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Lerch Bates Appoints Moufid Hilal Managing Director of Dubai Office

Joins Global Firm with More than Two Decades of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Moufid HilalLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Moufid Hilal has been named managing director of its Dubai, United Arab Emirates, office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 23 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Hilal will oversee the management functions of the Middle East and Africa regions and will continue to develop the firm’s new construction consulting services and modernization and maintenance management functions. He previously served more than two decades in the vertical transportation industry including roles as a service engineer, technical engineer and branch manager of KONE’s Abu Dhabi branch. Halal most recently worked as a regional manager for Mitsubishi in Saudi Arabia.

“Moufid is an exceptional leader and welcomed addition to our exceptional team in Dubai,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has the valuable and unique experience needed to lead our operations in the region as Lerch Bates continues to grow in the Middle East and Africa.”

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 Derek Groenwoldt To Regional Manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt Joined Firm in 2012 as Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt_DerekLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted Derek Groenwoldt to regional manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as a project manager in the Chicago Regional Office. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as project manager, elevator consulting group, in Chicago.

Groenwoldt has more than 13 years of comprehensive experience with elevators and escalators and with professional services firms in the building industry. In his new role, he will report directly to Lerch Bates Vice President Eric Rupe and will oversee the office new construction, modernization and maintenance management elevator consulting functions of the Chicago office. Groenwoldt, in his previous role with Lerch Bates, supported the company’s regional operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on domestic and international new design projects.

“Derek has developed outstanding elevator design and analysis experience and has become recognized by clients and peers for his outstanding industry knowledge,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President, Northeast Area, Eric Rupe. “He’s had a prominent role in the modernization market in Chicago and has been instrumental in our firm’s extraordinary growth in the region. I’m very pleased to announce Derek’s new role with Lerch Bates and I look forward to his continued contributions to our industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Groenwoldt worked as district manager, project management, for Schindler in Chicago and the surrounding area. He managed a team of project managers and personally oversaw all of the large projects valued in excess of $2 million. He served as a project manager and account manager for the company prior to his role as district manager, project management. Groenwoldt also worked for Otis Elevator as an associate superintendent before being promoted to superintendent and then project manager, modernization. Groenwoldt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science and technology with an emphasis in nuclear engineering and a MBA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.