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.
March 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nev. The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Challenge has started at CONEXPO Gold Lot Booth G-2975. The Qualifier Event began March 4 and continues today in search of another finalist to compete in the Championship. The Championship will kick off at 9 am on March 6 with Tyler Mayo of BGM, Inc. Mayo placed second at the North Oxford, Mass. Qualifier hosted by Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW. The finalists from the Orlando Qualifier, hosted by Crane Institute, Florida Crane Owner’s Council and M&P Specialty Insurance, will be in attendance. Thomas Cunningham of Sims Crane & Equipment will show his skills March 6 and Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida on March 7.
The Qualifier Events consisted of the barrel dunk, slalom and pipe. The Championship Events will consist of a modification of the qualifier event plus simulator and rigging challenges.
We would like to wish all of the crane operators competing ‘Good Luck.’ Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm March 7.
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...
This year Crane Institute of America (CIA) and Crane Institute Certification (CIC) provided a scholarship for a Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Member’s employee. The scholarship was for a free Mobile Crane Operator, 4-Day training from CIA and free Mobile Crane Operator written and practical certification exams from CIC.
At the Dec. 7 FCOC’s Panel Discussion on OSHA’s 2014 Crane Operator Law, the winner was announced. Congratulations to Jonathan Camp of Crane Rental Corporation, Orlando, Fla. Camp uses cranes to set-up and assemble lattice boom cranes for his company. He is a qualified rigger and signalperson and hopes to move from mobile crane operator trainee to a certified crane operator using the scholarship. Way to go Johnathan!
The Regional Rodeos were a new twist to the Rodeo held at ConEXPO in 2011. This time, Maximum Capacity Media, along with Crane Institute Certification, Liebherr, the Crosby Group, and Manitowoc, joined efforts and decided to have operators compete in their region before heading on to Nationals, October 27 in Davenport, Fla.
Saturday, October 13 was the final of the Regional Rodeos and it was held right here at Crane Institute Headquarters in Sanford, Fla. The rodeo kicked off with Millard Boden of Bryson Crane, as the first contestant. Boden held the first place spot all day until Mark Adcock of Crane Rental Corp. stepped up to the crane! After Adcock’s amazing skills behind the controls landed him in first place, the competition wasn’t over. James Anderson of Crane Rental Corp. showed the crowd everything he had and walked away the Southeast Regional Rodeo Winner!
That’s not all…here at the Crane Institute we like to go above and beyond! We had food, music, games and, of course, football for all to enjoy. With the season of giving coming soon, Crane Institute got a head start and donated the proceeds from the rodeo entrance fees to the Salvation Army!
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC), Kelly Tractor and Equipment, the Crane Rental Corp. and Columbus McKinnon and all the contestants; you truly made this rodeo a big success!