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, Technical Principal, Quality, at American Elevator Group, 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

Mike Hollinshead - Instructor

Mike Hollinshead began his elevator career in 2011 with Kencor Elevator and has worked with them ever since. He started in construction and modernization as an apprentice, then moved into maintenance where he began taking on more of a troubleshooting roll. He was then promoted to the Philadelphia-area supervisor where he was responsible for eight technicians. He was in that role for two years then was moved to the position of Lead Technical Support in 2020 where he assists by troubleshooting over the phone and in the field.

Mike is a graduate of the CET program and believes the unique combination of classroom education and on-the-job training required to graduate from the program has contributed greatly to his success.


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 at Slade 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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