EIGSC’s Monthly Message – December 2012

December 6, 2012

EIGSC_The Shaft_Newsletter_December_2012 

EIGSC_Membership_Application_2013 – NEW


Meet our new Year 2013 Board of Directors! 


See you at the EIGSC Christmas Luncheon on December 18th (RSVP by Dec. 14th).

EIGSC’s Monthly Message – November 2012

November 10, 2012

EIGSC_The Shaft Newsletter – November 2012


By the time you read this the Election will be all over, that is, all but the shouting. No matter who you voted for I think our Thanksgiving Prayer will be that this President  will put Our great Country first in all of his decisions.

The E.I.G.S.C. has tried to keep lock step with the Federal Elections by offering our own version which began with the October Meeting which was presided over by our Vice President, Ralph Lawson. In that meeting Ralph reports that once the meeting finished with old business, as is the rules of our Group, nominations for the next year’s Board were held Motions were made and seconded for the following positions:

            President:                  Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard)

            Vice President:         Ralph Lawson (Retired)

            Secretary:                   Jason Thibodeau (Sunstate)

            Treasurer:                  Angelika Carry (Smoke Guard)

In view of the fact there were no other nominations the E.I.G.S.C. will vote on these nominees in our November 20th meeting. This of course is our Thanksgiving meeting and I hope all of you will make a special effort to attend. We have had many new members join our Group in this 2012 year and you will notice three of the new Board nominees are also new members this year.

Speaking of new members , our guest speaker for October was Cornelius Walls of Formula Systems North America. Cornelius introduced the Safe Screen, Slim Screen, the Safe Zone Door Protection Device and the simple to use Orator True Speech Annunciator. It was a very informative talk and certainly in keeping with educational part of belonging to the E.I.G.S.C.

Our November meeting guest speaker canceled and so we thought it fitting to honor our  retired members. It is through their long lasting devotion and hard work that has brought our Industry to where it is today. So if you know any of our retired members please remind them of this event in November.

Thanksgiving is Turkey dinner and all the trimmings, Football, Family and Family Games but don’t forget to Give Thanks for the many blessings that have been given to us, our families, our Industry, our Military and this Great Country of ours.

See you November 20th!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

EIGSC’s Monthly Message – October 2012

September 29, 2012


Reserve these dates (every 3rd Tuesday @ Taix’s)!

–>  10/16/12, 11:30am, Speaker Topic: Light Curtain Systems

–>  11/20/12, 11:30am, Speaker Topic: TBD

–>  12/18/12,  11:30am, Annual EIGSC Christmas Party

To keep the momentum of the “Survive and Thrive in 2012” theme, please plan to come in October & November with EIGSC Boards of Directors’ nominations & voting for Year 2013.

If you have paid your EIGSC membership dues and your company or name is not listed on our website (https://elevatorindustry.com/floor-2-membership-list/), then please kindly email EIGSoCal@gmail.com with any corrections that are needed.

**QEI Training Course & Pilot Exam, Oct. 15th-19th, Phoenix AZ**

Previous discussions about NCEIG (Northern California) and EIGSC combining attendees to host the 5-day course within California could not come to fruition.  However, due to the strong interest earlier in 2012, we would like to let EIGSC members know that NAESA International is hosting a QEI Training Course & Pilot Exam (5-days total) in Phoenix, AZ — October 15th-19th, 2012. 

Please note, EIGSC has no direct affliation with hosting this QEI Certification 5-day course.  Even though we may miss you at October’s EIGSC meeting, we strongly encourage education within the Elevator Industry and hope you find the 5-day course worth your investment.  Please see NAESA International’s website for more details, cost, application form, instructions, list of materials needed, and FAQs:  https://www.naesai.org/calendar.php

Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIGSC) represents education, integrity and a commitment towards excellence in the elevator industry.

President’s Message – September 2012 (Recap of EIGSC’s Summer)

September 17, 2012

EIGSC_The Shaft Newsletter-September 2012


Surf and Turf
As summer comes to an end and we begin our new Fiscal New Year let’s review what has been a busy summer of funfor the members of the Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIGSC). First we had our annual Golf Outing on June 22nd, which has always been a very successful annual event and this year was no different. It is a costly event however this event attracts great participation and for a worthy cause, again this year it is with great honor that we are able to send some proceeds to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF).­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Hats off to Gordon Wege of C.E.D. Elevator! Being the Chairman of this event is an enormous challenge and if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of Gordon, it just wouldn’t have happened.

 Then there was the Harbor Cruise (1st Annual). Earlier in the year it was suggested by a member that we have a Harbor Cruise and pointing out that other organizations like ours in Chicago and New York have a Small Harbor Cruises and they literally get hundreds of participants.

 Pictured from left to right are: Wood Wright; Mark Menke; Joe and Cindy Orrico; Buzz and Marla Markert; Tim and Linda Hawkins; Jack and Barbara Semjian; Ed and Lilly Parks; Randy and Janelle Thurston

So we decided because not everyone plays Golf and this could be something for everyone that a late August Harbor Cruise would finish off the summer and it would be just for fun. So it was, on a Saturday August 18th the EIGSC set sail on the Good Ship “M/V Hornblower RV” at the Newport Beach Harbor. Those that attended were treated to a Gourmet Meal, Tropical Drinks, Good Company and the Cool Summer Breeze of the Harbor Cruise.

