that is part of its larger plan to provide products and services that enhance urban mobility and save energy. Schierenbeck noted that elevators account for up to 10% of the energy consumption of buildings, which consume approximately 40% of the total energy produced globally. This, he states, puts elevators “right at the heart of the energy-efficiency debate.”

Kings III Appoints Southeast Business Development Director

Kings III Emergency Communications, headquartered in Coppell, Texas, has appointed Mark Westbrook regional business development director for the Southeast. Westbrook has more than 25 years of sales and management experience. In his new role, he is responsible for growing the sales team in the region using his “knowledge of Kings III, expertise in emergency communications services and ability to learn a business from the ground up.” Westbrook is based in the Tampa, Florida, area.

Sybert Joins C.J. Anderson Sales Team

Kelsey Sybert has joined the sales team at C.J. Anderson & Co., headquartered in Harwood Heights, Illinois. She represents the fourth generation of her family in the elevator industry, starting at C.J. Anderson as a middle schooler putting stamps on newsletters and other mass mailings. Her new role entails contacting new and existing customers to acquaint them with C.J. Anderson products. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois, Sybert joined a property-management firm. C.J. Anderson states that “knowledge she acquired there will be useful in presenting our products to elevator contractors, as well as end users.”

Courion Hires Regional Sales Consultant

Courion Freight Doors has announced the addition of Joseph Moloney to its Sales Department as senior sales consultant. Moloney will be responsible for Courion sales in New York City, New York state, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and all other northeastern states. Additionally, he will assist in the operations of Freight Tech, Courion’s International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 installation company in New York and New Jersey. Moloney has more than 11 years of experience in the elevator industry, including project-management positions with Fujitec, City Elevator and KONE. He can be reached at [email protected]


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