The ELEVATOR WORLD blog is scraping the bottom of the barrel this week. With both of our regular bloggers out of the country, you readers get stuck with me this week. As you may recall from his blog last week, Brad is in London participating in LiftEx, while Lee is taking a well deserved vacation in the Caribbean. If anyone is interested, I’m going to Atlanta this week (no passport required).
EW staff spend a lot of time “on the road” (actually, mostly in airports and on airplanes) both covering industry events and promoting our own products and services. Someone from our editorial staff is out of the office covering meetings, expos, product introductions and many other aspects of the industry almost every week. Our international correspondents cover most of the big events overseas, but the EW Commercial Department logs more frequent flier miles than the rest of the company combined, with trips to China, India and Italy, as well as the aforementioned visit to England, on their travel calendar for this year.
During my decade on the editorial staff here at EW, I travel once or twice a year on average. I do have notations on my passport from trips to Canada, Italy and Bermuda on company business, but usually my travels are limited to the U.S. As a result, I have many a number of friends and numerous acquaintances within the industry, and anyone involved in vertical transportation will tell you, some of the best friends they have in life come from our industry.
Thanks to the communication revolution, I have also been able to “travel” to places near and far via the Internet and e-mails. Thanks to these innovations, which were only flights of fantasy a generation ago, I regularly “talk” with business acquaintances around the world, many of whom I consider friends, even though we have never met face to face.
One of the latest innovations bringing people together electronically was EW’s “Virtual Elevator Event” (VEE). This online expo and conference enabled people from across the globe share ideas and information without ever leaving their offices. Although it took place in February, thanks to our modern technology, visitors can continue to attend many aspects of VEE via their computers; at least while the event remains archived through May 17. If you haven’t been, or would like to visit again, now is the time.
As our esteemed founder William C. Sturgeon once said, nothing will ever replace shaking someone’s hand or looking them in the eye, but thanks to the wonder of the World Wide Web, we “travel” to places and “meet” people in ways our predecessors could not have even imagined.