T. Bruce MacKinnon is executive vice president of Elevator World, Inc., international publisher for the building transportation industry. He takes great pride in continuing the vision of his grandfather, Elevator World founder William C. Sturgeon, who saw Elevator World as the nucleus and main communicator for the industry, while providing it a worldwide marketing platform. Over the past 10 years, MacKinnon has expanded Elevator World through partnerships and new product launches. The company now reaches all corners of the globe through its magazines, including ELEVATOR WORLD, ELEVATOR WORLD India, ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey, ELEVATOR WORLD Middle East and ELEVATOR WORLD China, books and digital newsletters. MacKinnon has spent most of his career in sales/marketing and management and has won numerous sales awards and profit achievements. He earned an associate’s degree in International Business from AIU university.
Marco graduated from Business Administration at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and started his career as a marketing & sales manager at Avis Autoverhuur B.V. After a few years he became the Commercial Director of the Benelux for Nestlé Waters Direct. One of his results was the introduction of Nestlé Aquarel, the replacement of their own water brand, involving all commercial and operational actions concerning the introduction. After this success he decided to leave the country for a world trip for almost a year. Upon his return he was employed at Vitae as a regional director. Vitae is active in recruitment and in outsourcing interim professionals. He started his career at Liftinstituut Holding B.V. as Director Business Unit Inspections and as of October 2015 he is managing director of Lifinstituut Holding B.V. He is married and has two children.
Bülent Yılmaz was born in 1978 in Elazığ, Turkey. He served in Turkish Army for 15 years. He has a masters's degree in international economics. He started worked with Elevator World, Inc. as managing director of Turkey Office in 2014, was also appointed Elevator World Europe and Elevator World Middle East Managing Director. He is currently working at Elevator World, Inc.'s Istanbul Office as Regional Director of Company and MENA representatives of AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH from Germany.
Managing Director of Solutions by Liftinstituut
Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick, Publisher and Editor-at-large, grew up with Elevator World, a 67-year-old magazine founded by her father, William Sturgeon. After college in Missouri and working as a staff artist for a Minneapolis-based company she returned to Mobile, Alabama and became Manager of Advertising and Production of the magazine in 1966. She moved to the editorial side of the magazine in 1976 when she became Managing Editor. Hendrick was named publisher in 1986 and president in 1995. Her son, T. Bruce MacKinnon, joined the company in the late 90’s and is now President. Hendrick has served on the NEII Safety Committee for over 35 years overseeing the editing and production of a series of Safety Handbooks, continuing education tests and other Safety products. She has also served on the NAEC Education and Technical Committee for 20 years guiding her company in producing education and training materials for the CET/CAT Education Programs. Active in many industry organizations, including the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, she was recognized with the NAEC's William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and became an Honorary Member in 2019.
Marjon Oosting her first big wins were in the equestrian sports, being a National champion in dressage and working at the stable of the 10 fold World Champion Anky van Grunsven. After this Marjon started writing her thesis at Nike HQ to fulfill her study Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During her study, Marjon joined exchange programs in Portland (OR), USA and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started her professional career at design agency Design Bridge. She joined Liftinstituut Holding B.V. in 2008 and is now responsible for all Liftinstituut’s business units marketing activities. One of her latest wins was introducing Liftinstituut’s new logo and branding. Another annual event which Marjon’s team is responsible for is the Safety Awareness Week (www.saw.org) in which the initiative of EESF in ‘Creating awareness for safe use of escalators and elevators’ is expanded.
Ben Abbaspour has been senior engineer at ABBA Engineering in Solana Beach, California, since 2006. He has also been a consultant for Hydranics in Rancho Santa Fe, California, since 2001. Prior to these positions, he served as president of Amlift International Inc. in San Diego, Elevator Equipment Corp. in Los Angeles and Science Laboratories in Tehran, Iran. He has also been chief engineer of Elevator Equipment Co., also in Los Angeles.
Abbaspour holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from AMUT University and an MS in the same discipline from Northwestern University. He has been trained in the ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.
World Wide Codes Stds Director, Otis Elecator Co
Louis Bialy Biography
P.E. has 46 years' experience in the design, development and testing of industrial products, including 32 years in elevator and escalator engineering. Mr. Bialy established the Otis Canada R&D Department in 1980 and, since 1984, has led the development of many Otis products in hydraulic, geared and gearless elevators as well as door systems.
In addition, Bialy is an active member of the ISO/TC178 Plenary Committee on lifts, elevators and moving walks as well as several ISO working groups, and serves as a voting member on the ASME A17 Standards Committee on Elevators and Escalators.
Mr Faletto has long-life experience in standardisation and EU legislation in the lift sector. Before the election as Secretary General in June 2017, he has been working with EFESME since its creation in 2005 as technical expert within the CEN/TC10 and ISO/TC178 (lifts, escalators and moving walks) and the UNI (Italian Standardisation Body). Mr Faletto graduated in Mechanical Engineering and, since 1965, he covered different positions in various companies in the lift and escalators sector as Engineering, Marketing & Sales as well as General Manager. Furthermore, since 1999 he is Director of the S.A.L.A. Consulting S.a.s. company with which he provides technical expertise and know-how to SME companies concerning development, disputes and standardisation of lift products. Mr Faletto speaks English fluently in addition to Italian, his mother tongue.
MJ. Mohamed Iqbal
Managing Director, Toshiba Elevator Middle East
MJ. Mohamed Iqbal Biography
M.J. Mohamed Iqbal, BS in Engineering with specialization in Electrical & Electronics from University of Madras and hold an Master of Business Administration degree with specialization in General, Contractual Management.
Iqbal is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Inc (USA), a Chartered Engineer and Fellow with the Institution of Engineers (India) and a Life Member of All India Management Association. Mohamed Iqbal had authored book on Science. He has been mentioned in “Marquis Who’s Who” in the category of Science & Engineering.
