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April 24, 2024

Joe Caracappa

Mr. Caracappa joined VDA as Senior Vice President in 2024. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Michael Westhoff

Mr. Westhoff works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

James Breslin

Mr. Breslin works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Robert Arpaio

Mr. Arpaio works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Gladys Argueta

Ms. Argueta works in VDA’s Manhasset office. She worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Anthony Marchese

Mr. Marchese works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Jay Nolan

Mr. Nolan works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Paul DeMatteis

Mr. DeMatteis works in VDA’s Manhasset office. He worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 10, 2024

Krystin Ruiz

Ms. Ruiz works in VDA’s Manhasset office. She worked for Sierra Consulting Group before being acquired by VDA in 2022.

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January 3, 2024

Mark Freeman

Mr. Freeman joined VDA in 2023 as Vice President of Key Accounts. His responsibilities include managing VDA’s Key Accounts Team and developing and maintaining corporate-level relationships while assuring clients receive the highest level of service.

Mr. Freeman began his career in 1984 at Eastern Engineering and Elevator Company in Philadelphia, working as a mechanic before progressing to sales and field support. His extensive experience includes roles at Amtech Elevator Services, TK Elevator, and most recently, at Schindler Elevator, where he served as Senior Vice President of Modernization/M&A Integration. Mr. Freeman brings years of valuable industry experience to the VDA team – from fieldwork to senior leadership roles in modernization, sales, and operations.

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January 3, 2024

Phil Durko

Mr. Durko joined VDA in 2023 as an Associate in the Pasadena office. His responsibilities include consultation on major repairs, modernizations and upgrades, equipment evaluations, maintenance management and inspection services for vertical transportation systems, while managing ongoing projects and developing business in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Durko began his career in the vertical transportation industry in 2002 as a Sales Representative at Schindler Elevator in Los Angeles, working his way up to Branch Manager in 2013. His extensive experience includes roles as a National Account Manager at Otis Elevator, Branch Manager at TK Elevator in Denver, CO, and General Manager of Liftech Elevator Services in Los Angeles. He most recently served as Branch Manager for Kone Elevator in the Los Angeles area. He brings over 20 years of valuable experience in sales and management to VDA.

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January 3, 2024

Aaron Wetherhold

Mr. Wetherhold joined VDA in 2023 as Chief Information Officer. Before joining VDA, he served as Director of Information Technology with I.B. Abel, overseeing the IT landscape, including Infrastructure, ERP improvements, software development, and cyber security initiatives. Before I.B. Abel, Mr. Wetherhold spent 19 years at Intertek as the Director of Information Technology for the Building & Construction division, where he oversaw the IT systems for over 2,000 employees and a combined $400M+ a year in revenue.

For over 20 years, Mr. Wetherhold has led organizations through technology transformations that drive growth and increase efficiencies across the business. He is passionate about understanding business strategy and leveraging technology that supports achieving strategic goals and organizational objectives. Mr. Wetherhold is focused on creating efficiencies through automation and providing innovative, secure technical solutions that address the needs of the business and customer experience.

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August 24, 2023

Clare Duda

Clare is the Legal Services Manager at VDA, operating out of the company’s East Hanover, NJ branch.

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August 18, 2023

Tony Davis

Mr. Davis is the Senior Salesforce Administrator at VDA, working out of the company’s New Jersey branch.

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July 19, 2023

Jim Himes

Austin started working with VDA in 2023 out of our Miami office. As an associate, he will be leading the way in consulting services for the southern Florida region.

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May 12, 2023

Nicole Hussa

Nicole joined the VDA team in 2009 and works out of the East Hanover branch office as an MPT Director.

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May 10, 2023

Vincent Denier

Vincent joined the VDA team in 2023, working out of the New York branch office, as a Senior Field Examiner.

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April 28, 2023

Jake Seibert

Jake joined the VDA team in 2023, working out of the Houston branch office as an Associate.

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April 28, 2023

Jeffrey Podgorny

Jeffrey joined the VDA team in 2023 and works out of the Las Vegas branch office as a Vice President, Key Accounts.

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March 30, 2023

Christopher Eckler

Prior to joining VDA, Mr. Pacheco held various positions at Delta Beckwith Elevator (an Otis subsidiary) starting out as an Engineer, responsible for design, coordination, and fabrication drawings for new elevators. Progressing through roles of increasing responsibility, he served as Chief Engineer and Design Manager, New Equipment Sales Engineer/Estimator, New Equipment and Modernization Manager, and finally Service/Modernization Sales Manager. During his career at Delta Beckwith, he helped institute improved processes, client relations, and increased sales and profitability.

