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.”
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...
This year Crane Institute entered instructor Wendell Gray into the 5th Annual Crane & Rigging Hotline Top Trainer Award Program. The purpose of this Award Program is to find instructors across the U.S. that have inspired their students to perform their job duties in a safe and correct manner. Instructors were judged on: hands-on instruction, encouragement towards peers, success of training, and the instructor’s impact. Students, colleagues and employers were allowed to nominate instructors and the feedback from them is what determined the winner.
Although Gray may not have won the Top Trainer Award, we are proud to announce his Professional Honorable Mention. To read more about Wendell Gray, A Trainer With Heart, click here.