Florida Crane Owner’s Council, Inc. (FCOC) now has a new executive board.
Chairman: Randy Strickland, Lakeland Crane
Vice Chair: Jim Bryson, Bryson Crane Rental Service
Treasurer: Hugo Verez, Kelly Tractor Company
Secretary: Jeff McGeary, Allied Insurance Brokers
Immediate Past Chair: William ‘Bill’ Hershner, Kelly Tractor Company
John Wessel remains the Managing Director.
FCOC’s mission is to address the issues and concerns brought forth by crane owners and associated industries in an effort to provide a safe and efficient future for Florida’s crane industry.
FCOC also co-hosted the 2013 Regional Crane Operator Skills Challenge held at Crane Institute of America’s facility near Orlando, Fla. Where many area FCOC members’ crane operators competed for the Championship held at CONEXPO March 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev.
This month’s interview is with Johnathan Camp of Crane Rental Corporation in Orlando, Fla. Camp was the winner of the 2012 Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Scholarship. He won a free Mobile Crane Operator 4-day training program from Crane Institute of America (CIA) and free Mobile Crane Operator written and practical certification exams from Crane Institute Certification (CIC) valuing over $1,800.
CIA: What was your reaction to receiving the Florida Crane Owner’s Council Scholarship?
Camp: I was very honored for being considered and really enjoyed my time here at Crane Institute. When I need more certifications, I will be back. Thanks for everything!
CIA: What was your overall impression of the Mobile Crane Operator Training Program?
Camp: Very informative and at a pace where if you have questions, they take the time to answer and do not carry on with class until everyone understands.
CIA: Do you feel the instructor was knowledgeable?
Camp: I believe Tom R. was very knowledgeable and extremely professional.
CIA: Do you feel like you were prepared to take the CIC Nationally Accredited Exams?
Camp: Yes, I believe so. More nervous about the hands-on, but I believe I did pretty good!
CIA: How do you think you would have done had you taken the exams “cold-turkey?”
Camp: 50/50. There was stuff on the exams that I didn’t know and stuff that I did.
CIA: Did you find yourself studying back home to prepare?
Camp: No hardcore studying, just brushing up on the material.
CIA: Do you have any advice to those in the industry that might be considering taking...