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February 22, 2023

Austin O’Mahony

Austin started working with VDA in 2023 out of our Miami office. As an associate, he will be leading the way in consulting services for the southern Florida region.

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November 15, 2022

Joe Neto

Mr. Neto spent nearly 32 years in the vertical transportation consulting business before joining VDA in 2022 as Vice President – Key Accounts.  The first 15 years of his consulting career encompassed working and growing all aspects of his family business, including Mandated Inspections, witnessing Mandated Tests, Equipment Evaluations, Acceptance Testing, writing specifications for Maintenance Agreements and Modernization projects, Project Management, and was responsible for all Engineering for New Construction projects.  Mr. Neto took over as President/CEO in 2006 and continued to grow the business for another 9 years until his business was acquired in 2015.

Mr. Neto brings his industry knowledge and experience to help VDA continue to grow in all aspects of Elevator and Escalator Vertical Transportation Consulting.

 

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October 26, 2022

Patrick Loeffler

Mr. Loeffler joined VDA in 2019 as an Associate in our Atlanta, Ga. Branch office. As an Associate provides complete or partial services for the modernization of existing equipment or new equipment and provides maintenance equipment evaluations, maintenance monitoring and maintenance contracts.

Prior to joining VDA, Mr. Loeffler held various positions ranging from elevator mechanic/ adjuster to Senior Superintendent of New Equipment in one of the Southeastern regions as well as in the electrical field for 20+ yrs. ranging from apprentice to master electrician to operating his own commercial electrical contracting company.

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October 26, 2022

Dennis Saunders

Mr. Saunders joined VDA in 2019 as an Associate. His responsibilities include the maintenance equipment evaluations, due diligence surveys, traffic analyses, modernization services and specification preparation of existing equipment in existing buildings.

Mr. Saunders began his career as a mechanic with Elevator Specialist Inc., an Independent Elevator Company in Atlanta in January 1985.  He worked the first eighteen (18) years as a mechanic and lead mechanic on some larger accounts.  Mr. Saunders has experience in Service, Repair and Modernization of Elevators and Escalators.  He became a full time Field Supervisor for his last two (2) years at Elevator Specialist, Inc.  In addition, Mr. Saunders worked with Otis Elevator Company in the Atlanta Branch as a Maintenance Supervisor from May 2005 until May 2018.

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July 27, 2022

Dion Cooper

Mr. Cooper joined VDA in 2020 as Senior Associate/New Construction Services – Midwest Region for development of new and existing clients and projects. Responsibilities include design development, coordination for new … Continue reading “Dion Cooper”

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June 6, 2022

Steve Corsale

Steve Corsale joined VDA in 2022 as an Associate. Steve spent his career with a major elevator manufacturer in various roles, and brought his industry knowledge to help grow VDA in New York market. Mr. Corsale’s responsibilities include managing through accounts within the Hospitality, Retail  and Health Care industry. Steve works directly with our clients, building partnerships through Contractual Documents, Full Maintenance Agreements, Equipment Evaluations, Invoice Review as well as monthly Maintenance Management. Steve is highly motivated and makes it his priority to help customers through any type difficult situation when it comes to their vertical transportation needs.

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May 4, 2022

Jeff Sena

Jeff Sena joined the VDA San Francisco branch in 2022. Mr. Sena leverages his engineering degree and many years of industry-specific experience in his current consulting role developing vertical transportation … Continue reading “Jeff Sena”

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April 21, 2022

John Roche

Mr. Roche joined VDA in 2020 as an inspector with responsibilities that include many aspects of the elevator industry. His focus is the Mayo Clinic and the wide range of vertical transportation systems located across their seven Regions.  In addition, Mr. Roche is also available to provide inspection services for our clients in Minnesota and throughout the upper Midwest.   With his extensive field and code experience, John is well suited to provide oversight and hands on field services, including Equipment Evaluations, final acceptance inspections on new and modernized elevator equipment along with plan review and code interpretation for a variety of VDA projects.

