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: J. Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging
VICE PRESIDENT: Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Co.
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: [VACANT]
CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONERS: Ellis Vliet, Turner Industries (Ret)
James T. Callahan, International Union of Operating Engineers
William (Bill) Davis, Zurich Services Corp.
Pete Laux, Kiewit Companies
Stephanie Wood, Terex Cranes
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, Equipment Training Solutions
Tim Arkilander, Palfinger. N.A.
Daniel Bishop, The Crosby Group
Bo Collier, Crane Tech
Charles Cooke, W.O. Grubb Steel Erection
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.
Bill Erwin, Erwin Crane
Thomas Gordon, IUOE Local 14
Brian Haight, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
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
David Ritchie, Dave Ritchie Consultant LLC
J. Chris Ryan, Boh Bros. (Ret)
Brandon Savage, Philips 66
Fred Simmons, Foley Material Handling Co., Inc.
Travis Simmons, IUOE Local 673
Bill Smith, NationsBuilders Insurance Services
Jeffery Smith, ExxonMobil
James Strobush, Liebherr
Dan Sullivan, IUOE Local 542
Chris Treml, International Union of Operating Engineers
Gary Via, TNT Crane & Rigging
Jorge Vial, Vial Equipment Sales & Service
Ellis Vliet, Turner Industries (Ret)
J.R. Williams, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB)
Charles Wigger, Lamar Advertising
NCCCO develops and maintains its certification programs through committees that report to the Board of Directors. A total of 10 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, 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.