Crane Hot Line Announces Industry’s Top Trainers

Crane Hot Line, published by Maximum Capacity Media LLC, Fort Dodge, Iowa, has named the industry’s Top Trainers in corporate and professional categories. The winners will be featured in the November 2009 issue. Among the dozens of nominations received for the 2009 Top Trainer award, these individuals were described as being valuable assets to their organizations for their commitment to students, their real-world experience, and their ability to communicate technical subjects effectively.

Nominations were made by individuals who had received training from the candidate, by the trainer’s supervisor, or by an industry colleague. Nominations were accompanied by an essay describing why the nominee should be considered.

Nominees were evaluated by the Crane Hot Line staff for their use of innovative or hands-on instruction; encouragement of peer or corporate accountability on the job; if their training demonstrated evidence of success; and their overall positive impact on the industry. A tie in the Corporate category required recognition of two people: Mike Riggs of I&I Sling/Slingmax and Mike Patten of Southwest Industrial Rigging (SWIR). Riggs is the manager of the company’s Knoxville, Tenn., branch. He established the company’s “Prevention of Rigger Mortis” training program and most of the materials it uses today. Patten is the assistant safety manager for SWIR in Phoenix, Ariz. He was instrumental in changing the rental company’s corporate culture to include safety and education in every task.

Earning top honors in the Professional category is Ronald Gray, president of the Tower Crane School of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz. The sheer volume of nominations he received from former and current students speaks to the kind of rapport he has with students. Gray utilizes a combination of classroom lecture, simulators, and hands-on instruction—the practical aspect of which was mentioned repeatedly in nomination letters.

Each of the Top Trainers received a $1,250 scholarship. Scholarships may be used by recipients to further their own industry knowledge or may be awarded in their name to a student of their choice. Scholarship sponsors are listed below.

Those earning Honorable Mention in their respective categories are:

Mike Hundley
Heede Southeast, Pineville, N.C.

Ray Feidt
Stephenson Equipment Inc., Harrisburg, Pa.

Mike Johnson
Hirschmann Automation and Control  

Chambersburg, Pa.

Skip Ohman
The Crosby Group, Tulsa, Okla.

John Augustine
Sylvan Enterprises, Kingston, Tenn.

Jerry Longtin
CICB, Orlando, Fla.

Rob Scherbarth
Overton Safety Training, Aloha, Ore.

Jeff York

Signal-Rite, San Leandro, Calif.

2009 Top Trainer Scholarship Sponsors


The Crane School

Slingmax Rigging Solutions
Southwest Industrial Rigging

Crane Institute
The Crosby Group
Certified Slings & Supply
Stephenson Equipment Inc.
Morrow Equipment Co.
National Crane Services

Read the entire Top Trainer coverage in the November issue of Crane Hot Line.


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