 Before joining the VDA team Mr. Roche held leadership positions as the Senior Elevator Inspector for the City of St Paul and as the Supervisor of the Elevator Inspection division for the State of Minnesota.  Both positions involved supervision of staff, oversight of inspection programs, review of detailed plans and permit applications and field inspections of all types of vertical transportation.  Prior to his twenty (20) plus years as an elevator Inspector, Mr. Roche also worked as an Elevator Mechanic with Lagerquist/Dover Elevator and Millar Elevator for twelve years.

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April 21, 2022

Tim Warren

Mr. Warren joined the VDA Minneapolis, MN branch office location in April of 2020. Hired as an Associate, his main responsibilities include the evaluation, design, specification preparation, bid coordination and … Continue reading “Tim Warren”

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April 21, 2022

Annemarie Bubash

Ms. Bubash in an Associate, with over 15 years of APM and elevator industry experience including day to day operation and maintenance of dual lane and single lane (with by-pass) APM systems at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International (MAC) Airport.

Since joining vda® in 2010 she has been responsible for general oversight of the Operating and Maintenance agreement for both MAC APM systems and MAC vertical transportation systems. She consults on all aspects of APM system operations including equipment evaluations, review of monthly APM system performance availability calculations, quarterly invoicing, annual certification testing of APM technicians. She is also responsible for all phases of vertical transportation consulting. Working for a variety of VDA’s clients, including project management, invoice review, annual reports, equipment evaluation, specification preparation, and coordination of final punch list evaluation of new and existing projects.

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March 30, 2022

John Frondi

Mr. Frondi joined vda® in 2006, as a Senior Associate responsible for project management and full consulting services pertaining to the evaluation and modernization of existing vertical transportation systems and new systems, in new and renovated buildings.  He is also responsible for performing maintenance equipment evaluation and surveys for residential, hotel and commercial properties.  Mr. Frondi also oversees a diverse account portfolio whereby he provides various account management services.

Prior to joining vda®, Mr. Frondi worked for a large, international elevator contractor where he held various positions in the field (repair, modernization, new construction and service departments) and management (Territory Manager for Service, Modernization and New Equipment).

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March 25, 2022

Todd King

Mr. King began his elevator career at Otis Elevator as an Elevator Technician in 1996. He spent time in the areas of service and construction but spent most of his time in the areas of modernization and repair.

In 2002 he accepted a position as an Elevator Inspector for the City of Minneapolis where he performed inspections on new, existing, and altered elevators, escalators, and related equipment. In 2007 he accepted the equivalent position with the State of Minnesota. Throughout his career at the State of MN, Mr. King served on code advisory committees, committees for code adoptions, and as a chair member for the Annual Institute for Building Officials.

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August 12, 2021

John Donaldson

Our Missouri office is headed by Mr. John Donaldson who joined VDA in August 2021 with over 10 years of prior experience in the elevator industry with a diverse background in construction, modernization, service and repair, project management, sales, operations and management. Mr. Donaldson is responsible for providing consulting services which include equipment and maintenance Equipment Evaluations, developing equipment and maintenance specifications for new and existing vertical transportation equipment, and provides services during the construction administration phase. In addition, he serves as project manager on selected major contracts.

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August 2, 2021

Rob McNeill

Mr. McNeill has over 42 years of experience in the elevator industry. He has held positions in sales, supervision, and management within OTIS and KONE elevator companies. He spent the last 5 years with KONE as Director of Code and Products, Americas and was the Regional Manager of Modernization for the OTIS Western Region.

He currently serves on the state of Oregon electrical and elevator board, previously chaired the state of Washington elevator safety advisory committee, and is a licensed certified elevator inspector.

In 2021, Mr. McNeill joined VDA as an associate working in the Pacific Northwest bringing expertise in all phases of elevator consulting/design services, equipment evaluations, and inspections.

He provides equipment and maintenance equipment evaluations, writes equipment and maintenance specifications for new and existing vertical transportation equipment, and furnishes construction administrations services.

Mr. McNeill developed an expertise in new and existing installations, code compliance, and modernization during his tenure at OTIS and KONE. He has been involved in over 500 modernizations including the TransAmerica building in San Francisco and SeaTac airport escalator modernizations.

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July 27, 2020

Dan Hunter

Mr. Hunter joined VDA in 2020 with 15 years of elevator industry experience. As an Associate with VDA Elevator Consulting for the North Florida area, he provides complete or partial consulting services for maintenance, and modernization of existing vertical transportation equipment.  He provides maintenance monitoring and equipment evaluations, specifications, and contract preparation. Project management and oversight coordination is offered as well.

