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Lerch Bates to Modernize Vertical Transportation Systems of Famed Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Hotel Has Hosted Presidents, Celebrities and Dignitaries for More than 90 Years

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected to modernize the nine elevators in the iconic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by architectural firm Schultze & Weaver, the property has exemplified extraordinary grandeur since it opened in 1923.

Millennium Biltmore Los AngelesFounded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the elevator and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The hotel’s nine elevators are being significantly updated with new AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives. The cutting-edge equipment is expected to dramatically reduce the energy use of the current elevator systems and may allow for energy to be returned to the power grid. New car and hall fixtures that match the existing architecture of the hotel will be utilized to maintain the existing aesthetics of the property. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015.

“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as one of the premier vertical transportation consulting firms in the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is one of the most famous and cherished hotels in the country and we’re thrilled to have been selected to modernize the elevator systems of such an esteemed property. Modern vertical transportation systems that showcase the latest in efficiencies and design will complement the hotel’s contemporary luxury and historical architecture.”

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, is a remarkable fusion of Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture and was the largest hotel west of Chicago upon its completion. The property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969, deeming it worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. The unique interior of the hotel features brilliant frescos and murals, hand-carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and vibrant embroidered tapestries and draperies. Millennium Biltmore Hotel features 683 guestrooms, down from its original 1,500 due to room reorganization, and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Nine United States presidents and numerous dignitaries have visited Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During its 91-year history the property has accommodated countless momentous events including nine Academy Award ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech as the presidential nominee during the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Scenes from many memorable movies including Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 11, Splash and Wedding Crashers were shot on location throughout the property.

Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel. The storied property was constructed in 1920 and features 535 guestrooms including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in The Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.

Hilton Worldwide, Inc., selected Lerch Bates last year to provide elevator and escalator maintenance management services for the company’s Hilton portfolio in the United States. The firm designed a custom maintenance management program to support and improve the ongoing maintenance and repair of Hilton’s elevators and escalators. The Hilton-owned, managed and franchised properties participating in the program exceeds 4,300 elevators and escalators in more than 1,400 hotels across the country.

Lerch Bates announced in July 2013 that it was chosen to work on another high profile downtown Los Angeles project. The firm is designing the modern façade access system for Wilshire Grand, a high-rise tower being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. that will be the tallest building west of Chicago when it is completed in 2017. The $1 billion 73-story glass-clad tower is currently being constructed in the city’s financial district and just blocks from the bourgeoning entertainment district that is anchored by the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The tower will include a four-star hotel as well as 400,000 square feet of office, 45,100 square feet of retail space and a soaring spire that will raise the total height of the skyscraper to 1,100 square feet, rising 82 feet higher than the city’s 1,018-feet U.S. Bank Tower.

Lerch Bates Promotes Alyssa McGrath to Director of Strategic Accounts

McGrath Joined Firm in 2010 as Regional Manager for New England Region

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted Alyssa McGrath to Director of Strategic Accounts. She will continue to be based in the firm’s Boston office.

In her new role, McGrath will provide leadership to and management of Lerch Bates’ consultants and administrative staff, manage the firm’s key accounts and build relationships with new pending clients utilizing diverse business development strategies including pricing methodologies, market pricing measurements and deliverables. She also will work closely with all Lerch Bates offices across the United States to grow the firm’s Maintenance Management Services regionally as well as nationally. McGrath  will now report to Lerch Bates Vice President of Strategic Accounts Tim Isbell.

“Alyssa is an exceptional, dedicated and extremely talented member of our Boston based regional team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She’s been instrumental in the strategic growth of Lerch Bates in New England and has been a trusted liaison between our firm and our valued clients. I’m proud to announce her new position with the company and look forward to our continued development and success.”

McGrath previously served as a regional manager and managed Lerch Bates’ budgetary, financial and personnel matters within the New England Region. She also was the principal consultant on a diverse portfolio of projects including all phases of schematic and design development, specification development and project management for new construction, modernization and preventative maintenance. Additionally, she oversaw all vertical transportation systems studies, maintenance evaluations and due diligence studies as well as recruiting, development and mentoring of the firm’s regional personnel.

McGrath earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Lerch Bates Inc. Resumes Operations in Europe with Purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd. of the United Kingdom

Steve Fall Appointed Managing Director

Steve FallLerch Bates Inc., an international consulting firm for elevators and escalators, window
washing equipment and building logistics, has reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based elevator and escalator consulting company.

Dewar Partnership provides innovative technical and economical solutions to improve the operation, quality and safety of elevators and escalators throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. The firm’s team of expert consultants specializes in the vertical transportation needs of the commercial, leisure, financial, retail, education, health, transportation and aviation industries in both the public and private sectors.

