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A “Strategic Thought Leader”

A “Strategic Thought Leader”

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2021

NEII Executive Director Amy Blankenbiller brings the skills, background and dedication that make a difference.

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There's Something About Mary

There’s Something About Mary

By Kaija Wilkinson | June 1, 2021

Upon her retirement, KONE Spares’ Mary Lewis reflects on a long and rewarding career.

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Relationships,-Faith-and-Family

Relationships, Faith and Family

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2020

Mid-America Elevator’s Sidney Gaither reflects on 50 years in the industry, and his remarkable wife and children. by Kaija Wilkinson From marrying his best friend’s cousin (who happened to be the girl next door) to becoming the father of the first naturally conceived (without the aid of fertility treatments) and only surviving black quintuplets[1], to…

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All-From-the-Heart

“All From the Heart”

By Matt Irvin | November 1, 2020

Entrepreneur Israel Gamburd forged his own path into the accessibility/home elevator business. Business plan: Work for the family company until you decide you don’t like it. Be lazy “in a good way.” Don’t take no for an answer. Persuade successful business owners to let you pick their brains. Keep the entrepreneurial fire burning. That may…

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Known-Throughout

Known Throughout

By Lee Freeland | October 1, 2019

“An Evening With John Inglis” highlights an extraordinary career for Australia native and world renowned elevator engineer. The Lift Engineering Society of Australia (LESA) honored John Inglis of Sydney, owner of Amron Lift Resources, at a dinner on July 17 at the Norths Leagues Club in Sydney. Inglis has consulted on elevators, performed code work…

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All-About-Family

All About Family

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2019

NAEC President Gary Schuette of Midwest Elevator is focused on building a future generation of leaders. For Gary Schuette, 2019 National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) president and president of Midwest Elevator Co., Inc. in St. Louis, it’s all about family. When he’s not at work he can most often be found spending time with…

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Rockstar-Energy

Rockstar Energy

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2018

Colley Elevator’s Craig Zomchek brings passion and enthusiasm to his new role as NAEC president. Avid cyclist, expert poker player, punk-rock record producer and second-generation elevator man. Craig Zomchek, president of Colley Elevator Co. of Bensenville, Illinois, and new president of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), has been all of these things. He…

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In-High-Gear

In High Gear

By Elevator World | October 1, 2016

Patrick Bass is adapting well to his role as CEO of thyssenkrupp North America. When your author sat down to speak with thyssenkrupp North America CEO Patrick Bass at thyssenkrupp’s regional headquarters in Chicago recently, Bass had just returned from a week of executive training at Harvard Business School. Bass, an engineer who has become…

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Bret-Abels

Bret Abels

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2016

Bret Abels, president of NAEC and O’Keefe Elevator, reflects on an industry he entered by accident. Bret Abels, president and chief operating officer of O’Keefe Elevator Co. and 2016 president of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), often shares the story of how he got into the industry. For those who haven’t heard it,…

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Rick Stumpf

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2016

Adams General Manager Rick Stumpf thrives guiding a team he describes as the “best in the industry.” Like many Chicagoans, Adams Elevator Equipment Co. General Manager Rick Stumpf is a first-generation descendent of immigrant parents, and now thinks of himself as a Chicago native through and through. Born and raised here, he and his wife,…

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