Meet Our Certified Instructors

Industry Leaders Training an Industry

The Elevator Learning Center's Trainer and Instructor teams have over a 100 years of elevator experience. Along with being QEI Certified, they bring a variety of attributes to share with those involved in obtaining a higher level of elevator training.

Carl Alongis - Trainer

Carl Alongis is the Director of Education and Safety Training at the Elevator Learning Center.  This position is well-suited to Carl’s extensive industry background and credentials.  At the ELC, he is responsible for creating and developing instructional processes, educational content, supplemental materials and training aids relative to the safety and technical training of the workforce.

  • QEI Certified
  • NYC DOB Elevator Agency Co-Director
  • OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer
  • NYC DOB Fall Protection Trainer
  • NCCER Master Trainer

Ryan Coley - Instructor

Ryan Coley, President and CEO of Right Way Elevator, is proud of the company’s commitment to safety, recognizing that employee training is the top priority for their business. In 2018 Ryan was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the NAEC where he just finished his 3-year term, and he is also actively serving as Vice President of the Elevator Association of Florida. Ryan joined forces with American Elevator Group in April of 2021.  His continued focus is education and training for the younger mechanics, allowing him to be a mentor and guide for the next generation of elevator professionals.

  • QEI Certified

Daniel Foley - Instructor

Daniel Foley started his career in the elevator industry as an apprentice with DC Elevator over 15 years ago. Once he attained NAEC CET Certification he was tasked with leading numerous installs, modernizations, and repairing various types of elevator equipment.  After four years as a lead mechanic, he moved into a service position where he maintained a service route and resolved trouble calls. Daniel was then promoted to a field adjuster and in 2022, he was promoted to Vice President of Construction and Safety.  He serves on the NAEC Safety and Education Committee to help ensure current and future generations of elevator personnel receive proper education and training.


Anthony Gentile- Instructor

Anthony Gentile began his career in the elevator industry in 2001 as a helper. For nearly two decades he has worked his way through the ranks at D&D Elevator Maintenance.  As the Modernization and Construction Supervisor, Anthony manages multiple teams, provides daily feedback, handles all aspects of a project from ordering materials to supervising a successful installation. 

A background in Architecture and a minor in Electrical Blueprint reading from Saunders Trades & Technical High School, in Yonkers, NY. has proven beneficial to his career and ELC students.

  • QEI Certified

Chris Gutkes - Instructor

Chris Gutkes, currently the President of Island Elevator, is a fourth-generation elevator professional with over 20 years of experience in all facets of the contractor side of the industry. After serving four years active duty with the U.S. Army, he joined ThyssenKrupp Elevator as an apprentice.  He completed the NEIEP program in 2005, and has been formally training apprentices as a CET-S since 2014.

His People-First philosophy prioritizes the safe and professional execution of all tasks and he strongly believes that education and training is a life-long process.
  • QEI Certified

Michael Ramirez- Instructor

Michael Ramirez began his career in 2009 as a helper for Dura-Lift Elevator.  Over the past 14 years, he has held numerous positions from lead installer, lead repair tech, to lead adjuster. Currently a field superintendent of construction, he manages six teams throughout the five boroughs of New York City, teaching his teams to work safely and efficiently while also ensuring customer satisfaction.  He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and a great work ethic to the industry.

Jonathan Sands - Instructor

Jonathan Sands began his career in the elevator industry in 2009, as an apprentice with DC Elevator.  He earned his CET certification in 2013 and CET-S designation in 2021.  Jonathan has worked his way from apprentice to lead mechanic and now, as an adjuster (a title he earned in 2021), doing all manner of installs, modernization and repairs.


Salvatore Verderame - Trainer

Salvatore Verderame, Safety Training Superintendent of Pride & Service Elevator, has trained elevator professionals and led company's safety orientations and programs for two decades. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate of education and safety training in the elevator industry.

  • QEI Certified
  • OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer
  • OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer
  • NYC DOB Elevator Agency Director
  • NYC DOB Site Safety Coordinator
  • NJ Elevator Sub-code Official
  • Pennsylvania Elevator Inspector Certification
  • FDNY Construction Site Fire Safety Manager


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