“Dewar Partnership is a great addition to our organization,” said Lerch Bates Inc. President and CEO Bart Stephan. “The purchase of the firm provides Lerch Bates Inc. an established foothold as we return to operations in this rapidly growing region. Lerch Bates Inc. continues to expand its global footprint and this acquisition gives us an immediate local presence in one of our industry’s most competitive markets.”

Dewar Partnership has appointed Steve Fall as the Managing Director. He has more than 38 years of valuable industry experience and has developed a detailed and comprehensive level of expertise in the installation, project management, modernization and maintenance sectors. He has worked since 2001 as a managing vertical transportation consultant overseeing the continued growth and development of regional offices in the United Kingdom and Europe and consulting on many diverse projects. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree.

“I look forward to leading Dewar Partnership as Lerch Bates Inc. strategically resumes operations in the European marketplace,” Fall said. “Architects and property owners and managers throughout the region will receive the identical level of extraordinary expertise and local customer service that they have expected from Dewar Partnership. It’s very exciting that the firm now has the support and backing of the industry’s most respected and innovative company with offices located around the world.”

Matt ScanlanFounded in 1947, Lerch Bates Inc. is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the elevator and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Matt Scanlan, previous owner of Dewar Partnership, remains with the firm as an Executive Director and as a member of its Board of Management. Matt brings over 42 years’ experience in the vertical transportation business, which includes extensive international responsibilities. These responsibilities include international CEO and COO positions with major elevator contracting and manufacturing companies. To learn more about Dewar Partnership, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

 

Lerch Bates Opens New Office To Serve Growing Hawaiian Market

Ryan See Appointed Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group, to Manage Honolulu Office

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced it opened a new office in Honolulu, Hawaii, and appointed Ryan See consultant, elevator consulting group, to manage the firm’s operations in the state. The addition of the Honolulu office increases the total number of domestic Lerch Bates offices to 25 and 34 internationally. See joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting group with more than seven years of extensive elevator industry experience.

Ryan SeeSee is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance and new construction projects throughout Hawaii. He is responsible for vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services, design and contract documents, vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and due diligence studies. Lerch Bates has been a pioneer of the vertical transportation industry in the state for more than 25 years.

“Lerch Bates continues to expand its presence in the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Ryan has exceptional experience with Hawaii’s vertical transportation industry and he will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow in the state. He has extraordinary knowledge of the local marketplace and we welcome him to our exceptional team of consultants.”

See previously managed modernization and new construction projects for ThyssenKrupp and Otis Elevator Company in both Hawaii and Denver, Colo. His career also included serving as a new installation estimator and quality supervisor during his tenure with Otis. See worked on many landmark projects including Honolulu’s City Financial Tower, Ala Moana Pacific Center and Waihonua at Kewalo, 707 17th Street in Denver and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from of the University of Washington.

Lerch Bates announced in August that it had been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the modernization of the diverse elevator systems of the largest office complex in Hawaii. The multifaceted vertical transportation renovation project at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building. Upgrading PGC’s elevator systems is one of Lerch Bates’ largest projects in the western United States. The program includes replacing Westinghouse Mark V equipment in the two seven-car banks and installing destination based technology.

PGC is an award winning office complex that features more than 630,000 square feet of first-class office and retail space located in the heart of Honolulu’s Central Business District. The mirrored glass towers, named after their respective positions, Mauka (“mountain”) and Makai (“ocean”), are juxtaposed by the Mediterranean Revival/Italian Renaissance style of the the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. The vertical transportation modernization program was designed to meet the expected future demands of the center while maintaining the rich character and environment of the property. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the fall of 2016.

Lerch Bates’ Hawaiian office is located at 307a Kamani St., #3, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Lerch Bates to Design Modern Facade Access System for Contemporary Arena in Downtown Sacramento

Entertainment and Sports Center to Be New Home of the Sacramento Kings

Sacramento is poised to enter an economic renaissance as the multimillion-dollar Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) will be constructed along L and J streets, between 5th and 7th streets. The $477 million project will be the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Lerch Bates has been awarded a contract to design the facility’s complex façade access system.

Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the site will serve as an iconic civic space, open to the region 365 days a year. Its centralized location, utilization of existing public infrastructure and immediate proximity to public transportation make it a model of smart growth and green development. The ESC will host Sacramento Kings home games, other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family-oriented entertainment.

ESC SacramentoTotaling more than 600,000 square feet, the ESC will include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and an outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of the publicly and privately financed ESC will open fall of 2016, in time for the 2016-17 NBA season. Demolition of the site began earlier this past summer and the Kings currently play at the Sleep Train Arena, opened in 1988.

“The ESC is an exciting project not only for its innovative design, but because it’s expected to revitalize Sacramento’s burgeoning downtown,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates is already a member of various teams designing the country’s newest sports and entertainment complexes, and we’re eager to get to work on the city’s latest landmark structure.”

