ECNY Supplier Showcase Fun: Hand-Rolled Cigars and Some Very Happy Suppliers

Your author just got back from yet-another wonderful edition of the Elevator Conference of New York’s (ECNY) Supplier Showcase at the lovely Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Bobby “Bobby Dee” Defrancesco of Benfield Electric Supply conceived the showcase several decades ago and it’s been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since. There are well over 100 suppliers, thousands of attendees and a significant waiting list of suppliers — not only US-based, but from all over the world.

Silvain Mongrain of Mongrain Vertical Transport always hands out hand-rolled cigars at the showcase, but this year (as he has done on occasion) he offered something very special: cigars being rolled live in person by a professional. Everyone was in high spirits throughout the event, as evidenced by the below picture of the Peelle team.

Elevator U 2017

More than 160 professionals from across the country recently joined together in Charlottesville, VA for the 20th annual Elevator U (EU) Conference. The University of Virginia was the generous host of this year’s conference, which took place June 19-22. The historic Boar’s Head Inn served as the venue for the 48 vendors, 70 college/university professionals, representing 35 schools, government agencies, consultants, contractors, suppliers and inspectors.
The first day began with a golf outing at the beautiful Birdwood Golf Course. That evening the EU Board of Director’s held its meeting, while the early arrivers gathered for dinner, drinks and conversation. The next two days were filled with educational presentations on topics such as elevator design criteria and specifications, maintenance control, personal safety and long-term planning. The Tuesday evening social event allowed attendees to relax and unwind while being awed by a magician, psychic and one very popular caricature artist. The vendor show, EESF silent auction and 50/50 raffle on Wednesday evening gave attendees the opportunity to network and view the industry’s newest products while also supporting our industry’s charity. In total, $4,450 was raised at the event.
After a half day of education on Thursday, attendees were treated to a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, to cap off the conference. Next year’s conference will take place at the University of Alabama in June 2018. Visit for more information.

Also, check out this recap video of this year’s conference!

Robots Light-Saber Fighting: “I Could Watch That All Day!”

Held in Hannover, Germany, for 70 years, 2017’s Hannover Messe was the biggest yet with more than 225,000 attendees, including giants like Schindler, which showcased its Internet of Things technology, as well as small startups such as UVIS, which promoted its escalator-handrail degermination system that uses UV light. UVIS and its young founders, Katharina Obladen and Tanya Nickel, were featured in ELEVATOR WORLD in January of this year, and they will be featured again in our July Web Exclusive, “Hannover Messe from a Young Entrepreneur’s Point of View.” The event was heavy on robots and featured many elaborate, eye-catching displays such as this one  featuring Star Wars light-saber action, shared with EW by Obladen. One of my colleagues said, “I could watch this all day!” I certainly agree with him.