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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 Appoints Cole Ganser Project Manager In Pacific Southwest Region

Joins Firm with Valuable Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry in Southern California

Cole GanserLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced Cole Ganser has joined the firm as project manager in its Glendale office. He has more than seven years of extensive experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Ganser is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Southern Calif. He most recently served as the Burbank and Santa Barbara branch manager for ThyssenKrupp where he provided leadership for the service, repair and modernization of traction and hydraulic elevators.

“Lerch Bates is very pleased to announce the appointment of Cole Ganser as we continue to grow our Pacific Southwest Region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He brings to our firm more than seven years of significant involvement in our industry and valuable insights of the greater Los Angeles marketplace. We look forward to the contributions he will make to Lerch Bates and the exceptional service he will provide to our clients.”

Ganser earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

Lerch Bates Appoints Jim Turner Project Manager, Great Lakes Region

Industry Veteran Has More Than 22 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Jim TurnerLerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Jim Turner has been named project manager, elevator consulting group, in its Great Lakes area office. Turner joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and building logistics armed with more than 22 years of comprehensive experience in the elevator and escalator industry and with professional services firms in the building industry.

Turner is tasked with supporting the Great Lakes Region’s operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on the greater Chicago area.

“Our project manager team continues to grow with the brightest and most talented professionals in the industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Jim is a respected and renowned leader in vertical transportation and I’m delighted that he has joined our Great Lakes Region. He’s the perfect fit for Lerch Bates as our firm continues to expand in the Chicago metropolitan area.”

Turner most recently served as national project developer at mechanical, electrical and plumbing industry leader KJWW. He spent the entirety of his vertical transportation career working for Montgomery Elevator Company and KONE. Following assignments in the Montgomery/KONE branch network, Turner focused the majority of his career on the development of the modernization business line. As vice president, modernization, he supported all elements of the modernization business including new product introduction, sales, engineering and installation.

Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Southern Illinois University and management certification from KONE Executive Edge/London Business School.

Lerch Bates Appoints Paul Gauthier Project Manager In Calgary

Gauthier Joins Firm as Office Development Continues to Boom in Alberta’s Largest City

Paul GauthierLerch Bates announced that Paul Gauthier has joined the international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management as project manager. He has served in numerous leadership roles in the vertical transportation industry from account management to overseeing modernizations for more than 15 years.

Gauthier is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout greater Calgary. The metropolitan area is currently the biggest office development market in Canada and continues to gain momentum. He joins Lerch Bates as the firm continues to expand its project manager team in North America with vertical transportation industry veterans.

“The vertical transportation industry in the Calgary area is growing at an incredible rate,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Lerch Bates continues to recruit the most talented, knowledgeable and professional leaders in the business and I’m thrilled that Paul has joined our firm.”

Gauthier has extensive industry experience including new equipment and technologies, modernizations, service repair and maintenance. He most recently worked as a national account manager for Fujitec Canada where he was involved with all aspects of the firm’s operation in Calgary. He began his vertical transportation career with Thyssen Dover, now ThyssenKrupp, where he worked on the elevator systems for large residential projects.

Gauthier is a graduate of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.

Lerch Bates To Provide Maintenance Management Services For Retailer Forever 21

Three-Year Contract Includes 144 Stores in the United States and Puerto Rico

Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Forever 21 has selected Lerch Bates to provide elevator and escalator management services for 144 stores located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has designed a custom maintenance management program for Forever 21 that includes 168 elevators and 238 escalators. The three-year contract includes the evaluation of all service contracts with elevator and escalator repair companies, managing the rebidding process for new service contracts, selecting new elevator and escalator service providers and reviewing all service invoices to ensure accuracy. Lerch Bates also will perform on-site surveys and equipment analysis, maintenance audits of the systems, compilation of statistical analysis reports, reviews of maintenance findings and development strategies for the systems.

“Lerch Bates has seen remarkable growth recently with the demand for elevator and escalator management services,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Forever 21 is a rapidly expanding international brand and we are eager to begin consulting for yet another thriving global company.”

Lerch Bates announced in March that it had been selected by Hilton Worldwide, Inc. 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.

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.

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, is a specialty retailer of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, known for offering the hottest and most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. Forever 21’s model of fast fashion works by keeping the store exciting with fresh merchandise offerings brought in -more- Lerch Bates/Forever 21 Page 2 daily. The retailer operates over 450 stores in the United States with international operations in Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

Lerch Bates Receives Approval From State of Arizona to Perform Inspections of Vertical Transportation Systems

Only Two Companies Have Received Licensing to Perform Third-Party Inspections in the State

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, it has been approved by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“ADOSH”) to perform inspections of elevator and escalator systems throughout the state. Lerch Bates is one of only two firms that have been licensed by the State of Arizona to perform third-party inspections of vertical transportation systems.

On July 29, 2010, changes made by the Arizona State Legislature to the Arizona Elevator Act allow the use of private elevator inspectors for vertical transportation systems. The amendment gives owners and operators of elevators and escalators the option of hiring ADOSH-approved private elevator inspectors to conduct initial and annual statutorily required inspections.

Lerch Bates recently completed an extensive application process with the State of Arizona and was approved and licensed by ADOSH to perform third-party inspections of vertical transportation systems throughout the state. The licensing of Lerch Bates gives owners and operators an additional choice when selecting an inspector and gives them another option when the State Elevator Section is unable to accommodate inspection deadlines. There are currently more than 30,000 elevators operating in Arizona.

“Being licensed by the State of Arizona to perform third-party inspections of elevators and escalators opens up a large new market for Lerch Bates,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “More and more states are allowing the private sector to perform initial and annual inspections of vertical transportation systems and we are leading the way in gaining approval in those states. It’s truly a testament to our team of certified professional engineers around the country that have given Lerch Bates such a respected name in vertical transportation consulting.”

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.