Dave is no stranger to us, or the Overhead Crane Industry, he has completed nearly 50 years Operating, Inspecting, Maintaining, Repairing, Installing and Conducting Training on various types of Stationary and Mobile Equipment in Industrial Settings including but not limited to Automotive, Mining, Oil/Gas, Paper, Power Generation and Steel with an emphasis on Overhead and Mobile Cranes.
He began his working career shortly after graduating High School as a General Inside Repairman and Welder for the North American Coal Company at its Helen Mine located in Homer City, Pennsylvania where he progressed through the ranks within the United Mine Workers of America holding several Elected Positions until the mines closing in 1992.
Shortly thereafter he entered the Overhead Crane Industry initially as a Field Service Technician for Pittsburgh Design Service (PDS) located in Carnegie, PA where he worked in and around the Tri-State Area Inspecting, Repairing, and Installing all types of Overhead Cranes, Hoists and Monorails.
In the mid-nineties we first met Dave when Crane Pro Services, a subsidiary of Konecranes acquired Kranco Crane Service out of Houston, Texas. The Pittsburgh branch was looking to expand its team and Dave joined as a Field Service Technician, soon thereafter he became a Certified Crane Operator Trainer and later was nominated and honored to be selected to receive the prestigious Presidents Award and was named “Crane Pro Services Technician of The Year” in 2001.
He continued his Konecranes Training attending numerous classes at their Corporate HQ and held several positions within the Konecranes Group adding the Pittsburgh Area Inspection Manager and later the Allegheny District Trainer assignments to his resume.
After 15 years of service with Konecranes he left to accept a position with Halliburton where he quickly became a Certified Overhead Crane Operator Trainer, Fork Truck Operator Trainer and rounding out his knowledge in the Crane Industry became a Certified Mobile Crane Inspector.
Once Halliburton closed its Homer City, PA Facility, Dave was offered a position with the Crane Institute of America as a Training Specialist where he spent the last 5 years training Overhead and Mobile Crane Operators and Inspectors around the country.
Retiring in the summer of 2021 and hearing that we were “Getting the Band Back Together”, he jumped on board and reconnected with his former Corporate Trainers.
Dave calls Southwestern Pennsylvania his home, is married, has two daughters, four grandchildren, likes Shelby Mustangs, Harleys, and the NFL. One of his son in laws is a former NFL Head Coach.
Dave’s work history, qualifications and experience can be viewed at his LinkedIn address below: