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Industrial Training InternationalFeb 8, 2022 10:44:39 AM3 min read

Graham Brent, CEO of the NCCCO Foundation Announces Plans to Retire

Graham Brent, CEO of the NCCCO Foundation recently shared his plans to retire come Summer of 2022. Please see the following news release courtesy of the NCCCO Foundation.

ITI has had the pleasure of working closely with Mr. Brent throughout the course of his esteemed career with NCCCO and the NCCCO Foundation. He's been a steady force within our industry, and he will surely be missed.

Fairfax, VA, February 4, 2022 Graham Brent, Chief Executive Officer of the NCCCO Foundation, will retire July 29, 2022, bringing to a close a 26-year career with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.


Brent has led the NCCCO Foundation since 2019 when he stepped down after 23 years as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. In that time, the Foundation has achieved industry-wide recognition for its ground-breaking studies on crane operator evaluation and virtual reality; its authoritative accreditation and operator certification reference directories; and its advocacy for the crane and rigging industries in outreach to youth and veterans. The Foundation also hosts the annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications which last year attracted almost 500 registrations from safety and health professionals from across the country, a five-fold increase from just two years ago.


"While we are sorry to see Brent go,” said NCCCO Foundation President, J. Chris Ryan, “we are very proud of the sound footing he has established for the Foundation. We are confident that the organization is poised to capitalize on the progress made to date and that it will continue to impact the industry with its safety-driven mission.”


“The last 26 years have been extraordinary in so many ways,” said Brent. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served NCCCO during that time, the last three years as CEO of the NCCCO Foundation. I look forward to working with the NCCCO and Foundation Boards and staff to achieve a smooth and seamless transition to new leadership.”


A search for Brent’s successor has been initiated by the non-profit organization. “We are looking for a highly self-motivated individual,” said NCCCO President, Tim Watters, “who is in complete alignment with, and has demonstrated commitment to, the stated mission of the NCCCO Foundation in advocating for personnel safety and education, and facilitating access by youth, military personnel, and underserved communities to the crane and rigging and associated industries.”


Interested parties may seek further information from, and send expressions of interest to, Thom Sicklesteel, CEO, NCCCO at



About The NCCCO Foundation

The NCCCO Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed in 2018 to promote industry safety through three major pathways: education, research and workforce development. By facilitating access to training and certification by youth, veterans and underserved communities through scholarships and grants, the Foundation seeks to ensure a safe and skilled future workforce. For more information visit:

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