JUNE 2015

First event a great success!

The first Lift & Move USA event – held 16-17 June, 2015 in Chicago – attracted more than 140 attendees including students, apprentices and veterans, all interested in learning more about careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry.


For more details on the first event click here


Planning work is now underway on future Lift & Move events, with an announcement likely soon on the location and timing of the second event.



Two-day careers event



Hotel: Chicago Marriott Midway

6520 South Cicero Avenue

Chicago, IL 60638



June 16-17 2015

2015 Schedule

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (afternoon session)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Registration, Coffee & Pastries


Joel Oliva & John Skelly

Program MCs


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Introduction to the Industry that “Moves the World”

Speaker: Joel Dandrea, SC&RA


1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

 A to Z Jobs in the Industry

The crane, rigging and specialized transportation industries require a wide range of employees, from welders, mechanics, equipment operators to accountants and sales representatives. This session focuses on some of the unique positions available for individuals entering the industry and describes qualification requirements, typical career paths, and expected salary levels.

Speaker: Courtney Lockwood, Bengal


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Most Wanted: Identifying the Skills Gap

What technical and trade skills do companies in this industry seek, and how are companies, educational institutions and government bodies working together to help fill that need? This presentation will help you grasp the scope of the industry needs and where you might fit best as you look into training and certification for a career in the industry.

Speaker: Brent Kindred, Wisconsin SkillsUSA


2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

How to Outshine the Competition

A big job interview, or the first day in a new job, can be daunting and sometimes Mom and Dad just don’t have the right advice. Hear from a recent grad (we use that term loosely)  on how to prepare for interviews, what employers look for in a resume and a few basic tips to get you noticed.  Chad will also discuss what expectations companies may have that vary from other industries. The presentation will tell you what to expect, and just as important, what your employer or potential employer will be looking for.

Speaker: Chad Pingel, Manitowoc


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Industry Certification and Education Overview

In an industry closely monitored by federal regulations, certification and proper training play a large role in your hireability and career path trajectory.   Graham will touch on the various types of certifications required in the crane industry, what standards exist for training and qualification and why companies hire candidates who have been certified.

Speaker: Graham Brent, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tradeshow Break & Refreshments

This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with people in the industry. Ask questions about job opportunities, certifications needed, projects and more!


3:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Crane Project: Innovation on the Wind Farm

Some projects place extreme demands on companies to design and create new equipment, work within a narrow scope or accomplish the impossible. In this presentation, you will see why companies in this industry are known for their ingenuity and problem solving. The job Barnhart was hired to complete required the replacement of a damaged blade on a wind turbine – a very costly endeavor when you’re dealing with three 153 feet long blades weighing close to 300,000 pounds including the rotor assembly. Find out how they did it in a non-traditional way reducing damage to the crops, number of crew and saved the customer more than $150,000!

Speaker: Bill Tierney, Jr., Barnhart


3:50 pm – 4:05 pm

Direct From the Crane Cab

When you are operating a multi-million dollar crane you often find yourself at the heart of important and challenging projects. In this session, a young crane operator, Bob Kaleta, explains what it is like to be the lynchpin on a jobsite and how to balance the twin requirements of productivity and safety.

Speaker: Bob Kaleta, Imperial Crane Services, Inc.


4:05 pm - 4:20 pm

On Route from Point A to Point B

Two young crane company employees give a first-hand account of how their careers have progressed while working with one of the largest crane owners in North America. For Brian, it has been about graduating from the cab of a 900 ton crane to working in a sales capacity, and for Chad, it’s about how he became responsible for working with major clients managing complex industrial projects.

Speakers:  Brian Meek and Chad Rados, All Erection Crane Rental


4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Bus Transportation to Evening Reception


5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

BBQ Reception & Facility Tour (Transportation Provided)

All attendees are invited to attend the evening reception at Imperial Crane Service’s crane yard and offices. You will have the opportunity to tour the CAD department, view cranes on display and even sit in a crane cab. There will also be the speakers from the sessions on-hand to answer questions as well as hands-on demonstrations, crane and truck simulators.


Buses leave from 4:30 pm. Buses will begin returning at 8:00pm and loop until 9:15pm.

Transportation provided courtesy of Chicagoland Crane Association


Wednesday,  June 17


8:00 am – 9:00 am



9:00 am – 9:20 am

Part of a Family

The crane, rigging and specialized transport industry is home to a very diverse range of companies, from small family-owned companies to multinational players. This session highlights the opportunities offered by these different types of companies, whether you favor the ‘family’ feel of a small, entrepreneurial workplace or the corporate world with the industry’s largest companies.

Speaker: Jennifer Gabel, JK Crane


9:20 am – 9:35 am

Getting Hooked: The Industry from a Manufacturer’s Perspective

Growing up in small town Iowa, Jamie never pictured herself working with heavy equipment or traveling the world. She soon found herself hooked. Learn about Jamie’s career path and other opportunities available with a crane manufacturer.

Speaker: Jamie Harthoorn, Associate Marketing Manager, Terex Cranes


9:35 am – 9:55 am

Specialized Transportation Project: Offshore Platform Transport

How do you load two massive and extremely heavy offshore platforms onto barges for transport to a refurbishment yard? For this project, Berard Transportation, Inc. made spectacular use of hi-tech ‘self-propelled modular transporters’ (SPMTs), one stacked on top of the other. This session will take a closer look at the project’s logistics and walk you through the challenges and hurdles that are overcome everyday by his industry.

Speaker: Brett Berard, Berard Transportation, Inc.


9:55 am – 11:00 am

Tradeshow Break & Refreshments

This is another opportunity for facetime with people in the industry. Is your interest piqued by the SPMT’s or maybe you loved getting into the cab of a crane. Talk to the people that have been in the industry about a career path and what they did to get started.


11:00 am – 11:15 am

Highlights of a Career in Heavy Haul

ALE has offices all over the world and carries out remarkable projects in countries as far apart as the US, Indonesia, South Africa and Azerbaijan. Yannick Sel, one of the company’s youngest employees, will share his story on how he got into the field and why he has a passion for the specialized transportation industry.

Speaker: Yannick Sel, ALE


11:15 am – 11:30 am

The Goldilocks Affect

Danny Gomez had a couple of starts and stops before deciding that a full-time job was what he really wanted. He started as a mechanic at Lifting Gear Hire’s Bridgeview, Illinois, location in 2008 before being promoted to the position of inside sales representative in 2012, working with contractors on equipment applications. After another promotion last year, Danny works in Florida as outside sales representative, dealing with existing customers and finding new business.

Speaker: Danny Gomez, Lifting Gear Hire


11:30 am – 11:45 am

Manufacturing: Innovators, Engineers and Dreamers

Like many people fresh out of school, Blake wasn’t sure what type of career he was seeking. After being introduced to crane manufacturing, he uncovered his passion for the industry. Get a behind the scenes look at a top crane manufacturer and learn what it takes to stay at the forefront of safety, innovation and equipment fabrication. He will share what it’s like to work in an industry that fondly refers to itself as “ big boys with big toys”.

Speaker: Blake Nommensen, Kobelco Cranes


11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Video Contest Winners

Speaker: Trevor Pease, KHL Group





Promoting careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry


Lift & Move USA

Brett Melvin

Executive Director

Tel: 703 698 0291


KHL Group

Matt Burk

Tel: (312) 496 3314



Tara Whittington

Tel: (703) 560 2391 (Ext 206)





Jason Bell

Tel: (703) 698 0291