The September meeting (September 18th) at Taix’s restaurant will feature an open forum to those in attendance to discuss a number issues.  We will discuss what where our Industry is headed (some economic views) and what changes we would like to see. We will discuss this from the Property manager’s, the Contractor’s and Labor’s point of view. I would like to tie these opinion together with how the EIGSC could be instrumental in affecting positive outcomes.

See you Tuesday, Sept. 18th @ Taix!

EIGSC’s Monthly Message – June 2012

June 6, 2012

EIGSC – The Shaft Newsletter June 2012


EIG Golf Registration Form 2012

2012 EIGSC EESF Golf Brochure


The first half of 2012 has come to an end for the EIGSC and we are pleased to announce we have realized some of our goals.

–> We provided some very interesting programs and Guest Speakers

–> Rebuilt our Web Site, the Shaft and cleaned up our membership list

–> Attracted New Members

–> Put together a Summer Social Event

–> Promoting Education and Networking

–> Increased Attendance

We are hopeful the remaining 4 meetings will provide the same level of enthusiasm and interest in helping with our theme to “Survive and Thrive in 2012”.

Our special thanks to one of our newest members, Angelika Carry for her splendid presentation of “Fire Smoke Curtains”. It is apparent you have made an impressive presentation when the Questions and Answer period is extended.


Golf is right around the corner at the California Country Club June 22nd


Our Newest Summer Activity is already receiving a lot of interest

and that is a summer event for everyone, our first


Look forward to seeing you

Friday-June 22nd at the California Country Club,

Saturday-August 18th on the MOJO Harbor Cruise, and/or

Tuesday-September 18th at TAIX’s!

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

EIGSC’s Monthly Message – May 2012

May 10, 2012

EIGSC – The Shaft Newsletter – May 2012


May is the month of Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and will also be our last meeting before we adjourn for the summer.  Ideally, we can spend the summer preparing the whole balance of the year’s speakers in advance while we enjoy our annual golf outing and the new Harbor Cruise, slated as an August event in which everyone who doesn’t golf can attend. Look for future details in your e-mail!

When we have a cancellation of a guest speaker it throws us for a spin. In April, a California Business Publication Editor cancelled last minute. Fortunately for us Mark Menke of Elevator Products (EPCO) was able to perform admirably with a very informative presentation of EPCO products. Normally, our Secretary, Christine Lam of EPCO, would have made this presentation but since she is traveling on business my friend “the three wood” filled in. Thanks Mark.

This May we are having a New Member of the EIGSC as our guest speaker. Angelika Carry, Sales Manager of Smoke Guard Smoke containment and Fire Curtain Systems.

EIGSC’s ultimate goal is to bring excellence to our Industry though a commitment to Education, Ethics and the side benefit of Networking and Camaraderie. We appreciate the fact that you have joined the EIGSC because you agree and support our goals so take a couple of hours out of your month and come to our monthly meetings.

Finally, common complaints we hear today in our businesses are “cash flow is slow”, “money is tight”, “I might have to lay off if things don’t pick up”, and unfortunately it goes down- hill from there (Kind of a trickle down in a negative way). So as we tighten our belts and tell our employees we have to do a little more to survive the least we can do is to pass on a compliment on doing a good job.  Employees that know their efforts are appreciated feel more like they belong and consequently will go the extra mile during tough times. The best part is it doesn’t cost a dime.

Look forward to seeing you May 15th at TAIX to hear more about Smoke Guards and Fire Curtain Systems!

EIGSC President – George “Buzz” Markert (EECO) / Vice President – Ralph Lawson (Retired) / Secretary – Christine Lam (EPCO) / Treasurer – Janice Clavet (Lerch Bates) / Sergeant at Arms – Doris Brannon

EIGSC’s Monthly Message – April 2012

April 9, 2012

EIGSC – The Shaft Newsletter – April 2012


If you missed last month’s round table, we had a great round table of elevator consultants in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas communicate some trends and needs for the elevator industry. 

Moderated by EIGSC President, the round table discussion of elevator consultants answered a series of questions.  Topics discussed were preventive maintenance, how specified products and services are assessed, and the end goal of servicing the Customer.  It seems the number of Contractors interested in this type of forum was greater than usual and the questions from the floor were beneficial to all who attended.  We had a few requests for an encore with more time to be allotted for Questions & Answers session.

Thank you EIGSC members, guests and especially our round table of elevator consultants who attended in March!

Look forward to seeing you April 17th @ Taix’s Restaurant!

EIGSC President – George “Buzz” Markert (EECO) / Vice President – Ralph Lawson (Retired) / Secretary – Christine Lam (EPCO) / Treasurer – Janice Clavet (Lerch Bates) / Sergeant at Arms – Doris Brannon