The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is structured to allow fair representation from all industries that use cranes. This diversity is reflected at all three major levels of the organization including: the Board of Directors, Commissioners, and Committees.
Board of Directors
Board members serve a three-year term. Officers are re-elected annually. The Board establishes policy and sets strategic goals.
PRESIDENT: Thom Sicklesteel, Barnhart Crane
VICE PRESIDENT: J. Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Co.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: J. Chris Ryan, retired
CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONERS: Ellis Vliet, Turner Industries Group, LLC
Vinal George Bell, Cianbro Equipment
James T. Callahan, International Union of Operating Engineers
Pete Laux, Kiewit Companies
Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment
NCCCO has provision for 30 Commissioners, representing ten broad industry groups. These groups make policy recommendations and oversee the activities of the main committees that report to the NCCCO Board of Directors and Commissioners. Commissioners are also entitled to nominate one Alternate. Current Commissioners and Alternates include:
Keith Adolf, IUOE Local 825
Tim Arkilander, Cargotec USA Inc., HIAB
Daniel Bishop, The Crosby Group
Roy Bolton, Cianbro Corp.
Bo Collier, Crane Tech
Charles Cooke, W.O. Grubb Steel Erection
Bill Davis, Zurich Services Corp.
Larry DeMark, ETS, LLC
David Doherty, Cianbro Corp.
William (Hank) Dutton, Travelers Insurance
Dennis Eckstine, Eckstine & Associates, Inc.
Bill Erwin, Erwin Crane
Thomas Gordon, IUOE Local 14
Brian Haight, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
James Haitz, IUOE Local 66
Brian Hill, Manitowoc Crane Care
Jim Jacobs, IUOE Local 3
Don Jordan, BP America
David Judy, IUOE Local 18
Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Company, LLC
Troy Krumm, Link-Belt Cranes
William LaFlamme, IUOE Local 4
Beth O'Quinn, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
Steve Owens, Phillips 66
David Ritchie, Dave Ritchie Consultant LLC
J. Chris Ryan, retired
Derek M. Sather, IUOE Local 324
Kenny Shinn, KJ Shinn Inc.
Fred Simmons, Foley Material Handling Co., Inc.
Bill Smith, NationsBuilders Insurance Services
Jeffery Smith, ExxonMobil
James Stewart, IUOE Local 542
Dan Sullivan, IUOE Local 542
Chris Treml, International Union of Operating Engineers
Gary Via, TNT Crane & Rigging
Jorge Vial, Vial Equipment Sales & Service
Ellis Vliet, Turner Industries Group, LLC
J.R. Williams, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB)
NCCCO develops and maintains its certification programs through committees that report to the Board of Directors. A total of ten Exam Management Committees are responsible for monitoring certification examinations for mobile (written exams and practical exams), tower, overhead, and articulating crane operators, digger derrick operators, crane inspectors, and lift directors, as well as signalpersons and riggers. Committee members suggest revisions to NCCCO’s testing procedures; work with and monitor the administration of the exams; oversee the work of item writers; monitor and oversee testing companies that may be contracted with for exam development and/or administration; and collect data necessary for psychometrically sound examinations.
Two additional committees play an important role in the review, discipline, and appeals processes. The Ethics and Discipline Committee is responsible for establishing standards of conduct—such as ethical standards, policies, and procedures for disciplinary action—and for implementing those standards, policies, and procedures. The Appeals Committee is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for hearing appeals of decisions and for hearing such appeals.