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Carl Whitaker, Crane Institute Training Specialist, Recognized for Excellence in Crane & Rigging Training

November 19, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Carl Whitaker, a training specialist for Crane Institute of America since 2007, was recently named 2015 Professional Honorable Mention by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals, announces Crane Institute.

The Annual Training Excellence Award winners are selected by a panel of industry judges for having a positive impact on safety, encouraging accountability in the workplace, and demonstrating qualities of innovation and leadership.

“Carl’s success as a trainer is due to blending illustrative and hands-on techniques while taking a learner-centered approach,” said Jim Headley, President of Crane Institute. “Carl knows that people learn by doing. In classic learner-centered fashion, Carl frequently answers his students’ questions with questions of his own.”

Whitaker was just one of three trainers in the Professional category to receive Honorable Mention. According to the November 2015 report, “Falling just a few points behind the Top Trainer, [Honorable Mention trainers] also deserve recognition for their achievements as trainers.”

Upon receiving news of his selection as an Honorable Mention Top Trainer, Whitaker said: “There are a lot of good instructors out there. It is an honor to be listed in the ranks with such top quality instructors. I give God the credit for giving me the skills, and thank Crane Institute of America for giving me the to
ols and opportunity. Our job as instructors in the crane and rigging industry is an extremely important element in helping students be safer.”

Teaching an Inspector class, Hands On

Carl Whitaker, 2015 Honorable Mention, Professional Top Trainer, is at home teaching students in the classroom and in the field.

Whitaker has 22 years of experience as a crane and rigging trainer. He gained much of his expertise while working in heavy industry for a graphite electrodes manufacturer, where he gained firsthand knowledge of equipment operation, maintenance, and plant operations.

“Many of the companies that submitted recommendations for Carl frequently request him by name when scheduling training,” said Headley. “We appreciate the commendations from Beitzel Corp., Gulf Power, South Carolina Ports Authority, Timkin Motor & Crane Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, and his former employer, Showa Denko Carbon Inc.”

Headley continued: “Carl is an integral part of Crane Institute’s customized on-site training programs, which are designed to your specifications and use equipment your employees are familiar with. We congratulate him on this well-deserved achievement.”

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One thought on “Carl Whitaker, Crane Institute Training Specialist, Recognized for Excellence in Crane & Rigging Training

  1. Sam Fisher

    It’s awesome to see that people are getting the recognition that they deserve. I’m sure that there are others out there who do the same. I’ve always found that the instructors and trainers to have the most influence on helping employees and other people learn the trade. You can’t go around thinking you can operate these large machines without any kind of training.

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