At its annual meeting, held April 15 to 17, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga., the governing and advisory boards of Crane Institute Certification (CIC) elected a new vice president to the governing board.
Jeff Dudley, corporate crane inspector and trainer, The Walsh Group, Irving, Texas, was selected as vice president. He replaces Paul Zorich of RPZ International, and joins Cliff Dickinson (president) and Mike Parnell (secretary/treasurer), as an officer of the CIC governing board. As vice president, Dudley will assist with setting the direction of advisory committee activities, consulting with CIC on certification processes and interfaces, and providing technical advice regarding appropriate industry knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Dudley enters a new three-year term as vice president. Dickinson and Parnell are completing the second year of their second term as officers.
“I’m honored to represent my company and the industry on CIC’s governing board. My goal is to work with CIC staff and other board members and practical examiners to make CIC the number one choice of crane operators for certification,” said Dudley.
Dudley has been with the Walsh Group, which includes Walsh Construction and Archer Western Contractors, for 13 years. The company places a high value on crane operator certification, which is an important first step in evaluating that an operator has the skills necessary for the equipment and job requirements.
The Walsh Group, founded in 1898, provides general contracting and design-build services in building, civil, and transportation sectors. It has invested more than $450 million in capital equipment and employs more than 5,000 engineers and skilled trade workers.
CIC governing committee are voting members and subject matter experts in cranes, rigging or assessment. Each governing committee member has one vote; all members’ votes are equal. In addition to the governing committee, 22 crane and rigging industry experts comprise the CIC advisory board.
Top Practical Examiners
In addition, four companies received the 2013 Key Contributor award for administering the most CIC practical exams in 2013. The top four performers were American Crane Operators, Denton, Texas; Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla.; Crane Training Group, Simpsonville, S.C.; and Cranes 101, Bellingham, Mass.
“CIC’s practical examiners are the backbone of this organization. As our ambassadors to the marketplace, they educate and prepare operators and riggers to achieve accredited certification. I commend these companies on their stellar performance in 2013,” said Debbie Dickinson, executive director of CIC.
CIC Staff Recognizes Subject Matter Experts
In addition, six individuals were selected by the CIC customer support staff to receive the Candy Bar awards — lighthearted, but sincere, recognition of the crane and rigging professionals who volunteer their time and subject matter expertise to CIC. The following candy bars were presented by Amanda Branton, operations team lead; Candice Eldredge, customer support lead; and Alex Farmer, professional partner to the executive director:
• Jeff Dudley, Walsh Group, received Mentos mints for being a great mentor.
• Jim Headley, Crane Institute of America, earned Lifesavers candy for putting safety first.
• Brian Hope, Caldwell Tanks, received a box of Hot Tamales for being so quick on his feet.
• Jerry Lopez, Laguna Crane Services, received a Crunch bar for coming through in a crunch.
• Mr. Goodbar went to Jeff Roach, American Electric Power, for his leadership of the Ethics Committee.
• Barney Shorter, Crane Training Group, deserves a break with a Kit Kat bar for working so hard in 2013.
• Cliff Warren, Webber, is kind-hearted and caring. He received Sweetarts.
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