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NEII Announces Strategic Restructuring Expanding Industry Influence

CENTREVILLE, VA (September 6, 2017) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced several new hires and promotions as it completes a major restructuring to become more effective industry advocates across the code, regulatory and legislative arenas. NEII promotes safety, innovation and performance in the building transportation industry throughout North America and is now well-positioned to drive that mission. 

With the NEII staff now in place, the building transportation industry has strengthened its position advocating for responsible public policy that promotes safe and consistent standards. The additional staff members deepen the organization’s reach and ability to be the definitive voice of the industry.

Since 1989, Penafiel has worked with the Building Owners Managers Association (BOMA) International, most recently as the Vice President of Advocacy, Codes and Standards. During her tenure, her focus was to establish BOMA as the premier commercial real estate association on legislative, regulatory and codes issues. In her 26 years at BOMA, she has held several positions within the advocacy division. In 2008, Penafiel was promoted to Vice President, Advocacy with Codes and Standards added to her role in 2012. Penafiel graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government.

Codes and Safety
Kevin L. Brinkman has been promoted to vice president of codes and safety. Brinkman will continue to lead the industry to develop and adopt effective and consistent model elevator and escalator codes that protect the safety of workers and the riding public. Brinkman joined the NEII team two years ago as a consultant. Brinkman has been in the elevator and lift industry for almost 27 years. He previously served as the Vice President of Engineering for both the National Wheel-O-Vator Co. and ThyssenKrupp Access. In addition, he was the president and founder of Kevin L Brinkman & Associates, a consulting firm providing engineering support to elevator and lift companies.

Government Affairs
Amy J. Blankenbiller has been promoted to vice president of government affairs. Blankenbiller will oversee the expanding Government Affairs team and is responsible for leading the association’s legislative and regulatory efforts to advance safety and reliability. Blankenbiller joined NEII as a government affairs consultant in 2010. Formerly, Blankenbiller was the president and founder of AJB Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm working with associations, organizations and private businesses to implement government policy strategies, and President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. 

To add to the advocacy fire power, Dylan Isenberg joined the team as NEII‘s new director of government affairs. Isenberg came to NEII from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, where he worked for two years as the association’s advocacy manager. Earlier in his career, Isenberg worked in the office of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Communications
The newest addition to the team is Nicole Van Velzen, director of communications. Van Velzen will lead NEII‘s efforts to communicate the safety, reliability and technology advancements underway throughout the industry. Her vast experience includes marketing and copy writing for a variety of clients as owner of Larkspur Coordinations; marketing director for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (KS); and public affairs director for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Project Management
Megan Hensley rounds out the team and provides research support to the codes and safety, government affairs and communications efforts as the association’s project manager. Hensley draws from a diverse background in education, coaching and event planning to serve as a strong team member, helping NEII and its staff operate most efficiently and effectively. 

“For the past few decades, NEII has been a highly regarded industry advocate – with just a handful of consultants and no full-time employees. Over the past year, we have grown to a staff of six with over 90 years of combined experience in the areas of advocacy, codes development, and association management expertise,” says Karen Penafiel, executive director, National Elevator Industry, Inc. “We are excited to see what our new team will accomplish as we continue working to advance elevator and escalator safety across the country.”

About NEII
The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is the premier association representing the global leaders in the building transportation industry. Its members install, maintain, and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, and other related products. NEIIpromotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEIImembership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

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Contact: 
Sarah Lynch
Account Executive, G&S Business Communications
212-697-2600
slynch@gscommunications.com

Karen Penafiel
Executive Director, NEII
703-966-0321
kpenafiel@neii.org

Nicole Van Velzen
Director of Communications, NEII
785-424-4063
nvanvelzen@neii.org

NEII Announces New 2016 Board of Directors and Trust Committee

Highlights

  • New Board will enact the long-range strategic goals that are the foundation of the NEII mission
  • Trust Committee will continue to administer the rights and obligations of the organization regarding building transportation industry benefit plan trusts

SALEM, N.Y. (June 14, 2016) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII ®) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections were held in conjunction with NEII‘s 82nd annual meeting in Irvine, CA. The elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Lawrence Wash, President – Wash serves as KONE Americas executive vice president, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, vice president of service and contracting for Trane within North and Latin America, and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

 

    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Americas., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the region. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/executive vice president of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for 12 years, including serving as NEII‘s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 30 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

    • Greg Ergenbright, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Ergenbright is president of Schindler North America, where he is responsible for operations in the United States and Canada. Ergenbright has more than 15 years in the elevator industry.

