As a winner of the 2009 Crane Hot Line Top Trainer award in the Corporate Category, Mike Riggs was awarded a $1,250 scholarship, which he donated to another trainer for educational purposes. Riggs manages the Knoxville, Tenn., branch of I&I Sling Inc., and is the director of training for Slingmax Rigging Solutions, Aston, Pa. In this role, Riggs has often hired Harley Gist, owner of Construction Rigging Consultants, Black Canyon City, Ariz., to provide training to I&I/Slingmax customers on behalf of the company.
As a winner of the 2009 Crane Hot Line Top Trainer award in the Professional Category, Ronnie Gray, owner of the Tower Crane School of Phoenix, was awarded a $1,250 scholarship to use for educational purposes. He has in turn donated his award money to Mike Soboski, a part-time crane operator, who will attend a two-week Tower Crane Training course in July. Gray is sponsoring the rest of the cost of the course.