Before entering the elevator trade, Mr. Hunter had a successful career as a Firefighter/EMT, before being sidelined due to injuries. Prior to joining VDA, Mr. Hunter acquired his 15 years of experience progressing through various roles with both private as well as major elevator companies. He began his career with Mowrey Elevator, and advanced from field installation/modernization work to Sales Manager covering an area from Central Florida to North Georgia. Mr. Hunter served as the Senior Account Manager.  In this role he was responsible for not only local accounts, but also for the State of Florida Department of Management Services’ contract for all of Florida.

One recent client testimonial from Heather Leatherberry of Condo Association Management states, “Dan Hunter has been invaluable in helping us get our elevator contracts and repairs done properly. His expertise has saved us so much money and time!”

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July 27, 2020

Bill Thomas

Mr. Thomas joined VDA in February of 2017 with over 34 years of experience in the elevator industry. As an Associate for the San Francisco office he is responsible for all phases of Vertical Transportation Consulting for VDA’s existing clients, primarily in Hawaii. He provides equipment and maintenance equipment evaluations, writes equipment and maintenance specifications for new and existing vertical transportation equipment, and provides services during the construction administration phase.

Prior to joining VDA, he co-founded Elevator Dynamics in 1990, where he served as Vice-President for over 23 years. In this role, he operationally managed projects and secured contracts for modernization and repair. At Elevator Dynamics, he also functioned as a journey-level mechanic, performing service, repair and modernization work. In 2013 KONE acquired Elevator Dynamics and retained Mr. Thomas as a Senior Sales of Modernization’s, where he was responsible for bidding and securing modernization contracts in the Los Angeles area. He was a member of IUEC Local 18 for over 25 years, a State of CA Certified Competent Conveyance Mechanic for 12 years and held a State of CA C-11 Elevator Contractor License for 23 years.

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July 17, 2020

Tom Corsale

Mr. Tom Corsale joined VDA in 2018 as a part of the Key Accounts team. Tom spent his career with a major elevator manufacturer in various roles, and brought his industry knowledge to help grow VDA in particular markets. As a part of the Key Accounts team, Mr. Corsale’s responsibilities include managing through major accounts within the Hospitality, Retail  and Health Care industry. Tom works directly with our clients, building partnerships through Contractual Documents, Full Maintenance Agreements, Equipment Evaluations, Invoice Review as well as monthly Maintenance Monitoring. Tom is highly motivated and makes it his priority to help customers through any type difficult situation when it comes to their vertical transportation needs.

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July 17, 2020

Joe Leist

Joe Leist joined VDA in April 2019 as the Vice President Key Accounts.  His primary role is to develop and maintain corporate relationships with our elite clients and to also assure they are receiving the highest level of service from their current vendor and the services that VDA can provide.

Mr. Leist currently works with clients in Retail, Commercial Properties, Higher Education, Multifamily Residential, Hospitality and Medical industries with locations nationally/multi regional Key Account clients. Joe’s role is to share and manage comprehensive tailored programs to protect client’s assets including Multi Year Equipment Evaluations, Master Full Maintenance Agreements, Bidding Services, Modernization Standards, Technical Support/Invoice Review and Critical Capital Planning.

Mr. Leist has experience in all facets of the elevator industry, including construction, modernization, repair, maintenance, and capital planning.  In addition, he has lead field, sales, and management teams to provide a high level of service to his customers while providing consistent annual results for the company.

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July 17, 2020

Nick Nikolai

Mr. Nick Nikolai joined VDA in 2016. Nick brings over 30 years of experience in the elevator industry. Nick works closely with Operations Executives in Retail, Commercial Properties, Higher Education, Multifamily Residential, Hospitality and Medical industries with locations nationally/multi regional Portfolio Account clients. Nick develops comprehensive tailored programs to protect client’s assets including Multi Year Equipment Evaluations, Master Full Maintenance Agreements, Bidding Services, Modernization Standards, Technical Support/Invoice Review and Critical Capital Planning.

Mr. Nikolai’s knowledge includes all lines of the industry including New Construction, Modernization and Service. He has held roles with increasing responsibilities including a Helper, Mechanic, Local Rep, Superintendent, Elevator Company owner, Area Manager, Modernization Manager. His responsibilities included, contract negotiations, major project management, safety policy training and adherence, Repair & Service Sales, Technical training.

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