 

    • Tom Vining, Otis Elevator Company – Vining is president, Otis Americas, where he is responsible for the overall leadership and operating performance of Otis in North and South America. He has more than 25 years of industry experience.

 

  • Richard T. Hussey, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Hussey serves as chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.

The NEII Board of Directors manages and directs the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission, to promote safety in new and existing building transportation; advance laws and regulations that permit the introduction of safe, innovative technology; endorse adoption of current model codes by local government agencies; and advocate responsible laws and regulations at all levels of government.

Trust Committee
The Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII regarding the NEII Benefits and Educational Trusts. The Trust Committee includes:

    • Charles Moore, Chair, KONE Americas – Moore holds the position of senior vice president of human resources, for the Americas region.

 

  • Christine Petranchuk, Vice Chair, Otis Elevator Company – Petranchuk is vice president of human resources for Otis Americas and has more than 18 years of human resources experience.
  • Jared Baker, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Baker serves as vice president of human resources and administration for Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
  • Ken Dzierzawiec, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Dzierzawiec is director of labor relations for Schindler Elevator Corporation and has more than 25 years of labor relations experience.
  • J. Patrick Heaney, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation.

“Going into my second year as president with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry is something I am very proud of,” said Larry Wash, president of NEII. “This body consistently proves NEII‘s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, and steers the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry to ensure the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

What to Do if You’re in a Stalled Elevator

SALEM, N.Y. (January 15, 2016) – In light of recent tragic and highly publicized accidents involving stalled elevators, it is important to restate the many measures the building transportation industry undertakes to provide a consistently high standard of safety.

Following a few simple guidelines can help the riding public further improve elevator safety if an elevator stalls.

    1. Press the “Door Open” Button

      Always press the “Door Open” button first. If you are at a landing, the door will open. Then, slowly and carefully step out of the elevator. The elevator may, or may not, be perfectly level with the landing floor, so it is important to watch your step and proceed with caution.

 

  1. Use Available Communication

    Elevators are equipped with a phone system and/or alarm button.

    Push the phone button and wait for a response. In newer elevators, the phone button may be labeled “HELP.” When pushed, the button places a call to an individual trained to take action. It also gives the exact location of the building and elevator you are in. A verbal response and/or visual signal will indicate that help is on the way. In older buildings, there may only be a button marked “ALARM” that will sound an emergency alarm within the building. Trained personnel should make contact with you when they arrive at the building.

  2. Remain Calm

    Remember to stay calm, you are still safe. Never attempt to open the door manually. After using the phone button or alarm button, wait for trained emergency responders to arrive. Even if the temperature feels warmer, there is plenty of air circulating in the elevator and its hoistway.

  3. Relax, and Do Not Attempt to Leave

    DO NOT attempt to exit the elevator if the car has not returned to a landing and opened its doors on its own. Exiting a stalled elevator is extremely dangerous and requires trained emergency responders to assist passengers so they can exit in a controlled and protected manner. While often challenging in an unfamiliar situation, the best thing you can do is to relax, get comfortable, and wait for assistance.      You may be inconvenienced, but you are safe.

    The industry adheres to a stringent set of codes and standards adopted by state and local jurisdictions outlining the maintenance and inspection requirements to help ensure the safety of its products and passengers. Building owners and managers must engage service providers, such as the National Elevator Industry, Inc.   (NEII®) member companies, to perform maintenance and repairs as well as industry inspectors who provide oversight. While no system can ever be failsafe, the accidents that occurred recently were avoidable. It is our collective responsibility as manufacturers, owners, managers and inspectors – to uphold this overall commitment to safety.

    For more information on vertical transportation safety, please visit the NEII Elevator Safety page.

