ECS consultants average over 45 years experience in the elevator industry. It’s a broad range of experience that includes working with tools, sales, management, serving as state elevator inspectors, and owning and operating an elevator company. This hands-on experience enables them to understand the unique challenges of each project and to offer solutions that meet client’s needs, comply with current code and best practices, and are cost effective.
Gordon J. Ernst
Gordon founded Elevator Consulting Services (ECS) in 1991 and has been in the elevator industry for over 50 years. His experience includes construction mechanic, repair mechanic, service mechanic and adjuster. After many years of working with tools, Gordon transitioned into sales as sales engineer and eventually into management where he served as branch manager and regional manager for a major elevator contractor. Prior to founding ECS, Gordon worked as a consultant for Lerch Bates.
Gordon is a Certified Elevator Inspector (QEI) and is the former Executive Director for the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC). He is a member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA) and the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC). He has served on the State of Oregon and City of Seattle Elevator Code Committees. After serving honorably in the United States Navy, Gordon studied Business Management and Engineering at Portland State University.
Greg joined ECS in 2012 and is responsible for supervising the day to day operations of the field consulting staff; preparation of proposals for new construction projects, equipment evaluations, quality control evaluations, modernization of existing equipment, and performance of traffic studies and analyses. He also serves as project executive on select projects. Prior to joining ECS, Greg was a senior manager at Alere Inc. where he had overall responsibility for financial planning and strategy development and implementation. Prior to that, he served in senior and executive management roles in a variety of companies both public and private. Greg graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Finance and Economics.
Senior Vice President
Mike joined ECS in 2014 and has been in the elevator industry for 28 years. Prior to joining ECS, Mike worked for ThyssenKrupp Elevator where he served as the Construction and Modernization Manager for the Northwest Region which included Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska. Prior to that, Mike was with KONE Elevator serving as Construction and Modernization Manager for the Western Region, where he had oversight responsibility for all superintendents west of the Mississippi. Mike began his elevator career with Montgomery Elevator as a mechanic and eventually served as foreman on large elevator and escalator installation projects including Microsoft’s Main Campus, Harborview Medical Center, and SeaTac International Airport. Mike is a Certified Elevator Inspector (QEI).
Waioli joined ECS in 2014 and has been in the elevator industry for 13 years. Prior to joining ECS, Waioli worked for Schindler Elevator where he served as mechanic on new construction and modernization projects. Prior to his time at Schindler Elevator, Waioli served in a variety of roles at KONE Elevator Company, Mitsubishi Elevator, Otis Elevator and ThyssenKrupp Elevator. Waioli is a Certified Elevator Inspector (QEI) and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts in European History.
Project & Business Development Manager
Robyn joined ECS in 2016 and has been in the elevator industry for 8 years. Prior to joining ECS, Robyn worked for Otis Elevator, where she served as Modernization Project Manager. She also worked for Schindler Elevator as a Modernization Specialist and Sales Representative. Before the elevator industry, Robyn did project management for Hyatt Regency Waikiki and Hyatt Regency Maui, with a total of 8 years in the hotel industry. Robyn graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a BA in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education.
James R. Runyan
Jim joined ECS in 2004 and has been in the elevator industry for over 40 years. His experience includes construction mechanic, repair mechanic, service mechanic and adjuster. Jim transitioned into management as service manager and also worked in a variety of sales roles. During this time he also served as an instructor for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). Prior to joining ECS Jim served as the Chief Elevator Inspector for the State of Oregon for 13 years.
Jim is a certified elevator inspector (QEI) and is a member of the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities International (NAESAi), where he is a member of their board of directors and recently served as the organization’s president. Jim is also a member of the QEI Board of Certification for NAESA International
Jim joined ECS in 2014 and has been in the elevator industry for over 40 years. Prior to joining ECS, Jim served as an elevator inspector for the State of Oregon for 19 years. Prior to that he worked as a sales engineer, modernization manager, service manager and branch manager for major elevator contractors. Jim is a certified (QEI) elevator inspector and a member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA) International.
Stacia joined ECS in 2016 with more than 10 years experience in the construction industry, and is responsible for accounting and operations. Prior to joining ECS, she was Operations Manager for a real estate development firm, a Building Trades apprenticeship program, and has a background in nonprofit management. She earned a LEED AP in 2009, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Management.
Carolyn A. Ernst
Carolyn was instrumental in helping Gordon start ECS and has been involved with the organization since its founding. Prior to joining ECS, Carolyn held management positions with numerous property management companies, where she managed Class A office space and medical facilities. This experience has been valuable to ECS, as she provides great insight into the unique needs of building owners and managers. She has also served as the Northwest volunteer for the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation.