Elevator Conference of New York

The Elevator Conference of New York was established in 1993 with the purpose of joining contractors, consultants, suppliers, and other professionals into a single association. The conference enables members to collectively perform research, communicate education and information about the elevator industry, and learn of the many ways to help provide and promote safety within the vertical transportation industry. New York City was a prime location for the ECNY as it is home to many businesses that depend on elevators and escalators to safely transport individuals from floor to floor.

The idea for the ECNY was proposed by Nick Kassetas, an industry salesman who was already part of other regional elevator industry organizations. He wondered why New York City did not have their very own elevator industry to help promote safety for people working within the elevator industry. After long discussions and meetings with several other engineers and associates involved within the elevator industry, it was finally decided to establish the ECNY. Along with the final decision to found the ECNY, the by-laws that the association would follow were created and accepted. 20 individual members originally comprised the ECNY, and since the beginning of its establishment the member count has grown tremendously. Thanks in no small part to its communication with the Department of Buildings of the City of New York and its continuous education programs, at the present time the ECNY has 60 individual members and 70 corporate members.

The ECNY organizes many events each year, in addition to holding regular meetings. These special programs range from Technical Meetings, the ever-popular Mystery Dinner and ECNY Dinner Dance, Continuing our Buildings NY and Technical seminars, and other informative events.

In 2009 the ECNY presented the Safe-T Rider Program, which was a profound success. The program was formulated and presented to properly educate children on the correct ways of using elevators, escalators and other types moving walkways. The program used a character known as “Safety Cat” to help present this information in an entertaining and child-friendly way. Not only were rules and ideas of how to properly use elevators presented, but a question and answer session and review of the safety rules was also incorporated into the presentation. Along with teachers and the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, the ECNY continues to provide these educational presentations throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

Within the ECNY many committees have formed. These committees include: Code Standards and Safety, Communication and Public Relations, Dinner Dance, Finance, Liaison, Meetings and Protocol, Membership, New York City Department of Buildings, Planning, Scholarship, Technical/Information/Presentation, and Website committees. All of these committees help to maintain the structure of the ECNY and it is because of these committees that the ECNY has been such a tremendous success.

The ECNY is host to many distinguished members. Kenneth V. Breglio is the President of ECNY, accompanied by Vice President Bobby Defrancesco. Treasurer Andrea Magaziner and Secretary Douglas Gilman also comprise the list of ECNY members. Among the Directors affiliated with the ECNY are Brad Hunt, Jack Morgan, James Duffy, Nicholas J. Montesano, and Robert Cuzzi.

Wilson Castrillon has been in the elevator industry for over 25 years. In the 1990s he received his NYC Department of Buildings inspector’s license and his QEI Certification. In 1999 he started his own elevator consulting business providing design, engineering, and more.www.cbaconsultants.com

Choosing a Conference Venue

If you have been tasked with organising a seminar or conference for your company then it is more than understandable if it seems to you like a somewhat daunting task. Not only have you been charged with managing every aspect of what is already a reasonably complex event, but before all this can be taken care of you need to find a suitable venue in which it can take place. The most effective conference venues will be will equipped and well laid out. Not only this but they should also have a good selection of chairs, tables and furniture for your attendees use. If your conference is well organised then those in attendance will come away having had a positive experience and recommend it in future. With that in mind here are a few useful hints as to what to look for in a suitable conference venue.

One of the most important aspects of any potential venue is that is has a good atmosphere to it. If your conference location exudes a positive atmosphere then this will have a beneficial effect on on the delegates and contribute to the overall experience of the event. You may wish to use suitable technical equipment in order to add an extra visual element to the atmosphere.

The rooms available in the venue should of course suit the needs of your conference. The room you choose must be able to accommodate enough furniture and equipment depending on the type of conference that you will be hosting. It is for this reason that hotels are quite often a popular choice for these types of event as not only will they likely be able to offer catering to the attendees but they will also have suitable audio visual equipment on hand for whatever presentation purposes you may required. When drawing up a shortlist of potential venues then remember to ask what sort of facilities each location has available as this will be a key part in your decision making process. Any venue that is able to take some of the hard work off your hands will clearly be more desirable than one that cannot.

Delegates are likely to be attending your event with their laptops. It is with this in mind that you should also check that the venue has a suitable wireless internet connection available. Even if the venue does have this facility available you should enquire as to whether their connection will be able to cope with the volume of people you are expecting to attend.

As mentioned it is also important that your event is well catered. Your attendees should be well fed, especially if the conference is likely to go on for at least a day. Poor food is where many conferences can do themselves an injustice. You may think this a trivial affair but no matter how good the conference presentations themselves are, poor catering will literally leave a poor taste in the mouth of your attendees. You should make the most of any opportunity to leave a lasting impression and the last thing you will want to do is fall down on something as basic as the food.

It doesn’t matter if you are something of a novice when it comes to organissing such events as there are a plethora of event management companies on hand who will be able to take the hard work off your hands.

Trevor Richards is writing on behalf of Owl Event Management, one of the UKs leading event management companies.

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