Columbia CEO/owner Louis James Blaiotta, Jr., affectionately known in the industry as "LJ," began working at Columbia Elevator in 1986. He designed and implemented a new business structure for enhanced customer relations, production efficiency, employee relations and the aggressive application of emerging new technologies to a very traditional field. By 1991, he had risen to the level of Vice President and, in January 1, 1994, was named president of Columbia Elevator Products Co. Inc. Going forward, as CEO, he will focus on a strategic global direction for the company.
Since 1988, LJ has been a member of the Hoistway Committee of American National Standards Institute ASME (ANSI A17.1) Elevator & Escalator Safety Code Writing Authority. In 2004, he became a member of the Elevator Advisory Board to the New York City Department of Buildings. He is a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Quality Control, and currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC).
Born in Port Chester, New York, LJ received his BS in civil engineering, May 1986 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1990, he received the NY State ETI engineering licensing certificate, and, in 1993, his MBA in strategic planning from Lubin School of Business, Pace University; while at Pace, he was inducted into the International Economics Honor Society.