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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 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 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.

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 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 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.