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Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Henderson Senior Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Steve Henderson has been named senior consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm establishing a presence in New Orleans reporting to its Dallas office.

Steve will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, maintenance audits, and due diligence studies in his new role with Lerch Bates. He will also be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services, vertical transportation evaluations, and contracting documents for equipment.

“Steve is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are very important markets for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in those regions.”

Steve brings over 20 years of industry experience serving as a Branch Manager in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana for Dover/ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company. During that time, he has proven to be a focused, results oriented leader, excelling in all facets of evaluation. The knowledge and skills honed over those two decades will serve him well in his new role and are a welcome addition to Lerch Bates Inc.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana State University.

Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm 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 Global Headquarters Moves To Larger Office

World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Logistics
Firm Has Experienced Exceptional Growth in Recent Years

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, today moved its global headquarters from Littleton, Colo., to 9780 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 450, Englewood, CO 80112. The firm has experienced steady growth in its personnel and number of annual projects around the world and requires additional office space for its international headquarters. Lerch Bates grew its number of employees worldwide by 42 percent and its headquarters staff by 24 percent during the past two years.

“Lerch Bates continues to strategically grow its team and consulting operations throughout the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We continue to increase our market share in America, Asia, Middle East and India and the time has come to expand our global headquarters in metropolitan Denver. A larger head office will better meet the needs of our rapidly growing firm.”

Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, 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 Inc. announced in June 2015 that it had completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has become one of the largest vertical transportation consulting firms in the New York City metropolitan area, working with some of the most prestigious architects, developers, property owners and property management companies throughout New York, Washington D.C./ Northern Virginia and Boston. For more information, visit josephneto.com.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced in Dec. 2014 that the firm 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. For more information, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

Lerch Bates Appoints Don Blackwood Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with Nearly 44 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry 
Don BlackwoodLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Don Blackwood has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its South Central office in suburban Dallas, Texas. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than four decades of experience in the vertical transportation industry.
Blackwood will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services in his new role with Lerch Bates. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“We continue to strategically grow the Lerch Bates team throughout the country and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Don’s extraordinary industry knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our South Central office. He brings to Lerch Bates more than 43 years of extraordinary regional experience in the vertical transportation industry and I look forward to the instrumental contributions he will make to our firm.”

Blackwood previously worked for Otis Elevator Company/United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Dallas for 43 years. He most recently served as a service manager but also worked as a service superintendent, construction superintendent and combination superintendent during his extensive career with the company.

Blackwood has been a Certified Elevator Inspector (CEI) since 1993 and has been an instructor for the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities’ (NAESA) National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) since 2008.

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 Names Jacob Erwin Regional Manager, South Central Region Of Mountain Area

Erwin Joins Firm as It Continues to Grow its United States-based Staff
Jacob ErwinLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Jacob Erwin has been named regional manager, south central region of mountain area, in its Dallas office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with exceptional experience in the vertical transportation industry.
In his new role with Lerch Bates, Erwin will provide regional vertical transportation analysis and design. He will conduct and manage vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services as well as design contract documents for vertical transportation equipment, perform vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and execute due diligence studies.

“Jacob joins Lerch Bates with outstanding and valuable experience in the vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has a proven record of exceeding all management, performance and sales goals and is a much welcomed addition to our team. Jacob will be an asset as we continue to grow the firm’s presence in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.”

Erwin previously served as sales manager and then branch manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation in Denver. He began his career with the firm as a service and repair sales representative at its Dallas office. Erwin also served as a service and modernization sales manager at Fujitec America. Notable projects with which he has worked at both firms include MGM Grand and Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver International Airport and The Westin Denver Downtown hotel, Dominion Plaza, 1801 California Street (CenturyLink Tower) and 410 17th Street in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.

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 Appoints David Witt Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Vertical Transportation Consultants Around the World

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced David Witt has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Toronto office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 10 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

David WittIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Witt will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“It’s an exciting time at Lerch Bates as we grow our presence in the greater Toronto area and around the globe,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “David has exceptional knowledge of the vertical transportation industry in Ontario and valuable engineering management experience within the materials handling industry. He joins Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our market share in the region and we welcome him to our team.”

Witt previously served as a review engineer for the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) for Elevating devices in Ontario, Canada. As a review engineer, he was responsible for the safety reviews of many projects involving the introduction of new technology from all major elevator manufacturers. Witt also was part of a team that developed a risk based inspection system for elevator equipment and is one of the named inventors in a patent application (20130253975). He also worked as operations manager at Bramalea Elevator. Witt is the Chair of the ASME A17.1 Dumbwaiter and ATD committee and also sits on the ASME A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees.

Witt is a member of NAESA International (National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities) and has been a Certified Elevator Inspector, C-4499, since 2009. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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 Continues To Grow Staff In The United States

Carl G. Cary and Peter Wallack Join Firm as It Steadily Increases Market Share in North America

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has once again grown its staff as the company continues to expand in the United States and around the world. Carl G. Cary has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, for the firm’s Pacific Northwest Region and Peter Wallack joins the firm as consultant, elevator consulting group, for its New England Region.

