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IAEC Forum 2015

Consultants’ association meets, educates in vibrant Nashville. by Lee Freeland

Top left: Good times and entertainment at Acme Feed and Seed Top right: Discussion at the AGM Meeting Below: The Nashville skyline on the way to the venue, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

The theme of the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) Forum 2015 was “Learn. Network. Enjoy.” It was not false advertising, as attendees at the May 19-22 event in Nashville had every chance to do all three of these. QEIs could get a complete continuing-education unit (CEU), as the many classes included .8 CEUs worth of NAESA International-presented classes, in addition to .2 CEUs from IAEC educational seminars. Networking and enjoyment went hand in hand with well-catered meals and a special entertainment outing on the last evening. The week began with Monday’s closed-doors board meeting. Most attendees arrived on the following day, when a NAESA educational seminar for .8 CEUs took place for approximately eight hours. Booths were ready for show afterward in an intimate room that was packed with 33 exhibitors. In accordance with IAEC’s strong support of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF), a silent auction was held at each booth that took in approximately US$2,400 for the educational foundation. Wednesday and Thursday were full of educational opportunities. IAEC Executive Director Sheila Swett opened the former with a warm welcome and introduced IAEC President James Lawrence. Lawrence asked for a moment of remembrance for Walter Siebecker and introduced Jay Popp, who worked with Siebecker at Lerch Bates Inc. Popp said he would be remembered fondly for his “undying spirit” and always wanting to Continued

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