Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard CA)
Welcome returning and new members to our Elevator Industry Group of Southern California! To our returning members, welcome to another great year with the Elevator Industry Group of Southern California and to our new members, welcome to the organization and we thank you for joining and being a part of an elevator industry group history that was formed back in 1947. As past and returning members can tell you, the Southern California Chapter is still in existence due to the dedication and shared interest of those who seek to enhance their knowledge in the elevator industry through networking, educational presentations, code updates, technology and just plain old camaraderie! Before I get too far along, let me thank a few people for their service to EIGSC last year. George “Buzz” Markert (EECO) set a great example as our 2012 President and we are glad for his leadership and continued involvement in EIGSC. Ralph Lawson (Retired) who was last year’s Vice President has returned to be our Vice President for 2013 and his contribution was and still is greatly appreciated. Outgoing 2012 Board Members are Treasurer, Janice Clavet (Lerch Bates) and Secretary, Christine Lam (EPCO) who also deserve our many thanks for their commitment and contribution to our chapter.
As the 2013 new year kicks into gear, EIGSC will continue to facilitate “Progress through Knowledge”. By preserving and continuing the long standing history of the EIGSC Chapter and giving members the offerings to provide a great opportunity for “you” to learn about a variety of related subjects within the industry in our lunch meeting presentations through guest speakers covering interesting, informative and timely topics and to provide a place to develop and nurture a relationship with a client or colleague. I encourage each of you to maximize the value from your membership by taking advantage of the Chapter’s offerings and networking opportunities at our monthly meetings and scheduled events this year.
Many exciting guest speakers, presentations and events await us in 2013. One important agenda item for our Board Members and all of you, as members, is to be pro-active in growing our membership and expanding to other disciplines within our industry. Invite a guest, client or colleague to our monthly meetings to show them what we are about. Bringing Architects, General Contractors, Designers, City and State AHJ’s, Suppliers and Manufacturer Reps would generate a new breathe of ideas, thoughts and interests into the group. This would be an excellent way for all of us to learn more of the different disciplines that is so much related to the elevator industry through design, construction, technology and codes. Again, it is “Progress through Knowledge”.
The 2013 EIGSC Board of Directors is here to serve your needs as a member. While I have the pleasure of serving as your President for 2013, the success of the Chapter would be impossible without the active support and participation of our Board Members, and I would like to recognize them for their service. Your 2013 Vice President is Ralph Lawson (Retired); Treasurer is Angelika Carry (Smoke Guard CA); and Secretary is Jason Thibodeau (Sunstate) and Sergeant at Arms is Doris Brannon.
I hope you are as excited as I am about 2013, and that you help us continue our tradition of success. The strength of our organization is premised on the level of involvement by our members. With that in mind, I invite you to call or e-mail me to share any ideas, thoughts or feedback to improve our Chapter. I will make it a point to ensure that you receive a response to communications you send me. You should also feel free to contact any Board Member. We all welcome your ideas and feedback. I look forward to hearing from you by email, phone or to see you at one of our monthly meetings or upcoming events. Best to each of you,
Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard CA)
2013 EIGSC President