Carl G. CaryIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Cary will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

He previously served as a Pacific Northwest district sales manager for Won-Door Corporation where he oversaw the sales and consulting functions for all of the firm’s products in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Cary collaborated with architecture firms regarding the added benefits of Won-Door Corporation products compared with other traditional options and provided AIA accredited presentations to firms within the Pacific Northwest region. He also compiled yearly sales forecasting based on industry trends and the projects currently scheduled with the firm and created bids based on specifications to general contractors. Cary also worked as a senior new installation sales representative for KONE and then for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He studied at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada and has more than 15 years of experience promoting products and directing sales teams to increase profitability, maximize market share and expand enterprise for various organizations.

Peter WallackPeter Wallack is a 30-year veteran of the vertical transportation industry. He recently joined Lerch Bates in its Boston office as a consultant serving the New England Region. He is focused on assisting architects, building owners and developers with their transportation challenges; his work encompasses creation and development of schematic design, review of bid submissions and negotiations with equipment manufacturers and implementation of modernization and acquisition surveys.

During his 15-year career with Delta Beckwith Elevator Company (a subsidiary of Otis in the greater Boston area), Wallack served as director of operations, accessibility and new equipment sales manager. Having had experience with a broad spectrum of products and designs (including custom and OEM), he has gained an extensive knowledge of the multi-faceted elevator industry. Wallack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and continued his graduate studies in civil engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.

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 (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 Acquires Joseph Neto & Associates Of New York City

lb520x_020915_Logo Options_v2Lerch Bates Inc., headquartered in Littleton, Colo., announced it has completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. This merger expands upon Lerch Bates’ global leadership in consulting services for the building industry. Both entities are well known as specialized experts in elevator and escalator consulting and the combined resources of the two firms strengthen their positions in the tremendous New York market.

“The addition of JNA to our presence in New York is extremely beneficial because of the quality reputation and excellent relationships the firm has developed over decades in New York City,” said Lerch Bates CEO and President Bart Stephan. “JNA has superior depth of technical resources and experienced personnel active in elevator and escalator new design, modernization, service and inspection businesses. We look forward to the future, leveraging the combined resources of Lerch Bates and Neto serving the elevator consulting needs of clients throughout New York.”

Joseph Neto & Associates President Joe Neto expressed, “This new combined entity is beneficial for all employees and enables us to offer unequaled technical expertise to all of our clients and prospective clients in New York. We believe this opportunity will enable us to serve architects, building owners and managers well beyond what has been available in the market previously. This partnership with Lerch Bates expands our ability to serve our clients not just domestically, but globally through offices in key international locations.”

As a 100% employee-owned company, Lerch Bates serves the building industry with a unique employee ownership dedication to its clients in thirty locations throughout the United States. The JNA acquisition will expand the employee base of talented individuals in the greater New York market. The companies have worked closely together leading up to the acquisition developing an integration plan to communicate to clients and prospects the combined expertise, knowledge base and geographic coverage that can be leveraged globally. The new entity will operate as Joseph Neto & Associates, a Lerch Bates Company, for an interim period of time.

ABOUT JOSEPH NETO & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has been in business for over 28 years. Slow and steady growth, primarily through repeat business and word of mouth from satisfied customers, has allowed JNA to provide the personal service and technical expertise that our valued customers have grown to depend on. What started out as a “Mom & Pop” New York based elevator inspection agency has developed into a comprehensive vertical transportation consulting firm, providing design, project management and consulting services for new and existing buildings as well as maintenance management, inspections and testing services for existing buildings.

Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has become one of the largest vertical transportation consulting firms in the New York City metropolitan area, working with some of the most prestigious architects, developers, property owners and property management companies throughout New York, Washington D.C./ Northern Virginia and Boston.

Lerch Bates Appoints Melanie Maass Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with More Than 17 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Lerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Melanie Maass has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Los Angeles, Calif., office. She joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics with more than 17 years of valuable experience in the elevator and escalator industry.

Melanie is tasked with managing vertical transportation studies, perform maintenance evaluations, designs and overseeing construction services for vertical transportation equipment as Lerch Bates continues to steadily grow its market share in Southern California. She previously served as a senior service account manager, service sales manager and modernization manager for Otis Elevator Company in the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles/Orange County markets. She designed data driven methods to increase company profits, provided training and development services and supported the company’s service, new equipment and modernization business. During her tenure as a modernization manager, Maass performed all surveys, ordering and project management in an effort to provide exceptional customer service, quality and on-time delivery.

“Melanie joins Lerch Bates at a critical time as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy in greater Los Angeles,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She is a much welcomed addition to our Southern California team as she brings the valuable experience, knowledge and extraordinary customer service skills needed to support our increasing presence in the marketplace.”

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Business from San Francisco State University, Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California and a PsyD in Organization Development from California School of Professional Psychology.

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.”