Over the past decade, Hal Vandiver has served as a key player in the US trade association body, the Material Handling Industry of America. He is the managing director of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA).

Over this period the groups have faced some of the most challenging times in their long existence – particularly globalization, consolidation and severe business cycles.

Under Vandiver’s stewardship all three groups have transformed themselves from largely tactical organisations producing technical content with a national focus to more balanced organisations with more strategic objectives and international programmes of work. Building and maintaining an industry consensus through such transformation is a complicated and fragile process and requires special leadership.