|As we start into the second business quarter of the year, Ralph Lawson took the podium in Rudi’s absence presiding over our April Meeting.
Left to right: George Markert of EECO, Darla Abel of LADBS, Tim Hawkins (retired)
Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard CA)
Here it is April already and a busy month for many with tax deadlines and the first quarter now behind us! Is it only me……but these days/months are just flying by and I hope that you are starting to accomplish some of your goals and visions professionally and personally this year. Before you know it, summer has passed and we are celebrating the holidays!
My message this month is just about that….how time flies by! As we continue to attend our monthly meetings, I am hoping that each member in some way has thought or is thinking of bringing in a colleague, business associate or friend who can potentially be a future EIGSC member. Each day we are so involved and engaged in our respective businesses and we come in contact with so many people who are directly associated with the elevator industry or perhaps others who are associated in the construction and design industries. As you know, my vision for the future of EIGSC is to allow our Chapter membership to grow and expand to various related professionals within our elevator industry. I feel that many related professional disciplines who work, service, install, build, enforce codes and design around elevators would have a huge benefit to gain from our unique industry group. Our Chapter group is an excellent forum for learning, networking and mingling with various businesses and trades. Don’t you agree?
Time is flying by and this is why I encourage each of you to extend an invitation to “bring along” a potential new member to our monthly meetings and better yet, to our upcoming EIGSC Golf Tournament on June 21
st. Golf registration forms will be posted in our EIGSC website under “Events” so please take a moment to register and get involved! Sign up your team and sponsorships NOW!
In our March meeting, we had SimplexGrinnell come and present to our group about the latest in smoke detection system and show us a new active “sniffing” smoke detection system to be used in the elevator hoistways as well as around the elevator entrance lobbies or corridors. We want to thank their team for a well informed presentation and if you have any further questions or interest in SimplexGrinnell (www.simplexgrinnell.com), please contact Miro Berjan – Electronics Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
As I mention in my monthly messages, 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.
Best to each of you,
Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard CA)
2013 EIGSC President
|Just when you thought technology would not surprise you, it does. Simplex Grinnell’s great presentation was on fire life safety technology.
Simplex Grinnell came out in force to show support of our group.The presenting team consisted of:
Donald Yax, Special Hazard Systems Sales and Application Specialist
Robert Humphreys, Fire Alarm Sales Representative
Ron Mayle, Design Manager
Miro Berjan, Operations Manager
SmplexGrinnell was pleased to present how new technologies could be adapted to protect against fires within elevator shafts. New fire protection systems, originally developed to protect large buildings and HVAC systems, can be adapted to provide better protectionand earlier warning than traditional equipment. Intelligent controls, that include internet or mass notification capabilities, can alert more people, using more communication methods (e-mail, phone text, etc.) with information that is uniquely designed for a specific response (fire department call out, engineering assignments, evacuation, etc.). This communication, coupled with the early warning of “aspirating” smoke detectors, will allow less fire damage and a faster recovery time for any elevator shaft fire.
f you missed the February issue of Elevator World, please see the great article on one of our own members, Leslie Malloy of West Coast Companies.
Old Business covered:
• Angelika updated new renewals, and our financials
• Possibly adding an additional event
• Possible Harbor Cruise location TBD: Long Beach, Marina Del Rey / Date to TBD
• Gordon Wedge of CED will be handling Golf Tourney at the California Country Club June 21st, 1PM
New Business covered:
• Angelika to mail out invoices for EIGSC membership
• Putting together a new membership renewal invoice form that has a condensed membership list.
A big appreciation to those members who generously donate to our meeting raffle.
Look forward to seeing you at our next EIGSC luncheon meeting on April 16th at TAIX
Plan your foursome now! The EIGSC Golf Tournament will be June 21St at the California Country Club
EIGSC President – Rudi de Ocampo (Smoke Guard CA) / Vice President – Ralph Lawson (Retired) / Secretary – Jason Thibodeau (Sunstate Equipment) / Treasurer – Angelica Carry (Smoke Guard CA) / Sergeant at Arms – Doris Brannon
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
A CHANGING OF THE GUARD
By George Markert (EECO)
As the outgoing President of the E.I.G.S.C., I wish to thank the 2012 Board of Directors: Ralph Lawson (retired), Christine Lam (E.P.C.O) and Janice Clavet (Lerch Bates) for the hard work and dedication they provided throughout the year.
For 2013, I am proud to introduce your new incoming E.I.G.S.C. President, Rudimar (Rudi) de Ocampo of Smoke Guard California.
Rudi de Ocampo is currently a Territory Manager for Smoke Guard California and has been at this position for 10 years. His territory coverage is Orange County, San Diego and Imperial County. As Territory Manager, Rudi has a constant pulse on the construction industry and is actively pursuing many project leads through his efforts in having close relationships with GC’s, Architects, Designers, Developers and City Building and Fire officials. Prior to his career with Smoke Guard, Rudi has been practicing architecture for over 15+ years. During his tenure at various design firms in Arizona and throughout LA and Orange County, he has held several senior and executive level positions such as Principal for Interni Design; Director of Interiors for Carrier Johnson and Senior Designer/Senior Project Manager for Ware Malcomb. Rudi has also taught design and theory studio courses at Brooks College and LA County School of the Arts in CSULA. He has served as a design jury member for Senior design critiques at Art Center, Woodbury University School of Architecture, Brooks College Interior Design and Arizona State University School of Architecture.
Rudi brings to this group a range of experiences in design, construction, construction administration and management skills which in turn can lead the 2013 year into many new memberships through his extensive contact base of Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors, Developers and AHJ professionals.
I look forward to an exciting year working with and for Rudi in our continuing efforts to Educate, Inform, Network, Professionalize as well as Socialize with Contractors, Suppliers and Professionals in the Southern California Elevator Industry.
See you at Taix’s tomorrow!