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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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Jim-Peskuski

Jim Peskuski

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2016

After a long and colorful career with dumbwaiter company Matot, Jim Peskuski has no regrets. During his nearly 45 years in the industry, Jim Peskuski has seen it from many different and interesting angles. Born and bred in the Chicago area, the executive vice president of sales for Chicago dumbwaiter company Matot has enjoyed his…

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Delaware Elevator, Inc.

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2016

Maryland-based company and its sister entities use distinct strategy to thrive. When Delaware Elevator, Inc. was founded by Paul Meeks in Wilmington, Delaware, in the 1930s, one could not have imagined a manned mission to Mars. Now, such a mission is not only possible, but could happen within the coming decades.[1] Surprisingly, a company within…

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The Harrison family

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2016

Texas family has been in the elevator industry for five generations and is working on a sixth. Five generations of the Harrison family have worked in the elevator industry with some version of the same company where their forefather was one of the first employees, the Hunter-Hayes division of Dover Elevator, which began in turn-of-the-century…

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Setting the Bar High

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2015

Poised, polite and passionate about her profession, Jackie Mortman has earned the industry’s respect. No one was surprised when Jackie Mortman received the William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award at the 66th Annual National Association of Elevator Contractors Convention and Exposition in Boston on October 1. It was a well-deserved honor, one that Mortman’s friends,…

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The Power of Relationships

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2015

Robert “Bobby Dee” DeFrancesco is an ambassador to the industry with a worldwide network of colleagues and friends. He has hosted and chaired countless events and committees and received the industry’s most prestigious awards, but ask Robert “Bobby Dee” DeFrancesco what he is famous for, and he will say it is the network of friends…

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A Lifetime of Learning, Living and Teaching

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2015

Aspiring forensic scientist Terri Flint took a chance on the elevator industry, and it ended up being the perfect career choice. Jobs were scarce in forensic science when Michigan native Terri Flint graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in that field. Needing to bring home a paycheck, she took a job as…

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Always-Striving

Always Striving

By Elevator World | September 1, 2015

Larry Wash is an innovative and energetic leader whose background includes work on a game-changing piece of medical equipment, as well as classic rock concerts in Detroit. Now, he is excited to lead KONE Americas as EVP. Larry Wash was born and raised in Detroit into an auto-industry family. He knew from the start he…

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No-Regrets

No Regrets

By Lee Freeland | August 1, 2015

Given the chance, industry veteran John Antona “would do it the same way all over again.” Giancarlo “John” Antona is president of IGV Elevator US, Inc. (ELEVATOR WORLD, April 2015) and president of Vertical Transport Technology Corp. (VTT). He is Italian in origin, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He currently resides in Plantation, Florida, where…

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Living on the “Elevator Planet”

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2015

Cornelius Walls enjoys being an active and valued part of the industry. Formula Systems’ Vice President of North American Operations Cornelius Walls is a familiar face at many industry events. He is always ready with a joke, smile or funny story, but is also an active, determined, hardworking member of the profession – one he…

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