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 OFFICIAL 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).

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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.

President’s Message January 2024 – Shannon Chasteen

Dear AEMA Members,

I am sincerely grateful and honored to have served the AEMA organization and its esteemed members over the past three years. I extend my heartfelt thanks for the trust the board has placed in me by electing me to serve as the 2024 AEMA President and to sit on the board for another three years in 2024.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Max Savard for his dedicated service as President in 2023 and acknowledge the contributions of the 2023 board members: Don Zimmerman, Jessie Johnston, Ron Rucker, Adam Bey, Mark Townsend, Frank Wasilewski, and Honorary Member Bill Page.

This past year has seen a notable increase in interest in AEMA, marked by a rise in membership and numerous nominations for the 2024 AEMA Board. It is encouraging to witness this heightened engagement, as member involvement is crucial for our collective voice in the industry. Let us continue to stay actively involved to ensure our influence.

Over the past three years, AEMA has concentrated on expanding its membership and enhancing the value we offer, from the TrackBill Platform to recent lobbying efforts in California. We remain committed to adding value by actively participating in code committees to represent our membership effectively. We understand the voluntary nature of these roles but recognize the significance of advocating for our members.

In addressing the recent California legislation, AEMA has been deeply involved, thanks to the dedication of Mark Townsend in leading this fight alongside the support of AEMA membership and the board. Our gratitude extends to everyone who has contributed to the fund aimed at challenging this legislation. The potential impact on businesses nationwide underscores the importance of our united front.

The battle is far from over, and we must stay focused on this critical task. As the fight continues, we will rely on the continued support of our membership, urging contributions to the fund to sustain our efforts against this legislation with the assistance of lobbyists.

In conclusion, I am proud to serve as the 2024 President of AEMA, leading us through the challenges of our industry. Together, let us promote the significance of growing our membership and fostering active member involvement.


Shannon Chasteen
President, AEMA 2024

Shannon Chasteen, 2024 AEMA President






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