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Holiday Happenings

I had a couple of fun days last week.

Received an invitation from Jack Higgs of Quality Elevator in MD to come and join for his Christmas open house. Jack and I go back a long way together. This guy really does it in a first class fashion. Pounds and pounds of shrimp, hundreds of 6 different types of raw oysters, two sushi chefs, crab bisque, roast beef – and a cupcake tree for desert – not to mention live music and private labeled wine – whew.

Des DiSimone made a welcome appearance – retirement looks very good on him. And Jim Snyder, the current moving force behind Quality Elevator was everywhere making guests welcome. It was a special pleasure to catch up with Tom and Nancy LaPorte, Jack’s partners and great friends from our days back in Chicago.

Jack Higgs, Tom & Nancy LaPorte

Jack Higgs, Tom & Nancy LaPorte


I drove back to New York on Thurs in time to make it to the Elevator Conference of New York’s annual holiday gathering. I should have asked for specifics but I bet there were some 120 attendees. This is a really active Board of Directors. They do monthly meetings, lots of educational seminars, the annual Showcase, conduct contests for scholarships, an always several purely social events.

Sat with my friend Ed DeFlippis (KONE NY) for dinner. He and I had a really good time traveling together during his term as NAEC President and it’s always good to catch up.

Worth mentioning is the fact that while I am attending these events in temperate climes, my teammate Mark Yako was hitting the hot holiday events in the frigid zone – Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston. He said it wasn’t so bad – but he was happy that there wasn’t an elevator association in Alaska!

NAEC Educational Seminar

I am writing on the last day of the NAEC Midyear Educational Conference in Sanibel Fla. It has been a great week of education and camaraderie. My sweetheart Teresa, along with Faye, and Shawn, the NAEC staff on-site, pulled this event off in flawless fashion and the Sanibel Harbor Resort proved to be an outstanding venue.

After several solid days of education, a fishing foray, a couple of very fun nights and few chances to tee up that little white ball, I hate to see it come to an end. Brian Musholt, Mark Yako and I have been here representing GAL and Hollister Whitney, and we were joined for two days by Walt Glaser, Paul Seifried, and James Varon who shared the customer contact responsibilities and enjoyed a much needed break from the cold weather up north. Steve Husband, from GAL Canada, is on the NAEC Board of Directors and so his attendance is mandatory. On top of this crew, Tony Glick from GAL did an educational session on the installation and adjustment of the MOVFR and MOVFE door operators.

I chaired a committee for NAEC to develop a specification data base. With tremendous help from Amanda Smith at NAEC, we wrapped up our task, and I had the pleasure of introducing it during the supplier general session here. It was really well received and I think it will become a key member service from the association. If you need an explanation, just call Amanda at NAEC.

The weather came and went thru the week with some days being warm and sunny while others were cool and overcast. On Sunday I went backwater fishing (we caught maybe 35 fish) with my Ohio friends, Dick Vinciquerra of AFD, and Mike Paschke and Bob Kazar of Canton Elevator. Got a bit too much sun without realizing it. So Monday, as luck would have it, it was pretty much cool and cloudy, and I stayed in the educational sessions without missing any of the sunshine.

The official golf tournament is this afternoon and the day looks great for it. I have a reunion foursome set up, Dickie V, Perry Burch from Nashville, and Jack Higgs from Quality Elevator in the DC area. The four of us have teed it up frequently over the last 30 years. John Curzon, Ensota from the UK, has a bum shoulder and can’t play so he is renting a pontoon boat and taking a bunch of ladies for an excursion – can you sing ‘a three hour cruise?’ I’m trying to get someone to label the boat The SS Minnow.

Anyhow, great interaction, friendship, education and recreation in Sanibel Florida with a record number of attendees, in a great setting – way fun. If you don’t have the NAEC Midyear Educational Seminar on your radar, you are missing a grand industry event. You need to be part of it.

MAEC Event

The Mid Atlantic Elevator Chapter of NAEC held its annual golf outing last week in Upper Marlboro MD. Attendance was great and the day turned out to be spectacular despite the forecast for rain earlier in the week. 70 Golfers teed it up and enjoyed the camaraderie of the day.

MAEC is hybrid association. When the original group had a difficult time maintaining the momentum, the leadership in the association voted to become the first ever regional chapter of NAEC. Now, when it comes to organizing MAEC events, Shawn Cowden of NAEC headquarters does a lot of the heavy lifting. Shawn was on-site here to see to the details of organizing and dealing with the golf course.

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