Jeff Ellis is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California, Hawaii and Illinois with 25 years of experience. Prior to working at Simpson Strong-Tie in 2000, he was a practicing design engineer for small and large commercial, institutional, residential and forensic projects designing with wood, cold-formed steel, structural steel, masonry and concrete for more than nine years. He’s been working at Simpson Strong-Tie for 17 years beginning as a branch engineer for the southwest regional offices. Later, he served as a senior engineering project manager, and then in a dual role as code-report manager for the company and branch engineering manager for the southwest regional offices. Currently he is the Director of Codes & Compliance and manages Simpson Strong-Tie’s code reports and our participation in the codes, standards and technical groups, as well as working on special projects such as product and system development and enhancement. Jeff has participated in several industry organizations over the years – for example, as a board director and president of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), a board director of SEAOC, a California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committee member, and a member of the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Board of Managers. He also served as chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) Lateral Design Subcommittee for several years and as president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI).