It’s ‘National Talk in an Elevator Day’

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Tips from KONE to Start the Conversation

By: Patrick O’Connell, Director, Marketing & Communications, KONE Americas

Confined spaces. Strangers. Complete silence. Elevator rides aren’t typically on par with the local pub when looking to strike up a conversation. But who’s to say they can’t be a place to meet your neighbors and coworkers, learn something interesting, or brighten someone’s day? Today, July 29th, marks “National Talk in an Elevator Day” and as a leading manufacturer of People Flow® innovations, we at KONE think the best way to celebrate is by breaking the ice and kicking off a short chat during your elevator ride today. Continue reading

Frank J. Sprague

Frank J. Sprague

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July 25th marks the 159th birthday of Frank J. Sprague. Here is an overview of his life and work. 

Hailed during his lifetime as the “Father of Electric Traction” by leaders in the fields of science, engineering and industry, Frank Julian Sprague’s achievements in horizontal transportation were paralleled by equally remarkable achievements in vertical transportation. During a six-decade career, Sprague distinguished himself as an inventor for his accomplishments in the development of the electric railway, early electric elevators, and the commercial electric motor. Sprague was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1857. He attended Drury High School and excelled in mathematics. Sprague won the appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, and with US$400 in borrowed cash, set out for Annapolis, Maryland, in 1874.

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Elevator U and BOMA 2016

This past June, I had the opportunity to attend both the Elevator U (EU) conference in Quincy, Illinois and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Both trips proved to be successful as I was able to meet many new professionals and learn a great deal about our growing industry. Below are a few photos from each trip. You can read the full event coverage for both EU and BOMA 2016 in the September issue of ELEVATOR WORLD.

Elevator U 2016

The main event at EU this year was a tour of the Hollister-Whitney factory.

Hollister-Whitney owner Frank Musholt was kind enough to host all attendees at his home.

BOMA 2016

BOMA 2016 took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Elevator World, Inc. was able to partner with SnapCab.