Welcome to AEMA

We are a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to meet the needs of the accessibility equipment manufacturers, distributors and end users. In 2005 the association modified its vision and its bylaws in order to create an “all industry members association”. Any person, firm or corporation with an interest in the private residence elevator and accessibility equipment industry may apply for membership in the association and if approved, become a full voting member with equal input into the activities of the association.

The following excerpt is direct from the bylaws of the association:

Article II – Scope and Definition

a. Scope

AEMA is an association of persons and entities with an interest in the “Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment” industry.

b. Definition

The term “Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment. industry includes the design, manufacturing , installation , servicing and maintenance of vertical, inclined and horizontal conveying systems which are used primarily to provide access and/or egress for persons in public and private residence environments, commonly known as platform lifts, stair-lifts, wheelchair lifts, access elevators, private residence elevators, home elevators, stairway chairlifts, limited use/limited application elevators, LULA elevators and similar products. (See Article V-Section 1 for membership qualifications).


Our Vision for Your Future

To grow and develop the accessibility equipment industry by establishing and participating in programs that promote the awareness, understanding and use of accessibility equipment

To encourage accessibility equipment manufacturers to interact collectively with building owners, code writers, regulatory authorities, accessibility contractors, government and others associated with accessibility equipment

To contribute to the development, standardization and proliferation of safety codes and standards that affect the design, installation and use of accessibility equipment

To promote the common business interests of the accessibility and elevator industries

To serve as a forum for the standardization of accessibility equipment design aspects that impact user safety, security and ease of use, including equipment operation, signage and terminology

Message From

Don Zimmerman, 2017 AEMA President

Dear AEMA Members,

It’s an honor to represent our AEMA membership as President for the 2017 year.  I am also pleased to announce 1st time elected board member Ron Rucker (D-C Elevator) along with re-elected board members Alex Bourassa (Savaria) & Alan Jensen (HomeLift), for the 2017 year.  They will join existing board members Mark Townsend (Garaventa), Rick Crane (Bella Elevator) and myself, as our six panel Board of Directors for 2017.  We also have appointed officer Alan Jensen as our Treasurer and 1st time appointed officer Katrina Fleming as our Secretary.  In addition to Katrina’s Secretary position, she is AEMA’s paid administrative staff member on duty.  I won’t forget to mention Bill Page (Bruno), who has been AEMA’s honored past-Secretary for many years, until handing over his baton this year.  However, we continue to rely on Bill’s extensive knowledge of AEMA’s protocol & history during our board meetings.

Our organization has incredible depth as several former board members continue to contribute to AEMA’s activities through our internal committee structure and by representing AEMA on outside industry code committees, legislative organizations, et.al.  This allows our organization to carry the national presence necessary to advance our industry and our individual businesses.

In addition to our impact with our industry code involvement, AEMA remains involved in technical training and certification support as well as federal and state to state law & house bill awareness, also offering support for legislative involvements by our members.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve our industry again as AEMA President.  I look forward to being a part of AEMA’s continuing success for our industry.


Don Z