I got some shocking news last week: my brother, who has been my partner in New England Crane School for the past year, is taking off for greener pastures and leaving the business behind.

My first thought was—good lord, we’ve worked our tails off for a year and now it all goes down the drain.  All the potential clients we have lined up for this winter, who wanted to wait until the slower construction season to start working on their crane operator’s licenses, will be disappointed and have to find other providers.  Of which there are very few in New England.

My second thought was, why can’t I continue the business on my own?  Just because I’m not a subject matter expert in crane operations doesn’t mean I can’t still run the business.  I think I’ve learned enough about it over the past year.  I just have to find and hire and good trainer, someone who really knows his stuff.

And with that thought I’m off and running.  We have a potential candidate already and he’s coming to interview in a couple weeks.  The phone is still ringing and we’re starting to put our winter class schedule together.  To my colleagues who look at me funny when I say I run a crane school I respond: What better business could I be in right now?  The construction industry needs better safety standards for crane operations.  Crane operators need understanding providers who will help them get through the written testing rather than seeing it as a nasty little ‘gotcha’ process designed to knock the most experienced operators out of the game.  I’m proud of the work we do and proud to be able to continue it.  New challenges?  Bring ’em on!


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