About the Author
James Filippone, P.E., is a mechanical engineer who started his career in the design and construction of nuclear power plants. Three Mile Island subtly convinced Jim that a change in industries was in order. He joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey several years later, and started his elevator and escalator career. Joel D. Feldman, Esq. is an attorney who received his J.D. in 1981 from Villanova University School of Law. He is a shareholder and managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Anapol, Schwartz, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. He has served as an associate editor of the Philadelphia County Reporter, which publishes trial court opinions in Philadelphia. He is admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is an active member of the Philadelphia and American Trial Lawyers Association. Ronald D. Schloss, executive director, SEEC, LLC, is an elevator consultant and electrical engineer with a life-long dedication to the vertical transportation industry. All of his 50-plus working years, except for military obligations, have been in the elevator industry. This is ironic because his first 17 years were isolated in a small southern Illinois coal-mining town. The area was devoid of elevators and escalators, except for those elevators that carried the miners several hundred feet below the surface and down into the tunneled world of coal mining. His father, Moxie Max Schloss, first introduced him to elevators. After a career as a professional boxer, bouncer and bartender Max worked the remaining years in elevator maintenance and eventually got Ron into the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). Ron was an installer for Otis, and a maintenance technician, engineer and manager for Westing-house Electric Corporation, which later became Schindler Elevator Corporation. Ron left the corporate world in 1996 and founded SEEC, LLC. David Cooper, BSc(Hons), MSc, MPhil, CEng, FRSA, FIET, FCIBSE has over 30 years of experience in the lift and escalator industry. He is the Managing Director of U.K. based consulting engineers LECS (U.K.) Ltd. He holds a Master of Philosophy Research Degree following a five-year investigation into accidents on escalators, a Masters Degree in Lift Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree, Higher National Certificate and Continuing Education Certificate in lift and escalator engineering. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and a Past President of the Lifts Group. He is also a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Engineers. Joseph L. Stabler began his career in the elevator industry in 1975 before graduating from the Basic Institute of Technology in Electronic Engineering Technology (1977). Thereafter, he co-founded Custom Home Elevators of St. Louis where he served as president, owner/manager, and principal sales engineer of commercial and residential vertical and incline platform lifts, dumbwaiters, and residential elevator systems. Joe subsequently sold his company interest in 1979 to pursue and earn his journeyman mechanic s certificate through the International Union of Elevator Constructors (1984) where he worked as an elevator constructor, service technician, adjuster and field engineer for two multinational manufacturers. He subsequently earned his QEI certificate from NAESA (1991-Present) and then founded Stabler Associates, Inc. (1992), an independent elevator and escalator consulting firm where he serves as the President/CEO.