ALH Conference & Awards program finalized

19 May 2014

The full conference program for the first-ever ALH Conference & Awards, Nov. 11 in Miami at the Biltmore Hotel, has been finalized.

Don Ahern, owner of Snorkel, CEO of Ahern Rentals and president of Xtreme Manufacturing will open the day-long conference as keynote speaker.

The morning will then cover markets and safety, with JLG's President, Frank Nerenhausen, providing "A Global Perspective on the AWP Market;" followed by "Prospects for North America’s Energy and Non-Residential Construction Markets," presented by Scott Haelton, director of IHS Global Insight - Construction and Manufacturing Industries.

To see the full programme and to book your place, visit the conference and awards website:

After a Q&A session and a morning coffee break, attendees will hear from Tony Groat, executive vice president of American Work Platform Training (AWPT)/International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), will discuss "Important Lessons from IPAF's Accident Reporting Program." The morning will conclude with a safety and training round-table consisting of:

  • Scott Owyen (Global Marketing Training Manager, Terex Aerial Work Platforms)
  • Tony Radke (Regional Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager, NES Rentals
  • Giles Councell (Director of Operations, IPAF
  • Brent Wise (Chief Operating Officer, Tech Safety Lines)

Attendees will then have a one-hour lunch break and the afternoon sessions will then start. The afternoon's theme surrounds rental trends and products.

Brad Allen, Vice President of Marketing, Product Management and Engineering for Genie/Terex AWP, will discuss “Future Technologies: What Works, What Doesn’t,” and he will be followed by MEC Aerial Work Platforms’ President, David White, who will talk about “AWP Design: Finding Niches, Creating Opportunities.”

Gary McArdle, Executive Vice President of Rouse Services, will speak about “Rental Metrics in 2014: Moving in the Right Direction?” and then attendees will have a Q&A Session and break for coffee before the final two presentations – a round-table on market trends and a presentation on big-boom management.

The ALH Conference & Awards’ afternoon round-table consists of:

  • Brad Allen (VP Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering, Terex AWP)
  • Brad Boehler (President, Skyjack)
  • Mike Crouch (President/COO, Acme Lift Co)
  • Mike Disser (Director of Sales – Technology & National Accounts, NES Rentals)
  • Gregg Nierenberg (Vice President, Fleet Operations, Hertz Equipment Rental Corp)

Ending the conference will be Woody Weld, founder and CEO of Acme Lift Co., presenting “Safe and Profitable Management of Large Self-Propelled Booms.”

Tickets for the conference and awards (categories coming soon), are available at The conference is organized by Access, Lift & Handlers magazine and KHL Group, and is supported by the International Powered Access Federation, ALEC and the Scaffold & Access Industry Association.

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