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Organizational Structure

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is structured to allow fair representation from all industries that use cranes. 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 a three-year term. Officers are re-elected annually. The Board establishes policy and sets strategic goals.

PRESIDENT: J. Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging

VICE PRESIDENT: Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Co.

SECRETARY/TREASURER: Tim Watters, Hoffman Equipment

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Thom Sicklesteel, Leavitt Crane

CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONERS: Ellis Vliet, Bengal Crane & Rigging

Vinal George Bell, Cianbro Equipment

James T. Callahan, International Union of Operating Engineers

William (Bill) Davis, Zurich Services Corp.

Pete Laux, Kiewit Companies


NCCCO has provision for 30 Commissioners, representing ten 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, Cargotec USA Inc., HIAB

Daniel Bishop, The Crosby Group

Bo Collier, Crane Tech

Charles Cooke, W.O. Grubb Steel Erection

William (Bill) Davis, Zurich Services Corp.

Larry DeMark, ETS, LLC

Daniel Dickey, Cianbro Corp.

David Doherty, Cianbro Corp.

William (Hank) Dutton, Travelers Insurance

Dennis Eckstine, Eckstine & Associates, Inc.

Bill Erwin, Erwin Crane

Thomas Gordon, IUOE Local 14

Brian Haight, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

James Haitz, IUOE Local 66

Brian Hill, Manitowoc Crane Care

Jim Jacobs, IUOE Local 3

Don Jordan, BP America

David Judy, IUOE Local 18

Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Company, LLC

Troy Krumm, Link-Belt Cranes

William LaFlamme, IUOE Local 4

Pete Laux, Kiewit

Beth O’Quinn, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Steve Owens, Phillips 66

David Ritchie, Dave Ritchie Consultant LLC

J. Chris Ryan, retired

Derek M. Sather, IUOE Local 324

Kenny Shinn, KJ Shinn Inc.

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, Bengal Crane & Rigging

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 ten 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.

Two additional committees play an important role in the review, discipline, and appeals processes. The Ethics and Discipline Committee is 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 is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for hearing appeals of decisions and for hearing such appeals.