Massive 50 feet by 100 feet glass doors will create dynamic indoor and outdoor space, allowing visitors to enjoy Sacramento’s climate. The ESC will feature plazas, pedestrian circulation areas and other open spaces to provide openness and accessibility. Common open plazas will encourage pedestrian flow and access to the ESC, as well as to the surrounding restaurants, retail and commercial space. The public spaces also are expected to serve as gathering places for cultural performances and other community activities.

Global architecture firm AECOM serves as the lead architect for the ESC. The firm is renowned for designing some of the most recognized sports and entertainment venues in the world including the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Park, Rio 2016 Olympic Park, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), Phoenix’s Chase Field and 11 NBA arenas including Barclays Center, opened in mid-2012 and home of the Brooklyn Nets. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company and serves clients in more than 150 countries.

Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in the design of complex façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for window washing and maintenance. The firm’s façade access consultants continually make benchmarks in innovation when designing exterior building maintenance equipment systems for landmark structures across the globe. Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation and façade access consulting firm in the world. The company has designed custom façade access systems for many celebrated high-rise towers including the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, the 1,483-foot (452-meter) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China.

Lerch Bates is currently designing the vertical transportation and façade access systems of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The arena, designed by MANICA Architecture and one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, features the redevelopment of historic Dynamo Stadium and the surrounding park. The exterior façade of the old stadium will be incorporated into the construction of the $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex. A honeycomb patterned skin will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. The groundbreaking design of the two ultramodern sports facilities will allow them to operate independently as well as simultaneously and is expected to be a catalyst for all sports in Russia. VTB Stadium and Arena will be the home of Football Club Dynamo Moscow when it is expected to open in 2017.

Lerch Bates Tapped to Design Vertical Transportation Systems of Downtown Denver’s Newest Mid-Rise Office Tower

1401 Lawrence is the Latest Project Announced in Rapidly Growing Mile High City

1401 LawrenceDenver’s thriving Central Business District (CBD) continues to expand with the announcement of another office mid-rise tower planned for downtown. Non-profit Downtown Denver Partnership recently reported that more than 24 projects worth just over $1.8 billion are currently underway in the Mile High City’s prosperous CBD. Metro-Denver based Lerch Bates has been selected to design the sophisticated vertical transportation systems of 1401 Lawrence.

Full-service building solutions firm The Beck Group has contracted Lerch Bates to perform complete vertical transportation consulting services including schematic designs, design development, construction documents management and construction administration for the nine elevator systems that are currently planned for 1401 Lawrence. The modern 22-story tower will be built on the southwestern border of downtown Denver’s CBD and historic LoDo neighborhood at the corner of 14th and Lawrence streets. The mid-rise will feature a glass façade encasing 298,000 square feet of premium office space, 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space and 397 parking spaces on floors two through seven. An official ground breaking ceremony for 1401 Lawrence was held on Oct. 1.

“Downtown Denver is experiencing a dynamic renaissance with more than two dozen prominent office tower, residential and revitalization projects recently announced or under construction,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The Mile High City was recently been named one of the fastest growing large metropolitan areas in the country and much of the development is happening within Denver’s city limits. The city’s downtown is primed for an addition to its developing skyline.”

First Gulf, the commercial arm of Toronto-based Great Gulf, is developing 1401 Lawrence. The new tower was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and will feature 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, with many offering exquisite views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, contemporary fitness center, an outdoor terrace on the eighth floor and proximity to Denver Union Station, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the city’s expansive 16th Street Mall.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the elevator and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Lerch Bates Awarded Contract To Modernize Elevator Systems Of Downtown Honolulu’s Landmark Pacific Guardian Center

Renovation Project Includes Twin Mid-Rise Office Towers and Historic Dillingham Transportation Building

Pacific Guardian CenterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the modernization of the diverse elevator systems of the largest office complex in Hawaii. The multifaceted vertical transportation renovation project at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building.

PGC is an award winning office complex that features more than 630,000 square feet of first-class office and retail space located in the heart of Honolulu’s Central Business District. The mirrored glass towers, named after their respective positions, Mauka (“mountain”) and Makai (“ocean”), are juxtaposed by the Mediterranean Revival/Italian Renaissance style of the the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. The vertical transportation modernization program was designed to meet the expected future demands of the center while maintaining the rich character and environment of the property. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the fall of 2016.

“Lerch Bates has been a pioneer of vertical transportation in Hawaii for more than 25 years,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Our firm has has been selected to facilitate a wide scope of services for decades from condition assessments to new construction and the modernizations. We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to design the modern elevator systems of one of Honolulu’s most recognizable and famous properties.”

Upgrading PGC’s elevator systems is one of Lerch Bates’ largest projects in the western United States. The program includes replacing Westinghouse Mark V equipment in the two seven-car banks and installing destination based technology. Destination based elevators, or destination dispatch systems, are changing how elevator systems are built and modernized and are quickly becoming the industry standard when upgrading the systems in buildings with three or more elevators. Every passenger enters his or her destination floor on entry terminals located in a lobby or in a hallway adjacent to the elevator shafts and the system groups passengers together depending on their desired destinations. The optimization process results in riders who are travelling to the same floors being grouped together.

The oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in the world, Lerch Bates has been the international leader in vertical transportation for more than 65 years. Lerch Bates’ Hawaii operation has been a leader in modernization and was fundamental in bringing new technologies to the Aloha State. The firm has modernized the vertical transportation systems of other well-known properties in Hawaii including Sheraton Waikiki, a modernization completed in 2009 that included 20 elevators and two escalators, Royal Hawaiian Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Rainbow Tower, and City Financial Tower in downtown Honolulu.

Dillingham Transportation Building was constructed in 1929 for Walter F. Dillingham, founder of the Hawaiian Dredging Company (later Dillingham Construction). The building was designed architect Lincoln Rogers of Los Angeles and is significant for its associations with the commercial development of Honolulu and the Dillingham family empire of businesses. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Frame Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Frame Joins Steadily Growing Vertical Transportation Consulting Team in Southern California

Steve FrameLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced Steve Frame has been named project manager, elevator consulting group. He recently joined the firm in its Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif.

As a project manager, Frame manages vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout Southern California. He most recently served in project management and superintendent roles for Otis Elevator Company and as an elevator and escalator project manager and field superintendent for Mitsubishi Electric. Frame worked on the vertical transportation systems of many landmark buildings including the four-star Omni San Diego Hotel, Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center, CNN Building in Los Angeles and UCLA’s Sproul Hall.

“Steve joined Lerch Bates with extensive knowledge of the diverse vertical transportation industry in Southern California,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Our team of dedicated elevator consultants in the region continues to grow as the area is once again experiencing a construction boom. I’m pleased to announce his appointment and welcome him to the largest and oldest vertical transportation firm in the world.”

Lerch Bates Appoints Cory Hunter Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Industry Leader Joins Pacific Northwest Office
with More Than 16 Years of Engineering and Management Experience

Cory HunterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced industry veteran Cory Hunter has been named consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting firm’s Pacific Northwest office located in greater Seattle with more than 16 years of notable industry experience. The firm’s regional office now consists of seven elevator consultants.

Hunter is based in Portland, Oregon, and is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corporation in Portland where he specialized in growth strategy development, vertical transportation modernization and maintenance. During his tenure at the firm, Hunter was instrumental in the intensive growth of the company in the state by capitalizing on the implementation of non-proprietary equipment design and placement in the marketplace. He spearheaded many notable projects for the firm including elevator modernizations at Oregon Health & Science University and various modernization projects for Jackson County.

“Cory is a much welcomed addition to our Pacific Northwest team as Lerch Bates continues to expand in the region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He joins our firm with extensive engineering and management experience and with unique industry knowledge of the rapidly growing area. Cory is a valued addition to our developing project management team in the United States.”

Prior to his work at Centric Elevator Corporation, Hunter was an international lumber trader, coordinating international business development, logistics and domestic distribution of hardwoods and plywood products. Hunter started his career as a technical engineer specialist in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 where he was trained as a land surveyor, responsible for designing buildings and roads for military applications.

Hunter is a qualified elevator inspector (QEI) and developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University as well as advanced degrees in management including a Doctor of Philosophy in lift engineering management and a Master of Business Administration.

Lerch Bates Promotes Ron Welts To Regional Manager Of San Francisco Office

Welts Joined Firm in Late 2013 and Has Been Instrumental in Its Growth

Ron WeltsLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted industry veteran Ron Welts to regional manager of its San Francisco office. He previously served as project manager, elevator consulting group, providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Northern California.

Ron quickly established himself in the vertical transportation market of Northern California after joining Lerch Bates in October 2013. He promptly demonstrated strong leadership, business development and consulting skills and substantially contributed to the growing presence of Lerch Bates in the marketplace.

“Ron has been an invaluable addition to our San Francisco based team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Under his leadership, Lerch Bates has rapidly grown in the region and many new projects have come to fruition. I’m pleased to announce his much deserved new position with the firm and anticipate the company’s continued momentum in Northern California.”

Ron served as an elevator installation superintendent providing leadership for the installation of traction and hydraulic elevators and escalators for KONE prior to joining Lerch Bates. He also worked for Otis Elevator Company for 14 years in numerous roles including service operations manager, general manager, service supervisor and construction superintendent. He served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer in the early 1990s.

Welts earned a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from California Maritime Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s College of California.