NEII® Announces New Board, Trust Committee


New members and responsibilities announced

In April, the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced the election of its new board of directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections were made in conjunction with NEII’s annual meeting held in Newark, New Jersey.

Board of Directors

The NEII Board of Directors is responsible for managing and directing the affairs of the association as pertaining to its mission statement, which includes driving the formation of codes and standards, providing and supporting educational activities and acting as a conduit for communicating industry information. The newly elected board and officers include:

  • Vance Tang, president: Tang is North American Area director for KONE Corp. and president and CEO of KONE Inc. He is responsible for the company’s elevator and escalator business, as well as its door-service business being developed in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • Richard T. Hussey, vice president: Hussey serves as CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
  • Michael Bauschka, treasurer: Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Inc., where he has led the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the Americas for more than 20 years.
  • Edward A. Donoghue, secretary: Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII and has served it for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is an authority on elevator codes and safety, formerly having served as NEII’s codes and safety consultant.
  • Michael Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.’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 its board president from 2005 to 2007.
  • Sterrett Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products, where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
  • Randy Wilcox currently holds the position of president, North and South America Area, for Otis, 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 NEII’s president.
  • Katsuji Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America, Inc.’s operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 28 years of experience with the company.
  • Jakob Züger serves as CEO of Schindler Americas, with responsibility for North, Central and South America. He previously served as CEO of Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon/Switzerland.

Trust Committee

The NEII Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII with regards to the organization’s benefits and educational trusts. The newly elected committee includes:

  • Gregory Garger, chairman: Garger is vice president of human resources, North and South America Area, for Otis.
  • Bruce Brenizer, vice chairman: Brenizer serves as senior vice president of human resources, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics
  • Timothy Grace is a member of the Schindler Management Committee and responsible for human-resources initiatives across North and South America.
  • J. Patrick Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator. 
  • Charles Moore, holds the position of senior vice president of human resources for KONE, Inc.’s North American operations. 

Tang remarked:

“I look forward to working with the talented individuals in our industry to continue to strengthen NEII’s position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety. The same effort and commitment this board and trust committee have shown in developing our newly approved, comprehensive long-range strategic plan will play a vital role in NEII’s future successes, ensuring the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians, while paving the way for industry innovation.”

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