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Lerch Bates (China) Limited Expands Staff in Shanghai

Zhao, Qiu and Jiang Join Firm as It Increases Market Share in the Region

Lerch Bates (China) Limited, a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in Shanghai, China, continues to increase its staff as the firm experiences rapid growth in the region. Stanley Zhao has been named project consultant, elevator consulting group, Tian Qiu has joined the firm as office manager and Wenting Jiang is the firm’s new project administration assistant. Lerch Bates (China) Limited has hired eight additional staff members since March 2014.

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, opened its first office in the Asia Pacific region in mid-2012 with Lerch Bates (China) Limited in Shanghai. The firm announced in June 2014 that Keenan Potter was promoted to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Limited, Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Limited. Potter began his new role of managing the Lerch Bates’ growing presence in Asia with more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the façade access industry and extraordinary knowledge of the diverse region. He previously served as general manager of Lerch Bates (China) Limited and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Stanley ZhaoStanley Zhao is the latest project consultant, elevator group, to join the Lerch Bates subsidiary. Zhao manages vertical transportation analysis, design and project management and is responsible for domestic high-rise construction project sales support, high-rise project traffic solution consulting and facilitating the high-rise bidding process. He previously served as a high-rise project sales and support supervisor for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company (China) in Shanghai where he provided technical support for high-rise project sales, project vertical and horizontal traffic design solutions and the project tendering process. Notable projects on which he has worked include 81-story Dalian Eton Center in Dalian, Huabang World Trade City in Hefei, China Bohai Bank headquarters in Tianjin and Beijing Olympic Park Observation Tower in Beijing. Zhao earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and automation from Tongji University in Shanghai.

Tian Qiu joins Lerch Bates (China) Limited as office manager, responsible for project support and office administration. She assists with project proposal preparation, internal and external coordination, project contract administration and billing and payment related issues. Qiu also is responsible for company credit control, employment assistance and office administration. Her notable project experience includes Rui Hong Xin Cheng in Shanghai, Future Ark and International Financial Centre in Guiyang and Qingdao Haitian Centre in Qingdao. Qiu is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) and is a graduate of the University of Essex and Qingdao Technological University.

Wenting Jiang recently worked for Aedas, employing more than 1,500 architects, urban planners, landscape designers and interior designers in China, as a project secretary. She supported the firm’s design team and managed materials communications including project design briefs, project positioning reports and local design codes. She also was responsible for project forms and filing and travel arrangements for the design team. Wenting also worked for Chuang Heng Interior Space Design Engineering Co. Ltd, also in Shanghai as assistant to the general manager.

Lerch Bates Appoints Heath Hayes Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Skilled Vertical Transportation Consultants in Region
Heath HayesLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Heath Hayes has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Columbus, Ohio, office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 8 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role, Hayes will provide insightful solutions to meet the needs and expectations of Lerch Bates clients. He will be responsible for developing relationships with potential clients and managing the project cycle from request for proposal or inspection, writing of reports and proposals and ensuring timely completion of projects to billing for payment of services. He also will work collaboratively with other Lerch Bates consultants and support services to ensure premier customer service to the firm’s diverse portfolio of clients. A second-generation vertical transportation industry professional, Hayes possesses expert level industry knowledge through experience, research and writing.

“Heath is an exceptional addition to our team of experienced consultants as Lerch Bates continues to grow and increase its market share around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has exceptional local vertical transportation industry knowledge and valuable regional experience and he’s a much welcomed member of the Lerch Bates team.”

Hayes previously served as a modernization sales representative as well as an account manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He was responsible for growing the modernization segment of the company and managed projects from the sales process to completion. Hayes was successful in increasing ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s modernization market share in the region and building meaningful relationships with potential customers, general contractors, architects and other elevator consultants. His project management responsibilities included communicating with subcontractors and vendors and performing duties as the prime contractor on numerous complex projects.

Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated with honors. He also is a certified LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Lerch Bates Promotes Steven Frame To Regional Manager Of Orange County And San Diego

Frame Joined Firm in 2014 and Has Been Instrumental in Firm’s Rapid Growth

Steven FrameLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry veteran Steven Frame to regional manager of the Orange County and San Diego markets.

Frame joined Lerch Bates in February 2014 and served as project manager, elevator consulting group, in the firm’s Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif. As a project manager, he managed vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout Southern California. He is now tasked with growing Lerch Bates’ market share in Orange County and greater San Diego and managing the firm’s diverse projects.

“Steven has established himself as one of Southern California’s most knowledgeable and trusted vertical transportation consultants,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has been a vital member of our team by securing new projects and providing exceptional customer services to our clients. I’m pleased to announce his new and expanded role with Lerch Bates.”

Frame worked in project management and superintendent roles for Otis Elevator Company and as an elevator and escalator project manager and field superintendent for Mitsubishi Electric prior to joining Lerch Bates. He worked on the vertical transportation systems of many landmark buildings including the four-star Omni San Diego Hotel, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers throughout Southern California, CNN Building in Los Angeles and the newly renovated Los Angeles County Hall of Justice.