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Kite & Key 2015 Recipients

Keith Cook

Former Vice President, Technology Policy and Standards, Philips

Keith Cook began working in the lighting industry in 2000, and he has been actively engaged in NEMA activities for the past eight years. He has stood out as an influential leader not only as Philips Vice President, Technology Policy and Standards, but also as an active member of the NEMA Lighting Division and Sections and various strategic councils. He has served on the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (chair, 2009–2015), NEMA Light Sources Section (vice chair, 2011–2012; chair, 2012–2015), NEMA Lighting Division (vice chair, 2012–2015), and Organic LED Coalition (2014–2015).

He has facilitated essential NEMA relationships with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations at both the federal and state levels to promote intelligent building systems. In addition, he was instrumental in the formation of the new ANSI ASC137 standards committee on Lighting Systems and in promoting lighting systems in energy policy and within the NEMA Lighting Division.

Industry involvement outside of NEMA has included participation on the management committee of the American National Standard Lighting Group; the government relations committee of the American Lighting Association; and the governing board of directors for the FlexTex Alliance, where he also chaired the Public Policy Committee. He served as co-chair of the Alliance to Save Energy’s System Efficiency Initiative, supporting the NEMA initiative to promote a systems-based approach to energy regulations.

Mr. Cook retired as vice president at Philips in July 2015. The exceptional work he did continues to benefit NEMA and the lighting and standards industries.

Elaine Thompson

Director of Industry Affairs, Allied Tube & Conduit

Elaine Thompson has long demonstrated her commitment to the electrical industry and the development of standards. Her dedication to the industry as a whole has made her a strong proponent of teamwork who takes advantage of every opportunity to work with and learn from others in the industry. While standing out as a leader in many ways, she has expressed appreciation for the opportunity NEMA provides to work with competitors towards a common goal, including developing product safety standards; publishing white papers and a research study concerning industry products; and submitting a number of proposals and comments to the NEC and other codes.

Ms. Thompson worked in commercial sales before joining Allied Tube & Conduit in 1993, where she is currently the director of industry affairs. She serves as chair of NEMA’s Steel Conduit and Electrical Metallic Tubing Section (5RN), and she previously co-chaired that Section’s Technical Committee. She has been a member of NEMA Codes and Standards Committee for five years, where she helps review and approve all technical material that is presented as a NEMA position. As chair of the High Performance Building Council’s Codes and Standards Committee, she also reviews and directs activities related to energy efficiency and sustainability in codes and standards.

Within NEMA, Ms. Thompson is also a member of Section 5TC, NEMA/UL Policy Committee, NEMA/CSA Policy Committee, Section Affairs Committees, and IRSC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa.


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