FEBRUARY 2016

650 student attendance gives
Lift & Move USA a major boost

 

A remarkable 650 high school and college students and military veterans attended the second Lift & Move USA careers event, held 10 February at TNT Crane & Rigging’s headquarters in Houston, Texas.

 

The high attendance gives the fledgling careers event a massive boost. Around 140 delegates attended the first Lift & Move USA conference in Chicago last year, but the numbers increased fourfold in Houston.

 

The event is jointly organised by SC&RA, KHL Group and NCCCO. Each event is hosted by an SC&RA member company, with TNT taking the lead role for the second conference.

 

Delegates heard speakers from companies, including Mammoet, Deep South, TNT, Lifting Gear Hire (LGH), Bengal and Berard Transportation, explain the career opportunities in the US crane, rigging and specialized transportation industry.

 

Attendees included students from more than 20 schools and colleges in the Houston area, as well as army and navy veterans and university students. More than 40 teachers also attended the event.

 

Mike Appling, TNT's CEO, said; "Lift & Move was a tremendous success from every angle. The students were well informed about our industry, the sponsors achieved real benefit, the content was very informative and with over 750 people [including non-students] the participation was off the charts.

 

"It was also nice in a highly competitive industry to see many of those competitors, vendors and other industry participants pull together around a common goal of increasing work force interest and participation in the crane and special transport arena."

Antoy Bell, TNT director of human resources, said the Houston area would see US$ 60 billion spending on construction related projects in the coming years and that there was a skills shortage in the region, with hundreds of thousands of unfilled jobs in the area.

He said the industry gave students the opportunity to have satisfying and lucrative careers without necessarily having to go to college.

 

“You know about supply and demand don’t you?", Bell asked the student audience, "The demand for skilled workers is high, and the supply is low. And what happens when demand outstrips supply? That's right; wages go up.”

 

Gold sponsors of the event were CICB, H&E Equipment Services and LGH. Silver sponsors were All Companies and Tadano. Lunch sponsors were Buchanan Hauling & Rigging, Deep South, Maxim and J&B Pavelka; the lanyards were sponsored by Scott-Macon Equipment.

 

Simulators were provided by NACB, IUOE and Lee College’s Workforce Center, and media promotion services were provided by MightyMo Media Partners.

 

Two further Lift & Move USA events are planned for the rest of this year. The first will be hosted by Buckner Companies in North Carolina in May, and Bragg Crane will host the programme in California in November.

 

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Houston Program

Houston Speakers

(Click on the photo to read biography.)

8.00 – 9.30

Registrations and refreshments

 

Joel Oliva, NCCCO, Conference Chair

 

9:30-9:40

Opening

Mike Appling, President/CEO, TNT Crane  & Rigging

 

9:40-10:00

Industry Overview

Joel Dandrea, Executive Vice President, SC&RA

 

10:00-10:20

Industry Skills Gap & Career Path Overview

Antoy Bell, Director of Human Resources, TNT Crane & Rigging

 

10:20-10:40

How to Get a Job

Jenna Gable, Owner, JK Crane

 

10:40-10:55

Career Story Crane - Rigging

Danny Gomez, Outside Rental Representative, Lifting Gear Hire

 

10:55-11:15

Job of the Year - Crane/Rigging

Pierre Mille, Mammoet

 

11:15-2:00

Tabletop & Simulators

 

12:15-1:15

Buffet in tabletop area

 

2:00-2:15

Career Story - Transportation

Jody Hammett, Director of Training & Recruitment, Deep South Crane & Rigging

Co-speaker to be confirmed, Deep South Crane & Rigging

 

2:15-2:35

Job of the Year - Transportation

Brett Berard, Vice president of Operations, Berard Transportation

 

2:35-2:45

Certifications, Training and Paying for it

Courtney Lockwood, Bengal Industries

 

2:45-3:05

Career Story - Manufacturing

David O’Quinn, Sales Manager, Rigging Gear Sales

 

3:05-3:15

Video Competition & Final Words

Trevor Pease, President, KHL Group Americas

 

3:15-4:15

Tabletop & Hands On Opportunities

 

(Program is subject to change.)

Mike Appling

President/CEO,

TNT Crane & Rigging

Brett Berard

Vice President of Operations, Berard Transportation

Antoy Bell

Director of Human Resources,

TNT Crane & Rigging

Jenna Gable

Owner,

JK Crane

Danny Gomez

Outside Rental Representative,

Lifting Gear Hire

Jody Hammett

Director of Training & Recruitment

Deep South Crane & Rigging

Courtney Lockwood

Recruiting Manager,

Bengal Industries

Pierre Mille

Sales Director,

Mammoet USA South

David  O’Quinn

Sales Manager,

Rigging Gear Sales

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