The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is structured to allow fair representation from all industries that use load handling equipment. This diversity is reflected at all three major levels of the organization including: the Board of Directors, Commissioners, and Committees.
Board of Directors
Board members serve three-year terms. Officers are re-elected annually. The Board establishes policy, sets strategic goals, and assumes fiscal responsibility for the organization.
PRESIDENT: Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment
VICE PRESIDENT: Pete Laux, Kiewit Companies
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Stephanie Wood, Terex Cranes
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging (Ret)
CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONERS: Ellis Vliet, Turner Industries (Ret)
William (Bill) Davis, Zurich Services Corp.
Mike Heacock, Morrow Equipment Co.
Douglas LaCroix, Cianbro Equipment, Pittsfield, Maine
Christopher Treml, International Union of Operating Engineers, Washington, DC
NCCCO has provision for 30 Commissioners, representing 10 broad industry groups. These groups make policy recommendations and oversee the activities of the main committees that report to the NCCCO Board of Directors and Commissioners. Commissioners are also entitled to nominate one Alternate. Current Commissioners and Alternates include:
Keith Adolf, IUOE Local 825
Tim Arkilander, Articulating Crane Council of N.A.
Jason Birdwell, The Crosby Group
Daniel Bishop, The Crosby Group
Bo Collier, Crane Tech
Ethan Collier, Crane Tech
Larry DeMark, ETS, LLC
Daniel Dickey, Cianbro Corp.
David Doherty, Cianbro Corp.
William (Hank) Dutton, Travelers Insurance
Dennis Eckstine, Eckstine & Associates, Inc.
Matthew Eckstine, Eckstine & Associates, Inc.
Michael Embry, IUOE Local 181 JATC
Bill Erwin, Erwin Crane
Markus Espen, Liebherr USA
Jason Fancher, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB)
Jonathan Gann, Space X
Norman Gearhart, Clear Channel Outdoor
Thomas Gordon, IUOE Local 14
Lino Guerra, Phillips 66
Brian Haight, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
Ed Hatcher, Articulating Crane Council of N.A.
Brian Hill, Manitowoc Crane Care
Jim Jacobs, IUOE Local 3
Don Jordan, American International Crane Bureau
David Judy, IUOE Local 18
Troy Krumm, Link-Belt Cranes
William LaFlamme, IUOE Local 4
Todd Liebelt, Operating Engineers Local 139
John O’Connor, CICB
Beth O’Quinn, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
Patrick Peterson, IUOE Local 15
Scott Richert, Travelers
David Ritchie, Dave Ritchie Consultant LLC
J. Chris Ryan
Ruben Olivas Saunders, Tadano America Corporation
Brandon Savage, Philips 66
Sidney Shreiner, Manitowoc Crane CARE
Fred Simmons, Foley Material Handling Co., Inc.
Travis Simmons, IUOE Local 673
Bill Sloniker, Washington State Dept. of L&I
Bill Smith, NationsBuilders Insurance Services
Chris Smith, Morrow Equipment Company
Jeffery Smith, ExxonMobil
James Strobush, Liebherr
Dan Sullivan, IUOE Local 542
Gary Via, TNT Crane & Rigging
Jorge Vial, Vial Equipment Sales & Service
Michael Vlaming, Vlaming & Associates, APC
Patrick Vallejos, Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS)
Charles Wigger, Lamar Advertising
David Wright, Space X
NCCCO develops and maintains its certification programs through committees that report to the Board of Directors. A total of 12 Exam Management Committees are responsible for monitoring certification examinations for mobile (written exams and practical exams), tower, overhead, and articulating crane operators, digger derrick operators, dedicated pile driver operators, drill rig operators, crane inspectors, and lift directors, as well as signalpersons and riggers. Committee members suggest revisions to NCCCO’s testing procedures; work with and monitor the administration of the exams; oversee the work of item writers; monitor and oversee testing companies that may be contracted with for exam development and/or administration; and collect data necessary for psychometrically sound examinations.
Additional committees that play an important role in the review, discipline, and appeals processes include: the Ethics and Discipline Committee responsible for establishing standards of conduct—such as ethical standards, policies, and procedures for disciplinary action—and for implementing those standards, policies, and procedures; the Appeals Committee responsible for establishing policies and procedures for hearing appeals of decisions and for hearing such appeals; and the Practical Exam Audit Committee (PEAC) responsible for establishing and maintaining NCCCO’s rigorous audit program.