Our business is fabricating and installing elevator cab interiors.
However, the real value we bring to the table is our ability to work with you to turn a simple elevator cab remodel into a focal point of your building, which enhances the daily experience for your tenants and visitors.
We achieve this through great communication, efficient estimating, quality manufacturing, timely scheduling and expert installation.
City Lift was founded in 1996 by Tim & Sarah Varbel. They focused their efforts on building their company from the ground up to be the successful company it is today, and they continue to do so. At the time, local cab interior companies were not providing the level of excellence the elevator companies and the market demanded. City Lift changed that. From its inception, City Lift strived to be a results-oriented cab interior company supplying outstanding services and solutions through experience and dedication.
City Lift’s management and sales team have a wealth of combined experience, knowledge and expertise in the elevator industry. City Lift is recognized as the premier provider of elevator cab interiors in Southern California. Clients include the major elevator companies, architects, contractors, building owners and property management companies. City Lift has earned accolades and respect for outstanding workmanship and customer service. At City Lift we believe in doing the job right the first time. We stand by our work.
Thanks to return clients, professional referrals, beautiful completed projects, hard work and perseverance, City Lift has grown to a company of more than 50 people. Because we strive to maintain a family atmosphere, we enjoy the benefits of low employee turnover.
We look forward to working with you and we’re certain that you will enjoy the experience.
Meet The Team
Tim & Sarah Varbel – Founders
Tim and Sarah founded this family-run business in 1996. They continue to invest in the company to provide the best possible products and services. They love living in Southern California with their two daughters, Alex and Hannah. Tim is an elevator mechanic with 37 years’ experience in the trade. Sarah’s background is business management and accounting. She is City Lift’s CFO.
Paul Kelly – General Manager
Paul has worked in the elevator trade for 25 years from project coordinator, to sales, to management. He enjoys working on all kinds of cab designs, especially those that are quite challenging and complex. Paul is committed to providing complete customer satisfaction on each project and has a keen interest in improving operations and processes that benefit employees and clients alike.
Jason Chambers – Sales/Project Management
Jason joined the City Lift team in 2003. He is passionate about working with our customers to turn their remodel ideas into stunning finished cab interiors that enhance the look of their buildings. Jason likes to explore new material options that could work for elevator interiors. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Michael Calcagno – Sales/Project Management
Joining City Lift in 2015, Mike now has more than 10 years of experience in the elevator industry. He gets great satisfaction from helping our customers transform their elevator cabs into property features they can be proud of. Mike enjoys paddle boarding, watching his sons’ sporting events and motorcycling.
Cal Dell’Aquila – Operations Manager / Scheduling
Cal has over 30 years in the industry with a wealth of knowledge. He is a natural-born problem solver and is everyone’s go-to-guy when they have challenging projects. Cal and his team expertly manage each project from the approval stage through to completion. Cal is always available with answers, except maybe when he is playing with his three beautiful granddaughters.
The Shop Crew
The City Lift Installation Crew
City Lift Shipping & Receiving
Why choose City Lift?
We BELIEVE in working hard on every cab remodel to ensure that our clients’ expectations are met or exceeded. In so doing, we build a level of trust and respect that solidifies our partnerships. These partnerships are vital to the continuing success of our company.
- Contractor license #728659 (C-11 California state contractor’s license for elevators and escalators)
- CQCC (Certified Qualified Conveyance Company)
- Installers are proud members of I.U.E.C. Local 18 (International Union of Elevator Constructors)
- Installers hold CCCM (Certified Competent Conveyance Mechanic) licenses.