Mohamed Iqbal started his career in Elevator field with Mitsubishi Elevator, Dubai, UAE and occupied various key positions and presided over work on more than 11,000 elevators, escalators and moving walks and supported many major elevator projects in Middle East and India.
Iqbal has successfully instituted Projects Support Office Management, Concurrent Engineering Management and trained & developed many hundreds of Engineers.
After joining with Toshiba Elevator Middle East in 2006 as Managing Director & CEO, he developed Toshiba in Middle Eastern countries particularly UAE, Saudi Arabia, Doha, Azerbaijan, etc.
As an elevator professional who has been working in Elevator Industry for more than 32 years, Iqbal says, younger generation to consider VT as a carrier field. He said, Safety, Quality, Engineering, Technical knowledge and Environmental Protective are all important attributes, the industry needs. Coupled with Sales, Marketing, Installation, Maintenance and design roles, the sector offers a range of opportunities for new blood to help, as Iqbal says, “Make the industry more sound with Safety & Quality intact.”
Iqbal is also Elevator World Correspondent for EWI, EWME and he has been contributing articles for more than 21 years regularly. He also listed in EW Technical Advisory Committee.
John W. Koshak is head and founder of Elevator Safety Solutions, Inc., and a member of Elevator World, Inc.’s Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Group. Directly prior to reactivating the company in September 2008, Koshak served as director of Codes and Standards for North America for thyssenkrupp Elevator. He was formerly in research at thyssenkrupp Research, Innovation and Design. Koshak got his start in the industry in 1980 at Westinghouse Elevator Co. and has worked for Dover Elevator, Amtech Elevator and Adams Elevator Equipment Co., where he was vice president of Technical Support. He was a National Elevator Industry Educational Program instructor from 1982 to 1991, designed the LifeJacket hydraulic-elevator safety and holds several patents for elevator-component designs. Koshak is a member of the ASME A17 Standards Committee and a past chairman of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation.
Director of Asian Institute of Built Environment-AIBE
Dr.Albert So Biography
BSc(Eng), MPhil, PhD, CEng, FCIBSE, FSOE, FIPlantE, MIET, SMIEEE, MASHRAE, SMCMES, RPE, MHKIE, FHKAAST, APEC & EMP Engineer, the Director of AIBE, has been with the Department of Building & Construction, City University of Hong Kong for almost 20 years. He had been a Director of Integrated Solutions of Johnson Controls (Asia) from 2008 to 2010. He has substantial experience in developing and administering degree programs at post-secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 1995, he founded the BEng in Building Services Engineering in the City University of Hong Kong and had been the Programme Leader until 2001. In 2001, he founded the MSc in Building Engineering (Building Services Cost Management, Intelligent Building and Building Surveying) and had been the Programme Leader until 2009. In 2004, he founded the Diploma of Facility Management and has been the Programme Leader until now. He has published over 200 academic papers and contributed to more than 10 books. His book, entitled "Intelligent Building Systems", published in 1999 and 2009, is still the unique of this nature around the world.
John van Vliet
Managing Director, Liftinstituut B.V.
John van Vliet Biography
John has a technical background. He graduated for his Bachelor’s Degree from the HTS Rijswijk in Telecommunications. He started his career as a Technical commercial employee at Hestel Electronica in De Bilt. After a year he made the step to Liftinstituut where he started as an inspector of lifts and escalators. Since then he has fulfilled several functions within Liftinstituut such as manager business development. In 2012 he became Technical Director for Liftinstituut Holding B.V. Since October 2015 he is Managing Director for Liftinstituut B.V. He has a wife and two children.
Managing Director of Solutions by Liftinstituut
Süleyman Özcan Biography
Süleyman is an electronic engineer and graduated from Engineering Faculty of Uludag University in Turkey and started his career as a field engineer at Mitsubishi Elevator Turkey. After five years he joined Liftinstituut as an inspector for lifts and escalators. He worked in Liftinstituut in different positions till 2012 and became regional manager of Liftinstituut for Eurasia region at the end of 2012. Currently, Suleyman and his team with 20 experienced engineers gives vertical transportation design, inspection and training services in the area of Turkey, North Africa, Middle East, Central and South Asia. He is married and has two children.
TAK Mathews has over 3 decades experience in the construction and vertical transportation industry. Mathews is a representative on the committee constituted by the Bureau of Indian Standards for rewriting the Elevator & Escalators Codes. He is the Convener of the Panel for writing codes for Lifts and Escalators of the National Building Code of India. He is a member of the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Mathews was the founder Editor of Elevator World India and the co-founder of the Elevator & Escalator Safety Trust (EEST), a non-profit entity set up with the objective of training users on safe practices while using elevators, escalators and moving walks. Mathews is a Qualified Elevator Consultant and a Qualified Elevator Inspector. He is a Chartered Engineer.
President / Principal, VDA - Vertical Transportation Consultants
Robert Cuzzi Biography
A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Manhattan College class of 1986, Robert Cuzzi has dedicated over thirty-four (34) years in the New York City Elevator and Construction Industries, with the last twenty-two (22) years at VDA Elevator Consultants, an industry leader in vertical transportation, where he is currently President and one of the Principal Owners. Robert is extremely active in the elevator and real estate industries, holding various licenses including the QEI (Qualified Elevator Inspector), NYC Elevator Agency Director license, among others; and active in various organizations, including the Elevator Conference of NY (ECNY), IAEC, NAEC, NAESA, REBNY and BOMA, in addition to various charitable organizations. VDA has been providing consulting services since 1980, worked on many high-profile projects throughout the world, and presently has over thirty (30) offices and 175 employees in the United States.
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