Start The New Year Off Right!



THURSDAY Jan 03, 2008 – DINNER @ 6:30 P.M.

  • 645 W. NORTH AVE.
  • CHICAGO, IL 60610
  • (312) 654-2560



TOPIC: Business Meeting

CEA Upcoming Events:

Please respond via e-mail to or via fax to (708)371-2477 no later than 01/2/08 in order to provide adequate seating.

You may contact me via fax at (708)371-2477 or phone (708) 371-2444

Best Regards

  • Gary Schreiber ( President )
  • Craig Zomchek ( Vice President )
  • Tom Przybyla ( Secretary/Treasurer )

Elevators Catching On To Area Code Change

I found this article on the Beacon News Source. Please be aware of it if you have any service contracts in the Aurora Area. Also keep in mind that some phone numbers in the 708 area code require that the 708 prefix is dialed before the main number. Not all numbers are like this so make sure your emergency telephones are programmed properly.

December 9, 2007

AURORA — On one hand, there’s the inconvenience of dialing 11 digits since the October debut of the 630 area code’s new overlay code.

On the other hand, there’s the problem of getting stuck in an elevator with an inoperable phone because it didn’t know it had to dial “1-630.”

City officials are hoping to avoid the latter with a recent mass mailing to owners of buildings with elevators, reminding them that the emergency phones in the elevators have to be reprogrammed.

“It’s something we were made aware of after the fact,” Aurora Fire Marshal Gary Pozzi said of the overlay’s effect on elevator phones.

Since the 331 overlay arrived in October, requiring 630-ers to make their fingers do a little more walking, no elevator incidents have been reported, Pozzi said.

About 300 letters went out recently to the owners of approximately 500 elevators. It urges those with elevators to have the phones reprogrammed immediately to avoid fines associated with a failed inspections, or if an emergency does occur and the phone doesn’t work.

Herman Beneke, city director of buildings and permits, said the reprogramming “just has to be done.”

“Obviously, it’s something we’re concerned about,” he said.

According to the letter, “Failing to have a fully operational telephone in your elevator is a code violation for which a fine could be assessed even if no emergency situation arises.”

A city contractor does annual elevator inspections in February, while others take place throughout the year for new or remodeled elevators

CEA Holiday Party December 5th, 2007

It’s that time of year everyone! Get your reservations in for a great night of Cocktails and Hors d’ oeuvres and live music!  Come join us for a night of great food, spirits and camaraderie among your industry professionals.

This years Holiday party will be held at the Maggiano’s Oakbrook location and will start at 6:30 pm. 


Please note that companies that are CEA Members are allowed 1 person free of charge and each additional guest(s) at the cost of $45.00. Non members of the CEA are $65.00 per person.  Important! Reservations must be made and paid for no later than December 3, 2007.

Please RSVP By 12/3/2007 via fax to (708)371-2477 or phone (708) 371-2444.

Best Regards

  • Gary Schreiber (President)
  • Craig Zomchek (Vice President)
  • Tom Przybyla (Secretary/Treasurer)

Rory Dolan Passes Away-November 24th,2007

Rory is at peace now after a long hard fight. Loved and admired by many Rory will be remembered as a kind, dedicated family man who cared deeply for our industry and the people in it. Please join me in remembering Rory this week. Also please consider signing the online guest book where you can share your thoughts and prayers. Consider a story that you remember about Rory for everyone to read. Visitation and Funeral information is below.

Rory Peter Dolan rory
(July 5, 1941 – November 24, 2007)

Rory Peter Dolan, age 66, of Wilmette. Proud Father and best friend of Peter (Julie) Dolan of Chicago, IL and Tricia (Philip) Oerke of Arlington Heights, IL; fond grandfather of Peter Joseph Dolan; dear brother of Jill (Gary) Augustson; devoted son of Charles P. Dolan and the late Emily Dolan (nee Gruden); Husband of Barbara (nee Miedzianowski). 50 years at the Atlas Elevator Company. Committeeman of ANSI/ASME A17.1 Elevator safety code committee. Former President of the Chicago Elevator Association and member/instructor of the local 2, IUEC. Visitation Nov. 29th Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Nov. 30th Friday 9:30 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077 to Saint Joseph Church 1747 Lake Avenue, (at Ridge Road) Wilmette, IL 60091 Mass 10:00 a.m. Entombment All Saints Cemetery, Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, IL. Info: 847/675-1990

Rory Dolan Donnellan Funeral Page

Business Meeting Recap – November 1st – 2007

During the November 1st Meeting, our existing officers were elected for a second term unanimously. tomjackson

  • Gary Schreiber-President
  • Craig Zomchek-Vice President
  • Tom Przybyla-Secretary/Treasurer

All the members would like to thank the officers for their hard work this past year. 

Some excellent discussion took place regarding offering credited continuing education sessions in 2008 to help contractors get there much needed requirements out of the way.  The officers have agreed to discuss and present some ideas to the members in January. Please come to this meeting as your input would be great on what types of programs you’d like to learn about.

There are many reasons to join the Chicago Elevator Association. 

  • You can talk to other contractors about issues you’re facing
  • You can talk to suppliers and manufacturers about issues your facing.
  • You get to learn what’s going on in the City of Chicago and State of Illinois in regards to elevators.
  • It’s a fun night out, no matter how long a day you’ve had.

The Holiday Party will be a Maggiano’s In Oakbrook on Wednesday December 5th this year and we will have the same live entertainment as we did last year! Details to follow on the calendar of events page.  

Are you interested in serving the CEA on a committee? Please contact us via e-mail and we’ll put you in touch with the head of the committee. This association is all of ours and what we put into it is what we get from it.