NAEC Convention and Expo

NAEC Expo Floor Shot

Elevator trade shows have always been a part of my post-high school life. Besides making my feet hurt, these shows serve many purposes; from providing a face-to-face opportunity to threaten bodily harm upon that comm vendor that hasn’t delivered to your consulting client, to drinking and eating an obscene amount of free beer and ice cream. Networking takes place at night parties in crowded alleys/patios among industry players dressed in football jerseys as well as in little spaces dotting a large convention floor – although GAL/Hollister Whitney had their usual larger presence showing up with two full elevator setups and an upper deck with yet more beer and pretzels (their MRL machine is pretty badassk). Classrooms were also full of people like Tom Sybert updating the.. erm.. young-at-heart of the elevator industry on social media and Don Vollrath giving his drive presentation (which actually made a lot more sense to me this year after taking my lifts components class – yay for learning)

The regulars were there: John Koshak, Bob Caporale, John Rearick, etc. We actually ran into a powdered sugar-powdered Zack McCain coming back from Cafe Du Monde. Speaking of food – alligator, gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, catfish, shrimp poboys, pralines – a gorging like no other. That’s another thing about conventions, I’m always sick of eating when they’re over.

United:Atlantic City is next year. Email me if you’d like to sponsor a child (at the Caribbean Stud table).

Daniel Swett in front of a stainless steel COP

the finish on this COP is hot

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