Detailing the Tower Cranes North America program

Nashville Yards is a 19-acre mixed-use project located in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Country music, the Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade Plantation, Frist Art Museum and “hot chicken” are just a few of the things that have made Nashville, TN world-famous. In June, the major players in North America’s tower crane industry will turn up in this Tennessee town to discuss “what’s up” in this vibrant sector of the lifting industry.

While the finishing touches are being put on the schedule, the event will start with a networking event on the evening before the conference. The conference begins on Wednesday June 12 with a keynote address by Sam Moyer, general manager at ALL Tower Crane, the largest tower crane rental businesses in North America. Moyer, a professional engineer who joined the ALL Family of Companies 10 years ago and who has led ALL Tower Crane for the last six years, will discuss the various ways the industry has evolved and talk about how these indicators will shape future trends in the realm of tower cranes.

The event for 2024

The conference, organized by American Cranes & Transport and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazines, in exclusive partnership with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), is the only conference and networking event for North America’s tower crane industry in 2024. The conference will include presentations on the legal aspects of tower crane contracts; preparing for severe weather; a roundtable discussion about crane erection, climbing and disassembly; a case study on the fascinating Crazy Horse Memorial project in South Dakota and a discussion about the challenges of workforce development.

While the program may change, the preliminary program follows.


8 to 9:30 a.m.

Registration and coffee

9:30 to 9:35 a.m.


Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport and D.Ann Shiffler, editor, American Cranes & Transport (ACT)

9:35 to 10 a.m.

Keynote Address

Sam Moyer, general manager, ALL Tower Crane LLC.

10:00 to 10:25 a.m.

Preparing for severe wind and weather conditions

Jim D. Wiethorn, founder/chairman, Crane Risk Logic

10:25 to 10:50 a.m.

Synthetic rope versus wire rope: the two distinctions

Timothy W. Klein, principal engineer - structures and fabrication, WireCo

Tony Fastuca, vice president, ASC Industries/Python America/Slingmax Rigging Products

10:50 to 11:30 a.m.

Networking coffee

11:30 to 11:55 a.m.

The Rise Tower project, Mexico: how tower cranes can optimize CAPEX/OPEX on a major project

Pedro Alonso, CEO & owner, Espamex

11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Panel discussion: tower crane procedures: assembly, climbing & disassembly

Matt Finnerty, owner, Finnco Services

Kelly Hadland, president, Compass Equipment (Uperio)

JR Moran, director of crane operations, Brasfield & Gorrie

Chris K. Noblit, director of engineering and service, Tower Cranes North America, Manitowoc

Moderator: Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport

12:40 to 2:10 p.m.

Networking lunch

2:10 to 2:35 p.m.

The ‘Borrowed servant’ concept and minimising contract risks

Jesse Callahan, shareholder, May Potenza Baran & Gillespie, P.C.

2:35 to 3:05 p.m.

Heavy lifting to avoid legal pitfalls

Darell Barger, partner, Hartline Barger

Anna Dodds, associate, Hartline Barger

Clayton J. Callen, partner, Bowman and Brooke

3:05 to 3:35 p.m.

Site report: Crazy Horse Memorial – three generations of passion

Peter Juhren, president & COO, Morrow Equipment Company

3:35 to 4:15 p.m.

Networking coffee

4:15 to 4:40 p.m.

Panel discussion: challenges of workforce development, best practices for luring and retaining employees

Andreas W. Ernst, general manager Cranes Americas, Terex USA

Shelly Gayring, director of marketing, Select Crane Sales

Moderator: D.Ann Shiffler, editor, American Cranes & Transport

4:40 to 5:05 p.m.

Using technology to improve safety on lifting operations (provisional title)

Casey Savlov, executive vice president at Vita Industrial

5:05 to 5:10 p.m.

Closing address

Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport, and D.Ann Shiffler, editor, American Cranes & Transport

5:10 to 7 p.m.

Drinks reception

For the latest program, visit:


Receive the information you need when you need it through our world-leading magazines, newsletters and daily briefings.

Sign up