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Expert No. 2904

With over 37 years of service to the elevator industry I have served in most aspects that the industry has to offer, those being: Technician, Instructor, Sales and Marketing Management, Contractor, Trainer and Technical Writer. Now and in the last few years I represent an equal balance between Plaintiff and Defendant in the cases for which I have been retained. These cases involve Commercial and Residential elevators but my expertise also involves escalators, handicap lifts, stair chairs and moving sidewalks to mention a few. Preparation, product knowledge and clarity with a public speaking background are some of the qualities I bring to the table as an Expert Witness.
Positions Held
37 years my life has been devoted to working in the Elevator Industry. Serving as Elevator Sales and Repair Manager, Certified Competent Conveyance Mechanic, Manufacturers Technical Writer, National Elevator Industry Education Program Instructor (N.E.I.E.P.), Los Angeles Journeyman License and Elevator Licensed Contractor.
President of the Elevator Industry Group of Southern California 
30 Year Instructor National Elevator Industry Education Program (N.E.I.E.P.)
Honorary Service Award from the International Union of Elevator Constructors for 30 years of service to the Industry.
I have Published Product Information and Marketing Articles in the elevator trade magazine “Elevator World” and “Apartment News Magazine”. 
Was an active Member of National Elevator Contractors Association
Produced and provided product training Seminars to Elevator Contractors
Presently I Consult with other expert witnesses on their cases

History and References

In giving a synopsis of my experience, performance and academic background serving the Elevator Industry, I believe it is safe to say my long suit is in communication (Written and verbal communication. Communicating as an officer in a variety of Associations, 30 years as a Classrooms Instructor to Apprentice Elevator Technicians, Articles published in trade magazines and testimony in depositions and expert witness consulting. Years of public speaking and Instructing have taught me the ultimate psychology to my profession that being: knowledge, presentation, preparation, honesty and clarity.

Representative Litigation Experience: 
I have been consulted by expert witnesses in my field and a number of lawyers for my knowledge of specific types of elevator equipment. I have also been asked to assist in the analysis of accidents, equipment failure and related injuries. Expert witnesses bring convincing testimony in depositions and court trials, if properly prepared, but I also offer my clients assistance in dealing with cross examination to opposing experts.  I am presently involved with several cases for both plaintiff and defendant and my calendar is busy with scheduled site investigations, depositions and scheduled court appearances. As of this writing, I have an almost even split between my representation of plaintiff to defendant.

Representative Consulting Services and/or Projects:
Because of my writing and teaching skills I have developed training programs for most Elevator Contractors in the performance of Hydraulic control trouble shooting, Hydraulic Jack Installations and equipment associated with this type of equipment. I have trained elevator contractor sales personnel to better understand older generation(s) of elevator equipment.
I have published training manuals to explain the functions of telescopic jacks as well as trouble shooting techniques.My marketing background has allowed me to assist several contractors in developing a more sophisticated approach to service, repair and modernization.

Licenses and Certifications:
State Certified Competent Conveyance Mechanics License (C.C.C.M.). 
Elevator Contractor’s License (C11). – Retired in January 2014 from 2012
National Elevator Industry Education Program Instructor (N.E.I.E.P.). -1980  to Current
Los Angeles Journeyman’s License – Current

Elmhurst City College (Illinois) 1961-1962
Link Belt Motor Control Course 1963
Pasadena City College 1964-1965
Los Angeles Institute of Trade Technology 1978 -1979 – 1980
Advanced Elevator Labs Courses from National Elevator Industry Education Program (Motors – Electric Controls – Hydraulics – Electronics) 1985/87/88
Advanced Elevator Instructor Diploma from N.E.I.E.P. 1984
I continue to attend product seminars from many elevator manufacturers and suppliers.

Other Career Highlights
Honorary Service Award from the International Union of Elevator Constructors 2010
President of the Elevator Group of Southern California – 2012
Active member – Junior Chamber of Commerce (Monterey Park, CA) – 1962, Toastmasters International 1961-1962 and Kiwanis Club of La Mesa, CA 1967
Assistant Publisher of the La Mesa Scout Newspaper – 1967
Western States District Sales Manager for Electronic News Magazine and Electronic Products Catalogs – 1972 – 1976

Career in the Elevator Industry Include:
Westinghouse Elevator – Elevator Constructor Apprentice– 1976
Haughton Elevator – Service Helper – 1977
T & R Elevator Co. – Service Journeyman Technician and Sales Manager 1977 – 1978
General Elevator Corp. – Service Technician and Elevator Sales Manager 1978 – 1979
Delta Elevator Corp. – Service, Repair and Construction Technician 1981 to 2009
Elevator Equipment Corporation – Western States Sales Manager, Technical Writer, product trainer and Marketing 2009 – 2014

I will present other legal and personal references on request


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