Sunday, March 26

Monday, March 27

  • 7:30am - 12:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 8:00am - 9:15am
    Opening Breakfast

    During this sit-down breakfast, NAEC President, Joe McNally will give his “State of the Association Address” reporting on the work of various committees, followed by a day of education and networking.

  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    Machines 15 Years Later and Beyond

    Elevator Machine changes past present and the future including benefits for you as contractor as well as a building owner. Benefits will include market trends, installation advantages and financial savings as we move into the future of the elevator industry.

    Speaker: Dennis Rhodes, Imperial

    Bio: Dennis Rhodes, Senior Sales Engineer at Imperial Electric a Nidec Company. Electrical Engineering degree from Youngstown State University and almost 25 Years of motor experience, Dennis’s 15 Year with Imperial Electric and the Elevator Industry provides him with a unique prospective obstacles of the industry.

    Speaker: Gary Ward, Imperial

    Bio: Gary Ward, Sales and Marketing Vice President of Imperial Electric a Nidec Company. Business and Marketing degree from Kent State University and 40 years of motor experience, Gary’s 20 Years with Imperial Electric has provided him with a wealth of knowledge about motors and machines.

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm
    What Do Employers Have to Do NOW? New Employment Laws

    As in most years, a new year brings new requirements from states and the federal government - Dept of Labor, ICE, EEOC, ACA, FLSA, etc.  This session will explain what those changes are, and what employers need to do to comply and reduce risk. There will be a test!!

    Speaker: Karen Hopkins, The Hopkins Group

    Bio: Karen M. Hopkins has over 20 years’ experience as an integral part of the growth and success of startup companies as well as large, international concerns. As a consultant, Karen works closely with clients to determine the best means of achieving the highest levels of performance for their organization, and developing competent, committed employees, with the goal of creating "best places to work". She has directed HR functions, customer support areas, career management, survey design and analysis, as well as training and development/performance support departments. Her expertise includes instructional design and training, strategic planning, executive coaching, and career management as well as general Human Resources functions. She has a Masters' Degree in Organizational Development from UT Dallas, is a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), is a CMP (Career Management Practitioner) and is listed in Who's Who in the Southwest and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

  • 10:45am - 11:45am
    Elevator Emergency Code Refresher

    Review of elevator codes for emergency operation. Topics covered: Lighting, Ventilation, Communication, and other emergency operation functions of the elevator. Audience will be able to gain knowledge of many items in the elevator that have different code requirements for emergency operation. These items are not always easily observed by passengers, as these items are often behind-the-scenes, and out of the eye of the public.

    Speaker: Brandon Mandy, Man-D-Tec Inc.

    Bio: Brandon R. Mandy, MBA,Vice President of Man-D-Tec, Inc., Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University, Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Arizona State University, Inventor with 4 patents for elevator products.

  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Official Golf Tournament*

    Stonecreek Golf Club • 1:00pm shotgun start

    Situated in the shadows of the Squaw Peak Mountains in Phoenix's Paradise Valley, Stonecreek Golf Club is an award-winning golf property which is managed by leading golf course operator, Arcis Golf. Its remarkable golf, upscale amenities and unmatched service have earned it recognition by Golf Channel as one of Arizona's "Best Kept Secrets."

    Outing participants are required to wear clothing that is customary to golf. Players must wear collared shirts and golf shoes and may not wear sweat pants or cut-offs. Participants are expected to use proper conduct while on the golf course property. Players are responsible for obeying the posted daily cart path rules, replacing divots, repairing ball marks on the green and raking of sand traps. Unruly behavior, foul language, throwing of clubs, hitting shots into groups will not be tolerated. All golfers will be expected to adhere to proper golf etiquette including ready golf and keeping within sight of the foursome in front.

    The fee of $160 for members and $185 for non-members covers cart, green fees, transportation, lunch, beverage cart during tournament and prizes.

  • 1:30pm - 5:30pm
    4x4 Excursion

    Come share the adventure. Experience the awesome beauty of the pristine Sonoran Desert with your cowboy guide. The desert holds so much more than what meets the eye. Learn some of the secrets of the deserts’ inhabitants, as your guides demonstrate how the Cavalry and the Native Americans used the abundant desert plants to survive. Don’t forget your camera; you will witness some of the best panoramic views that Arizona has to offer during the nature hike. This tour is the perfect blend for anyone interested not only in an adventure but also appreciates the cultural background and
    history of the desert.

    The fee of $150 for members and $175 for non-members includes transportation, desert tour via 4-wheel-drive vehicles, professional cowboy drivers/guides, bottled water, desert nature walk, taxes and gratuities.

  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Open Mic Session

Tuesday, March 28

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Registration Open
  • 8:30am - 10:00am
    Lead, Follow or Get Out (of the Way)

    Leadership is one of those terms that is easily tossed around and most believe they know what leadership is and who are good leaders. It’s not that simple and leadership is a lifelong commitment to impacting others in a positive way. Leadership is not a title, it’s a way of life and living. This workshop will touch on the role of leaders, viewing both from a “results” orientation and an “influence” orientation.

    Speaker: Larry Hart, CEO Tribe

    Bio: For Larry Hart, to live and lead is to learn. Continuously and voraciously. His insatiable quest to acquire – and apply - knowledge fueled his ascent up the career ladder, from sales associate to marketing and division manager to company president. As an esteemed executive coach, Vistage Chair and founder of C.E.O. Tribe, an online leadership learning platform, Larry leverages his years of learning – of experience, expertise, best practices - to help leaders grow. He empowers clients and members to shatter obstacles that impede results, develop tools for enhanced success, and embark on lifelong journeys of learning.  With more than 30 years of business leadership experience, including over 15,000 hours working 1:1 behind closed doors with CEOs & business owners, Larry guides today’s top leaders in their pursuit of excellence.

  • 8:30am - 10:00am
    Optimizing Best Rope and Roping System Performance

    A basic overview of elevator ropes, the types of installations they must work with and they challenges they offer, and what one must do in order to maximize rope life and get the most performance possible from them. Upon completion one should be able to: (1) Explain why ropes may not last as long as expected; (2) Know the various factors affecting rope life; (3) Evaluate the lifespan of hoist ropes; (4) Give an overview of standard maintenance practices of hoist ropes; (5) Know the proper means of tensioning; (6) Properly document hoist rope maintenance procedures; (7) Know best installation practices.

    Speaker: Martin Rhiner, Brugg Wire Rope, LLC

    Bio: Martin Rhiner is vice president of Engineering and Quality for Brugg Wire Rope, LLC. For more than two decades he has focused on improving industrial product and processes quality standards. During his tenure with Brugg Lifting he has worked in Quality Management, Product Management, Manufacturing and R&D. Rhiner completed a four-year apprenticeship program in Switzerland and received certification as a toolmaker. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown Boveri (now ABB) and has since earned an MBA from Berry College in Rome, GA. While at Brugg Lifting he has served as principal coordinator and leader for the Brugg Rome Life Predictor online application. Rhiner is a current member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a committee member of the Suspension Means Task Group.

  • 9:30am - 11:30am
    Art of Merlot

    Explore your creative side! Whether it is your first time picking up a brush or not, you’re sure to have fun. The class will be led by a professional artist who will guide you in creating your very own masterpiece while sipping mimosas with a desert view.

    The fee of $75 for members and $100 for non-members covers a 16x20 canvas, paints, brushes, aprons, easels, instructor, mimosas taxes and gratuities.

  • 10:15am - 11:15am
    Roped Hydraulic Applications, Installation & Maintenance Techniques/Solutions for Hot Oil Jobs

    Topics will include the pros, cons, capabilities, types, designs, and installation of Roped Hydraulic Elevators. The session will also include discussion about heat sources, heat rejection and maintaining proper temperatures in the Hydraulic Elevator.

    Speaker: Tom Hausenbauer, MEI Total Elevator Solutions

    Bio: Mr. Hausenbauer received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as a product engineer in a variety of industries, including automotive transmissions, wind and engine driven generators, and water treatment equipment. He has been employed by Minnesota Elevator Inc. since 1996, serving in various capacities, including product design, engineering management, and sales engineering. He led the development of Minnesota’s industry leading roped hydraulic elevator product line. He is currently serves as a Field Engineer, and coordinates MEI’s installation training program. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • 10:30am - 11:30am
    Emerging Online Trends for Aging-in-Place and Residential Mobility Companies
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Strategies to Maximize Wealth & Protect Assets

    Is your financial house in order? Discover the tools you can use to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and achieve financial peace of mind. By the end of the presentation you will know how to:
    1) Protect 100% of your assets from lawsuits. You will learn how to make yourself so unattractive to a plaintiff attorney that they will never pursue a lawsuit against you.
    2) Save thousands of dollars each year in taxes. You will learn five tax reduction strategies most people fail to utilize, which could save you more than $10,000 each year in taxes.
    3) Avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes. You will be taken through a checklist of items that are important to every estate and business succession plan. You will learn what you should be doing now to prepare for successful business and estate succession.

    Speaker: Joanna Larsen, ASAP

    Bio: Joanna Larsen is an expert in the areas of lawsuit protection, tax reduction, and estate planning. She has been training professionals throughout the country on aspects of financial literacy since 2005. Joanna is a successful entrepreneur who has also taught at public and private schools. Communication and teaching have been her forte and business passion. Joanna started working on a non-profit, “Leaders Thru Literacy” in which she aims to spread her love of reading and leadership skills. She is a USTA tennis player, avid skier, and writer.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    NAEC Safety Committee Panel

    This panel will discuss the latest safety concerns of the elevator industry.