 

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII   promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about  NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Announces New 2015 Board of Directors and Trust Committee

Highlights

  • New Board will further the association’s mission and implement the Long-Range Strategic Plan, the foundation for action by NEII ®
  • Trust Committee will continue to administer the rights and obligations of the organization regarding building transportation industry benefit plan trusts

SALEM, N.Y. (April 2, 2015) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections became effective April 1, 2015, and were made in conjunction with NEII‘s 81st annual meeting held in Chicago, IL. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Larry Wash, President – Wash currently serves as KONE Americas executive vice president, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

 

    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Americas., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the region. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII‘s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Richard T. Hussey, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Hussey serves as chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for eleven years, including serving as NEII‘s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 29 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

    • Greg Ergenbright, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Ergenbright is president, Schindler North America, where he is responsible for operations for Schindler in the United States and Canada. Ergenbright has more than 15 years in the elevator industry.

 

  • Tom Vining, Otis Elevator Company – Vining is president, Otis Americas, where he is responsible for the overall leadership and operating performance of Otis in North and South America. He has more than 25 years of industry experience.

 

The NEII Board of Directors manages and directs the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission, to promote safety in new and existing building transportation; advance laws and regulations that permit the introduction of safe, innovative technology; endorse adoption of current model codes by local government agencies; and advocate responsible laws and regulations at all levels of government.

Trust Committee
The Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII regarding the NEII Benefits and Educational Trusts. The Trust Committee includes:

  • Christine Petranchuk, Otis Elevator Company – Petranchuk is vice president of human resources for Otis Americas and has more than 16 years of human resources experience.
  • Jared Baker, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Baker serves as vice president of human resources and administration for Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
  • Ken Dzierzawiec, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Dzierzawiec is director of labor relations for Schindler Elevator Corporation and has more than 25 years of labor relations experience.
  • J. Patrick Heaney, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation.
  • Charles Moore, KONE Americas – Moore holds the position of senior vice president of human resources, for the Americas region.

“I am honored and excited to begin my tenure as president with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” said Lawrence Wash, president of NEII. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have consistently shown to expand NEII‘s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, steer the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensure the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Announces New Codes & Safety Director

SALEM, N.Y. (March 18, 2015) – Today the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced the appointment of Kevin Brinkman to the position of Codes & Safety Director. Brinkman, president of consulting firm Kevin L. Brinkman & Associates, LLC, will assume the new role on April 1, 2015, and will report directly to the NEII Board of Directors. Former director Brian D. Black now serves as NEII‘s Codes & Safety Analyst.

“Kevin’s extensive engineering background and thorough knowledge of the model codes and standards makes him a valuable addition to the NEII team,” says Rich Hussey, NEII president. “I’m confident he’ll be a driving force for advancement in codes and building transportation safety.”

Brinkman brings NEII more than 30 years of experience in the building transportation industry, specializing in accessibility. As president of Kevin L. Brinkman & Associates, LLC, Brinkman currently provides independent consulting services to the industry for product code compliance, engineering reviews, product design and site evaluations. He also serves on various codes and standards committees.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to take a leadership role within NEII contributing to building transportation code development from the front lines,” says Brinkman. “I’ve long admired the work the organization does to provide education on industry codes and safety standards, and look forward to helping NEII realize its strong vision of safety and innovation nationwide.”

Prior to forming his consultancy, Brinkman served as the vice president, engineering and quality, for ThyssenKrupp Access Manufacturing, LLC, where he was responsible for overseeing product development and compliance with all applicable safety codes and standards. Brinkman also has eclectic and extensive experience including high-level positions in engineering, operations and sales. Additionally, Brinkman has chaired the ASME A18.1 Standards Committee and the ASME A17.1 Private Residence Elevator Committee, and served on various model code and accessibility committees.

Brinkman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and currently resides in Eureka, IL.

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership

Highlights

  • 2014 marks 100 years of industry leadership for elevator/escalator trade organization
  • For the last century, NEII® has been the preeminent trade association and foremost authority for codes and standards in the building transportation industry

SALEM, N.Y. (July 15, 2014) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first recorded meeting of the Elevator Manufactures’ Association (EMA), which later became NEII.

In 1914, the first meeting took place in the Iroquois Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y. The trade organization was initially established in response to changing urban environments and the need for codes to safeguard the riding public in elevators. The organization developed the first model elevator code which would serve as the basis for today’s modern ASME A17.1 safety codes.

As the premier trade association for the building transportation industry, NEII‘s principle responsibilities remain the promotion and advocacy of the latest safety codes and standards, endorsing the adoption of the latest model codes by local government agencies and encouraging the introduction of safe, innovative building transportation technology.

