SC&RA 2021 Annual Conference Set for Late October in San Antonio

- The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) 2021 Annual Conference will be held from October 25-29 in-person at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is now open, with regular pricing available through Friday, October 8.
Typically held in April each year, this premier event for the Association attracts hundreds of owners, CEOs, top managers and industry leaders. Highlights this year include education sessions by well-known authors and speakers, committee meetings, receptions and numerous networking opportunities, golf and tennis tournaments, a backyard barbecue fundraising gala, a Best of San Antonio spouses tour, the first timers’ reception, the renowned Job of the Year competition, safety awards and a Products Fair.

Additionally unique to this year’s event will be the Monday-Friday schedule, with the Awards and Recognition ceremony taking place on Friday evening, October 29. Master Sommelier, Eddie Osterland will also be hosting a networking session on Wednesday, October 27, with wine and food included. To attend this session, conference-goers must complete the survey found here.

Moreover, each year, the SC&RA Annual Conference delivers a week packed with unforgettable education sessions delivered by renowned speakers. The 2021 schedule includes:

  • Opening Session: Improvise, Adapt & Overcome, with Paul de Gelder. This presentation examines de Gelder’s journey of discovery and triumph as defined by the three words that make up the session’s title – a mantra he learned in the Australian Army as a young paratrooper. Later, as a Navy bomb-disposal diver, his life would be defined by these words when a nine-foot bull shark took two of his limbs in an attack in 2009. Recognizable from Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” de Gelder’s presentation will take his audience on an emotional rollercoaster, which will help strengthen one’s resolve and reinforce one’s self-belief and the reality of living impossible dreams. 

  • The Pros & Cons of Risk Financing Techniques. In this presentation, speakers Dan Keenan and Shawn Los, of National Interstate Insurance Company, describe how many organizations simply think of buying first dollar, guaranteed cost insurance year after year. But they describe how there are several alternative options out there that may be more beneficial. Attendees will learn how to navigate the pros and cons of large deductibles, retrospective rating plans, loss-sensitive programs, self-insured retentions, captive options, alternative capital funding, etc., and ultimately understand how they can turn their insurance into a profit center and major competitive advantage. 

  • Under Pressure? How to Transfer Risk with Ground Bearing Pressure. During this session, Bill Smith, with NBIS, will ask his audience several questions: Do you know who’s responsible for ground conditions on the jobsite? Who is responsible for ensuring that the operating area for the crane is suitable? Is providing the maximum anticipated ground bearing pressure generated by the equipment required? Smith will examine Federal OSHA and the current volume of ASME B30.5 to answer to these questions, reviewing real-world claims outcomes, and providing attendees another risk transfer opportunity to protect their operation(s) should an accident occur. 

  • Social Responsibility & Community Goodwill Through Bikes. In this team-building session, Duane Grischow spotlights U-Build-it-Bikes-for-Kids, a fast-paced and highly interactive team and leadership experience. Participants will impact and touch the community immediately by helping underserved kids with their built bike. 

  • VISION-MINDSET-GRIT: How to Stand Up to ANY Challenge, presented by Scott Burrows. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Burrows reveals how to drive results using the same mental focus that helped him reinvent his life after a catastrophic accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. He will show how three simple words can absolutely help folks conquer adversity and master change, setting the stage for developing cutting-edge ideas and leadership strategies that will benefit all in attendance. 

  • PEAK Aliveness: Transforming Fear into Flow. Based partly on the heroic journey of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton – the subject of her own hit Off-Broadway musical – award-winning six-string electric violinist and singer/songwriter Valerie Vigoda shares her story of facing her fears. Her presentation will resonate with anyone who has ever felt insecurity and stagnation. She will inspire her audience to climb higher peaks to the edge of resistance.  

Registration for the Annual Conference is $905 for members, $565 for spouses/guests or children over 18 and $490 for children. Regular non-member registration is $1,345 for registrants, $830 for spouses/guests or children over 18 and $725 for children. Again, discounted early-bird prices are available until October 8. Registration, hotel details and a full program of events can be found on the conference website. For more information, contact Surian Choi at

Entry deadline for the Safety Awards and Job of the Year competitions is August 17. For more information, and to view categories and eligibility, visit


About SC&RA
The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is an international trade association of more than 1,400 members from 46 nations. Members are involved in crane and rigging operations, specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting, concrete pumping, manufacturing, and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels and researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices.
For further information, contact:
Lisa Grepps, Director, Marketing & Communications
(703) 698-0291

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