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
    Rack and Pinion Elevators - Education and Code

    Highlight the basic operation of rack and pinion elevators. Overview of 4.1 Rack and Pinion and 5. 7 Special Purpose Elevators Code. Brief review of 10.4. Audience to gain a better understanding of the codes and machine differences of the rack and pinion elevator.

    Speaker: Kevin Harrison, McDonough Elevators

    Bio: Kevin M. Harrison is Vice President of Compliance for McDonough Elevators. With thirty years of experience in the Rack and Pinion Industry with Hoist-Co Incorporated, he began his career as a technician / installer. In 1999 Kevin was named President with the responsibility of overall operations for the company. Through the acquisition of Hoist-Co Inc. in 2013, he now oversees the Equipment Division for McDonough Elevator. Active in the industry, Kevin holds the office of Secretary on the A17.1 – 4.1 & 5.7 working committee. He has held his QEI certification since 1997, is a Certified Elevator Technician and CET supervisor through NAEC. Kevin is currently certified as an elevator mechanic in multiple states.

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Want to enjoy a night on the town?

    Join us for a reception before heading out! Gather your friends, enjoy a few drinks and kick off the night in style!

Wednesday, March 29

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 1
  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Elevator Traveling Cable + Compensation Cable Installation

    Presentation will give a detailed overview of how to properly install elevator traveling cable and compensating cable in order to maximize useful life. In addition, there will be an overview of the accessories used and the benefits of pre-connectorized cable will be explained.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Healthiest & Safest Elevator Pit Environment

    How the EPA and OSHA are making subtle attacks on the Elevator Industry based upon (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality and (SBS) Sick Building Syndrome. Linking the cause of IAQ & SBS to the lowest lying area in commercial and residential buildings. What Elevator Codes are being changed to aid with these issues? What Patented Products are available to meet and exceed the most exigent codes?

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Private Residential Elevator Code Changes 2017

    ASME code is an ever evolving set of Standard. Keeping up with the latest changes is made even more difficult when individual States create new Laws that attempt to add safety elements without a clear understanding of the Current Hazard Analysis process and then consider what safeties were already in place that become redundant. Discussion will center around the changes to the Standard and how the process has changed.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Roundtable Discussions- Track 2
  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Business System Conversions - Best Practices, Lessons Learned and ROI Expectations

    Contractors who attend this session will learn how to plan and what to look out for when moving from older non-integrated business systems to software that is fully integrated with cloud and mobile capabilities.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    Roundtable Discussion on Home Elevators

    This roundtable will discuss the new rules for doors/gates and the best practice for selling safety now in states that won’t adopt the new code for some time.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    NAEC New Hire Safety Orientation Documents

    This roundtable will feature the new hire safety orientation document available to NAEC members. Examples will be discussed of how employers can use this information during the interview and/or training process.

  • 8:00am - 11:30am
    NAEC’s Vertical Transportation Management Program

    This roundtable presentation will review NAEC’s Vertical Transportation Management Program (VTMP), comprised of nine courses, covering both business and technical topics. Come hear first-hand from an employer utilizing the program in their office. Learning how your company can reap the benefits of this training.

  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    No Frills Golf Tournament*

    McCormick Ranch Golf Club • 1:00pm shotgun start

    Located in the heart of Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch Golf Club features two unique courses that are tour tested and amateur approved. The Pine Course has breathtaking views of Camelback and McDowell Mountain, and combines a well-manicured resort golf course layout with pockets of desert infusion. McCormick Ranch Golf Club was designed by Desmond Muirhead and opened in 1972 and the courses and dining facilities have been open to the public ever since. In 1979 Edward Pincus purchased McCormick Ranch Golf Club, and to this day, it has remained a family-owned and operated business.

    Outing participants are required to wear clothing that is customary to golf. Players must wear collared shirts and golf shoes and may not wear sweat pants or cut-offs. Participants are expected to use proper conduct while on the golf course property. Players are responsible for obeying the posted daily cart path rules, replacing divots, repairing ball marks on the green and raking of sand traps. Unruly behavior, foul language, throwing of clubs, hitting shots into groups will not be tolerated. All golfers will be expected to adhere to proper golf etiquette including ready golf and keeping within sight of the foursome in front.

    The fee of $125 for members and $150 for non-members covers cart, green fees and transportation.

  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    American Red Cross First Aid Course

    This course is designed to give individuals in the workplace the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Course topics include, bleeding control, bandaging, burns, shock, splinting, sudden illness and environmental emergencies.

    Speaker: Michael Ryan, Certified Instructor

    Bio: Michael Ryan is a former New York State Paramedic and Chief of his Community Ambulance Corps, he has been a member of his 911 Emergency services for over 30 years. He’s active American Red Cross Instructor Trainer and is his counties ARC Chairmen of Health and Safety.

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Dregs Event

    Join us for a relaxing final evening as the Conference winds down – the education is over, meetings finished and all that’s left to do is share some drinks and conversation and bid farewell to your friends during this low-key night. Carlsbad here we come!