NEII‘s timeline encompasses many notable milestones, including:

    • Development of the first model elevator safety code; “Uniform Regulations for the Construction and Installation of Passenger and Freight Elevators” in 1917.

 

    • Release of “Elevator Layout Standards,” which later became the “Building Transportation Standards and Guidelines, NEII-1,” providing invaluable information on all products, standards, guidelines and terminology associated with vertical transportation.

 

    • Development and distribution of “Safety Regulations for Field Employees” in conjunction with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

 

  • Launch of CodeFinder in 2006, a single-resource for NEII member companies to find accurate, up-to-date information on all the local codes, standards and regulations that affect business and safety practices.

A detailed history of the organization can be found on NEII‘s website.

NEII‘s story is one of unprecedented industry leadership, cooperation and achievement,” said Richard T. Hussey, president of NEII. “As we celebrate our centennial, we also look to our next 100 years of helping make the elevator industry even safer, more sustainable and innovative for our customers, employees and the riding public.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Announces New 2014 Board of Directors and Trust Committee

Highlights

  • New board to further the association’s mission and implement the Long-Range Strategic Plan serving as the basis of action by NEII®
  • Promotion of safety for new and existing building transportation technologies is a chief objective
  • Trust Committee will continue to administer the rights and obligations of the organization with regard to building transportation industry benefit plan trusts

SALEM, N.Y. (April 29, 2014) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections became effective April 29, 2014, and were made in conjunction with NEII‘s 80th annual meeting held in Hartford, CT. This year also marks NEII‘s 100th anniversary as the premier national trade association for the building transportation industry. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Richard T. Hussey, President – Hussey serves as chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Inc., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the Americas. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII’s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for ten years; including serving as NEII’s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 28 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

    • Jakob Zueger, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Zueger serves as chief executive officer, Schindler Americas, with responsibility for North, Central and South America. He previously served as chief executive officer of Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon/Switzerland.

 

    • Lawrence Wash, KONE Inc. – Wash currently serves as the Americas executive vice president/chief executive officer for KONE Elevator, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

 

  • Tom Vining, Otis Elevator Company. – Vining is president, Otis Americas, where he is responsible for the overall leadership and operating performance of Otis in North and South America. He has more than 25 years of industry experience.

 

The NEII Board of Directors is responsible for managing and directing the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission statement, which includes: promoting safety in new and existing building transportation; promoting laws and regulations that permit the introduction of safe, innovative technology; endorsing adoption of current model codes by local government agencies; and advocating responsible laws and regulations at all levels of government.

Trust Committee
The Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII with regards to the NEII Benefits and Educational Trusts. The newly-elected Trust Committee includes:

  • Christine Petranchuk, Otis Elevator Company – Petranchuk is vice president of human resources for Otis Americas and has more than 16 years of human resources experience.
  • Bruce Brenizer, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Brenizer serves as senior vice president of human resources, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
  • Kara Ekert, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Ekert is vice president of Human Resources for Schindler Elevator Corporation and has more than 11 years of human resources experience with the company.
  • J. Patrick Heaney, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation.
  • Charles Moore, KONE, Inc. – Moore holds the position of senior vice president of human resources, for the North American operations.

“I am honored and excited to work with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” said Richard T. Hussey, president of NEII. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have consistently shown to expanding NEII‘s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, steering the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensuring the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Launches New Website

Highlights

  • New NEII® website offers contemporary new design with faster, easier navigation
  • Enhanced content delivers one-of-a-kind information and resources for elevator industry

 

SALEM, N.Y. (December 10, 2013) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is pleased to announce the launch of the association’s new website: www.neii.org. The redesigned website offers visitors a streamlined user-experience, improved navigation and a mobile-ready, contemporary new look. Additional features include valuable content designed exclusively for the building transportation industry and riding public, industry newsletters, fact sheets and white papers.

The NEII website is a result of nearly a year’s worth of planning, research and consultation to ultimately deliver visitors a vastly improved user-experience. Along with the refreshed design, the site also features increased functionality with a powerful new search tool and integrated social media links for seamless access to the association’s Twitter newsfeed and members-only LinkedIn group.

Visitors can also find the latest content from NEII on vital topics such as elevator and escalator safety, key industry innovations and sustainability. An updated codes and standards section highlights new resources on the Performance-Based Code as well as NEII‘s well-known proprietary tools – CodeFinder and NEII-1. The Member area will also be redesigned in 2014 and will feature updated access to exclusive website content.

