Lerch Bates announced Charlie Geist has joined the company as project manager, elevator consulting group, in its Chicago office. Geist joins the international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management with more than seven years of leadership and sales experience in the elevator industry.
Geist is tasked with managing Lerch Bates’ elevator consulting services in the region including new equipment design, modernizations, maintenance evaluations, construction services and due diligence assessments. He also will support the firm’s design and construction services for façade access and materials management and handling systems as the company continues to steadily grow in the region.
“Charlie Geist is a proven leader who truly understands the continually evolving elevator industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “As the oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in the world, we are committed to only hiring the industry’s top performers who demonstrate exceptional customer service to their clients. We welcome Charlie to our Chicago office and look forward to his contributions as we expand in the region.”
Geist previously served as a senior business consultant for KONE in its Chicago branch. He also worked as a sales representative for Master Elevator Company and as an account manager for Advanced Elevator Company.
Geist earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation maintenance management specializing in nondestructive testing from Lewis University. He also holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics license.