Recap of Meeting of October 21, 2008

October 22, 2008

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Shaw with a paltry twenty four members attending.

Mike briefly reviewed the Group’s finances, indicating that the funds on hand and now under the care of our interim Treasurer, Mary Thomsic, should be sufficient to cover our outstanding obligations, which include:

Payment to California Country Club for last June’s Golf Tournament. A settlement in the negotiations over the final amount should be reached this week.

Donation to the Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation from the proceeds of the Golf Tournament ($3000).

Also, the balance appears adequate to cover the costs of our final three meetings, including the Christmas party.

Next, the matter of nominations for officers for 2009 was addressed. The following candidates received nominations and seconds:

President:  Allan Lloyd

Vice President: Tim Hawkins

Secretary: John Brannon

Treasurer: Leslie Malloy

Thus far, we have only one nominee for each office. Additional candidates may be proposed at the November meeting before the actual election.

Following lunch, there was a lively discussion as to how the “economic crisis” is affecting our industry. Barry Friesen indicated that the City of Los Angeles has about 100 high rise projects in Plan Check at this time. He anticipates that some of these may be delayed or cancelled, but still, there is a pretty healthy backlog.

Bill Adrian, newly confirmed as General Manager of Republic Elevator (congratulations, Bill!), stated that they have a very healthy backlog at this time, which should keep them going for a couple of years.

This confirms the concept that our industry is one of the last to feel the effects of an economic downturn. The obverse of that coin is that it is also one of the last to fully recover.

The reason, of course, is that there is a significant time lag between “booking” an order and experiencing any revenue from it, ranging generally from 6 to 24 months.

We were delighted to see some new faces:

Alan Taylor – back in Southern California once again and now working with HKA.

Brian Gaa – Working in sales for CED.

Also attending and in line for congratulations, Peter Callas.

Here’s the press release about Pete:


For Immediate Release


The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, has announced that Peter Callas has been promoted to the position of Chief Inspector Elevators and Pressure Vessels, effective October 9, 2008. He previously served as the Acting Chief since July of 2006.


Peter Callas has been with the City in the Department of Building and Safety Elevator Division for 23 years. His previously positions with the Department were Safety Engineer Elevators, Senior Safety Engineer Elevators, and Principal Inspector. In his current position he will be reporting to the Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Building, Commercial Inspection Bureau, and will be responsible for the code enforcement and inspection of over 25,000 conveyances in the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles.


Peter Callas succeeds Lance Wong and Harvey Ledesma who held the position of Chief Inspector for the previous two decades.


October 15, 2008

Last but not least was our raffle, for prizes provided by the Group, John and Doris Brannon, Mary Thomsic of Alps Wire Rope, Stan Schultz, Marilyn Look of Look Stairchairs, Bill Adrian of Repubic  Elevator, Allan Lloyd of Draka, Lupe Castrejon, Leslie Malloy of West Coast Pads, Tim Hawkins, and Scott Dutton of CED.

And the winners were:

Marilyn Look, Alan Taylor, Dave Altman, Allan Lloyd, Doris Brannon, Bill Adrian, Stan Schultz and Barry Friesen