“As we evaluated how visitors were accessing and using our website, we knew it was time to embrace a more media-rich, mobile-friendly design,” said Edward Donoghue, managing director, NEII. “This new website reflects the professional and dynamic image of our industry and makes it easier than ever for our members, the media and the riding public to find the in-depth, focused content they’ve come to expect from NEII.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Announces New 2013 Board of Directors and Trust Committee

Highlights

  • New board to further the association’s mission and implement recently approved Long-Range Strategic Plan to serve as the basis of action by NEII®
  • Promotion of safety in building transportation for new and existing technologies is a chief objective
  • Trust Committee will continue to administer the rights and obligations of the organization with regard to building transportation industry benefit plan trusts

SALEM, N.Y. (April 24, 2013) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections became effective April 23, 2013, and were made in conjunction with NEII’s 79th annual meeting held in Newport Beach, CA. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Richard T. Hussey, Vice President – Hussey serves as chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Inc., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the Americas. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII’s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for ten years; including serving as NEII’s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Randy Wilcox, Otis Elevator Company – Wilcox currently holds the position of president, North and South America Area (NSAA) for Otis Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in these regions. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and previously served three terms as the NEII President.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 28 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

    • Jakob Züger, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Züger serves as chief executive officer, Schindler Americas, with responsibility for North, Central and South America. He previously served as chief executive officer of Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon/Switzerland.

 

  • Lawrence Wash, KONE Inc. – Wash currently serves as the Americas executive vice president/chief executive officer for KONE Elevator, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

 

The NEII Board of Directors is responsible for managing and directing the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission statement, promoting safety in new and existing building transportation; promoting laws and regulations that permit the introduction of safe, innovative technology; endorsing adoption of current model codes by local government agencies; and advocating responsible laws and regulations at all levels of government.

Trust Committee
The Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII with regards to the NEII Benefits and Educational Trusts. The newly-elected Trust Committee includes:

  • Gregory Garger, Chairman, Otis Elevator Company – Garger is vice president of human resources, North and South America Area (NSAA), Otis Elevator Company.
  • Bruce Brenizer, Vice Chairman, Mitsubishi Elevator – Brenizer serves as senior vice president of human resources, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
  • Timothy Grace, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Grace is a member of the Schindler Management Committee and is responsible for human resources initiatives across North and South America, the United States and Canada.
  • J. Patrick Heaney, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation.
  • Charles Moore, KONE, Inc. – Moore holds the position of senior vice president of human resources, for the North American operations.

“I am honored and excited to work with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” said Richard T. Hussey, president of NEII. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have shown to expanding NEII‘s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, ushering the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensuring the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Appoints New President/Vice President to Board of Directors

Highlights

  • New members and officers to further the association’s mission and implement Long-Range Strategic Plan to serve as the basis of action by NEII®
  • Promotion of safety in building transportation for new and existing technologies is a chief objective

SALEM, N.Y. (September 18, 2012) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the appointment of two new officers, including the president and vice president, and one new member to the Board of Directors. These elections became effective September 13, 2012, and were made in conjunction with NEII fall Board of Directors meeting held in Atlantic City, NJ. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Richard T. Hussey, President – Hussey serves as CEO and President of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas Operating Unit, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products, a business unit of the Prysmian Group, where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Larry Wash, KONE Inc. – Wash currently serves as the President for KONE Americas, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

      “I am honored and excited to work with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” says Richard Hussey, president, NEII Board of Directors. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have shown to expanding NEII’s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, ushering the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensuring the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

      Members and officers continuing their roles with the NEII Board of Directors will be:

    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Inc., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the Americas. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII’s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for seven years; including serving as NEII’s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Randy Wilcox, Otis Elevator Company – Wilcox currently holds the position of president, North and South America Area (NSAA) for Otis Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in these regions. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and previously served three terms as the NEII President.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 28 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

  • Jakob Züger, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Züger serves as chief executive officer, Schindler Americas, with responsibility for North, Central and South America. He previously served as chief executive officer of Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon/Switzerland.

 

The NEII Board of Directors is responsible for managing and directing the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission statement, including driving the formation of codes and standards, providing and supporting educational activities and acting as a conduit for communicating industry information.

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.