John W. Blatt Memorial – President’s Choice Award
This honor is bestowed upon those displaying the qualities that Mr. Blatt held dear and showed in all he did. The individuals receiving this award show integrity, dedication and involvement to the elevator industry. They are dedicated to the education of the public and the industry through the sharing of information and networking. They appropriately strive to achieve a safe working and riding environment for all.
The recipient of the John Blatt Memorial – President’s Choice Award is always difficult to choose. This award goes to an individual that possesses the same integrity, dedication, passion and involvement in the elevator industry that Mr. Blatt did. It is awarded by the President of Elevator U.
The individual strives for open accurate communication, and participates in as many industry events and activities as is humanly possible. They have been part of Elevator U through all of its name changes and has always been a positive and encouraging guiding light for our association. They have never missed an opportunity to tell others about Elevator U and in reverse has never missed an opportunity to bring vital information to us.
2016 – Steve Pydynowski – Illinois State University
2015 – Brad O’Guynn – The Ohio State University
2014 – Not Presented – University of Nebraska Conference
2013 – Jimmie Anicich – Presented at the Iowa State University Conference
2012 – Terri Flint – Presented at the Michigan State University Conference
2011 – Ed “Jaz” Jaskowak – Presented at the Penn State University Conference
2010 – Glenn Duncan – President of Parts Specialists, Inc. – Presented at the Purdue University Conference
2009 – Tom Sybert – President of C.J. Anderson & Company – Presented at the University of Illinois Conference
2008 – Robert Caporale – Editor of Elevator World Magazine – Presented at the Arizona State Conference
Bob Caporale Memorial Honorary Members
Robert S. “Bob” Caporale passed away on the weekend of September 3, 2016. Best known in the industry as longtime editor of ELEVATOR WORLD, Caporale was an industry leader who hailed from the Bronx and began his lifelong career in New York City (NYC) in 1964 as a draftsman at the engineering firm of Jaros Baum & Bolles. There, he advanced to the position of associate and was the principal designer, field engineer and inspector on some of the world’s largest vertical-transportation and materials-handling projects, including the original World Trade Center in NYC and the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago. In 1990, he joined DTM Elevator Consulting and Drafting Services, where he was director of engineering. In 1991, he joined Syska and Hennessy Engineers as vice president and director of the Transport System Group, where he continued to manage numerous elevator and escalator installation and modernization projects throughout the U.S. Bob was instrumental in helping with support when the transition. Never one for idleness, he continued to work, operating his own firm RSC Consulting; serving as editor of the NAESA International newsletter Progress; joining the team of forensic analysts and technical experts at Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc.; and working with magazine/online news source High Rise Facilities as part of its editorial staff. Bob was instrumental with his support and guidance when Elevator U became a non for profit and his selfless nature helped Elevator U become what it is today. Bob was the very first recipient of Elevator U’s John Blatt Memorial Award.
The Bob Caporale Honorary Memorial award is bestowed upon those who have gone above and beyond with their contributions to helping Elevator U grow and succeed. It is not a yearly award and it is given out by the board of directors as they recognize individuals who have made a difference. (Information provided by Elevator World Magazine)
2016 – John Harper – University of Nebraska – Presented at The Illinois State University Conference
2015 – Dave Flint – University of Michigan & Jimmie Anicich – Arizona State University – Presented at The Ohio State University Conference
2014 – Chip Albertson – Smithsonian – Presented at the University of Nebraska Conference – 2014 Conference Host – In Memoriam
2013 – Ed “Jaz” Jaskowak & Patty Erickson – Presented at the Iowa State Conference
2011 – Wayne Koepke – Wirerope Works, Inc. – Presented at the University of Illinois Conference
2010 – Jeff Miller – University of Illinois – Presented at the Purdue University Conference – 2009 Conference Host