February 2010 – Ten new industry experts have been elected by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) to serve five-year terms on the Commission.
The elections followed a decision a year ago by the NCCCO Board of Directors to expand the Commission in order that all stakeholders within the industry continued to be appropriately represented. “Rapid expansion of the range of the certification programs offered by NCCCO required a review of the Commission structure,” explained Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse.
Following the increase in the total number of Commissioners from 25 to 30 and a reorganization of the membership categories, NCCCO elected the ten new Commissioners, along with three Alternate Commissioners, at its fall meeting, held November 13, 2009, in Atlantic City, NJ.
The new NCCCO Commissioners are:
- Tim Arkilander, Articulating Crane Council of North America (ACCNA)
- Len Hull, IUOE (Local 825)
- Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Co.
- Charles Lemon, Washington Dept. of Labor & Industry
- Beth O’Quinn, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)
- Roger (Skip) Ohman, Crosby Group
- Charles Parker, IUOE (Local 132)
- Charles Sager, ExxonMobil
- Carlo Spitaleri, LyondellBasell
- Douglas Stegeman, IUOE (Local 139)
Three Commissioners also nominated Alternates, and they were also duly elected. They are: Frank Bardonaro, AmQuip; Larry DeMark, ETS; and Bill Davis, Zurich.
The NCCCO Commission is comprised of representatives from crane manufacturers, contractors, insurance companies, non-profit associations, labor, government and regulatory bodies, consultants, and international users. The Commission oversees the work performed by NCCCO volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to the Committees that develop and manage the CCO certification programs.
“The fact that the Commission comprises such a diverse group of industry experts and represents literally hundreds of years of crane experience ensures that NCCCO will remain on the cutting edge of issues concerning crane operations and that affect crane users, owners, and the general public,” observed NCCCO Executive Director Graham Brent.