Michael Blades

B. Michael Blades


Michael Blades possesses more than 30 years of experience in the vertical and horizontal transportation industries. For over 25 years, he has specialized in vertical transportation consulting exclusively. He spent 17 years with another international consulting firm before starting Michael Blades & Associates in 2005. The majority of Mike’s consulting focus has been based in the United States, but he has also consulted on commercial, retail, industrial, residential, health care, gaming, and hospitality projects throughout the world.

Mike has been directly involved in over 11,000 elevator and escalator projects. His consulting experience and knowledge of elevators and escalators is unmatched in the industry.



2012-Present, President, Michael Blades & Associates, Ltd
2005 – 2012, Chief Executive Officer, Michael Blades & Associates, Ltd.
1998 – 2005, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Lerch Bates & Associates, Inc.
1992 – 1998, Regional Manager Lerch, Bates North America, Inc.
1988 – 1992, District Manager, Lerch Bates & Associates, Inc.
1983 – 1988, Field Technician, Service and Sales Manager, Elevator Control Services (ECS)
1979 – 1983, Supervisor and Manager – Industrial Engineering, United Parcel Service (UPS)


University of Maryland – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
National Elevator Industry Educational School
Chesapeake College – Business Administration
Frostburg State University – Management


Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Allied
Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Member, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Member, International Association of Elevator Engineers (IAEE)
Member, International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC)
Member, National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA)
Member, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Member, Community Associations Institute (CAI)
Member, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Member, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)