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The Access, Lift & Handlers Conference & Awards 2017 (ALH C&A) honored the year’s best during a sensational dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami.


More than 200 attendees were present to celebrate the best people, projects, safety, equipment and more during the evening’s celebrations.


The awards dinner was hosted by roaster extraordinaire, Kevin O’Shea, director of safety and training at Hydro Mobile.


“I would like to personally congratulate each and every award winner,” said Lindsey Anderson, ALH editor and fellow judge of the awards submissions. “It was a very difficult process ranking the entries, but after hours of deliberation, the judges and I were happy with the outcome. Thank you to my fellow panel for all of your hard work.”






With nearly 60 entries across the 11 categories, the 2017 awards garnered more attention than any previous ALH Conference & Awards. Below are the winners in each category.

Access Industry Employer of the Year

JLG Industries, Inc.


Access Project of the Year – Aerial Work Platforms

Genie and Dickie Moore Rentals for the New Champlain Bridge reconstruction


Access Project of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms

AGF Access Group for the New Champlain Bridge reconstruction


Access Rental Innovation

Point of Rental Software - Inspection Application


Safety Innovation Award

Haulotte Group for its Activ’Lighting System Safe Load


Product Innovation – AWPs over 20 feet

Genie – SX-135 XC


The judges presented a Highly Commended certificate to Haulotte Group for its Stop Emission System.


Product Innovation – AWPs under 20 feet

Snorkel – TM16E


Product Innovation – Telehandlers

Magni Telescopic Handlers – RTH 6.46 SH


Product Innovation – Vehicle-Mounted AWPs

ReachMaster, Inc – Ruthmann Eagle T108A


Rising Star Award

Franklin Equipment LLC


ALH Person of the Year

Rick Smith – JLG Industries, Inc.


Evolution of the equipment rental industry

Michael Kneeland

President & CEO, United Rentals Inc.


Construction market trends and outlook

Kenneth D. Simonson

Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Investor relations and the rental business

Henry Kirn

Founder and Senior Consultant, BeyondIR Consulting Services


Rental mergers & acquisitions: what you need to know

David Felts

Managing Director, TM Capital Corp


Contractors’ attitudes to safety and building a safety culture

Donna Laquidara-Carr

Industry Insights Research Director, Dodge Data & Analytics


Rental models of the future

Nabil Kassam

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Noble Iron


KJ Park

VP, Growth & Strategy, Noble Iron


Maximising efficiency of rental operations using mobile technology

Jim Green

CEO, Spartan Solutions


Virtual reality technology and its impact on operator training

Giles Councell

Director of Operations, International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)


Future technologies and aerial platforms

Robert S. Messina

Senior VP, Engineering & Technology, Chief Technology Officer, Oshkosh Corporation


ANSI standards changes and the rental business: what is going to be different?

Teresa A. Kee, CHMM, CSP

Director, Field Safety, United Rentals


Waste management & environmental concerns in rental operations

Stephen Huzyk

Vice President of Sales, Quest Resource Management Group




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