New Year, new NEII VP of Government Affairs and more

Happy New Year!

The NEII team wishes you all a 2021 filled with health, safety and joy.

NEII Welcomes Phil Grone as Vice President of
Government Affairs

We are excited to announce that Philip W. Grone has joined the NEII team as Vice President, Government Affairs. Phil’s first day was Monday, January 4, and he hit the ground running since he has worked with NEII over the last four years as a consultant on federal facilities standards, construction specifications, and other issues.

NEII will benefit greatly from Phil’s extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Phil worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and with the House Armed Services Committee from 2001-2007, he served as the Principal Assistant and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment with oversight responsibility for construction, environment, safety, and occupational health at U.S. military installations worldwide. After his federal public service, Phil was a Director in the global public sector consulting practice of Cisco Systems; established business and public policy consulting firm, Findlay & Western Strategies, LLC; and was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Defense Orientation Conference Association.

Phil brings a wealth of talent, leadership and strategic thinking to our staff, and we are starting 2021 strong with this addition to our team. Please join NEII in welcoming Phil to NEII. He can be reached at

COVID-19 Restrictions and Guidance from CISA

As COVID-19 cases surge in states across the country again, jurisdictions are making restrictions, and NEII is staying on top of the developments. Each Friday, we continue to send out a newsletter with the highlights from the week, and we have resumed updates to our detailed spreadsheet, which is also available on

In addition, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) continues to support essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is re-promoting its Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance, version 4 to help state, local, tribal and territorial officials and organizations protect their workers and communities. CISA encourages leaders to use this guidance to support COVID-19 vaccine prioritization planning.

Help Us Improve our Industry Guidelines by Completing our NEII-1 Survey

For decades, NEII has developed and maintained the Best Practices and Guidelines for the Building Transportation Industry, called NEII-1. The best practices are industry specifications to help architects, designers and contractors accommodate for the space and details of elevators in building plans. NEII-1 is also utilized by many companies to provide some basics of the industry as a training tool. NEII-1 is available to everyone, and we are looking for input on how NEII can improve this valuable industry resource. Please complete this brief survey to help us continue to improve NEII-1.

New Fall Protection Standards

The American Society of Safety Professionals recently published a new revision of ANSI/ASSP Z359.1-2020 – The Fall Protection Code. The code is free for download.

Calendar of Events

  • Communications Committee teleconference - January 11
  • Government Affairs Committee teleconference - January 13
  • BOD teleconference - February 12
  • Field Employee Safety Committee teleconference - week of February 15
  • Central Code Committee teleconference - March 1-3
  • Performance Standards Committee teleconference - April 13
  • Architectural Standards Committee teleconference - April 14


Follow for updates

National Elevator Industry, Inc., 5537 SW Urish Road, Topeka, KS 66610, United States

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign